News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- World Read Aloud Day is Feb. 24 (LitWorld)
- Unseen JRR Tolkien poems found in school magazine from 1936 (The Guardian; also New York Times)
- 2015 sees opening of 60 indie bookstores (Publishers Weekly)
- Appeals court affirms Apple ebook-pricing settlement (Publishers Weekly)
- New York Public Library opens Shakespeare exhibit focused on the plays in America through the centuries. (NYPL) Speaking of Shakespeare…
- The British Library to host “Shakespeare in Ten Acts” exhibit (British Library)
- How the Smithsonian is Crowdsourcing History (Atlas Obscura)
- Robots Read Books to Learn Right and Wrong (Anthony Cuthbertson, Newsweek) Using stories to teach AIs empathy and ethics.
- The Forgotten Books (books published in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s). Library Huntress talks about moving out of her recent-release comfort zone to try some older books at the library.
- For Deborah Harkness fans, an unofficial guide to All Souls trilogy sites in Oxford. It’s a PDF, so it may take a little while to load.
- What Does Your Bookmark Say About You? (Chronicle Books Blog)
- The 73 best kids’ books of all time for families (TimeOut: New York Kids) I don’t always agree with these lists, but this one has a lot of my favorites on it — which makes me want to try some of the ones I haven’t read yet. Ignore the rankings and enjoy.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Map of British TV – where shows take place, and sometimes where they’re filmed, designed by Tim Ritz. Click image for larger version.
Leatherbound Harry Potter books with Horcrux bookmarks (Nerdist) One-of-a-kind, handbound by Meg Krampf of PeskyCat Papercraft. Each handbound volume has a removable horcrux bookmark on the front, and a wand along the spine. Just wow. (via Nerdist)
That’s it for this week!