Around the Web: The Giller Longlist, Angélique Lalonde’s Desk, and TikTok Book Sales

Welcome back, readers! With kids heading back to school, many folks are getting busier, but so take this as a reminder to spend a little time to yourself and to check out some book and literature news and content.


The Giller Prize Longlist

The twelve books that make up the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist

The Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its 2021 longlist this week. From the 132 books submitted by publishers, 12 titles have been selected including books by Katherena Vermette, Casey Plett, and Omar El Akkad. Check out the full list!



Angélique Lalonde’s Desk

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Open Book’s writer in residence, Angélique Lalonde—who is also on the Giller longlist, by the way—invites us to sit with her at her writing desk and shares her thoughts on time, habits, children, and orderliness.


Why Artists Need Websites

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Are you an artist hoping to work with publishers? Read the latest Muddy Colors blog about why you need a website (hint: it’s about professionalism and so much more).



How TikTok Is Making Backlist Books Into Bestsellers

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Though the direct impact on sales can sometimes be hard to measure, social media has long been used as a tool to market books, . However, it appears TikTok has been a catalyst for sales—especially of backlist titles. Publisher’s Weekly has the full story.





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