News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff.
News & Notes is publishing a day early this week, in order to bring you links to the National Book Festival, taking place online from Friday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 27.
- The National Book Festival is taking place online this weekend. You can see the schedule here and register for free here.
- Bay Area Book Festival goes virtual with Berkeley #UNBOUND, “all-day, free, virtual mini-festival” on Sunday, Oct. 4.
- Banned Books Week runs Sept. 27-Oct. 3
- At Hearing, Judge Appears Unmoved by New Claims in Bolton Case (Publishers Weekly), and The Guardian reports that the White House ‘pressured official to say John Bolton book was security risk’.
- Chicago’s Black-owned Semicolon bookstore saved from closure by Instagram followers (ABC 7, Chicago)
- ‘Barefoot bookseller’ sought to run island bookshop in Maldives (The Guardian)
- Book Fair Directors Say Live Shows Must Go On (Publishers Weekly)
Worth Reading/Viewing/Checking Out
(not all book-related)
- How the book industry is weathering the COVID-19 storm (Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe)
- Turning Antiracist Knowledge and Education into Action. “Nicole A. Cooke on how allies for social and racial justice are choosing to ‘stand in the gap.'” (Publishers Weekly)
- Struggling to Read During COVID? You’re Not Alone (Katherine Packer, Book Riot)
- Nasty Women: New Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 features new conceptions of witches as subversive and feminist wielders of power. (Publishers Weekly)
For Readers, Writers, & Bloggers
- The Dewey 24-Hour Readathon begins October 24, at 8:00 a.m. EST. You can find the start time for your time zone here.
Books, Movies, and TV
- Netflix faces call to rethink adaptation of Liu Cixin‘s The Three-Body Problem after his Uighur comments (The Guardian)
- JK Rowling’s new thriller takes No 1 spot amid transphobia row (The Guardian)
- Good Movies as Old Books: 100 Films Reimagined as Vintage Book Covers (Open Culture)
- Biggest books of autumn 2020: what to read in a very busy year (The Guardian) Piranesi, Dolly Parton’s memoir, Bob Woodward’s Rage, and new novels by Elena Ferrante and Don DeLillo are but a few of the books profiled, albeit briefly, in this rundown of fall book releases.