News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- White House Proposed Closing the National Endowment for Humanities in Fall 2017. (Book Riot) And in what is no doubt a related move, the NEH Chair Resigns… (Publishers Weekly)
- Unseen Sylvia Plath poems deciphered in carbon paper (The Guardian) Also found: previously unseen photos of Plath, and poems abandoned by her husband Ted Hughes, reflecting his turmoil over her death.
- Amazon Starts Weekly Bestseller Lists (Publishers Weekly). And surprise, surprise: Amazon Publishing Books Faring Better On [Their] New Bestseller Lists.
- Folio Prize goes to Hisham Matar’s memoir The Return (The Guardian)
Denis Johnson, fiction writer, poet, and playwright, died of liver cancer at the age of 67. Johnson’s novel Tree of Smoke won the National Book Award, and the author was twice shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize (once in 2012, the year in which no fiction prize was awarded.) But his most well-known work is the short-story collection Jesus’ Son. Often described as a “writer’s writer,” Johnson’s work influenced a generation of writers.
Interview with Denis Johnson: Los Angeles Times (from 2014)
- Is Mass Market Dying, Or Just Evolving—Again? (Publishers Weekly)
- Literary Magazines vs. Instagram: A Poet’s Perspective (Book Riot)
- Reading Quirks is an awesome webcomic about odd things book lovers do (from Ebook Friendly, with links to the Reading Quirks blog and Instagram)
- A blistering feminist critique of Sarah J. Maas’s ACOTAR trilogy by Sophie of Sophie Reads, Sophie Writes. Even if you disagree, it will make you think about YA romance tropes.
- On Star Trek: Discovery and Michelle Yeoh’s Accent (SyFy Wire) If you want to understand on a gut level why representation matters, read this.
- How Audiobooks Reignited My Love of Poetry (Kate Scott, for Book Riot)
- What I Learned From Alphabetizing My Books (Megan Cavitt, for Book Riot) Basically the same thing I learned: it’s not always the best organizational system.
For Writers & Bloggers
- Keep Your @ To Yourself (Alex Acks, for Book Riot) A few weeks ago, I wrote about my mixed feelings about sharing negative reviews on social media. Now an author weighs in: it’s fine to write and share negative reviews, but don’t tag the author… which is pretty much the conclusion I came to after reading the comments on my post.
- Making the Choice to Write (Katherine D. Graham, for the NaNoWriMo blog)
- 27 essential Memorial Day Books (Los Angeles Times)
- 10 things you don’t know about authors on book tour (John Scalzi, LA Times)
That’s it for this week!