Happy Friday, everyone! And happy long weekend if you’re lucky enough to have one! It’s Family Day on Monday in Ontario, so we are gearing up for an extra day of relaxation, but we’ll be back to business as usual on Tuesday. Let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the world of publishing this week, shall we?
Starting off with some exciting Kobo news, the 2021 Kobo’s Emerging Writer’s Prize is open for submissions!
The Barack Obama presidential library will break ground this year.
Ruth Dickey will become the executive director of the National Book Foundation.
Maria Guaraschelli, the cookbook editor who transformed American cooking, died last weekend.
The 2021 Pen America Literary Awards have been announced.
Canadian astronaut Christ Hadfield is publishing his first novel this fall.
The pandemic is leading to a boom in literary adaptations.
Paramount is in the midst of a legal battle with Truman Capote’s Literary Trust to remake Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Brian Jacques’ Redwall is being adapted for Netflix.
As much as I dislike the term “cancel culture” (consequence culture seems more accurate), I found this piece on moral clauses in publishing contracts to be both timely and informative.
And lastly, a cool piece on lockdown libraries, book recommendations, and looking beyond genre for your next read.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
“If there are two things I love, they’re queer love stories and astrology. Written in the Stars is about exactly those things. When Elle and Darcy meet on a blind date, sparks fly but not in a good way. However, with Darcy wanting to get her matchmaking brother off her back, and Elle hoping her family will start to believe she has her life together, they agree to pretend to be dating until the holidays are over… unless their real feelings for one another start to get in the way of their plan.”