Hello writers and happy spring! While I’m sure the snow isn’t quite done with us yet here in Toronto, we’ve had our sneak peak of warm weather and sunshine this week and I am ready for more.
We here at KWL had a great live event with “The Quartet” this week. Hosted by Tara, we were joined by Kristen Stanley (Fictionary), Lisa Lepki (ProWritingAid), and JoEllen Nordstrom (FirstEditing) who shared their editorial advice and answered a bunch of questions. If you missed the event, you can check it out here.
And be sure to also check out our fun quiz commemorating Women’s History Month: Which Literary Heroine are You?
Now let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the publishing world this week.
Facebook is launching their own self-publishing platform.
Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to distribute Marvel comics.
Amazon and the Big Five are facing another lawsuit.
A Polish writer has been charged for calling his president a moron.
The National Book Critics Circle award winners were announced in a virtual ceremony this week.
The winners of the PEN America awards were also announced this week.
Carmen Maria Machado has won the Folio Prize for best literary work of the year (and if you haven’t read In the Dream House I highly recommend).
The newest edition of Lord of the Rings will feature JRR Tolkien’s own illustrations for the first time.
Paul McCartney announced his next children’s book, Grandude’s Green Submarine.
Idris Elba has signed a multi-book deal with Harper Collins Children’s Books.
And last but not least, as someone who has been
wasting enjoying a lot of time on TikTok as of late, I found this piece on the effectiveness of BookTok was incredibly interesting.
Have a great weekend!
Tara, Director of KWL
“As a fan of true crime, I can sometimes get jaded with books that focus on the gory elements or glorify the crimes. That’s not what this book is. Justin tells the story about how a serial killer went undetected for years in Toronto’s queer community. He balances the victim’s stories with the police investigation and makes this a gripping read.”