News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The Agatha Award Nominees for 2015 have been announced. (Malice Domestic) The Agathas are awarded to the best traditional mysteries (i.e., no explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or excessive gore.) Categories include Contemporary, Historical, First Novel, Nonfiction, Short Story, and Children’s/YA. The page also includes the nominees and winners from 010-2014, and a link to a list of winners from 1998-2009.
- A mall CEO’s statement alleging Amazon planned to build 300-400 bookstores has been backtracked, but not before major financial news outlets reported it, sending B&N stock tumbling. (USA Today) But Publishers Weekly reports that Amazon is looking for booksellers in the San Diego area.
- Harlequin Teen and Seventeen magazine teaming to launch new fiction imprint. The first title is by Melissa de la Cruz. (Publishers Weekly)
- McDonald’s Serves Books with Happy Meals from Feb. 2 through 15. The program is in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental. (Los Angeles Times)
- What Makes Great Detective Fiction, According to T. S. Eliot (New Yorker)
- Jim C. Hines on Representation and the Seeds of Possibility (Suvudu)
- What apps next? Publishers and developers embrace ‘unprintable’ fiction (The Guardian)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Marissa Meyer will write a Lunar Chronicles graphic-novel duology, set after the events of Winter, and illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Washington Post) The series will be titles Wires and Nerves, and will be about Iko “… along with a brand-new villain, and maybe a certain Lunar guard as well,” according to Meyer’s blog post.
- Check out the Fantastic Beasts behind-the-scenes trailer!
That’s it for this week!