News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Author’s Guild Met with DoJ About Amazon. The Guild hopes to get DoJ to examine alleged anticompetitive practices by the e-tailing giant. (Publishers Weekly)
- New England Booksellers Association also worried about Amazon (Publishers Weekly)
- Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author blog (Dear Author)
- Novelist John Kenney wins the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor (Thurber House) You can read about the award ceremony at GalleyCat.
- Egmont is selling off its US division, which publishes children’s and YA books. (Publishers Weekly)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Sherlock Holmes silent classic uncovered in Paris vault. The film stars William Gillette, who in his day was famous for his portrayal of Holmes. (BBC News) You can read more details about the film at The Guardian.
- With the Paddington movie opening in December, London will offer a Paddington Trail complete with statues of the iconic bear at various locations. (GalleyCat)
- Lions Gate Invites Female Filmakers to make Twilight short films (GalleyCat, from Deadline and The New York Times)
- Neil Gaiman’s “The Sleeper and the Spindle” will be published as a picture book
by Bloomsbury U.K. in October 2014. HarperCollins will publish the US version in the fall of 2015. (GalleyCat)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Check out the PopSonnets blog! The author rewrites pop songs as Shakespearean sonnets. Selections so far include songs by ABBA, Queen, Avril Lavigne, the Backstreet Boys, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
- Mexican Lawyer breaks record for biggest Harry Potter collection (Jezebel)
- Absolutely adorable bookish Halloween costumes for little ones (BookRiot)
That’s it for this week!