News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Jacqueline Woodson awarded 2015 Langston Hughes medal (CCNY/CUNY)
- The 2015 World Fantasy Award winners were announced Oct. 8 at the World Fantasy Convention. Sheri S. Tepper recieved the Lifetime Achievement Award, while best novel went to David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. (Tor.com)
- This is also the last year the World Fantasy Award will be a bust of H. P. Lovecraft; due to widespread objections over Lovecraft’s racism, the award will be redesigned. (I’m hoping for either a dragon or Tolkien. Or both.) (File770) For a better understanding of why this matters, read Daniel Jose Older’s piece in last December’s Guardian.
- British Writer Tracks Down Teen Who Gave His Book a Bad Review, Smashes Her With Wine Bottle. Not only that, he travelled 500 miles to do it. Actually, he did all this back in 2014, and has just pled guilty in a Scottish court. (Gawker)
- New Shakespeare & Co. Owner Envisions National Bookstore Chain. The story refers to the NY bookstore, not the famous one in Paris. (Publishers Weekly)
- Paris’s Shakespeare & Company bookstore served as safe haven during the horrific terrorist attacks on Friday night, Nov. 13. (GalleyCat)
- Taylor Swift teams with Scholastic to donate 25,000 books to NY schools (press release)
- Declining E-book Sales Hit Home (Publishers Weekly)
- American Writers Museum to open in Chicago in 2017 (press release)
- Elephant book-mobiles in Laos (Room to Read)
- Wedded to the Soul Mate? Laura K. Curtis reflects on the “one true love” trope and it’s impact on fictional portrayals of previous relationships.
- Thoughts on accessibility at [fan] conventions by Mary Robinette Kowal
- The digital revolution in higher education has already happened. No on noticed. (Clay Shirkey,
Great Blog Posts
- How to Send Books to Your Kindle (Bea’s Book Nook)
Book & Movie Announcements
- (Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television And Movie Theaters! (Tor.com) It’s a good long list, but not as comprehensive as you’d think. Notably absent are The Scorpio Races (optioned), The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness (optioned), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in production, due out Nov. 2016) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (in production, due out Dec. 2016.) Check the comments for more rumors/facts/info.
- Amazon Editors’ Top 100 Books of 2015 (Amazon)
- 10 Things You Only Notice When You Re-Read Harry Potter (Bustle)
- 20 Problems Only Book Lovers Understand (Goodread Blog)
That’s it for this week!