News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- BookCon Adds Sci-Fi, Mystery and Thriller Authors to Adult Lineup (Publishers Weekly)
- Amazon narrows list of potential cities for second headquarters to 20 (NPR)
- PEN America to honor Stephen King with Literary Service Award (PEN America)
- Waterstones’ annual profits jump 80% as buyers loom (The Guardian)
- ‘Worst Is Behind,’ Says Federation of European Publishers (Publishers Weekly)
- Sourcebooks Launches “Love Your Library Like A Carnegie” giveaway (Shelf Awareness)
- Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea (Quartz) Etymology has always fascinated me, and this article explains something that has puzzled me for years.
Book & Movie Announcements
- PBS announced details of its upcoming series, The Great American Read 2018. Among the authors and celebrities who will “lend their voices and passion” to the show are Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, Lauren Graham, John Irving, Bill T. Jones, Devon Kennard, Gayle King, Diane Lane, George R. R. Martin, and Lesley Stahl.
- 12 Books to Gift a Child on National Reading Day (Book Riot) It’s January 23, by the way.
- 10 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Series That Need Adaptations (The Portalist) There are some unexpected suggestions on this list.
- Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Books of 2018. It’s a good, eclectic list and just about the right length.
- 17 Bookstore Cats Worth Road Tripping For (Fodors) Every bookstore ought to have a cat. Or two.
That’s it for this week!
Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
Ha ha. I love that quote at the end. That’s SOOOO me 🙂
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Kari @ Kari Reads and Writes
Love, love your bookish quote- lol! That is me to a T.
Though I find Stephen King’s titles very much hit or miss (speaking just for me), and many too violent or “out there” for my tastes, I appreciate his great craft and talent. As a much younger person I enjoyed many of his early works. And the ones that the films Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and Stand By Me were based on– classics.
I read most of your bookish news up there and then randomly chose more articles to browse on the PW and Book Riot, & lost track of time 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post.
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I’m not a Stephen King fan because I don’t do horror, but there’s no denying his talent, his popularity, and his position as a cultural icon. The accolade is well deserved.
I get lost down the Book Riot rabbithole all the time! Also The Guardian.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
One of my bookish resolutions is to visit more indie bookstores so I think I’m going to have to add bookstores with cats to that resolution. I’ve only been to one that has a cat and that was in St. Petersburg, FL (now I need to see if it’s on the list) but my favorite antique store has a resident dog.
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I’ve been to a few, but haven’t been able to get good photos of the bookstore kitties. Someday!
Bookstore cats! Yay yay yay! And that’s an interesting history of tea.
The book adaptation link is interesting. I agree with wanting a series based on Sorcery and Cecilia, and I found a book or two for the TBR list, too!
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I found a couple of books on that list that I’ll probably try, as well.