Literary News Roundup Our Highlights this Week - 30 April 2020

01.05.20 01:11 AM By GAOLF
  • Literature Festivals continue to move their programming online, with both recorded content from their previous events and live virtual content. Updates:  
    • Bay Area Book Festival’s #UNBOUND launches 1 May – virtual programme now available to explore here.
    • Hay Festival Digital will be taking place 22–31 May 2020 – full programme TBA 1 May.
    • Emirates LitFest continues to release 2020 Festival content like this poetry performance/discussion feat. Afra Atiq, Carlos Andrés Gómez & Farah Chamma
    • The Sydney Writers Festival has produced a podcast series of recorded conversations which launch from 1 May. 27 April’s livestreamed conversation with Malcom Turnbull available here.
    • The Everywhere Festival scheduled for 1-2 May - features 2019 Carnegie Medal nominee Jason Reynolds, Ella Enchanted author Gail Carson Levine and more.
    • The Big Book Weekend is a virtual festival happening 8-10 May featuring Robert Webb, Maggie O’Farrell and more.
    • Comics & Graphic novel chat, a virtual dance party, and disability in sword work are all coming up in the SFWA Nebula Conference online videos from 29-31 May.
  • Random House Children’s Books launched online crafts and activities sessions on 27 April that tie into The Magic Tree House Series. More on the Magic Tree House Home adventures here.
  • Crime-writing festivals Bloody Scotland and Bute Noir have teamed up with Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and Mark Billingham to host a ‘Mock the Week’ style online quiz titled ‘Quizknobs and Zoomsticks’ on 1 May at 8:15pm GMT on the Crime Waves YouTube channel
  • Clare Mackintosh and other literary greats to feature in the completely digital Summer Festival of Writing. 
  • Sharjah holds virtual closing ceremony for World Book Capital.
  • Shortlist for the Wolfson History Prize 2020 announced.
  •  Room author Emma Donoghue’s new novel The Pull of the Stars, about the Spanish flu set in Dublin in 1918 due for publication 23 July.
  • Documentary about Michelle Obama’s book tour for memoir Becoming, will release on 6 May with a Netflix documentary of the same name.
  • Anthony Horowitz shares the opening chapter of work-in-progress children’s fiction tale Where Seagulls Dare, inviting reader feedback on the story.
  • 11 Books the New York Times thinks you should have on your radar for May, from a Hunger Games prequel to a reimagining of Hillary Clinton’s life.
  • How can you best support independent bookstores during the pandemic? Ally Kirkpatrick owns one in Virginia, USA and has written a guide to help you make impactful purchases.
  • In honor of the Bard’s 456th birthday 5 Shakespeare scholars weighed in on the past, present and future of theatre.
  • Fancy trying your hand at a ‘Guess the Book Titles Using Only Emoji” quiz? Here you go.
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