In Review: The Week of June 22nd

June 27, 2020

This week we played casting director, took on BookRiot's Read Harder Challenge, chatted with Paul Butler about his new Dracula-inspired novel, offered up long reads for long summer days, and more!

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On the Blog


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~ We collabed with Playwrights Canada Press to dream up an imaginary Kasi Lemmons' adaptation of Jordi Mand's play Brontë: The World Without. (Brb, Hollywood is calling.)

~ Author Paul Butler enters the dark recesses of our Off/Kilter column to discuss his new book Mina's Child (Inanna Publications), a dark and refreshing extension of Stoker's iconic Dracula, shifted into the 20th century: "Far less explored in popular culture as well as film is the degree to which Stoker’s story is also about the male guarding of women’s sexuality and the sense of fury and loathing that occurs when this guard is removed."

~ ALU staffer Tan takes on BookRiot's  #ReadHarderChallenge with a duo of books based in Quebec—a gripping mystery and a graphic memoir from Linda Leith Publishing and Pow Pow Press.

~ We like big books and we cannot lie.  Check out these long reads to help you fill even longer summer days – all stories you'll be happy to spend some extra time with!



Around the Web


~ Take the pressure out of reading:  Writers talk about why we shouldn't worry about what we read (or don't read).

~ Stéphane Larue wins the 2020 Amazon First Novel Award for his book The Dishwasher (Biblioasis).

~ In absurd COVID-related news, people are microwaving their books in the US to kill the virus. 




ICYMI (last week)

ALU Summer Book Club: 2020 Edition

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All Lit Up Book Club is BACK for another summer season—social distance-style. Find out what we're reading from Book*hug Press and Inanna Publications and follow along with us all summer. PLUS: get 15% off our book picks (+ FREE shipping until June 30)!




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