News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
Worth Reading/Viewing/Checking Out
- The Library is Open…Sort Of (Publishers Weekly) Brian Kenney looks at the pandemic’s effect on libraries now and its implications for the future.
- Wielding Historical Inaccuracy Against AOC examines the double standard that historical romances by or featuring people of color are held to — especially by white readers unaware of the historical presence of people of color in spaces like Regency Britain or the American West that have been traditionally portrayed as white. (Author G. S. Carr, on her blog) (Side note: How many of you knew that about 1 in 4 of the Old West’s cowboys were black?)
- Kharma Kelley posted a list of examples of Anti-Blackness in Romance. While it’s aimed more at authors than at readers, those of us who read and blog about romance could stand to examine our own assumptions and unconcious bias.
- A New Moment for Black Bookstores (Eugene Holley, Jr., Publishers Weekly)
- AI Storytelling Game May Expand Publishing’s Horizons (Jason Boog, Publishers Weekly) Pay attention, because this could herald the beginning of AI-written fiction.
Cool, Fun, and Awesome
- How to Make Tiny, Doll-Sized Books (a tutorial from Pixie Faire)