News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- ABA, Author’s Guild Slam Trump’s Legal Campaign Against Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s controversial book about the first nine months in the Trump White House. The book was published on Friday when publisher Henry Holt decided to release it early, before the officially scheduled Jan. 9 publication date. Trump’s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter, claiming that statements made in the book are libelous; the ABA and Author’s Guild issued statements supporting Holt’s decision to publish the book. (Publishers Weekly) You can find Fire and Fury at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and probably your local bookstore.
- Library of Congress Will No Longer Save Every Tweet (Ars Technica; also CNN.com)
- Jacqueline Woodson named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (Los Angeles Times)
- B&N Has Disappointing Holiday Sales. (Publishers Weekly)
- NYT, PBS Newshour Launch ‘Now Read This’ Book Club (Shelf Awareness)
- Print sales were up again in 2017, though only by 1.9% over 2016. Print sales have continued to rise since 2013. (Publishers Weekly)
- Kick canon to the curb in 2018. Book Riot’s S. W. Sondheimer argues that it’s time to forget about literary canon, and uses well-known and award-winning children’s books to make her point.
Free Fiction Online
- Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys — or rather, the BBC’s 6-hour radio adaptation of the book — is available to listen to free, for a limited time.
Book & Movie Announcements
- The Biggest Book-to-Movie Adaptations Coming in 2018 (BookBub) 32 books being adapted into movies. And since even that list isn’t exhaustive, check out…
- The 14 Books Becoming Must-Watch Movies in 2018 (Harper’s Bazaar)
- The Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges (GirlXOXO)
- 2018 Reading/Blogging Challenges (Feed Your Fiction Addiction)
- 46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018 (R. O. Kwon for Electric Lit) These are forthcoming books. I would have liked to see some genre titles along with the literary fiction, but it’s quite an impressive list.
- Top 10 writers’ tips on writing (The Guardian) I quite like Muriel Spark (or rather, her character Mrs. Hawkins) on why aspiring writers should get a cat.
- NYPL’s Top Checkouts of 2017 (New York Public Library)
- 10 Resolutions to Make 2018 Your Best Reading Year Ever (Lit Reactor)
Just For Fun / Really Cool
- Literary Gifts for Feminists (Book Riot) I want the Malala quote t-shirt. And the “Diverse books matter” sweatshirt.
Actually, I don’t agree with this sentiment at all—but I find it highly amusing that people have believed the world was going downhill as far back as ancient Rome. And it’s a riot that Cicero thought that lots of people writing books was evidence of times being “bad.”
That’s it for this week!