Hello writers, and happy long weekend to our fellow Canadians! While this weekend goes by many names across the country (Victoria Day Weekend, May long, and the correct name: May two-four), it means the same thing to us all: the first long weekend of summer. It also means the Kobo office will be closed from Friday the 21st until Monday the 24th.
Speaking of Kobo, we shared a very exciting announcement this week: our newest eReader, the Kobo Elipsa is coming soon! Our first eReader with a stylus, the Elipsa allows readers to easily take notes and highlight passages while they’re reading, and you can make your own notebooks as well! I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on one. You can learn more about the newest Kobo device here:
Now let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the publishing industry!
Storytel is partnering with Spotify to help distribute audiobooks to Storytel customers.
Audible has launched an Indigenous Writers’ Circle.
And while we’re discussing audiobooks, this is a great piece on the growing need for trans and nonbinary narrators as more and more trans and nonbinary books are published.
The Evening Standard and Netflix are joining forces to launch a storytelling festival.
Torontonians love of libraries is more evident than ever after we set a world record of 8-million digital downloads in 2020.
We touched on this in the last roundup, but here’s another interesting piece on the publishing industry’s identity crisis.
The author of a banned children’s book explains why taking away books about diversity can do more harm than good.
Valeria Luiselli has won the Dublin literary award for her novel, Lost Children Archive.
John le Carre’s last novel is set to be published this fall.
Hot off the heels of her latest release, Stacey Abrams has secured a new 2 book deal.
LeVar Burton has announced the first three books for his book club!
Two new Harry Potter shows are in the works to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary
I really enjoyed this piece on adapting literature for the screen from the perspectives of two literary greats.
And last but not least, as always, my favourite piece of the week: An essay on summer reading and how the pandemic has changed our reading habits (probably for the better).
Have a wonderful and safe long weekend, everyone!
Joni, Author Engagement Specialist
I have two! I haven’t finished it yet, but this week I’ve been reading The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn which I’m really enjoying. It’s a dark psychological thriller about 2 women returning to college for their 10-year reunion, and having to face up to what they did in the past. Also, since I’m very excited about the Friends reunion, I would also like to take a moment to plug I’ll Be There For You, which is a really fun read for any fan of the show!