Happy Friday, writers! It’s hard to believe it’s almost May. I feel like I make the same surprised statement about the passing of time whenever a new month is upon us, but I stand by it. Time during a lockdown is meaningless and I am truly shocked that, it the immortal words of N*SYNC, it’s gonna be may.
Now that I’m done making terrible jokes, let’s take a look at what’s been happening in publishing this week, shall we?
Starting off with some exciting Kobo news: We have launched Kobo Plus in Portugal!
The controversy surrounding Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish Mike Pence continues, and it seems as though the book will get published so matter what.
A new task force has been created to press Disney into paying royalties owed to authors.
Speaking of, Disney is returning to adult publishing with the launch of Hyperion Avenue.
The Philip Roth biography by Blake Bailey has officially been cancelled after allegations against the author.
Apple and Spotify are both going to be offering paid podcast subscriptions, giving podcast creators the opportunity to go exclusive.
Reese’s Book Club is launching their own writing retreat for five emerging writers.
Book Riot published this is a very interesting and informative look at disability representation in children’s books.
The shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced.
For the mystery and crime writers among us, here’s a great interview on the current state of crime novels with the 2021 Edgar Award nominees.
And for the Fantasy and sci-fi writers: NK Jemisin is teaching a MasterClass on genre writing and world building!
A few new memoir announcements this week: Lil’ Kim is publishing a memoir!
And Gabrielle Union is writing a follow-up to her memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine
The musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby has gone from something no one asked for to something I very much want to see with the announcement of Florence Welch as the composer!
And some news about another Florence: Florence Pugh is set to star in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder.
And as per usual, my favourite piece of the week: I loved this short and sweet piece by Kirsten Arnett (admittedly one of my current favourite authors) on the use and re-use of jokes in writing.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Tara, Director of Kobo Writing Life
“Powerful book. I couldn’t put it down. It tells the intertwined story of five people that have been through the residential school system, and how their life unfolds after they leave.”