Literary News Roundup - bloodthirsty unicorns, a drive-in book festival and the Booker shortlist is announced 

18.09.20 05:44 PM By GAOLF
  • Appledore’s drive-in Book Festival kicks off tomorrow, you can expect a live one-woman play performed over the phone at Ilkley Literature Festival, Lahore weighs in on remaining resilient in the face of the pandemic, bloodthirsty unicorns are on the horizon, and more. 
  • We welcomed Chiddingston Castle Literary Festival to the Association this week! 
  • Appledore Book Festival launches its first ever five-day drive-in festival this weekend with audiences able to listen to sessions via their car radio featuring Michael Morpurgo, Jeremy Vine, Richard Osman and more
  • In addition to workshops on writing for wellness, prepping poetry for publication and more, throughout October, Ilkley Literature Festival will be showing a series of films with a Carnival theme, combined with discussion and poetry performance in response to the screenings, and even a live theatre experience in the form of a one-woman play performed live over the phone. More here
  • You can read about the impact of the pandemic on the Lahore Literary Festival and the importance of its resilience to the wider writing community in this article. You can also keep up to date on their digital events via their Facebook page here
  • There are two more days left to enjoy Berlin International Literature Festival (internationales literaturfestival berlin). You can explore the Festival events in full via various PDF programmes available here
  • The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is in full swing, with the final events taking place this weekend. You can access their ‘virtual marquee’ here, and explore upcoming events such as Raynor Winn discussing The Wild Silence and even a panel on the art and challenge of caring for loved ones. 
  • Author Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame has revealed that his Kane Chronicles, a series which takes inspiration from Egyptian mythology, is being adapted to a series of films on Netflix. The news follows an earlier announcement about his Percy Jackson novels also being adapted as a series.
  • The Shortlisted titles for the 2020 Booker Prize were announced this week. The shortlist of six novels includes a post climate-change wilderness, an Italian invasion of Ethiopia in the 1930s, a mining town in 1980s Glasgow, and much more. The winner will be announced on 17 November.  
  • Publishing Perspectives has more detail on Sharjah World Book Capital’s plan to rebuild libraries in Beirut.
  • The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 announced its winners and runners-up this week, which included Nina Stibbe with Reasons to be Cheerful, Candice Carty-Williams with Queenie and more which you can read about here
  • The Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration has been awarded to Eva Eland for When Sadness Comes to Call, described by judges as a “masterpiece of minimalism”. You can read more about the book on the prizes website
  • Rupi Kaur’s third collection of poetry Home Body due to be released in November. More details on what we know about the upcoming publication here
  • Annabel Steadman has landed what is believed to be the largest ever book advance for a debut children’s writer with Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, a fantasy series set in a world in which unicorns are ‘bloodthirsty’ dangerous beasts that can only be tamed by the rider who hatches them. 
  • If you have a love-hate relationship with the book review platform Goodreads, you’re not alone. After years of complaints, the question still remains: Why has a worthy competitor not yet emerged, and is there one on the horizon? More on this from New Statesman article titled 'Why Goodreads is bad for books.'
  • The latest in LitHub’s hilarious ‘Bad Amazon Review Series’ highlights one-star Amazon reviews of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. One of their favourite reviews is from a reviewer called Susan, who thinks “The novel is ultimately a LIE.” You can explore the rest of these reviews here
  • The key to a more tranquil mind? One author argues it’s all about revisiting books from the past, says this Washington Post article.  
  • ‘We haven't seen anything like it since Harry Potter’is the word from UK bookshops as they report booming sales. More here in the Guardian.
  • ‘He Invented the Rubik’s Cube. He’s Still Learning From It.’ begins this feature in the New York Times on Erno Rubik and his recently published Cubed, which delves into his creation of one of the world’s most popular puzzles. 
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