News & Notes – 10/24/15

October 24, 2015 News & Notes 6

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


Literary Losses

Joyce Lavene

  • Joyce Lillian Lavene, co-author with her husband Jim of numerous cozy mystery series including the Renaissance Faire mysteries, the Peggy Lee Garden mysteries, the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mysteries (as J. J. Cook) and the Retired Witches mysteries, died Oct. 20, 2015. Joyce was only 61 years old. (Obituary; also, friend and fellow author Judy Nichols remembers her on Goodreads.)


  • Vera B. Williams, author and illustrator of children’s books, died Oct. 16, 2015 at the age of 88. (Obituaries: Boston GlobePublishers Weekly)


Book & Movie Announcements

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is officially the 8th story in Rowling’s saga. The play takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and is written by Jack Thorne, based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Thorne, and director John Tiffany. The play is quite long, and will be presented in two parts. I don’t know about you, but I’m already trying to figure out how to afford both tickets and airfare. Here’s the synopsis, from the Pottermore website:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.



Awesome Lists

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (photo by Tigger Girl on Flickr, via BookRiot)


For Romance Lovers


Bookish Quote

In honor of St. Crispin’s Day (10/25) and the Battle of Agincourt:

Kenneth Brannagh, Henry V  (Shakespeare)

That’s it for this week!

6 Responses to “News & Notes – 10/24/15”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I can’t wrap my head around racism generally. But for people who love SF? It makes absolutely no sense.

      As for the HP play – oh, I wish!!! But it’s probably impossible, financially speaking. If it does well, it might come to New York, and then perhaps I could see it. It’s still expensive, but at least there’s no airfare – we could drive or take Amtrak. And I have college friends we might be able to stay with.

  1. Krysta @ Pages Unbound

    I hope that after the Harry Potter show runs for awhile, they film it and bring it to theatres or to DVD so more of us can enjoy it. I would love to see it, but it’s just not possible for me–and for most Harry Potter fans, I would imagine (especially as it’s only in London right now).

    I hadn’t seen Rowling was to do an interview as Galbraith, but I haven’t read The Cuckoo’s Calling, so I’m not sure how much interest it would be of me currently.

  2. Lola

    I wonder if there will be a book made of the new HP story, it seems unfair to only have it as a play. I would much prefer to read the story. It does sound interesting to retunr to the world and see how Harry Potter and his samily are doing.

    I saw the star wars boycott mentioned somewhere, but didn’t realize what is was about. It seems that no matter what you do you always offend someone somehow. If you don’t watch the movie then don’t, but why boycott it?
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