Literary News Roundup - Our Highlights this Week - 20 August 2020

20.08.20 09:15 PM By GAOLF

We welcomed the Yayavar Literary Festival in India to the Association this week which makes us 74 members strong! This week we discovered messy first drafts of classic novels, a James Bond stunt driver writing a book, writers virtually in residence, the auction of some ‘monstrous’ artwork, and the return of the Corfu Literary Festival with its famous authors vs. islanders cricket match. 

  • Islay Book Festival teams up with Bocas Lit Fest and Commonwealth Writers for a digital event on 28 August that celebrates the anthology of island writing, So Many Islands. Featuring a conversation between anthology contributors from Bermuda, Tonga and beyond, you can find out more about the event and how to register here
  • Underrepresented writers' platform Untitled announces its first Untitled Underrep’d Writers Festival (5 September) which will be online and free to attend. You can explore the programme which includes a workshop in experimental poetry, and a Writers Salon of eight underrepresented writers, here
  • The Corfu Literary Festival will take place as a live event on the island itself from 16 to 20 September, as according to organisers Corfu is ‘relatively virus-free’. Expect the traditional authors vs. islanders cricket match, Tom Holland, Peter Frankopan and more from their programme which you can explore here.
  • An anonymous lawyer is calling out The New York Times’ typos and has a Twitter account entirely dedicated to proofreading the newspaper in varying tones of frustration. You can read all about it here.  
  •  Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has announced Netherlands writer Anita Terpstra and New Zealand writer Paddy Richardson as its virtual writers in residence. You can find out more here
  • Stunt driver Ben Collins writes a narrative history of the Aston-Martin for Quercus, drawing on experience both on screen in James Bond films like No Time to Die, and the gruelling 24 hour Le Mans course. The book is due for publication October this year. More details here
  • With book tours scrapped, authors are finding new ways to connect with their readers says Washington Post
  • Basketball star LeBron James’ children’s book I Promise is No. 1 in the children’s picture book list this week. More on the development of the hush-hush project and thoughts from illustrator Nina Matahere
  • “This, surely, is as close to being inside an author’s head as it’s possible to get” – BBC Culture on what we can learn from first draft manuscripts of classic novels from Wilde to Woolf and more. 
  • Reese Witherspoon has included a YA novel in her book club for the first time. More here from Publishers Weekly
  • How much is that monster in the window? Inspired by the classic picture book Not Now Bernard by David McKee, artwork by Rob Biddulph, Chris Riddell, Tony Ross and more, are being auctioned until 2 November to raise funds for Action for Children. It also marks the book’s 40th Anniversary. 
  • When COVID-19 closed this Australian library, this is what the staff did to stay connected to their library members.  
  • Roasted badger anyone? Take a whirlwind tour through some surprising historical recipes with this article.
  • There was a crucial mistake made with the covers of the ‘Reclaim her Name’ collection created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for fiction.  
  • Stop sending Hilary Mantel your ideas for more historical novel plots – she needs a bit of a rest after all those Cromwell books. More on Hilary’s life after the Cromwell series here
  • Nepal’s Poet Laureate Madhav Prasad Ghimire has sadly passed away.
  • Adele has revealed her favourite non-fiction book
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