News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France (New York Times) A previously unknown First Folio has been found in a French public library.
- A Harry Potter study-abroad course (i09) For $5000, you can earn 3 college credits and visit every Harry Potter site known to wizard (or witch.) I don’t think they actually teach magic, though.
- Authors Sign Up to Raise Barnes & Noble’s Black Friday Sales (New York Times) 100 prominent authors, from Donna Tartt and Dan Brown to Jessica Day George, Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan and Shannon Hale, have signed books which will are available only in Barnes & Noble stores (not online.) That is, assuming any are left after Black Friday! (additional author list from Jessica Day George’s Facebook page)
- Why Are We Embarrassed to Have Guilty Pleasure Reads? (Huffington Post) As Jessie Gaynor points out, we’re not embarrassed to enjoy popular or light TV shows, so why do we sometimes hide our enjoyment of chick lit, YA, romance, fantasy, or mystery?
- Scroobius Pip’s poem, “Library” (read by Chris Hawkins; see below)
P.D. James, author of the Inspector Dalgliesh and Cordelia Grey mystery series as well as The Children of Men and Death Comes to Pemberley, died Thursday at the age of 94. Some of her Dalgliesh novels were adapted for television by ITV and later the BBC, and broadcast in the U.S. as part of the Mystery collection on PBS. Her mysteries were well written, absorbing, and intellectually satisfying; A.S. Byatt says of her work that it “was on the borderline between crime fiction and literary fiction.” Rest in peace, Ms. James, and thank you for many hours of fascinating reading. [Obituaries: BBC (quoted); The Guardian; Washington Post]
Book & Movie Announcements
- Neil Gaiman Announces Air Dates for Good Omens Radio Adaptation (GalleyCat). Click this; you need to see Neil Gaiman holding a flaming sword!
- A Non-Comprehensive-But-Awesome Accounting of Your Favorite [SFF] Books of 2014 (Tor.com)
- Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors (The Hollywood Reporter)
Just for Fun
Neil Gaiman reads from a “bad Neil Gaiman” writing contest (Wits radio show)
That’s it for this week!