This Week In Literature, April 7th 2017

After once again neglecting this blog, I’m starting up again with a series highlighted what I found to be the most interesting stories from the literary and publishing world. Here’s what’s caught my eye for this first post, albeit not all are from the first week of April.

Durban Opens Bid For “Literary Capital of South Africa”

The South African city of Durban is now preparing their bid for UNESCO City of Literature – 21st in the world, and a unique addition to the continent. Fingers crossed for them, I’d love to see this happen!

London Map of Literary Characters

Now this is an interesting one! An artist by the name of Dex has mapped out the city of London using novel characters local as landmarks.

Time Inc. Books Has Trouble With Trump Presidency

I find this to be somewhat amusing. Is glossing over Trump’s controversial quotes really any more difficult than glossing over the war crimes of previous Presidents?

Regnary Publishing Rumored To Publish Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous”

Opposition to the original deal with Simon & Schuster may be dismayed to learn to so-called controversial Dangerous  may hit the shelves anyway, under a new publisher. Personally I found the faux outrage over Milo’s book to be a little over blown, especially this little tidbit, “Writer Roxane Gay canceled her plans to publish a book with the publisher in response to Yiannopoulos’s book deal.”

Physical Book Sales Up 7% At London Book Fair

This is a heartening development! Even though I currently plan to publish my first novel via Kindle – eventually – there’s something about the printed word that I find to be a more intimate experience. Call me crazy. I don’t want a paperless world – but maybe we can give trees a break and use hemp instead.

Self-publishing Going Up In The World

More good news, especially to any self publishers out there. According to this CBC article, we’re no longer seen as vainglorious amateurs publishing our weird fantasies. And don’t forget the horrendous book covers. While still lacking the prestige of traditional publishing, it’d be nice for the general public to know some self publishers actually put some effort into their fiction.