News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Foyles’ flagship building ‘sold for £45m’ (The Bookseller) The iconic flagship bookstore, located at 107 Charing Cross Road (where it moved in 2014, after 111 years at 84 Charing Cross Road), will continue to operate in the current location, paying rent to the building’s new owners.
- Publishers Win $34 Million in Counterfeit Textbook Suit (Publishers Weekly)
- Head Of Swedish Academy Steps Down Over Handling Of Sex Abuse Allegations (NPR) The Academy awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. Sara Danius’s resignation comes on the heels of several other members’ withdrawal from participation in the Academy, in protest over the same issue. Since membership in the Academy is for life, the recent moves may leave that body in a difficult position regarding future Nobel Prize nominations.
- The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist was announced this week. (Man Booker Prize)
Jean Marzollo, children’s author best known for the I Spy series, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the age of 75. In addition to penning over 150 children’s books, Marzollo eventually began illustrating her own books. She died at home of natural causes.
- The Strange Magic of Libraries (Stuart Kells, The Paris Review)
- Nikki Giovanni’s Wonderful Poems Celebrating Libraries and Librarians (Brain Pickings)
- Beverly Cleary Writes the Books About Us (in honor of Cleary’s 102nd birthday!) (Katherine Willoughby, Book Riot)
- Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience (Brain Pickings) With loads of additional links to other authors’ thoughts on reading, books, and creativity.
- From Circe to Clinton: why powerful women are cast as witches (The Guardian) While this article is not really about books, it is chock-full of examples from books and movies.
- How to Prune Your Book Collection, According to Professional Book People (Lifehacker)
Upcoming Books, Movies, & TV
- The Harry Potter series is getting a 20th-anniversary makeover. Brian Selznick created the cover art for the 20th-anniversary paperback release. When placed side-by-side, the black-and-white covers create a single, long image. (The Leaky Cauldron; stories also on Pottermore and USA Today.)
- The Fall of Gondolin, ‘new’ JRR Tolkien book, to be published in 2018 — with cover art by Alan Lee. (The Guardian)
- 11 Ridiculously Overdue Library Books (That Were Finally Returned) (Mental Floss)
- The Hands-Down Funniest Books for Kids, According to Authors (Brightly)
- Feline Good with Our Favorite Literary Cats (Gwen Glazer, New York Public Library
Just For Fun
In honor of National Library Week: These were the rules adopted by an English library in 1930. Remember, don’t lie to your librarian!