Saturday, June 30, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
30 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 June 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

Donald Hall, a prolific and award-winning poet and man of letters who was widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died. He was 89.

Donald Hall, US Poet Laureate And Prize-Winning Man Of Letters, Dies At 89 by Associated Press for The Guardian


Derek Taylor Kent wasn’t sure where to get started when launching his author brand, and he made countless mistakes that he’s learned from and that have helped him reach the point where he’s just beginning to get the hang of it.

Building A Modern Author Brand: My Mis-Adventures In Perfecting A Platform by Derek Taylor Kent for I Smell Sheep


Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns by Associated Press in Chicago for The Guardian
American Library Association changes award name after examining ‘expressions of stereotypical attitudes’ in books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns by Associated Press in Chicago for The Guardian


The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018.

2018 Locus Awards Winners by Locus Mag


Reader or writer, what do you gain from reading/writing?

Once A Teacher, Always A Teacher, Or Why I Write The Books I Write by Hans M. Hirschi


Philip Pullman, Antony Beevor, and Sally Gardner call for a fairer share of profits, as survey shows full-time writers earn below minimum wage.

Publishers Are Paying Writers A Pittance, Say Bestselling Authors by Danuta Kean for The Guardian


Children’s author Tom Palmer has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to write a story that captures reluctant readers.

A Story About Harry Kane And Russian History Is Inspiring Schoolkids To Read by Richard Foster for The Guardian


Marketing a business can be tough when you feel like you’ve exhausted so many ideas. If you feel like you’re struggling or bored with the same marketing strategies, it’s time to take on a new and fresh approach. Let’s take a look at a variety of marketing ideas that’ll pump you up and get energized to market your business as an entrepreneur.

13 Extraordinary Marketing Ideas for Entrepreneurs by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil


The 40 Under 40 initiative has chosen a diverse set of fresh fellows to reflect the ‘bold expressiveness’ of a new generation in an institution that has been ‘overwhelmingly’ white and male.

Royal Society Of Literature Admits 40 New Fellows To Address Historical Biases by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Leisure Reading In The U.S. Is At An All-Time Low by Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post
The share of Americans who read for pleasure on a given day has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2004, according to the latest American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Leisure Reading In The U.S. Is At An All-Time Low by Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post


Speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, contributed to TV series including The Outer Limits, Star Trek and, Babylon 5 and won a notable copyright infringement suit against ABC and Paramount and a settlement in a similar suit over The Terminator, has died. He was 84.

Harlan Ellison, Provocative Sci-Fi Writer Of Star Trek, A Boy and His Dog, Dies At 84 by Carmel Dagan for Variety


Curious about the difference between a clear, concise sentence and a wordy one? Check out three of the top offenders when it comes to wordy writing.

Grammarly Spotlight: Why Concise Writing Gets More Readers by Grammarly Blog


Rather than getting hung up on the tiny detail that none of you read the book, here are some things to do in your book club meeting that will keep the discussion going strong and the literary vibes flowing.

12 Tips For Hosting A Successful Book Club Meeting When No One Read The Book by Melissa Ragsdale for Bustle


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

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