News & Notes – 10/11/14

October 11, 2014 News & Notes 18

News & Notes

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Book News


Worth Reading


For Writers & Bloggers


Literary Losses


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.


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

Map of Boston, by Mapsburgh


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!


18 Responses to “News & Notes – 10/11/14”

  1. Rita @ My Home of Books

    Ha, that quote—that’s me so many times! I used to say when I finished a book and didn’t have another it was like a smoker finishing a pack and not finding another in the house and stores were closed. (this is when stores actually closed and we didn’t have Amazon to insta-buy a title– yes I guess I’m old, lol).

    I just love your articles this week! So many I skimmed through and now want to grab another cup of coffee and read thoroughly. I told my husband about the Amazon store and he didn’t think it was a big deal and thought it was a bad move on their part, but I think it is mostly just to grab the tourists (very touristy location) and for the same-day delivery to NYC folks. I happened to stumble upon the fact this week that NY county (Manhattan) is the county with the largest library circulation and readers,Seattle’s county second, and Portland Oregon’s third. Just a fun fact.

    Thanks as always for a great job and the hard work you did to pull all this together for us. This Saturday feature by you is a go-to must read every week 🙂
    Rita @ My Home of Books recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/11/14-10/13/14My Profile

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Rita! That is high praise and I’m so glad you enjoy this feature! As for the Amazon store, I have my doubts myself. Sounds more like those Sears ‘stores’ where all you could really do was pick up your order. Nice tidbit on the library circulation – thanks!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I wondered why an Amazon store, too. I guess if it meant same-day pickup it might be nice. And I love those maps – check out his Tumblr for more.

  2. Stephanie

    First, I love the Tolkienesque maps – I need to see if there is one of my home town… I enjoyed both the articles on Writers outnumbering readers and the Washington Post article which were really touching on the same thing though highlighting different issues – people not reading as much because of distraction and being overwhelmed by the number of books. I will also be following along on Marissa Meyer’s blog posts – I think her process will be very interesting. As I’ve mentioned before I have felt so safe in her hands with The Lunar Chronicles because she seems to have a solid plan.
    Stephanie recently posted…MINI-REVIEWS: The Case of the Missing Marquess, Cybele’s Secret, and The City of EmberMy Profile

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes, I’m finding Meyer’s posts quite interesting! I’ve only read the first few so far. And good point about the similar theme of those other two articles – I hadn’t thought of that.