Category: News & Notes

News & Notes – 1/18/2020

News & Notes – 1/18/2020

Literary Losses The fantasy world is mourning the death of Christopher Tolkien, son of J. R. R. Tolkien and steward of Tolkien’s literary legacy. Christopher died on January 15, 2020, at the age of 95. I published a brief tribute yesterday, with links to a number of obituaries and tributes…. Read more »

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News & Notes – 1/11/2020

News & Notes – 1/11/2020

Literary Losses Science fiction author Mike Resnick died Jan. 9, 2020, from lymphoma. He was 77. His daughter, the fantasy author Laura Resnick, announced the death on social media. Resnick’s short fiction won many awards, including multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards; his best-known novella is probably Seven Views of Olduvai… Read more »

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News & Notes – 1/04/2020

News & Notes – 1/04/2020

Literary Losses Marion Chesney Gibbons, who wrote the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series under the name M. C. Beaton and historical romances and mysteries as Marion Chesney, died on Dec. 30, 2019, at the age of 83. Chesney was born in Glasgow in 1936. She married Harry… Read more »

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News & Notes – 12/28/2019

News & Notes – 12/28/2019

Literary Losses Johanna Lindsey, the bestselling romance novelist whose career spanned more than four decades and over 50 books, died Oct. 27, 2019, of complications of lung cancer. According to the New York Times, her family was “too devastated” to announcer her death publicly until Monday (Dec. 23.) Lindsey wrote… Read more »

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News & Notes – 12/14/2019

News & Notes – 12/14/2019

Bookish News Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2019 is singular “they.” (Merriam-Webster) Worth Reading/Viewing ‘I thought you’d like to read this’: the etiquette of gifting books (Elle Hunt, The Guardian) Romance Is a Billion-Dollar Literary Industry. So Why Is It Still So Overlooked? (Samantha Leach, Glamour) Space aging: where… Read more »

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News & Notes – 12/07/2019

News & Notes – 12/07/2019

Bookish News ‘We Wanted Our Patrons Back’ — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity (NPR) Worth Reading/Viewing Sister act: how Little Women has come of age on the big screen (Aida Edemariam, The Guardian) TV and Movie News Beverly Jenkins Is Trailblazing Her Way onto Television (Book Riot)… Read more »

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News & Notes – 11/23/2019

News & Notes – 11/23/2019

It’s been a while since the last News & Notes, so I have more than usual for you today! Bookish News Translation Pays Off for Amazon, whose Amazon Crossing imprint has become “the most prolific publisher of translated literature in the U.S.” (Publishers Weekly) Sandler, Krasznahorkai, Sze, Broom, Choi Win… Read more »

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News & Notes – 11/02/2019

News & Notes – 11/02/2019

Worth Reading/Viewing The Evolution of the English Village Mystery, After the Golden Age (Deborah Crombie, CrimeReads) “Libraries are Not the Enemy:” A Guest Post from Wendy the SuperLibrarian on the Macmillan eBook Embargo (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog) The hunt for Shakespeare’s library: ‘I couldn’t stop looking if I wanted… Read more »

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News & Notes – 10/26/2019

News & Notes – 10/26/2019

Bookish News Lost chapter of world’s first novel [The Tale of Genji] found in Japanese storeroom (The Guardian) The Tiptree Award has been renamed the Otherwise Award after controversy over naming the award for James Tiptree Jr./Alice Shelton. Prior winners of the Tiptree Award may use either appellation. (Locus Magazine)… Read more »

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News & Notes – 10/19/2019

News & Notes – 10/19/2019

Bookish News Nobel Prizes In Literature Go To Olga Tokarczuk And Peter Handke (NPR). The Guardian’s Alison Flood goes into more detail, particularly regarding the controversial choice of Peter Handke. Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker prize 2019. (The Guardian) The decision to break the rules and choose two… Read more »

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