June 08, 2020

Virtual, hybrid, live: what next for book events?

As has been widely reported over the past few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has caused continued closures of theatre and performing arts venues, with potentially catastrophic effects across the industry.  At Fane we started by postponing our March - May shows to the Autumn, but with the outlook for theatres seemingly no brighter, we have had to postpone these already-postponed shows to 2021. Over 700 shows in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland have now been cancelled or rescheduled to 2021, including two “Words Weekend” festivals. The impact has been devastating.

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#Publishingpaidme: authors share advances to expose racial disparities

#Publishingpaidme: authors share advances to expose racial disparities Jun 08 2020 Authors from Roxane Gay to Matt Haig have been sharing what they were paid to write their books in order to highlight the disparity between what black and white writers earn from their publishers. Started by black fantasy author LL McKinney, the #publishingpaidme hashtag called on white authors to share what they had been paid by publishers, with many major names weighing in with their advances... Source: The Guardian More News Stories

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Workers across publishing industry take collective action against racism

Jun 08 2020 On June 8, a group of more than 700 workers across book and media industries, most of them junior staffers, are taking collective action to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and "the many other Black lives lost to racist violence in America." The action includes taking a day off from work to spend "in service of the Black community: protesting, organizing, fundraising support, phone banking, mutual aid, etc.," according to a letter shared by the group via email. The entire effort, they say, is to "speak out against racist murder,...

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