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 for 2014 were announced this week. (National Book Foundation)
- Richard Flanagan wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize. You can read or watch his full acceptance speech and read an interview with Flanagan at The Guardian.
- Lost Stories by Truman Capote are published. The stories, written between the ages of 11 and 19, show a writer already working hard at developing his craft. (New York Times)
- ALA Confronts Adobe on Ebook Data Gathering. Apparently, Adobe has been gathering users’ data through the Adobe Digital Editions platform – and transmitting it unencrypted. (both articles from Digital Book World)
- Bloomsbury UK is holding the first Harry Potter Night on Feb. 5, 2015. Librarians, booksellers, teachers, and community organizations can sign up to receive or download a free kit to help you hold your own event. Signups close on 11/28/14.
- McSweeney’s to become nonprofit publishing house (SFGate)
- Publishers React to Amazon’s Pop-Up Stores (Publishers Weekly) You may have heard that Amazon is dabbling in pop-up stores, kiosks, and vending machines to push its devices (e-readers, the Fire phone, etc.)
- The Harry Potter Generation Has Been Waiting for Malala (Charlotte Alter, Time )
- On John Grisham, Victimized Pedophiles, and the Children’s Book Industry (Anne Ursu) Ursu wonders how the children’s book industry should react to statements made by Grisham to the effect that men who look at child pornography are getting overly-harsh jail sentences.
- A Basic Guide to Managing TBR Piles (WordRevel) I missed this post back in September, but it’s worth reading.
For Writers & Bloggers
- Author Jim C. Hines talks about Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program. (And here’s Amazon’s Kindle Scout page.)
Book & Movie Announcements
- James Patterson’s Maximum Ride Will Become a Marvel Comics Series (Wall Street Journal)
- The Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them movies will be “at least a trilogy” and are projected to release in 2016, 2018, and 2020. (The Verge)
- Lena Dunham to adapt Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen (BuzzFeed)
- Robin McKinley’s Backlist FINALLY coming as ebooks! Open Road Media will release eight of McKinley’s backlist titles, including The Hero and the Crown, Beauty, and Sunshine, on Nov. 18.
- Kensington is featuring 31 books in it’s 31 Days of Halloween promotion. Some are full-price, but some are bargains. Prices should be similar on Amazon.
- Best Books to Read for Halloween (Goodreads)
- Best Halloween Picture Books – for the younger crowd (Goodreads)
Just for Fun
- Windows has a Beauty of Books theme for your desktop: 13 photos of libraries and books for your wallpaper/screensaver. Who knew?
- Watch Neil Gaiman read The Graveyard Book (yes, all of it!) on Mr. Babo’s Remarkable Mouse Circus (the Neil Gaiman website for young readers.)
That’s it for this week!