Happy Friday, writers! We hope that everyone is continuing to stay safe as the times take a turn back to being unprecedented. Our cover contest continues to be in full swing, with our last round of the semi-finals starting on Monday.
As the year winds down, so does the news around the publishing world, but let’s take a quick look at what did happen this week in book news.
PRH and S&S are claiming that the lawsuit to block their merger is misguided.
The Association of American Publishers have filed for an injunction to stop Maryland’s Library eBook law.
Bloomsbury has acquired academic publisher ABC-CLIO in a multimillion dollar deal.
The literary world lost a couple of giants this week. Influential Black Feminist bell hooks has died at 69.
And Anne Rice, the author behind The Vampire Chronicles, passed away at 80.
Andrew Cuomo has been ordered to return over a million dollars in book proceeds.
A UK library filled with literary treasures has been saved from falling into private hands.
Publishers Weekly has named The New Press publisher Ellen Adler their person of the year.
Barack Obama has released his annual list of his favourite books of the year.
The 2021 Kids’ Book Choice Awards have been announced.
We have seen a lot of news about books being banned in schools throughout America, and this piece offers a look at what it’s like to be an author of one of those banned books.
Have a great weekend!
Tara, Director of Kobo Writing Life
“Murder Most Actual is a cozy mystery that feels as satisfying as an Agatha Christie mystery and as witty and engaging as Knives Out. The setting is a remote Scottish castle during a snow storm where the guests keep mysteriously dying. With tongue very much in cheek, Alexis Hall leads us through a number of characters that seem to have jumped right out of Cluedo. It’s a very enjoyable read, especially for this time of year. Get cozy and read it while the snow comes down outside.”