News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Amazon cancels plans to build NY headquarters but plans to go ahead with the Virginia HQ2. (CNN)
- The New Center for Fiction Is Opening in Brooklyn (Literary Hub)
Worth Reading/Listening To
- A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions. The New Yorker‘s Ian Parker exposes a history of deceit by former Little, Brown and William Morrow editor Dan Mallory, author (under a psuedonym) of The Girl in the Window. It’s a troubling but convincing article. (Thank you to Rita at View From the Books for the original link.)
- Love Is: A Crowdsourced Valentine’s Day Poem pulled together by Kwame Alexander, from students’ responses to the question “What is love?” (NPR)
- Stop Saying Books Are Dead. They’re More Alive Than Ever (TIME)
- The Books That Mattered Most to David Bowie, Bibliophile (Literary Hub) (Thanks to The Relentless Reader for the link.)
- Do Beloved Paperbacks Need an Upgrade? (Katherine Willoughby, Book Riot)
- Asexual Readers Just Want Ace Characters to Live Full, Diverse Lives On the Page (Alaina Leary, Bustle)
- Book Agent in the Morning, Carpenter in the Afternoon “Edward Orloff represents a roster of buzzy writers, but he also builds bookshelves for some of New York’s biggest literary stars.” (Julia Felsenthal, New York Times)
For Writers & Bloggers
- How to Write a Book Review: 6 Steps to Take (Abida Jaigirdar, Book Riot)
Book & Movie Announcements
- The Wheel of Time TV Series to Start Production in Fall 2019 (Tor.com)
- The upcoming Harry Potter mobile game now has an official announcement and trailer. Gameplay will be somewhat similar to Pokemon Go, in that you are interacting with virtual objects in the real world, but with Wizarding World aesthetics. It’s from Niantic (the makers of Pokemon Go), along with Portkey Games and Pottermore. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited!
- The Art of Book Covers (1820–1914) (The Public Domain Review)
- 14 of the Most Romantic Lines in Literature (Barnes & Noble)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Colonial Williamsburg posted this video of Thomas Jefferson employing the Konmari method on their Facebook page. Incidentally, the Konmari method has apparently given birth to a verb: “to kondo.” Who’s planning to kondo their bookshelves this weekend?
113 Museums Transformed Illustrations From Their Collections Into Free Coloring Pages. (Smithsonian) You can find many of the participating libraries and their coloring pages at the NY Academy of Medicine’s #ColorOurCollections website, including the British Museum’s 2019 collection featuring this Tenniel illustration from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
That’s it for this week!