News & Notes – 12/21/13

December 21, 2013 News & Notes 6

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: 


      For Writers & Bloggers:


        Literary Losses:

        Janet Dailey died Saturday, Dec. 14, in Branson, Missouri, at the age of 69.  Ms. Dailey was the author of over 100 romance novels, and was one of the first American authors published by Harlequin.  Married at 19 to her boss, Dailey once said that many of her heroes were based on her husband Bill, who died of cancer in 2005.  Dailey’s recent career was shadowed by accusations of plagiarism in two of her novels, Aspen Gold and Notorious; she later admitted that the two books contained passages and ideas from works by bestselling novelist Nora Roberts.  The case was settled out of court, and Ms. Dailey continued to write romance novels.  Her most recent release was October’s Merry Christmas, Cowboy. (ABC News; Branson Tri-Lakes News. The New York Times also published an obituary for Ms. Dailey, but could not resist several disdainful comments regarding her chosen genre.)

        Ned Vizzini, author of several YA books, committed suicide on Thursday, Dec. 19. He was 32.  Vizzini’s books included It’s Kind of a Funny Story, about a teenage boy who is hospitalized after school pressures drive him to think of suicide.  In an interview, the author stated that the book was “85% true.”  Most recently, Vizzini collaborated with Chris Columbus on The House of Secrets, the first in a MG fantasy series.  He also wrote for television, including the upcoming Cuaron-Abrams NBC series, Believe. (Obituary, Publishers Weekly)

        Children’s book author Lila Perl died Wed., Dec. 4, at the age of 92.  Ms. Perl was the author of over fifty fiction and nonfiction books for children.  Her books often featured strong female characters.  Perl also co-authored the award-winning Four Perfect Pebbles with Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan; the book recounts Lazan’s family’s internment in and survival of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. (Obituary, School Library Journal)

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          That’s it for this week!

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          6 Responses to “News & Notes – 12/21/13”

          1. Pamela D

            I am a little worried that JK Rowling is just cashing in with the Harry Potter franchise. She is doing this play and a Fantastical Beast movie.

            • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

              She might be cashing in, but she’s so rich already, I’m not sure that’s really a factor. I think it’s more that she loves the world she created, and while she isn’t ready to write another book set in that world, she still wants to play in it.

            • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

              It really is tragic when someone is so full of pain or despair that they don’t see a reason to keep living — especially when it’s someone young and/or talented, and he was both.

              Can you imagine being the librarian who first realized what they had? I’d have had goosebumps all over.