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 sets up nonprofit company to keep play about To Kill a Mockingbird running. (Huffington Post)
- Pres. Obama wants to bring ebooks to low-income students (GalleyCat)
- The Edgar Award winners for 2015 include Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes (best novel), Kate Milford’s Greenglass House (best juvenile novel), and Lois Duncan and James Ellroy were named Grand Masters. Publishers Weekly has the scoop on the awards ceremony; there’s a full list of nominees and winners on the Edgar Awards site.
- Couple sues after their photo ends up on self-published erotic novel. The couple claims their engagement photo was used without their knowledge or consent. (Gawker)
- DC planning line of superhero comics, merchandise aimed at girls. And about time, too. (Publishers Weekly)
- AAP is focusing on comics for this year’s “Get Caught Reading” campaign. (via GalleyCat)
- Children’s Book Week starts on Monday!
Book & Movie Announcements
- War and Peace to become TV miniseries. The Weinstein Co. & the BBC will make the series; the all-star cast includes Gillian Anderson, James Norton, and Jim Broadbent.
- Viola Davis will star in Harriet Tubman biopic based on Kate Clifford Larson‘s Bound For The Promised Land. (Deadline)
- Reese Witherspoon will narrate Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman audiobook. (press release)
- There’s a trailer for the adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which will be shown on BBC America this summer. (via Enteratinment Week)
- 10 Bookish Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Love (BookRiot) I’m particularly fond of #9 and #10.
- 10 Idioms About Books (Ebook Friendly)
- 15 Movies Starring Bookstores – or at least featuring them. (BookRiot)
- 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Local Indie Bookstore (BookRiot)
- Memorable Animals from Literature (infographic)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Eight Literary [Fantasy] Worlds Recreated in Minecraft (and in amazing detail, too!)
- Owlcrate is a subscription box service for YA books and swag. Tempting. Very tempting.
That’s it for this week!