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!