News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The 2018 Locus Awards Finalists were announced on April 30. The Locus Awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Check out the nominee list, which includes links to some of the shorter works online as well as Amazon buy links for the longer works.
- If you’re wondering what’s up with #cockygate, I wrote a long post with links to some of the best factual articles and Twitter threads.
- Allegations against Junot Díaz leave book world asking tough questions (Money). And MIT & the Pulitzer Prize Board have launched investigations. (Publishers Weekly) Díaz has announce he will step down as chairman of the Pulitzer board.
- Fourth most-published book in the English language to go online — and many readers have never heard of it. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White was first published in 1789 and has never gone out of print. It influenced Darwin as well as thousands of other naturalists in the centuries since, both professional and amateur. (The Guardian)
- Once-endangered bookstores are booming again (CBS This Morning)
- Sales, Earnings up at HarperCollins (Publishers Weekly)
- J.K. Rowling Says There’s a Door to Hogwarts at Chicago’s Damen Blue Line Stop. (Chicago Tribune)
- The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me: Fanfic and the Modern World (Seanan McGuire, Tor.com)
- Meet the Black Women Upending the Romance Industry (Buzzfeed News)
- 17 Secrets of Audiobook Narrators (Mental Floss) That would be one of my dream jobs, to be honest.
- Has Internalized Mysogyny Been Stopping Me From Reading Romance Novels My Whole Life? (Casey Stepaniuk, Book Riot)
- Five Gorgeous Classic Retellings (Tor.com)
- Five Potentially Amazing SFF Adaptations That Need to Happen (Tor.com)
That article about audiobook narrators was really interesting! Lots of things I never considered.
The whole cockygate thing is just crazy. I still can’t believe it’s happened. Goodness.
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I love the ideas for the SFF adaptations. I’d especially like a (GOOD) Pern RPG a la Dragon Age! I also agree that Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series would be a great TV series.
That’s a good list of re-tellings, too. I’ll have to check some of those out.
Thanks for the links!
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I’d love a good Pern game too—maybe a MMORPG you could play in groups or solo? Though honestly, I have very little time for games. I’d also love to see a tv series. Or a film made from the the first two Harper Hall (Menolly) books.