Happy weekend writers! We hope you’ve had a wonderful four-day work-week if you’re in Canada, or are gearing up for a long weekend if you’re in the US. We had a great live Q&A this week with Damon Courtney from Book Funnel. If you didn’t get a chance to tune in live, you can check it out here:
Now onto this week’s publishing news:
Booktopia has acquired Brio Books.
Wattpad is launching a new adult commercial fiction imprint.
Roxanne Gay is launching her own imprint at Grove Atlantic.
Eric Carle, the author of beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has died at 91.
Dan Frank, the editor who worked with award winning authors Cormac McCarthy and Jill Lepore, passed away this week.
The booksellers at LA’s indie bookstore Skylight Books have unionized.
The largest bookstore in Gaza was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike.
Hugh Howley’s Self-Published Sci-Fi Competition is accepting submissions starting June 30.
Gallery Books in launching the Books Like Us First Novel Contest.
Last summer, Black owned book stores saw a surge in sales during the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. NPR is checking in with several Black booksellers to see how things have changed a year later.
A Canadian professor believes he’s discovered the first known book from Shakespeare’s library.
Handwritten poems by Emily Bronte are heading to auction.
John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf novel!?
Dan and Eugene Levy are publishing a Schitt’s Creek book.
Billy Porter is releasing a memoir this fall.
Suzanne Simard’s new memoir is heading to the silver screen with Amy Adams attached to play the ecology professor.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
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