Literary News Roundup - Our Highlights this Week -  23 July 2020

23.07.20 10:56 PM By GAOLF

Bromance book clubs, Captain Sir Tom Moore cover reveal, Good Housekeeping’s online literary festival this weekend, how toilet roll can help sell books and much more in the literary news this week.

  • The Festival for Working Class Writers is set to launch in October next year, organized by Natasha Carthew. Check out their Twitter feed for more information.
  • Good Housekeeping’s Big Summer Book Day is an online festival scheduled for 26 July, which will feature Lionel Shriver, Karin Slaughter, Kit de Waal, and more. You can find out more here, and register here
  • Cheltenham Literature Festival will be going digital this year from 2 to 11 October, with plans for 100 events to be livestreamed from the Cheltenham Town Hall and the Everyman Theatre with small socially-distanced audiences. Featuring guest curators Elif Shafak and Shamil Thakrar of Dishoom fame, their lineup is to be announced 28 August. 
  • Author Mark Dawson bought multiple copies of his thriller novel to push it into the Top 10 book charts, but Nielsen have now revised their figures
  • A novel way to sell a novel – put them near the toilet paper. More on this 2020 development in bookselling from The New York Times
  • The shortlist has been announced for the Gordon Burn Prize which is awarded to the ‘boldest, most ambitious and uncompromising’ book of the year. You can explore the shortlist which features Lisa Taddeo, Lemn Sissay and more, here.
  • This is what 100 writers have been reading in quarantine
  • The cover for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s first children’s book One Hundred Steps, has been released. Full of anecdotes from his war-time experiences to his viral fundraising efforts this year, the tagline is ‘Small steps can lead to big adventures’.
  • The Federation of European Publishers has released a report studying the impact of the coronavirus crisis on publishing. More details via BookBrunch
  • With the recent finding of a 3.3% rise in UK book exports in 2019 compared to 2018, UK publishers ask for government support to aid industry recovery. More from Publishing Perspectives.  
  • The live events organiser responsible for London Book Fair has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and its impact on exhibitions. More on this and response from RELX here.
  • What do we relate to when we relate to books? The characters, the scenario? A thought-provoking question explored here.
  • A four-year-old lands a book deal for his ‘astonishing’ poetry which will be published next summer – more via the Guardian.  
  • Read about how Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure taught this author how to write. 
  • Interview in The Guardian with Mary Trump, author of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Mann  
  • What happens at a Bromance Book Club? Find out from a man who started one. Via Men’s Health


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