News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- YA Authors Get Out the Vote with #firstvote16 (Publishers Weekly)
- The National Book Foundation announced its 2016 “5 Under 35” honorees. And the LA Times interviewed all of them.
- SF/F authors come together to support those with mental illness. The campaign uses the hashtag #HoldOnToTheLight, and over 100 authors have joined the campaign–authors like Laura Anne Gilman, Deborah J. Ross, Natania Barron, John Vogt, and many others.
- Penguin Random House has launched Unbound Worlds, a website dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy (and a successor to Suvudu.) I suspect it’s also intended as a competitor for Tor.com.
- Kensington is launching a digital SF/F imprint. Called Rebel Base, the imprint will publish science fiction (both hard and soft) and fantasy, and will consider submissions for unagented authors as well as from agents. (Publishers Weekly)
- Save a Life—Support a Banned Book (I. W. Gregorio, for Publishers Weekly)
- Sarah MacLean: Bashing Romance Novels Is Just Another Form of Slut-Shaming (Bustle)
Great Blog Posts
- Recommended Historical Romance Novels (Molly @ Librarian Style)
- Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Check Your Spam? Lola asks a good question. Just a few days ago, I discovered about 9 or 10 legitimate blog comments from some of you wonderful readers had gone into my spam folder, where before it was almost entirely spam. I’ll be checking mine a lot more frequently now!
- How I Avoid NetGalley on Second Run Reviews.
Book & Movie Announcements
- The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out, and it looks amazing!
- BBC to adapt Jessie Burton’s spooky period bestseller The Miniaturist for television (RadioTimes)
- Neil Gaiman’s Stardust to be adapted by BBC Radio 4 (RadioTimes)
- 100 Must-Read Retellings of Myths, Folklore, and Classics (BookRiot) It’s a good list, but it’s missing some of my favorites.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
The New York Public Library just installed this little train conveyor to move books between the library’s headquarters and the adjacent underground storage facility under Bryant Park. You can read more about it at Gothamist. (By the way, there’s nothing wrong with your speakers; the video has no sound.)
That’s it for this week!