News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff.
- 20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered in Iraq
- Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature (The Guardian)
- Scholastic Contributes to Syrian Refugee Relief Efforts Through Save the Children (press release).
- And Waterstones Launches the “Buy Books for Syria” Campaign (GalleyCat)
- Officials Threaten to Destroy a Little Free Library in Texas (LA Times)
- “Lemony Snicket” (Daniel Handler) and wife Lisa Brown will donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood (Bustle)
- Dear Slate: Banned Books Week Isn’t a “Crock” (Michelle Anne Schingler, BookRiot)
- Sendak’s Estate: Debating Where the Things Go (Randy Kennedy, New York Times)
- Why I’m Tired of the Same Old Music in YA Fiction (Angel Cruz, BookRiot)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle will be adapted as films… and for TV and videogames, too. The author signed with Lionsgate and will be part of the adaptation team. (Patrick Rothfuss’s blog)
- Patrick Ness will write a Doctor Who spin-off for teens. (BBC News)
- Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races is coming to the big screen; it will be developed by Focus Features. (Hollywood Reporter)
- Stephanie Meyer gender-swapped Bella, Edward, Jacob in Twilight: Life and Death. (BuzzFeed) The nearly 450-page novel is bundled with the original text in the Twilight 10th-anniversary special edition. In other words, the author wrote a fanfic–of her own work.
- The Best of Bookish Art from Tumblr (BookRiot)
- Age Is Just a Number: Romance Novels With Mature Couples (The Booklist Reader)
- 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon Book Editors)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Gorgeous hand-crafted leatherbound journals and books from aLexLibris
- Penguin Kids is running a Halloween costume contest for costumes based on picture book characters
- Harry Potter soundtrack themes played (beautifully!) by The Indian Jam Project, using a mix of Western and Indian instruments:
That’s it for this week!