News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Coulsen Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad wins the 2016 National Book Award. Other awards went to YA graphic novel March, poet Daniel Borzutzky, and Ibram X. Kendi (for Stamped from the Beginning:The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.) (National Book Foundation; Publishers Weekly)
- Bob Dylan Won’t Be Picking Up His Nobel Prize in Person (NPR: The Two-Way)
- Barnes & Noble introduces a $49.99 NOOK tablet, presumably to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The new Nook tablet is Android-based and will have access to the full line of Android apps in the Google Play store. (B&N)
- Friday’s Google Doodle paid tribute to Blackfeet novelist and poet James Welch on his 76th birthday.
- “Post-truth” is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2016 (Oxford Dictionaries) You can learn about it, and all the runners-up, in the video below.
- One Way to Bridge the Political Divide: Read the Book That’s Not For You. NPR interviewed new National Book Foundation president Lisa Lucas about the National Book Awards, reading, and books’ power to expand our understanding of others.
- What You Can Do: Bookish Charities You Can Donate To Right Now (BookRiot)
- The Power of the Accidental Find (Lucas Maxwell for BookRiot)
- Reading Locally When You Travel (BookRiot)
Book & Movie Announcements
I am so excited to see Beauty and the Beast! It looks beautifully done.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Check out this amazing D&D map/diorama! (via Nerdist)
I’m thankful for books, for the authors who write them, and for the libraries that share them.