Happy last Friday of February, writers! It’s wild that we’re already two months through 2021, isn’t it? The weather here in Toronto has been above zero the past few days (by a whopping two degrees) and it has been heavenly. It’s practically t-shirt weather!
Now, let’s take a quick look at what’s happening in the publishing world this week!
The literary world lost a legend this week: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the icon who opened doors for the Beat Generation has died at 101. Ferlinghetti was an icon, who opened the doors for the beat generation and who was, to quote Kobo CEO Michael Tamblin, “The renaissance guy you always hope to be.”
The speculation on the effect that the PRH and S&S merger will have publishing continues:
Dundurn Press has rebranded in an attempt to reflect the new vision for the company.
A new internet archive has created a free library devoted to West Africa’s food heritage.
In the same vain as our post from earlier this week, authors are sharing how they’re staying creative during lockdowns.
Olga Tokarczuk’s The Book of Jacob is finally getting an English release.
Paul McCartney is publishing a lyrical autobiography which will sit at a casual 900 pages.
Hillary Clinton is co-writing a thriller with Louise Penny.
Sarah Polley has signed a two-book deal with Hamish Hamilton Canada; her first book Run Toward Danger is set to be published next spring.
Today in weird literary facts I’m not sure I wanted to know: Keats’s death mask is a collector item valued at over $20,000.
And lastly, for a bit of lockdown entertainment, might I suggest this fun Literary Hub quiz:
Have a great weekend!
Tara Cremin, Director KWL
“This was recommended by Desus, from Desus & Mero. Their book recommendations are always on point so I picked this up. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by the author. The book tackles struggles with identity, in relation to race but also adoption and the idea of family. How does one balance a lifetime of learnings & trauma to come to their own sense of identity?”