News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff.
Notable Literary Deaths in 2020: So many literary figures have died this year, from Christopher Tolkien in January to John Le Carré just last week.. Literary Hub lists them all (or at least most), with links to their NYT biographies.
- Denver’s Tattered Cover Bookstore becomes the largest black-owned indie bookstore (Publishers Weekly)
- Many Bookstores Still Need GoFundMe to Survive (Publishers Weekly)
Worth Reading/Viewing/Checking Out
(not all book-related)
- In the dance of COVID, my readers are my partners — their words lead me toward creating some of my own: Susanna Kearsley on how readers’ emails have touched and helped her during the quarantimes.
- PW’s 2020 Person of the Year: The Book Business Worker (Publishers Weekly)
- Tome raiders: solving the great book heist: The Guardian‘s Mark Wilding on the international investigation to solve the 2017 theft of about 240 rare books and manuscripts.
- Did you know that Tolkien wrote a Christmas poem? And it’s very Tolkienesque.
- Want to Feel Better? Stop Reading New Books. That’s Right (Emily Temple, LitHub) When I saw the headline, I thought Ms. Temple was recommending rereading old favorites — something I have found very comforting in the quarantimes. But instead, she recommends reading books that are at least 15 years old, that you have not read yet. And she makes a good argument for doing so.
- The Gutenberg Bible and How To See It (and other religious works) Online (Book Riot)
- Thanks to Nora Roberts for Being My Sex Ed Instructor (Margaret Kingsbury, Book Riot)
Books, Movies, TV
- 7 Questions About the New Bridgerton trailer (Book Riot)
- …and yes, there were Black People in the Regency. (Vanessa Riley’s blog)
- The Ultimate Best Booksof 2020 List (Compilation by LitHub)
- 16 Authors Share The Best Books They Read in 2020 (We Are Bookish, NetGalley)
- Pres. Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020 (Twitter)