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A Kobo Quarantine, an Unhappy Gallagher, and Other News…

This week in the publishing world…

Kobo Quarantines Self Published Authors

After highly unflattering news coverage regarding several pornographic publications, Kobo pulled several self-published titles from the digital shelves on October 15, BBC News reports. A spokesperson for Kobo has insisted that the move is not a form of censorship, but an effort to “protect the reputation of self publishing as a whole”.  Self-published

McDonald’s Celebrates Literacy with Happy Meals

From  November 1st to November 14th, McDonald’s will be distributing an expected 20 million books with their happy meals, according to Publisher’s Weekly.  Four original titles will be released with the popular kids meals and will not be sold outside of the promotion.  This promotion will position the fast food chain as one of the top children’s book distributers.

Neil Gaiman: “We Have an Obligation to Imagine.”

Author Neil Gaiman gave a lecture earlier this week discussing the importance of libraries, reading fiction for pleasure, and daydreaming.  Gaiman spoke at The Reading Agency’s annual lecture series at the Barbican in London, England on Monday, October 14th.  An edited version of his lecture can be found on The Guardian.

Eleanor Catton Wins the Man Booker Prize

Catton, the youngest author ever to win the prestigious award was honoured for her book, “The Luminaries”.  The Luminaries is a stylistic tale of mysterious and seemingly linked occurances in a New Zealand gold-mining town.  It is also the longest book to ever receive the Man Booker Prize, a hefty read at 848 pages long.  Publishing Perspectives has the full story available.

Noel Gallagher:  “Fifty Shades of Grey? Fifty shades of s–t.”

The 46 year-old musician, known for his previous successes with the rock band, Oasis doesn’t like fiction.  At all.  In an interview with GQ Magazine, Gallagher expresses his extreme distaste for fictional books and their authors, book sellers, and owners, completely baffled by their use and offended by their “snobbery”.

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A Literary Balancing Act

readingwritingfinalSeptember 9th, Dr. Marion Blank published an article in the Huffington Post entitled Reading Needs Writing: A Vital, But Neglected Message.  Her message was to convey the importance of instilling healthy writing habits in children and youth to help them benefit most from literacy.

Dr. Blank Argues that literacy is two-fold; made up of a balance between reading and writing.  Both in school and at home however, reading is prioritized, despite increasingly prevalent demand for quality writing as a child  moves on to higher grades, post secondary education and the job market.  She explains in her article:

“[W]hen children are having trouble reading, parents eagerly seek help. With writing problems, that is rarely the case.”

In her article, Dr. Blank primarily focuses on the physical act of writing and that itself is the basis for developing the ability to compose organized thoughts, as well as enhancing reading comprehension.  As readers and writers, was there an emphasis on physical writing during childhood that you found helpful? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @SumbolaCoSI.

Dr. Marion Blank is a developmental physiologist specializing in language and learning, with more than forty years experience learning how children learn.  You can find out more about her work on her website.