Dog-eared and Dispatched: October 11, 2015
In this week’s industry roundup, Bella has become Beau, Jacob has become Julie, and Edward has become Edythe. But more importantly, we avoid discussing Stephanie Meyer to honor Svetlana Alexievich as the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, and conclude with footnotes on teen poets, Harry Potter, and Grace Jones. Ready? Set? Read!
Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian journalist and author, beat out Haruki Murakami and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o to win the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. As articulated by Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy, Alexievich is being recognized “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Two of her most famous works, Voices from Chernobyl and Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War, will be have reprints in hardcover and paperback, offering this “Dostoevsky of nonfiction” to a new readership.
- Stephenie Meyer is releasing a gender-swapped edition of Twilight in honor of the 10th anniversary of the novel.
- Five teens were honored by Michelle Obama at the National Student Poets Pinning Ceremony at the White House this week.
- Disney will publish original YA and crossover fiction and nonfiction, including titles that tie in with television offerings, under the new imprint, Freeform.
- Rumors are circulating about a possible Amazon bookstore in Seattle, WA.
- Scholastic unveiled a trailer for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- FedEx is working with Perseus to speed the delivery of book orders.
- Nike co-founder, Phil Knight has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a Spring 2016 memoir.
- Grace Jones is stirring up troup with her “outrageous” book tour antics.