June 2020

Authors spearhead #KidLit rally for Black Lives

Jun 02 2020 In support of the global protests that are currently being held against police brutality and racism, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds and fellow children’s authors and activists Kwame Alexander and Jacqueline Woodson are leading the #Kidlit Rally for Black Lives, a virtual gathering of more than 25 authors, artists, and publishers. Hosted by The Brown Bookshelf, it will take place live on Thursday, June 4, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, on the blog’s Facebook page. Following a rally addressing young people in grades K–12, participants will hold another event at 7:45 p.m. geared toward...

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Book launches just got better

It’s pretty obvious that the book industry, along with nearly all other businesses, will be hammered by the plague. The damage is somewhat mitigated by online ordering and delivery of printed books from you-know-who and by digital delivery of e-books and audiobooks. But that cannot compensate for traditional booksellers having to close their doors and media focussing almost exclusively on the many aspects of the crisis to the detriment of coverage of books.

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