News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Harlequin Launches Audio Imprint (Publishers Weekly)
- Margaret Atwood adds manuscript to “Future Library” project (GalleyCat)
- George R. R. Martin responds to fans angry about TV show’s divergence from book storyline. (GRRM’s blog) Basically, it boils down to: TV and books are different media; deal with it.
- Southwest Airlines & Kobo team to bring passengers free ebooks in flight. (GalleyCat)
- An Interview With Historical Romance Legend Lisa Kleypas (Kelly Faircloth, for Jezebel)
- Why Is Fan Fiction So Powerful? (an interview with Rainbow Rowell) (Buzzfeed)
- About half of us got our last read from the library, according to BookRiot
Historian David McCulloch talks about how libraries are “essentials” for his working life.
Great Blog Posts
For Writers & Bloggers
- The Master List of Book Blogging Memes (on GirlXOXO)
- Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language (Writers Write)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Herman Wouk writing memoir to celebrate his 100th birthday. (AP, via US News & World Reports)
Freebies & Bargains
- About 15 of Margery Allingham’s mysteries are on sale for Kindle for $0.99 each (You’ll need to scroll through several pages to find them all. Please check prices before purchasing.)
- Bill Gates’s Beach Reading List (gatesnotes)
- 10 Adventure Novels To Die For (plus a bunch of extra recommendations) (Kate Scott, for BookRiot)
- 5 Books Where the Girl Saves the Boy (Tina Connolly, for Tor.com) Make sure you read the comments for lots more suggestions (including a few of my favorites.)
- The 101 Best Crime Novels of the Last Decade (The Boolist Reader)
- 17 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Bookstores (Mental_Floss)
- Awesome YA Dragon Books Out This Year (BookRiot)
- 27 Incredibly Clever DIYs All True Book Lovers Will Love (BuzzFeed) From the easy (printable bookplates) to the elaborate (entire staircases.)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Want to make foods (or drinks) from your favorite books or movies? Cookfiction.com has recipes for Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice (Harry Potter), Bilbo’s Seedcake, Lembas, and Ent-draught (The Hobbit and LOTR respectively), Princess Tiana’s Beignets and Ratatouille (Disney movies), Fish Finger Cookies & Custard and a Sonic Screwdriver (Doctor Who), Scooby Snacks (Scooby-Doo) and even Klingon Bloodwine (Star Trek), among others. And they also let you suggest recipes.
- How to Name a Baby is about naming trends, and the Baby Name Voyager lets you check out your own name (or your grandfather’s, or the one you’re thinking of using for a character in your book.) It’s a lot of fun to play with, whether you’re just curious or need names for characters. (Turns out my real name is a “fad name,” very popular in the decade I was born – but my blogging use-name, Lark, has never made the top 1000.)
- ThinkGeek now has Star Trek. . . garden gnomes?
That’s it for this week!