News & Notes – 11/23/13

November 23, 2013 News & Notes 10

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

    Worth Reading: 

    Literary Losses:

      Doris Lessing, Nobel laureate and best-selling author, died Sunday, Nov. 16.  Although best-known for her 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, Lessing’s writing spanned decades and genres; in addition to literary fiction, she wrote science fiction, autobiography, and even an opera in colaboration with composer Phillip Glass. (New York Times)
      Barbara Park, creator of the Junie B. Jones series, died Friday, Nov. 15, at the age of 66.  Her hilarious series featuring an “irrepressable” kindergartner (and later first-grader) were instrumental in introducing millions of children to the fun of reading.  Park also wrote a number of well-received middle grade titles. (New York Times)

        Beloved children’s author and editor Charlotte Zolotow died Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the age of 98.  Her books include Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, William’s Doll, illustrated by William Pène du Bois (and later turned into a song for the album Free to Be… You and Me), and one of my own childhood favorites, Over and Over, illustrated by Garth Williams.  She is survived by daughter and fellow author Crescent Dragonwagon. (Shannon Maughan, Publishers Weekly)

        Awesome lists: 

        Just for fun:  

        Bookish Quote Comic:

        That’s it for this week!

        I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

        10 Responses to “News & Notes – 11/23/13”

        1. Pamela D

          I LOVED the Hungry Games clip. I have watched it a few times this week in preparation for watching Catching Fire. 🙂

        2. Tanya Patrice

          Thanks for sharing all these links – I love this weekly post 🙂 I hadn’t realized LJ’s list of Best Books was out already!

        3. Bea

          Oh my gosh, that Sesame Street video is a riot. 😀

          I keep seeing links for the Neville Longbottom story, it’s time I read it.

          Thanks again for all your links!

        4. readerholicnotes

          I read the Neville Longbottom essay earlier this week. It was really interesting. As always lots of interesting news and links. Hope you have a great week.

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            I hadn’t thought about the generational parallels, or at least not as thoroughly as the author of the essay. It’s really amazing, the depth that is in those books when you look for it.