weekly round up - The Authors Guild

Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: A bookstore on wheels, no nobel literature prize this year, and more...

No Nobel Literature Prize This Year but Two Prizes in 2019
Associated Press
After sexual misconduct allegations and financial investigations, the Swedish Academy has decided there will be no Nobel Prize in Literature this year.

Meet the Black Women Upending the Romance Novel Industry
BuzzFeed News
“A trio of black women at Kensington Publishing is challenging the old, predominantly white narratives of who gets to fall in love.”

Michelle Obama to Deliver Opening Keynote at 2018 ALA Conference
Publishers Weekly
The American Library Association this week announced that former First Lady Michelle Obama will keynote the opening general session of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Save Barnes & Noble!
The New York Times
“It’s depressing to imagine that more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores might simply disappear—as already happened with Borders, in 2011. But the death of Barnes & Noble is now plausible.”

As a Bookstore on Four Wheels, Iron Dog Books Is No Joke
Vancouver Sun
A new kind of independent bookstore, a 2006 Freightliner step van customized with wooden shelves holding about 2,000 books including new and used, fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s and young adult titles.

Broadway ‘Mockingbird’ Is Back on Track, as Court Dispute Ends
The New York Times
The broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird written by hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has reached a settlement and is allowed to move forward.

D.C. Is Having an Independent Bookstore Renaissance
Washington City Paper
“For D.C.’s independent bookstores, part of being hyper-local means carrying titles by the city’s authors. And in an effort to cultivate a community of writers, this new generation of independent stores is developing methods for connecting readers to the authors and poets of the District.”