News & Notes – 1/31/15

January 31, 2015 News & Notes 6

News & Notes

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

Book News


Worth Reading


Literary Losses

Colleen McCullough (via BBC News)

Colleen McCullough, the Australian author of the bestselling The Thornbirds and 24 other novels, died Thursday Jan. 29 at the age of 77. (Obituaries: NPR (written & audio); Washington Post)


Margaret Bloy Graham (via School Library Journal)

Margaret Bloy Graham, illustrateor of the Harry the Dirty Dog books, died Jan. 22, 2015, at the age of 94. She also wrote and illustrated the Benjy books.  (Obituary: School Library Journal)


Book & Movie Announcements


Really Cool / Just for Fun

Lynda Claassen, director of the U.C. San Diego Special Collections & Archives, shows Dr. Seuss’s creative process using items from his own collection. (Sorry; there’s an ad first.)


Bookish Quote


(Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m already there.)

6 Responses to “News & Notes – 1/31/15”

  1. Kaja

    I love your quote of the week – I bet we all feel this way sometimes. I lend my books out, too, to family and friends, and have to keep track of them in a notebook. But I love sharing good books and making recommendations.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I love sharing books too – but not my very favorites; those I’m extremely reluctant to let out of my hands! Instead, I get a copy for the other person – or a copy I can lend out. 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ll have to pass on the link to the Books-A-Million story to Eleanor. She works in if not the first one then one of the first ones. So sad about our literary losses. I was unaware that either had died. I’m 100% sure I’ve read a Colleen McCollough book though I can’t for the life of me remember what it is. Harry the Dirty Dog was a favorite of my husband’s and the Tornado loves the books as well.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I never really got into McCullough’s books, though she was very popular back when I was a bookseller/manager in the late 1980s. At the time, I was mostly reading fantasy and mystery. But I loved Harry the Dirty Dog as a child!