The Thursday Book Beat: Twilight Lives Again!…Via Facebook
I’ve been reporting on it on the site and you can check out the latest update here. You can continue to find updates as they come in.
This entire issue is a hot mess. A blogger who’s been in the book blogging game from pretty much the start has been outed as an abusive individual by those in the industry. The Toast does a great job looking at the role of the industry in creating an environment that allowed for this individual to continue his abuse. I was shocked by the news and pretty disappointed. Clearly the industry needs to re-calibrate and figure out how this will never happen again. Silence in the face of abuse is a dangerous thing so no more of that please? Maybe an environment that foster support for one another and also calls out shitty behaviour? Yes? Deal? Good.
Publisher’s Weekly looks at the explosion of teen imprints in the publishing game and allows for a moment of well deserved bragging. Interesting in writing YA fiction? Like reading YA? Then check this out!
PANELS! is the name of the site although I don’t think the all caps or the exclamation point is a requirement. It’s the new comics site that they’ve launched so we shall see what they’ll bring to that industry. Speaking of sister sites, The Toast has gotten Roxane Gay to head their new site called The Butter. Man, I love these names. I’m eagerly awaiting The Jam any minute now…
A bunch of authors are joining the coalition in opposition to Amazon’s actions not just towards Hachette but also in the broader sense of their role in the industry. In fact, they want the Department of Justice to get in on the action by “investigat[ing] Amazon for illegal monopoly tactics”. I’ve basically stopped buying from Amazon as a personal choice and hope that you guys check out your local bookstore if you have the means to do so!
Books On Screen
Lionsgate, Women In Film and Facebook are teaming up to showcase the talents of female directors by giving them the chance to direct a series of shorts on the popular series by Stephenie Meyer. Each episode will focus on a popular character from the franchise and the directors will be chosen by a panel of judges including Meyer. The project will be backed by Women in Film and follows the results of a global study announced last week regarding Hollywood’s discrimination of women in the film industry.
“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Meyer. “I’m honoured to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”
Woot! I think this is a great idea and although I’m not a fan of Twilight, I have to give Meyer and company made props for this endeavour.