Literary News Roundup - Our Highlights this Week -  16 July 2020

19.07.20 06:59 PM By GAOLF

The UK’s first drive-in book festival, digital and physical presence announced for Emirates LitFest, Tyson Fury autobiography wins Sports Book of the Year, trailer for much anticipated Vikram Seth adaptation is released, and more.

  • Appledore turns itself into UK's first drive-in book festival.
  • David Mitchell discussed his latest Utopia Avenue live on the Sydney Writers’ Festival YouTube channel earlier today. You can catch up with the conversation here
  • Beijing Book Fair scheduled for 26 August, moves online. It’s 2020 motto? “Moments of Joy and Opportunities”. More here from Publishing Perspectives.  
  • Ruskin Bond’s A Song of India due for release this month – the upcoming memoir will mark 70 years of his writing journey. 
  • Entrepreneur Middle East has put together a list of 12 books to help you with productivity and time management, from mental toughness to the right time to schedule meetings. 
  • The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has announced an innovative ‘hybrid edition’ for its 2021 Festival. More here from Publishing Perspectives.  
  • Gal dem, Jacaranda and Audible celebrate new Black authors with an audiobook club called ‘Listen Up!’ where books are provided for free by Audible and discussions with authors arranged over Zoom. Bookbrunch has more details
  • Auckland Winter Series has two episodes left in its digital literary calendar - Ep 12, Sunday 19 July featuring Patrick Gale, Julia Ebner and Michele Leggott is up next, with the final session scheduled for Sunday 26 July. 
  • In Publishing, ‘Everything Is Up for Change’ says The New York Times
  • New survey by Italian publishers shows reading ditched in favour of news consumption and “35 percent say they couldn’t find space at home to concentrate during the pandemic.” More from Publishing Perspectives.
  • Read the obituaries and learn about the fascinating lives and legacies of Susan Shaw, who dedicated herself to preserving the remains of the Letterpress industry, and Joanna Cole author of the Magic School Bus series and the famous Ms Frizzle, who have both sadly passed away.  
  • Meet the comic book series by Greg Rucka that has been adapted into critically acclaimed Netflix original superhero film The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron. 
  • Do you think that modern ‘re-imaginings’ of classic books are essentially theft or ‘acts of cultural vandalism’? Julie Burchill does in this opinion piece in The Telegraph
  • ‘If all Black books were about racism, where would we be able to escape it’ says Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of Amistad. You can read this interview ‘How Tracy Sherrod Came to Lead America’s Oldest Black Publishing Imprint’ here.
  • Heavyweight world champion boxer Tyson Fury's Behind the Mask wins Book of the Year at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020. You can read more about Fury’s autobiography and winning books in other categories via The Telegraph
  • You can read Ann and Jeff Vandermeer’s introduction to the upcoming publication (21 July) The Big Book of Modern Fantasy  online via Electric Lit - the literary couple trace the path of modern fantasy from ‘post-war to pre-apocalypse’. 
  • Teacher, author and anthropologist Wendy Cooling who founded Bookstart has passed away – read about the extraordinary life of a woman who said “If you can read, you can do anything.” 
  • Trailer for television adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy has been released. 
  • How do publishers decide which book to bet on? Anne Trubeck, author and founder-director of Belt Publishing weighs in
  • Hong Kong Book Fair postponed amid spike in coronavirus cases 
  • “Modern Gothic tales are moving away from the traditional decay and dilapidation and more towards settings worthy of a spread in architectural digest.” In this property-obsessed age, why are houses such a source of fictional terror? Asks Anna Downes 
  • Public libraries have been vital in times of crisis from conflict to Covid-19, says Apollo Magazine
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