Literary News Roundup Our Highlights this Week - 07 May 2020

07.05.20 09:46 PM By GAOLF
  • 9 May - UK/US Poets including Carlos Andrés Gomez and Nikita Gill band together for Covid-19 Fundraiser organized by Bradford LiteratureFestival 
  • Colson Whitehead has become the fourth writer in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction, with his latest Nickel Boys. Learn more about Colson’s win here, and an overview of the 15 finalists and winners here.
  • Jaipur LitFest hosts live ‘Brave New World’ programme with conversations like this one between William Dalrymple and Michael Palin. More content TBA 9 & 10 May. Sessions and updates via their social media.
  • 18-31 May Hay Festival Digital #ImagineTheWorld lineup announced. To include Benedict Cumberbatch, Hilary Mantel and more - "We'll be welcoming readers from around the world into a digital party." says Festival Director Peter Florence. Explore programme here
  • The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has partnered with the Emirates Literature Foundation on their online programming, streaming regularly on their YouTube channel until 15 June. You can watch Anthony Geffen and Nick Arnold’s sessions while you wait for the Pursuit of Happyness session with Chris Gardner.
  • Emirates LitFest has released another of its 2020 sessions on YouTube – Arab Writers Going Global – a conversation between Hoda Barakat, Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth.
  • A sales boom of 80% for Australian Amazon rival Booktopia - enlightening analysis of online book market mid-pandemic in Australia vs. Europe & North America in Bookbrunch today.
  • Over the coming months the cancelled Sydney Writers Festival will be presenting a series of podcasts that reimagine 50 of the sessions that would have featured in their 2020 program. More conversations have become available – check them out here.
  • The Big Book Weekend kicks off this weekend (8-10 May) via featuring Robert Webb, Maggie O’Farrell and more. Straightforward detail on how to join here.
  • The longlist for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year has been announced and includes My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre, and 16 other thrilling titles.
  • Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival have also launched ‘HIF at Home’ to tide us over until we can leave our homes again.
  • Speaking of crime, a succinct and fascinating roundup of sociopaths in fiction from a clinical psychologist can be found over at LitHub.
  • After a leak of its early chapters caused her to abandon the project, Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun, a retelling of Twilight from the perspective of Vampire love interest Edward Cullen, will be released in August.
  • The Dutch Foundation for Literature’s campaign to promote Dutch writing in translation continues online with Norwich’s National Centre for Writing. International Booker Prize nominee Tommy Wieringa is up on 13 May. More details here.
  • Daniel Radcliffe and other stars are reading the first in the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter. More info about narrators and the project here, and if you’d like Daniel to read you Chapter One, head over here.
  • Workshops and activities using stories to build empathy organized by EmpathyLab – will feature authors such as Joseph Coelho, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Rob Biddulph, and more. Empathy Day programme scheduled for 9 June.
  • For anyone taking this time to work on their writing, an eBook titled Ten Things About Writing: Build Your Story, One Word at a Time by Joanne Harris will be published on 11 May. The backstory to the project and details about where to get hold of it here
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