Happy Friday Savvy Readers! It’s time for this week’s edition of Bookmarks, and I’ve got the scoop on everything that’s happened this week!
1. The Book Oscars are back!
Get into the Oscar’s spirit and vote for your favourite books of the year! Our star-studded lineup includes authors Ann Patchett, Emma Donoghue, Karin Slaughter, and SO many more! Help us choose the best books of 2019, voting is open until February 26th! Vote now.
2. Toni Collette is set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Karin Slaughter’s thriller Pieces of Her!
Fresh from wrapping up her role in Unbelievable, Toni Collette is set to star in an eight-episode Netflix adaptation of Karin Slaughter‘s 2018 bestselling thriller, Pieces of Her, in which a random act of violence sets off a shocking chain of events for Andy Oliver and her mother Laura. Seeking answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her towards the dark, hidden heart of her family. Read more about this story here.
3. Bestselling authors Angie Thomas and Elizabeth Acevedo talked to Elle Magazine about how they’re rewriting the rules of young adult fiction.
YA royalty, Angie Thomas and Elizabeth Acevedo, as well as Tomi Adeyemi, Akwaeke Emezi, and Nic Stone, didn’t hold back in their discussions with Elle Magazine for their article Voices of Change. Discussing everything from what inspired them to start writing literature for young women of colour to why representation and diverse books are critical to raising the next generation. Read what they had to say here.
4. A new literary prize will award over $100,000 to a female novelist!
Dubbed The Carol Shields Prize after 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Shields (pictured above), this new literary prize was first conceived of by Canadian author Susan Swan whose research revealed books written by women were less likely to be reviewed or win the most prominent book awards. Although female authors are gaining ground when it comes to claiming high-profile prizes, the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction will seek to reward a work of fiction published in the previous year by a woman or nonbinary person. Read more about this incredible new prize here.
Well, that’s all I have for you today Savvy Readers! Tell me, which of these literary tidbits did you find most exciting? Comment below or tweet us @SavvyReader.