Footnotes, March 2023: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- Book publishers with surging profits struggle to prove that the Internet Archive’s free ebook Open Library hurts sales.
- Scott Griffin wants to create the most lucrative poetry prize in the world. Not everyone is happy.
- Brandon Sanderson is the biggest fantasy writer in the world. Last year, he made $55 million. He’s also very Mormon. These things are profoundly related.
- ‘What I Learned from Book Clubs Reading My Novels’
- Spare Us! A Harrody – a parody of Prince Harry’s bestselling memoir – will be out in early April (and that’s no joke).
- An updated edition of ‘Hani: A Life Too Short’ re-evaluates his legacy.
- 18 Must-Read Historical Fiction Titles by African Women!
- On what would have been Philip Roth’s 90th birthday, readers and writers descended on his hometown to honor and debate his legacy.
- Eric Brown, prolific, award-winning author who published more than 50 novels, children’s books and short story collections, has died aged 62.
- ‘Celebrating the variety and diversity of literary production today’ – the 2023 International Booker Prize longlist has been announced.
- Why Kids Aren’t Falling in Love With Reading (Hint: It’s not just the screens.)
- Filippo Bernardini has been accused of stealing over 1,000 book manuscripts. In court filings, he said he was motivated not by money but by a love of reading.
- It is a little-known fact that Jack Kerouac, one of the godfathers of 1960s counterculture, was also a painter whose works live on in Switzerland.
- Is the humanities degree going the way of the dodo bird?
- France’s publishing industry is staunchly conservative, but now young influencers on TikTok are challenging the way literature is consumed.
Header image: Spare Us cover