News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature 2017 (The Guardian)
- Hachette folding Weinstein Books in wake of Harvey Weinstein sexual harrassment/assault scandal. (Shelf Awareness; also Publishers Weekly)
- California bookstores offering help to children affected by California fires (Shelf Awareness)
- Frankfurt Book Fair: Catalonia Independence Vote Rattles Publishing, not least because several prominent Spanish-language publishers are based in Barcelona. (Publishers Weekly)
- U.S. Bookstore Sales Dropped 10.9% in August, in part due to strong sales last year for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the lack of a comparable bestseller this year. (Publishers Weekly)
- The Ripped Bodice bookstore presents ‘The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing 2016’ – open the PDF to see the report, presented as a series of infographics.
- What Makes Us Automatically Quit a Book examines a number of readers reasons for a DNF. (Book Riot)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is in development as a feature film. Mr. Ford wrote the first two drafts of the screenplay, which have been handed off to a writing duo he approved. The rights were aquired by producer Diane Quon, and George Takei is the executive producer. (I heard about this from Mr. Ford when he visited my local library this week. Deadline reported it in early September.) Ironically, Mr. Ford blogged in 2014 about why the book would not be adapted for film, citing Hollywood’s reluctance to adapt the book without a white male lead and drawing a comparison to the lack of Wonder Woman adaptations. Three years later, how things have changed!
- A Paddington Bear animated series is in development by Studiocanal. (Deadline)
- 31 Amazing Literary Halloween Costumes (Book Riot)
- The Scariest Middle Grade Books (or at least, the scariest recent ones) (Book Riot)
- Only Bookworms Have Done At Least 24/36 of These Things (Buzzfeed). 34 and a half, here.
- Great Books About Amazing Girls (Book Riot)
- 11 of the Most Instagrammable Bookstores in the World (Bustle)
- 25 Books People Will Reread Again and Again (Buzzfeed) This list is a very strange mixture of classics and familiar titles, and books I’ve never even heard of. Note: For the US-based James Herriot fans among us, If Only They Could Talk and its sequel, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, were published in the US as All Creatures Great and Small. (Sorry to disappoint you, but it’s not a new Herriot title!)
That’s it for this week!