News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize for Literature. Read about Modiano and his work at NPR, The Guardian, and The New York Times.
- Malala Yousafzai and Kailish Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize for their activism on the right to education. (BBC News)
- The Twitterverse went crazy over J. K. Rowling’s tweeted anagram, until a British university student solved it. Sorry, folks, there’s no new Potter book in the works as rumor briefly had it. Instead, the tweet was the first sentence of a synopsis of the Newt Scamander movie currently being screenwritten by Rowling. (GalleyCat)
- Amazon about to open its first ever physical store – sort of. (The Verge)
- Print Books Outsold Ebooks in First Half of 2014 (Huffington Post Books)
- In Frankfurt, author Paul Coelho urges lower ebook prices (Publishers Weekly)
- Harlequin signed a one-year deal with Scrib’d, so subscribers will be able to read backlist titles from Harlequin and its imprints. (GalleyCat)
- Canadian authors being hit hard by Amazon-Hachette dispute. (Publishers Weekly)
- When Writers Outnumber Readers is also about taking time to read. (Heidi Pitlor, on Huffington Post Books)
- Mystery author Felix Francis talks about his writing and his father. If you’re a mystery fan or a writer, this one is worth reading on several levels. I never realized, for instance, that Dick Francis’s novels were to some extent collaborations right from the beginning. (Huffington Post Books)
- No, I Don’t Want to Read Your Self-Published Book. Ron Charles, editor of the Washington Post books section, and Roger Sutton, editor of Horn Book, talk about why they won’t accept self-pubbed books for review. (Washington Post)
- Diversifying Your Reading Beyond Gender or Race (Nicole Perrin, BookRiot)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Don’t forget that NaNoWriMo starts on Nov. 1!
- Perfection vs. Art. Author Jim Hines discusses the importance of giving yourself permission to create, well, crap. Perfectionism stands in the way of creating. (Ask me how I know.)
- ‘Lunar Chronicles’ author Marissa Meyer’s 9 steps in the writing process post links to 9 blog posts she did on the topic. If, like me, you’re fascinated by how writers work, check it out.
- How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance. It’s not as easy as the “bodice rippers” of old made it sound. (Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal)
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and a number of other books for middle grade and young adult readers, died recently of complications from a stroke. The author was 87. Her first book was published in 1964; her most recent in 2011. I remember enjoying The Headless Cupid in elementary school, and as recently as my daughter’s elementary school years, The Egypt Game was still a staple in classrooms and school libraries. (Obituary: Publishers Weekly)
Book & Movie Announcements
- The Theory of Everything trailer is out! I’m really, really looking forward to this movie. And it looks like Eddie Redmayne is going to be terrific.
- 19 Magical [British] Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit (Buzzfeed) I have got to get back to the UK – some of these are amazing. (I did make it to Blackwell’s once.)
- Scary Books for Scaredy-Cats (BookRiot) I must admit, even some of these are a bit much for me – but I’ll probably read Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
That’s it for this week!