News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Haruki Murakami awarded Hans Christian Andersen Prize (Yahoo.com)
- The National Book Award winners are Adam Johnson (fiction), Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction), Neal Shusterman (young adult fiction), and Robin Coste Lewis (poetry). You can see the awards ceremony at the National Book Award website.
- ABA Head Rings Alarm About Amazon Books and Antitrust Laws — specifically, whether Amazon’s new bricks-and-mortar store is selling books that its online parent company bought wholesale at a much deeper discount than stores of Amazon’s size can get. (Publishers Weekly)
- [British] Bookshops launch Civilized Saturday as an antidote to Black Friday. (The Guardian) I wish they would do the same thing here in the States!
- Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last. You can read excerpts or listen to the entire one hour, forty minute lecture at the Daily Good website.
- How to Weed Your Bookshelves (Jessica Pryde, for BookRiot)
- Imitation is Flattery: In Defense of Fanfiction (Vanessa Willoughby, for BookRiot)
For Writers & Bloggers
How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive (Nalo Hopkinson, TED-ED)
Book & Movie Announcements
- B&N Enlists 120 Authors to Sign Books for a Holiday Shopping Program. (GalleyCat) Authors include Veronica Roth, Brian Selznick, Paulo Coelho, and Elizabeth Gilbert. The books will go on sale in B&N’s physical stores on Black Friday. Meanwhile, the company has a selection of books signed by other authors, available through its website.
- 22 Times the Dedication Page Was the Best Part of the Book (Distractify)
- 22 Pets Who Have No Intention of Letting You Read Your Book (The Dodo)
- Check out these great Kindle and iPad Mini covers from KleverCase on Etsy!
That’s it for this week!