Christa here, filling in for Ardo for this week’s Thursday Book Beat. There was a lot of book news this week so let’s dive right in.

Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times 2012Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, has passed away 

The legendary creator was 86 years old. The Clifford books have sold millions of copies in 13 language and have inspired children everywhere to ask their parents for a puppy. A movie version is set to release in 2016.

How Are YouTubers Going to Change the Publishing Industry?

Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Zoellla are only the beginning. YouTubers of all stripes are adding “published author” to their resume. Simon & Schuster have even launched an entire imprint for these creators. So far these books have seen record sales, but also huge controversies. What else is on the horizon?

J.K. Rowling’s Galbraith books coming to TV The Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith Hachette 2013

J.K Rowling’s current ongoing mystery series (written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) is being adapted by the BBC. No word yet on release date and casting.

Dear Book World: Stop Making Excuses For Your Race Problem

Seriously, just stop. (Maybe you need these six hacks?)

Rainbow Rowell St Martins 2013Rainbow Rowell announces Fangirl spinoff Carry On 

Did you love the snippets of Cath’s Baz and Simon fanfiction in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl? Then you’re in luck! 2015 will see the release of her newest Young Adult Carry On, the full story of Baz and Simon.

Where are the Boy Books? You’re Buying Them

Every now and again a new article will pop up about all the ways Young Adult books are destroying literature. And sometimes that arguments hinges on the lack of “books for boys.” Book Riot takes a look at the actual bestseller list and breaks down that argument.

(Related: Kids Are Thriving, Reading and Hungry for More: Crunching Numbers at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit)

Judy Blume’s New Novel: The First Look!  In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume, Doubleday Canada, 2015

The Mary Sue referred to Judy Blume as an “ovary whisperer” and I can think of no better description. In the Unlikely Event will be Blume’s first adult novel in 15 years and I have already preordered my copy.

The Canada Reads Long List has been revealed!

Which book is “the one book to break barriers”?

 

Other news

BBC launches Young Writers’ Award

Amazon goes head to head with Wattpad in battle for fanfic writers

James Patterson Makes Holiday Donation to Indies

Joseph Boyden Edits New Collection of First Nation Stories