News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- A Different Kind of Independent Bookstore Day in the age of COVID-19. (Publishers Weekly)
- UK publisher And Other Stories expands in U.S. (Publishers Weekly)
- Bookshop.org Opens in the U.K. (Publishers Weekly) The online shopping platform for indie bookstores will now serve bookshops and customers in the UK as well as in the US.
- ‘We haven’t seen anything like it since Harry Potter’: UK bookshops report record week as customers return to bookshops. (The Guardian)
- Indie Publishers Ride the Pandemic Roller Coaster, with some seeing rising sales while others have experienced a drop in sales. (Publishers Weekly)
Worth Reading/Viewing/Checking Out
(not all book-related)
- Playwright’s Revisions of Classic Picture Books Go Viral (Claire Kirch, Publishers Weekly)
- Claudia Rankine: ‘By white privilege I mean the ability to stay alive’. (The Guardian) Afua Hirsch interviews the US author and playwright on her new book, Just Us, which examines whiteness and white supremacy through a series of conversations.
Books, Movies, and TV
- The trailer for Netflix’s Rebecca is out (above.) The made-for-TV movie is a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, famously adapted by Hitchcock in 1940. Netflix’s version stars Lily James as Mrs. de Winter, Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Danvers.
- Beverly Jenkins’s “Bring on the Blessings” series will be turned into a TV series, Hopetown. (Brave Road Entertainment, via PR Newswire)
- As Midnight Sun hits No 1, Stephenie Meyer plans two more Twilight books (The Guardian)
- Frank Herbert’s classic SF novel, Dune, is also getting a film remake — or rather, half a remake — this one starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides. The film which releases in December, will cover the first half of the book; the remainder will be adapted in a second film.
Cool, Fun, and Awesome
- Check out these cool AI-aided portraits of historical figures as they might have really looked (DesignBoom.) Amsterdam-based photographer Bas Uterwijk uses the AI software artbreeder to blend historical portraits and photographs of real people.