News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Publishers Weekly looks back at the big book publishing stories of 2016
- GalleyCat is ceasing publication. They’ve been one of my go-to sources for book-related news. I’m sorry to see them go.
- Redundancy fears as Penguin Random House derecognises staff unions (The Guardian)
Worth Reading/Listening To
- Billy Collins On How To Become A Poet, And Why Poetry Can Be A Game. (NPR Books) If you’re not familiar with Billy Collins, you’re missing out on one of the best (and most approachable) poets of our time.
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About How The NY Times Book Review Works (Literary Hub)
- Human Hair, Doll Clothes, Love Letters, and Other Strange Things Found in Old Books (Emily Temple, Literary Hub)
It’s that time of year when all the “best of” lists come out. So here are a few:
- NPR’s Book Concierge for 2016 – 309 books!
- The 10 Best Books of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On (Maureen Corrigan, NPR)
- BookRiot’s Best Books of 2016
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- How to Hygge Your Reading Life (BookRiot). (And if you want to know what “hygge” is all about, check out this NPR article.)
That’s it for this week!