Hello and happy Friday, writers! It’s hard to believe it’s already March 2021 when it feels like March 2020 was mere weeks ago. To say a lot has changed since then would be a wild understatement, but here’s hoping there’s a lot more positive change before we get to March 2022 (which, at this rate, could happen next week for all I know).
Here’s what’s been going on in publishing this week:
The biggest story of the week: Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that controls the works of Dr. Seuss, has decided to cease publication of six books due to racist images.
The news of these Dr. Suess titles being pulled out of circulation has caused them to skyrocket to the tops of bestsellers lists.
PRH Audio has launched a voiceover casting platform.
Harper Collins is launching a new fiction imprint.
The creators of “Allen v. Farrow” have been threatened with legal action from Woody Allen’s publisher, Skyhorse Publishing.
The Panorama Project has released their 2020 Immersive Media & Books Research Report which investigates the engagement of consumers with books across gender, age, ethnicity etc.
Jack Whyte, author of the Templar Trilogy, has passed away at 80.
Canada Reads starts next week, and CBC has a podcast to help you prepare for the event.
Kal Penn will be penning a memoir (sorry, I couldn’t help the pun).
Shyla Augustine, an education student in New Brunswick, has created an alphabet book to help pass on the Mi’kmaw language.
Vladimir Nabakov’s Superman poem is set to be published for the first time.
Fresh off the heels of misquoting HG Wells on a coin, the Royal Mint has done it again, immortalizing the words of Lewis Carroll… that he never wrote.
Now for my favourite pieces of the week: This essay on writing with aphantasia (the inability to visualize) is fascinating.
And lastly, as both a huge book nerd and massive video game fan, I loved this piece on classic literature and game development.
Have a great weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
“I am tentative to recommend this book, not because it wasn’t good (I could not put it down), but because it’s brutally scary. Claire and Lydia’s sister, Julia, vanished without a trace 20 years ago, and soon after her disappearance, the sisters became estranged. When Claire’s husband is murdered, she starts to unravel parts of his life she never knew existed, pulling Lydia in and reopening the wounds of the past that never quite healed.
When I say this book is scary, I don’t mean “oh that’s spooky!” I mean “oh this is a real life nightmare that could easily be a two-parter finale on SVU.” So approach with caution. There is a lot of violence and gore, but at the heart of this book is an incredibly compelling story you won’t be able to stop thinking about.”