Literary News Roundup - Thoughts from Cheltenham, LBF moves to June, Guadalajara next World Book Capital & more

06.11.20 11:35 AM By GAOLF

Photo courtesy of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival / Still Moving Media

  • What happened when the world’s very first literature festival pioneered a new hybrid version for these extraordinary times? Read Cheltenham Literature Festival’s Lyndsey Fineran’s blog here - and congratulations to their team - The Bookseller has included the event in the shortlist for Event of the Year at the FutureBook Awards.
  • Australia’s Word for Word Festival devoted entirely to non-fiction writing fast approaches. You can explore the programme of events scheduled for 20-22 November here.
  • Stratford LitFest has had to move entirely online.
  • A love for literature can kick in at any time of life - this story about 90s boy band singer Tony Mortimer, who read his first novel at 50 and then read 64 more, is living proof.
  • Bradford LitFest have relaunched their Book Bingo Challenge just in time for UK residents who are now into a second lockdown. 
  • The much-anticipated Waterstones Book of the Year’s 2020 shortlist has been announced and includes Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola, Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan, Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani, and more.
  • For some who apply for writing residencies, getting accepted is a fraction of the battle. This is a frustrating yet important read, as Cameroonian writer Nkiacha Atemnkeng details rejection after rejection at multiple embassy interviews. 
  • National Novel Writing Month is here - a great exercise for anyone wanting to exercise their writing muscles and exorcise their inner editor and critic, and if you don’t fancy joining NaNoWriMo then here are some suggested alternatives.
  • Guadalajara has been named the world book capital for 2022.
  • Trading through the pandemic: the experience of Arab publishers detailed in BookBrunch.
  • A very meta list here - a top 10 list of books about…books ‘From John Boyne to Julian Barnes and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, novelist Antoine Laurain chooses stories that are told inside stories’.
  • A legendary and beloved book now, but what did readers think of it in 1897? Travel back in time with this early review of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Six books that feature anti-heroines that test the limits of morality, here in Crime Reads.
  • Explore the history of dust jackets from disposable to collectible here.
  • London Book Fair has been postponed to June 2021. It will run from 29 June to 1 July 2021, a three month shift from the original dates of 9-11 March. More information available via Publishing Perspectives.
  • This New York bookstore is making sure children in need will receive books for the Holidays.
  • Thousands of books panic-borrowed from French libraries ahead of latest lockdown, though the government has announced that it will reimburse the delivery costs of books purchased from independent bookstores.
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