Welcome back, readers! This week for Around the Web, I’m sharing a story about Goodnight Moon, an update on the Giller Prize, a look at Aussie fiction, and some thoughts on the Goodreads Challenge.
Goodnight Moon might be one of the best known children’s books in North America, so it might be surprising to know that for years—from 1947 to 1972, to be exact—it was not available at the New York Public Library. And this thanks to one single librarian: Anne Carroll Moore. Slate has the full story.
2020 Giller Prize Jury
In Canadian Literature news, the Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its 2020 jury. The panelist include Canadian novelists Eden Robinson, David Chariandy, and Tom Rachman. These writers will be joined by British critic Claire Armitstead, and nonfiction writer Mark Sakamoto will chair. Another big announcement: the prize is now open to graphic novels!
With wildfires still raging in Australia, it’s no wonder that many are discussing the ways we discuss climate change. Rachel Fetherston recently looked at how Austalian authors are tackling bush fires and environmental issues for the Guardian.
The Goodreads Challenge
Who else has signed up for the Goodreads Challenge (again)? Book Riot’s Jaime Herndon discusses why she just can’t quit the challenge, even though it adds pressure to life, even though she’s failed in the past, and even with a child to take care of.