The marketing of books to readers of colour is often restricted to titles by writers of similar backgrounds, but who ‘the reader’ is must be re-assessed
A guide to neopronouns Apr 09 2021 A personal pronoun is a form of speech that stands in for a person or group of people. She is having opinions online; they are fighting in the comments; and, of course, as in the Prince song made famous by Sinead O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Nonbinary pronouns, as well — often the singular “they” and “them” — have become widespread. A 2019 Pew Research study found already that one in five Americans knew someone who uses nonbinary pronouns. And then there are neopronouns. A neopronoun can be a word a created to...
Having collected views from Black people across the publishing industry for the past year, the Black Agents and Editors’ Group has outlined 15 steps for how those in the trade can do better.
Apr 09 2021 On Wednesday, Penguin Random House announced that the hardcover version of Gorman’s poem, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey, enjoyed the highest first-week sales of any poetry book ever published. She is also on the cover of the May edition of Vogue with a very good, in depth article/interview inside. Source: Vogue More News Stories
The Irish Cultural Centre in London is launching a series of literary interviews, Northern Irish Voices, this weekend which will form part of its spring 2021 cultural programme.
The winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards were announced in their first-ever online ceremony since the Awards began 57 years ago. It was hosted by Kara Young and featured many guest appearances, including Whoopi Goldberg and Viola Davis. In total, $380,000 in prizes were awarded to a diverse range of writers, translators, poets, editors, journalists, and others. Although they were not able to host the usual festivities, the online ceremony is available to watch in its entirety on Youtube! [embedded content][embedded content] PEN America was founded in 1922, with the intent to “foster international literary fellowship” in the...
Titles from Dialogue Books and Granta have made the longlists for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and Prize for Political Fiction.
It is as though ‘Bologna-time’ is hard-wired into children’s publishers; the smell of spring in the air makes us think of our new publishing, new potential deals and exciting times ahead. Travelling to Italy certainly helps the feeling, but it turns out that it still happens for us whilst at home! Over the last fortnight the Macmillan Children’s Books Rights team of 10 colleagues has held a virtual Spring Fair with 250+ sales meetings with international publishers across 50 countries.
For one of my final school essays, I chose to analyse a whisper of a book. Upon confirming my choice, I found out that my teacher hadn’t heard of A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood and would take the night to read it. Having already planned the essay, I returned to his office nervously the following day and blurted out, “it’s my favourite book!” He frowned at me then said: “I think it’s mine now, too.” The book was a perfect choice.
One of the things that Black people know to be true is that when we lift up our voices to celebrate our joy, share our pain, or warn of the injustices levelled against our communities, we are often silenced—either by being denied the necessary platforms to elevate our voices, or by wilful ignorance of the establishment.