News & Notes – 11/17/2018

November 17, 2018 News & Notes 2

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


Literary Losses

Author and screenwriter William Goldman has died at the age of 87. You can read my tribute here, with links to other obituaries.


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photo of Stan Lee, wearing aviator sunglasses, black leather jacket, grey cable-knit sweater, and white shirt open at collar. Photo by Edward Liu, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Stan Lee, 28 February 2007. (Photo by Edward Liu, via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0)


Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee also died this week, at the age of 95. Even if you’re not a comic book fan, you probably know Stan Lee—from his cameo appearances in the Marvel films, if nothing else. (He even shows up in the post-credit scene in Disney’s animated superhero movie Big Hero Six, as Fred’s father.) Cinema Blend reports that the cameos will continue after Stan’s death:

Even after his death, his tradition of cameos hasn’t yet seen its end. It has been announced that the legend will have a cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet, which he wasn’t able to see before his passing, but the film’s director describes as “very poignant” and special now that he is no longer with us. Lee also previously recorded a cameo in the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse coming to theaters just one month after the Wreck-It Ralph sequel. Stan Lee’s last cameo might be in the highly-anticipated release of Avengers 4 coming in May 2019, but who knows? Excelsior!

Lee created or co-created a number of iconic comic-book characters, from Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four to Iron Man and the Hulk. He played a major part in the development of many Marvel franchises, including the X-Men and the Avengers.

Lee’s influence on Marvel, superhero comics, and comic culture was profound. Don’t take my word for it; check out some of these tributes:

And if you’d like to watch a few of the movies and TV shows featuring Marvel characters (and some of those famous Stan Lee cameos), go to Netflix and type in Stan’s favorite catch-phrase: Excelsior.

‘Nuff said.


Can You Help?

Romance author Julie Anne Long was among those forced to evacuate Paradise, California as the fires swept through the town. She escaped with her sister’s family, her cat, her laptop and some paper files, and nothing else. Her home burned to the ground. She lost everything, including her RITA award and her cherished guitars. She and her family are currently in a hotel. Someone has set up a GoFundMe asking for donations to help Julie out.



Worth Reading/Viewing


Awesome Lists


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

2 Responses to “News & Notes – 11/17/2018”

  1. Lark

    Love that quote! And am sad about Stan Lee…and William Goldman who also just died. Hate losing the good ones.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I know, I am too. About both—I did a brief tribute to Goldman on Friday. He was the commencement speaker at my graduation, and a fellow alumnus.