April 09, 2021

A guide to neopronouns

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...

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Winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Announced

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...

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Book fair season – but not as we know it

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.

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Dearth of a Black salesman

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.

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