Book Bits Oct. 14, 2020

Book Bits Oct. 14, 2020

Book news and events from across the bibliosphere!

A Cappella Books, Atlanta

Steve Madden, “The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever” in conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist . Click here for tickets; ticket options include a copy of the book.

Atlanta Writer’s Club

Weekly Contest: I’m a former winner of this contest, and what a great prize; the winner will receive a one-year extension to their membership! The deadline for this week’s contest is Friday, October 16th at noon Eastern, and the word to use in a submission of 50 words or less is “dream.” Atlanta Writers Club members are invited to send your submission with “Weekly Contest” in the subject line to Clay Ramsey, Officer Emeritus and VP of Contests, Awards, & Scholarships, at To join the AWC or renew your membership, please use the link here for online and mail-in options:

For information about the upcoming virtual Atlanta Writer’s Conference, click here.

Lit Hub Weekly

From this week’s issue of LitHub: ““It’s not laziness, but criminal, to feign ignorance of the havoc we have wrought on the world.” Fatima Bhutto chronicles this world on fire. | Lit Hub Politics

“Prince always accepted what was coming, and was trying to prepare, he told me as far back as 1985.” Neal Karlen on his complicated relationship with an American icon. | Lit Hub Biography

“It seemed to be extremely unlikely that I would ever have this particular event to deal with in my life.” Louise Glück on winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. | The New York Times

Andri Snær Magnason: It will never be too late to mourn the slow loss of glaciers. | Words Without Borders

From Lit Hub’s Bookmarks Bulletin:

In literary land this week: American poet Louise Glück won the 2020 Nobel Prize for literature, Fox News is getting its own imprint at HarperCollins (?!), the staff of The New Yorker is celebrating a well-earned union victory, this year’s MacArthur fellows include six literary writers, and there’s a new Ethan Hawke novel on the horizon.

Here at Book Marks, we got some rapid-fire book recs from Douglas Stuart and Karen Russell, and talked books about the civilian experience of war with Phil Klay.

We hope you’re all keeping healthy and sane, and supporting your local independent bookstores in any way you can. Click on the image below to find your local independent bookstore in the US.

Featured Bookstores of the Week:

Jarndyce Books: Leading specialists in 18th and, particularly, 19th century English Literature & History. Our shop, opposite the British Museum, is open between 11 & 5.30. @JarndyceBooks on Twitter.

Coachouse Books: Coach House Books is an independent Canadian publisher of poetry, fiction, drama & nonfiction. Good on paper since 1965. @coachhousebooks on Twitter.

Drama Book Shop: 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. Since 1917, the greatest theatre and film bookshop in the world. Re-opening Spring 2020! @dramabookshop on Twitter.

Port Book and News Shop: Locally owned indie bookshop serving the Olympic Peninsula for over 35 years. Come for the books, stay for the community and conversation! Open 7 days/week. @portbookandnews on Twitter.

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