News & Notes – 11/05/16

November 5, 2016 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

You may have wondered why I rarely link to articles in the New York Times or Washington Post. The answer is that both publications have paywalls, and offer only a limited number of free posts per month. While I understand why these publishers don’t (or can’t) offer their full website for free, I am not able to afford both of them, and at the moment, I’m not subscribed to either one. So my own access to them is limited. It also seems really unfair to post links to articles that you may not be able to see, if you’ve used up your free allotment for the month. So whenever I can, I try to find the same stories elsewhere, on free sites like NPR, the Los Angeles Times, or the Guardian (which incidentally has a really good book section.)


Book News


Literary Losses

Sheri S. Tepper, prolific and well-respected author of fantasy, SF, and horror, died Oct. 22, 2016 at the age of 87. Much of Tepper’s work featured feminist and/or ecological themes, and she was nominated for all the major SF/F awards. In 2015, she was honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award. In 2013, SF Gateway requested and published a short autobiographical essay by Tepper, reflecting on the roots of her feminism and eco-consciousness in her own life (particularly her feminism.) It makes compelling reading.

Obituaries and remembrances: Locus Online;;  Ceridwen Christensen (for B&N);  John Scalzi (blog)Biography and bibliography: GoodreadsWikipedia 


babbitt_natalie_photo-by-samuelfbabbittNatalie Babbitt, beloved children’s author of Tuck Everlasting, The Search for Delicious, and several other children’s books, died Oct. 31, 2016, of lung cancer. She was 84. Babbitt received a Newbery Honor for Kneeknock Rise and was awarded the first E.B. White Award in 2012. Tuck Everlasting, the story of a mortal girl’s friendship with an immortal family, remains a favorite with both children and teachers. Babbitt also illustrated several picture books, both her own and those by Valerie Worth.

Obituaries and tributes: Publisher’s Weekly (the most extensive and informative); NPR’s All Things ConsideredWBUR’s Here and Now interviews Petra Mayer on Babbitt and Tuck EverlastingLos Angeles Times;  CNN (with pictured tweets.) Biography and bibliography: GoodreadsWikipedia 


Worth Reading


For Writers & Bloggers


Book & Movie Announcements


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

  • Ron Chernow sings Hamilton to congratulate Lin-Manuel Miranda on winning the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for DramaNow that’s class!  (OK, the Hamilton/Miranda Pulitzer isn’t news; it happened last April. But the video is cute.)


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

6 Responses to “News & Notes – 11/05/16”

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    Love the post this week as always! Still reading through your links.

    I was touched by the one about the little free library in Harlem. I’m touched because books, as we all know, have no boundaries– and everyone desires them, including…especially…kids who don’t have the money or access to reading. Thank goodness for kind people in the world!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I loved that post too, Rita! You are so right that books have no boundaries. It’s lovely to see someone so committed to getting books into children’s hands.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m OK with it, too! 😉 As for the Times and the Post, I just hate to leave people as frustrated as I get when I see an interesting article linked on someone’s FB page, and can’t read it because I’m over my (really low) quota for the month.