News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- New TSA rules affect Kindle, iPad, and other ereaders. (TSA via Bookwyrms Hoard)
- Politics & Prose will open third location in Southwest DC (Publishers Weekly) While some indie bookstores are still struggling, some are thriving. DC’s Politics & Prose is one.
- Canada’s Top Lit Fest Announces Author Line-Up (Publishers Weekly)
- Want to buy a bookshop? The proprietors of Tales of the Lonesome Pine in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, are selling (and moving to Scotland to start a new bookstore.) The store is the the subject of the memoir, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book. Asking price for the store, which includes living quarters, is $199K. (I’d be interested if I had the money!)
- 10 Authors Share the Magic J. K. Rowling Brought to Their Lives. And not just fantasy authors, either. (Bookish)
- Save your local! Should volunteers help keep our public libraries open? This isn’t just an academic question in Britain, where libraries are closing at an appalling rate. Some have managed to stay open thanks to community volunteers. That sounds like a win for libraries and communities, but is it really a good idea? (The Guardian)
- Celebrating Women Writers and Readers with the Romance Writers of America. Romance author Tessa Dare writes about the RWA’s recent conference in Florida. (LitHub)
- Read like a girl: how children’s books of female stores are booming (The Guardian)
- Shocking figures: US academics find ‘dramatic’ growth of swearing in books (The Guardian) (warning: contains profanity)
Around the Blogosphere
- Avalinah’s Books talks about star ratings and whether they mean anything now that she’s writing reviews
Book & Movie Announcements
- All of Your Favorite SFF TV and Movie Adaptations in the Works. And they do mean all. From rumored productions to somewhere in the development stage to definitely happening. (Thought apparently they left out a few, so read the comments, too.) (Tor.com)
- Star Trek: Discovery Should Recommit to the Idea of “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” (Tor.com) Some of Emily Asher-Perrin’s points are Applicable to other visions of the future, as well.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Check out these great bookish umbrellas curated by Book Riot! There are ten of them; I’ve only pictured two here.
That’s it for this week!