Happy Friday, writers! Another week has just flown by, and I know it’s only a matter of time before we see our first snow of the season here in Toronto. We hope everyone participating in NaNoWriMo is continuing to crush their daily wordcounts—be sure to follow us on socials if you want to join one of our virtual write-ins!
Onto the news:
Starting with some audiobook news this week, Spotify has made a move into audiobooks by purchasing Findaway.
Podium is launching a partnership with some of the most popular audiobook narrators.
What impact will AI narrators have on the audiobook game?
Anna Todd’s Frayed Pages and Wattpad are teaming up to launch an imprint.
Publisher Chelsea Green and a group of authors are suing Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Conservatives are calling for audits of school libraries.
Hoopla is expanding into New Zealand and Australia.
This article is pretty dense, but it offers an interesting look at the difference between bestselling audiobooks and bestselling print books (the study is from Sweden, but I think the results are still relevant in a North American market).
A group of publishers have collaborated on a Shop Local Forever campaign for the holidays.
Quandra Prettyman, who was Barnard’s first black full-time faculty member and champion of Black women’s literature, has passed away.
Sto:lo writer and activist Lee Maracle has died at 71.
Omar El Akkad has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Take a look at the winning illustrations of the 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books.
Authors are continuing to cash in on Hollywood’s adaptation spree.
After the HSC exam in New South Wales asked students to interpret Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, the author was inundated with commentary from confused students.
I thought this was an interesting look at a different way to teach writing.
And last but definitely not least, something I am very excited about, the first trailer for the adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven has dropped.
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