Book Beat: The End of Tin House, The More Canada Report, and #ReadTheOnePercent

Hello Bookmarked readers! It’s Emily again, here to share some quick book news between getting all my work and shopping done for the Christmas holiday. I hope everyone in similar positions this holiday season is getting things done on time, so you can enjoy some downtime if you have it.

As Paige said last week, it’s been a bit hard finding interesting publishing news that isn’t a best books list. But that’s what we’re here for, right? We find it so you don’t have to! Read on to see what we found this week.

Tin House Magazine Ends its Print Run

Tin House Magazine has announced its next issue will be its last. Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Win McCormack cites production costs as the reason for the magazine’s closure. McCormack writes that ending the magazine will allow the company to focus on Tin House Books and Tin House Workshop. Still, this is sad news for fans of the literary magazine. Tin House’s last issue, coincidentally also its 20th Anniversary celebration, will be published in June 2019.

Tin House Magazine covers

The More Canada Report

Canadian publishing got some disappointing news recently: sales of English-language books by Canadian authors have fallen by half since 2005. On top of the news that Canadian authors’ incomes are often below the poverty line, this seems pretty bleak. However, the More Canada Report focuses on ways to make Canadian authored books more competitive and to refocus readers on Canadian titles. These strategies include providing bookstores with media to promote Canadian authors, funneling school book sales through indie bookstores, and creating more metadata tags on online bookselling platforms. Hopefully, such measures will make a difference, because there are some amazing Canadians writing right now.

A New Pop-Up Shop for Diverse Children’s Book

One of the arguments against diverse publishing is that books with diverse characters won’t sell. Bestseller lists would disagree, of course, but if you need more proof look no further than the #ReadTheOnePercent pop-up children’s bookshop in Brixton.

Store owners David Stevens and Aimée Felone. Photograph: Sarah Lee for The Guardian

The shop was founded this past October by Aimée Felone and David Stevens, who together also founded the independent publisher Knights Of. The two were inspired by a report that found that, of 9000 children’s books published in the UK in 2017, only 1 percent centered a BAME main character. The shop thus exclusively sells books with Black, Asian, or minority ethnic characters. After initially selling out of their merchandise, the shop is now open again for the Christmas season. The founders have also launched a crowdfunding campaign to make the shop permanent in Brixton, as well as launch pop-ups across the UK and Ireland. They’ve already raised over £15,000 of their £30,000!

Out This Week

Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard

The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano

Verity by Colleen Hoover

The Girl With the Broken Heart by Lurlene McDaniel

Cover of The Girl with the Broken Heart

Happy Thursday!