News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- European Publishers ‘Shocked’ at EU E-Book Lending Ruling (Publishers Weekly) The ruling appears to allow unlimited lending of ebooks by libraries.
- Tennessee mother calls for removal of school history book ‘promoting Islamic propaganda’ (Guardian)
- One-Sentence Novel Wins Goldsmiths Prize (GalleyCat)
- One of the oldest bookstores in the US will stay family-owned. Otto Books, which has been in operation for 175 years, has not found a buyer; the store will probably go to the owner’s son, who currently manages the store. (Publishers Weekly)
- Waterstones announced its Book of the Year shortlist (Waterstones)
- Ted Chiang, the science fiction genius behind Arrival (Guardian)
- Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses (Atlas Obscura)
- What You Can Do: 6 Volunteer Ideas for Bookish Citizens (BookRiot)
Book & Movie Announcements
- The second Fantastic Beasts movie will show the young(er) Dumbledore and Grindelwald… with Johnny Depp playing Grindelwald. (Vanity Fair) Interesting casting, given that I thought Dumbledore and Grindelwald were in their late teens or early twenties when they were friends — not their 50s.
- James Strong to direct Tolkien biopic (Variety)
- 10 of Our Favorite Literary TED Talks from 2016 (BookRiot) I haven’t watched all of these yet, but I hope to make time to over the next week or so! (BookRiot)
- Words in your ears: The ten best book podcasts (Guardian) If you read mainly literary fiction, there are some podcasts here that sound really good. Personally, I’m more into fantasy, mystery, etc., so I’ll probably just try Book Nerd, one of BookRiot’s podcasts.
That’s it for this week!