Happy Friday and welcome to the first news roundup of 2022! We hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season and is hitting the ground running to meet their writing goals in the new year. We are definitely off to a busy start here at KWL and there’s a ton of news to catch up on so let’s dive right in, shall we?
The 2022 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is open for submissions! If you’re a Canadian writer who first published in 2021 you should definitely check it out.
An arrest has been made in the Case of the Stolen Unpublished Manuscripts.
Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to appear on a US quarter.
Authors have won big in a Global Piracy Lawsuit.
A record number of libraries hit the one million digital lending mark in 2021.
Two indie presses, Black Ocean and Not a Cult, have merged to form Chapter House Publishing Group.
Random House is launching a Children’s Nonfiction Imprint.
Harlequin has launched their subscription service.
BookLife’s Indie Author Forum is set for March 19th.
London Book Fair has opened registration for their April show.
While this happened before the new year, we would be remiss to not mention the passing of literary legend Joan Didion.
One of my favourite Canadian traditions is starting up: the Canada Reads 2022 longlist has been announced!
The Booker Prize has announced their jury for the 2022 prize.
If you, like most of the Kobo Office, are obsessed with Wordle (there is no busier Slack channel first thing in the morning than #wordle), then you will most definitely want to read this study on finding the perfect first word.
Sorry arachnophobes! A new jumping spider has been named after beloved children’s author Eric Carle.
Do you vaguely remember a book you loved as a kid but can’t for the life of you remember what it was called? There’s an Instagram for that.
This is a fascinating piece on what garners certain books a cult following.
And last but not least, as we enter year three of the pandemic, maybe starting to track the books you read and the shows you watch is actually a good idea.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel, Promotions Specialist
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