Hello and happy weekend, writers! It’s been a pretty busy week here at Kobo. We had a takeover with Clayton Noblit from Written Word Media on Thursday, which you can watch here, and we celebrated World Book Day with the launch of Kobo’s staff picks blog! Now you can get even more recommendations from the Kobo team, and who doesn’t love expanding their TBR list? Let us know what book you’d recommend for World Book Day below!
Now let’s see what the rest of the publishing world has been up to this week.
The BookLife Prize is open for submissions!
Kakao, a South Korean entertainment company, is set to buy Radish.
Despite staff protests, Simon & Schuster have said they will continue moving forward with plans to publish Mike Pence’s upcoming book.
Sourcebooks has announced a new children’s book imprint.
Richard Dawkins has lost his “humanist if the year” title after making derogatory comments about marginalized communities.
The latest biography of Philip Roth has been put on hold after the author was accused of sexual assault.
The International Booker Prize shortlist is here!
In Canadian prize news, the longlist for the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour has been announced.
And the shortlist for the ReLit Awards, which honour books published by indie presses, has been announced.
Levar Burton is ready to dust off his hosting skills as he gears up to guest host on Jeopardy!
Michaela Cole is set to release her first book this fall.
Emilia Clark has written her first comic book!
Ava DuVernay will be creating her first animated project with an adaptation of the Wings of Fire kids books.
The YA novel Along for the Ride is being adapted into a feature by the screenwriter of To All the Boys I Loved Before.
As we enter another spring in lockdown, this piece on the importance of small talk really hit home.
And last but not least, I really enjoyed this piece that investigates how the length of the novel has changed throughout history.
Have a great weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
“When Rachel Matlow’s mom, Elaine, is diagnosed with stage 1 cancer, Rachel is concerned, but hopeful. The prognosis is good, and the treatment is simple. Or at least it should be. But Elaine doesn’t want any “conventional” treatment, and instead drinks tinctures, uses a special sauna, and says affirmations to battle her cancer. I’m sure it’s no surprise these methods are not successful. This book made me laugh, it made me incredibly frustrated, and it definitely made me cry. I cannot recommend it enough, but be sure to bring tissues.”