News & Notes – 11/04/2017

November 4, 2017 News & Notes 0

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

 

Book News

 

Literary Losses

Carolyn Nichols, a writer, editor, and publisher of romance novels, has died at the age of 78. Nichols wrote mainly regency romances under the names Carolyn McNight and Iona Charles, but her real legacy was as an editor and publisher. She founded the Loveswept line at Bantam, and the Second Chance at Love line at Berkley/Jove, and is credited with emphasizing “feisty” heroines, often with some experience (in contrast to the virginal heroines of earlier decades.) Over the years, and with different imprints and houses, Nichols worked with leading authors like “Iris Johansen, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Kay Hooper, Tami Hoag, Janet Evanovich, Mary Kay McComas, Kristin Hannah, and Carla Neggers.” In addition to her roles in publishing, Nichols had worked as an actor, model, and television writer.   (quote source: Shelf Awareness)

Obituaries and tributes: Romance Writers of AmericaShelf AwarenessWashington Post

 

Worth Reading/Viewing

 

Book, Movie, & Theatre Announcements

  • Toshi Reagon on Adapting Parable of the Sower for the Stage and the Urgency of Butler’s Work (The Portalist) Reagon (pronounced REE-guhn), the daughter of singer Bernice Reagon and a well-known and widely respected musician in her own right, has written and directed an opera based on Octavia E. Butler’s SF novel, Parable of the Sower. In an interview, Reagon talks about why she feels the work is so important. (Full disclosure: I went to high school with Toshi, and had the honor of sharing the stage with her in several Gilbert & Sullivan productions. She’s an amazing musician and human being.)

 

Bookish Quote

 

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