Happy Friday writers, and happy first roundup of spring! We enjoyed our much needed long weekend last week and hope you all had a chance to relax and enjoy the ever improving weather as well. Let’s jump into the book news, shall we?
Starting out on a sad note this week, author of our collective childhoods Beverly Cleary passed away at 104.
HarperCollins is acquiring the trade division of Houghton Mufflin Harcourt.
Scholastic has ceased distribution of a Dav Pilkey book for perpetuating passive racism.
The list of the most challenged and banned books in America for 2020 has been released by the American Library Association, and anti-racism books are all over it.
As there’s still no certain end of the pandemic in sight, PRH is extending its temporary eBook and audiobook library terms.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be virtual again this year.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction have issued a response to the transphobic open letter that was written in response to Torrey Peters’ being included on the award’s longlist.
The winners for the PEN Lit awards were announced.
The longlist for the International Booker Prize has been announced.
The 2021 Carnegie Medal shortlist has been announced.
Joye Hummel, the first woman to pen a Wonder Woman comic, has passed away.
UCLA’s Archive of Healing, a comprehensive database of medicinal folklore, is now available online.
Mena Suvari is releasing a memoir this summer.
Randall Park is directing an adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings.
George RR Martin has signed a massive five year deal with HBO.
Anyone who took a Shakespeare class is well versed in iambic pentametre, but this article poses the question: are we reading Shakespeare’s work correctly?
And last but certainly not least: Did you know Sherlock Holmes has appeared on the screen over 250 times?! Wild, I know. Lucky for us, Crime Reads has ranked the top 100 Sherlocks for us (Although I would have put Brent Spiner higher on the list).
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel and Laura, KWL Author Engagement Team
“We both dove into the Grishaverse (after some enthusiastic encouragement from a Kobo team member) and started the Shadow and Bone trilogy this week. We can’t wait to see it come to life on the upcoming Neflix adaptation and we highly recommend reading these books if you’re looking for a story of action and adventure set in a truly magical world.”