News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- New Conservation Effort Aims to Protect Papa’s Papers (NPR) With Cuba now more open to Americans, an effort is underway to preserve Hemingway’s papers at his Havana home.
- Authors Guild Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Google Case (Publishers Weekly) The Supreme Court hasn’t tackled a major fair use case in at least 20 years.
- DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Deny Apple’s E-Book Appeal (Publishers Weekly)
- NYT Launches New Sci-Fi Book Column (GalleyCat) to be written by N. K. Jemison (who talks about it here.) . I think this goes under the category of “high time.”
- The British Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland with an exhibit featuring Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript and illustrated editions by Arthur Rackham, Mervyn Peake, Salvador Dali, and others.
Peter Dickinson, noted and prolific author of books for both children and adults, died Dec. 16, 2015, his 88th birthday. His books spanned and often blended genres, including mystery, historical fiction, and science fiction and fantasy. Dickinson had been in poor health for several years and suffered a series of strokes in the fall of 2015. He is survived by his four children by his first marriage, and by his second wife, author Robin McKinley. Obituaries: The Guardian, The New York Times, The Telegraph
- In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback (Michael S. Rosenwald, for The Washington Post)
- Thank You, General Leia (Karen Walsh, GeekMom.com)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Neil Gaiman’s “Troll Bridge” to become graphic novel. Colleen Doran will illustrate the short-story-turned-graphic-novel, which will be published by Dark Horse Comics.
- MG and Children’s Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2016 is a wonderful list by Adriana at She’s Got Books on Her Mind.
- 10 Quotes Readers Fell In Love With This Year (Goodreads)
- Best of 2015: Top 9 Extraordinary Works of Book-Related Art (My Modern Met)
- Best Book Covers of 2015 (New York Times) They lean toward text and minimal graphics rather than pictures, and most of them aren’t my cup of tea, but it’s interesting to see what the NYT’s literary critics prefer.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Amazingly detailed map of literature created by 17-year-old artist Martin Vargic (Buzzfeed) Click the picture or the link to see this image in a larger format, along with some sections in detail.
That’s it for this week!