Happy new year, Savvy Readers! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and are recharged and ready to take on the new year! We had a great time off, but we’re excited to be back here at The Savvy Reader sharing our favourite book news, links, and photos with you. So, without further ado, here’s our first Bookmarks post of the year!
1. Emma Watson starts a feminist book club named Our Shared Shelf
I’ve long admired Emma Watson, first as a fan of the Harry Potter series and then for her social activism. (I will never get tired of watching this iconic speech she made at the United Nations or her interview with Malala Yousafzai.) Now, Watson is taking her activism one step further by starting a feminist book club. Its name, Our Shared Shelf, was submitted by a Twitter user, and today Watson announced Gloria Steinem‘s My Life on the Road as the group’s first pick. Follow Our Shared Shelf’s Goodreads group here!
2. New year, new 50 Book Pledge!
Is your resolution this new year to read more books? Or maybe you want a social media site where you can chat with your friends about what they’re reading? For the first time ever, the 50 Book Pledge site features a news feed where you can see, “like,” and comment on your friends’ updates! Not only that — you can now write full-length reviews, work towards our group goal of reading 150,000 books this year, win badges, enter contests, and more! Sign up for the 50 Book Pledge here and learn more about the new features here.
3. 2016’s 50 most-anticipated books, according to Flavorwire
If you need some reading inspiration for your 50 Book Pledge, look no further! This week, Flavorwire shared their 50 most anticipated books of 2016, including Hunger by Roxane Gay, LaRose by Louise Erdrich, and The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. We think this is going to be a wonderful year of reading! For the full list, click here.
4. George Elliott Clarke is Canada’s new Parliamentary Poet Laureate
This October, George Elliott Clarke officially welcomed Anne Michaels as Toronto’s 5th Poet Laureate after his three-year term. This week, he was announced as Canada’s new Parliamentary Poet Laureate! Known for his books such as Execution Poems, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and Whylah Falls, chosen for CBC’s inaugural Canada Reads competition in 2002, we know that Clarke will be a wonderful Parilamentary Poet Laureate. Want to read more from George Elliott Clarke? His new novel, The Motorcyclist, comes out on February 2nd!
5. Author Lena Coakley shares her writing tips
Okay, so technically this link is from two weeks ago, but it’s too good not to share! Lena Coakley, author of the just-released (and amazing) novel Worlds of Ink and Shadow shared her best writing tips with HCC Frenzy. It’s the perfect post for aspiring writers! Read Coakley’s tips here and learn more about Worlds of Ink and Shadow here. (It’s all about the Brontës and I can’t stop raving about it.)
That’s it from us, Savvy Readers! Do you have any news to share with us? What are you reading now? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter @savvyreader!
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