News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The National Book Award Finalists (shortlist) were announced this week. The winners will be announced on Nov. 16, 2016. (National Book Foundation)
- Iranian judges sentence writer to 6 years jail for short story about stoning to death (The Guardian)
- Amazon introduced Prime Reading, which looks like a free, “lite” version of Kindle Unlimited. You can read on Kindle devices and on Android and iOS devices via the Kindle app. The selection appears quite limited; there are only a few books and magazines I would like to read. However, I’ll keep an eye on it, since I got the impression the books will change from time to time.
- Hatchette & BookTrack Are Bringing Soundtracks to YA Books (GalleyCat)
Gloria Naylor, author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Women of Brewster Place and other works, died of a heart attack on Sept. 28, 2016, at the age of 66. Naylor’s novels inspired a generation of black women authors, several of whom credit her with “giving me permission to write my truth.” She was living in the Virgin Islands at the time of her death. Obituaries: Ebony (which broke the story); Los Angeles Times
- Cory Doctorow’s “In Praise of Fanfic” was written almost 10 years ago; if you haven’t read it yet, you should. (via Locus)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Check Your Spam? A very timely question, given my own and several other bloggers’ recent experiences with Akismet labeling regular commenters’ comments as spam. (Lola’s Reviews)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Megan Whalen Turner talks about her Queen’s Thief series in advance of next May’s publication of Thick as Thieves. (Publishers Weekly)
- “Lost” performance of Maggie Smith in Zeferelli’s Much Ado About Nothing “painstakingly restored.” In 1967, Franco Zeferelli directed a television adaptation of Much Ado for the BBC, starring a young Maggie Smith as Beatrice, Robert Stevens (later her real-life husband) as Benedick, and early appearances by Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. The performance was thought lost until a copy turned up in Library of Congress in Washington, DC. It has been restored by the BBC and was shown earlier this year at the Barbican Theatre in London. Sadly, it’s only available to those in “formal UK education.” (BBC)
- Dark Horse To Publish The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (GalleyCat)
- The Harry Potter movies are coming to IMAX – for one week only, beginning Oct. 13, at selected IMAX theaters. (Variety) I would so go to this if I didn’t have three weeks of work to do by the 17th.
That’s it for this week!