News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Cervantes’ remains discovered in the crypt of a Madrid convent, 4 centuries after his death. (The Guardian)
- Rakuten to buy Overdrive for $410 million (GalleyCat) Rakuten, a Japanese firm, purchased the Canadian-based ebook retailer Kobo a few years ago.
- Scholastic, AAP Team Up on [School] Library Funding (Publishers Weekly) School library funding has been cut almost everywhere, closing down school libraries, cutting their hours, and eliminating librarians. A coalition is urging Congress to include funding in the ESEA reauthorization.
- BEA Children’s Art Auction to Honor Judy Blume (Publishers Weekly) The auction supports the Kids’ Right to Read project and Banned Books Week.
- Louise O’Neill Wins the Bookseller.com YA Book Prize (GalleyCat)
- George R. R. Martin will skip World Fantasy Con and San Diego Comicon, he announced on his blog. The implication is that he’s trying to finish Winds of Winter.
Worth Reading & Watching
- Boys falling behind girls in reading, higher education – and not just in the U.S. (The Economist)
- Books That Inspired the New Dungeons and Dragons (Forbes)
- Neil Gaiman remembers Terry Pratchett in an interview with Michael Chabon. (See the full hour-long interview on YouTube.)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Terry Pratchett’s last Discworld novel will be published posthumously. The Shepherd’s Crown features Tiffany Aching, Pratchett’s teen witch, will feature illustrations by Paul Kidby. Pratchett finished the book last summer. (i09 interview with Paul Kidby)
- Emma Thompson will play Mrs. Potts in Beauty & The Beast movie – and yes, it will be a musical, with score by Alan Mencken, the original songs, and a few new songs by Mencken and Tim Rice. Kevin Kline will play Belle’s father. And we don’t have that long to wait – it’s due out on March 17 of next year. (BBC America)
Freebies & Bargains
- Over 250 SF and Fantasy books for under $5 (many are under $2) (via SF Signal)
- Huge sale on HarperCollins romances – many are free or 99 cents. (via Herding Cats & Burning Soup)
- 10 Superbly Bookish Statues (BookRiot)
- 50 Best Images About B0oks, Reading, and Libraries (ebookfriendly.com)
- Kindle Cover Disasters. Not a list but a Tumblr blog. Some of the worst cover designs you can imagine – often ludicrously bad. (Warning, adult content.)
That’s it for this week!