News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Harper Lee tells persistent journalist to “Go away!” (Huffington Post)
- Children’s and YA Authors protest against the gendering of books. GalleyCat has a fairly good summary of the protest, which began with tweets by Shannon Hale after she visited a school where only the girls were allowed to meet with her. (GalleyCat)
- The Folger Library is sending Shakespeare’s First Folio on tour. to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. Every state gets one stop; find out where you can see it!
- Bookstores Try Beacons (Publishers Weekly)
- The Los Angeles Times 2014 Book Prize finalists were announced (LATimes)
- Elizabeth McCracken Wins 2014 Story Prize (Publishers Weekly)
- Pubslush Gives $10K Grant to NaNoWriMo for literacy initiatives. (GalleyCat)
- Neil Gaiman pays tribute to Douglas Adams at this year’s Douglas Adams lecture. (The Guardian)
- Poets & Writers announced the 2015 Barnes & Nobel Writers for Writers Award winners: Margaret Atwood, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Christopher Castellani. (Poets & Writers)
- Maya Angelou stamp revealed (U.S. Postal Service)
- The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape (The Guardian)
- Gaudy Night – an essay by Dorothy Sayers on what is arguably her best novel, and on Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. If you enjoy the backstory of how an author developed a character or book, this is one to read. (on smoke&song)
- Scholastic’s report on Kids and Family Reading is out, and worth exploring. It’s presented largely in graphs. Among the takeaways: kids like being read to, even as they get older, and many wish their parents still read to them.
- The Young Lord Peter Consults Sherlock Holmes (another Dorothy Sayers piece, via Potentialities)
- Warren Adler offers a less-than-optimistic view of the future of publishing (GalleyCat)
- Jamie McGuire talks about why she returned to self-publishing (Smashwords)
Great Blog Posts
- What Makes a Good Book Title? (The Emerald City Book Review)
- [Making Bloggy Mistakes] Like a Book Blogger (Into the Hall of Books) We’ve all made them, haven’t we?
Freebies & Bargains
- Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate books are all on sale for Kindle for $2.99 each as of today. (Buy them separately; the box set is $2 more.)
- 12 Empowering Children’s Books to Add to Little Girls’ Bookshelves. Or any child’s bookshelves, really. (Bust)
- Teaser Trailer for Mr. Holmes, starring Sir Ian McKellan as an elderly Holmes. (My apologies if it makes you watch an ad first!)
- Dragonriders of Pern Movie Lands a Writer (Hollywood Reporter)
- Luke Evans (Bard from the Hobbit movies) will play Gaston in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, and Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey will play the beast. (Variety)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
That’s it for this week!