News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Coronavirus: China’s private bookstores struggling to survive as sales drop 90 per cent, stores remain closed (South China Morning Post; article discovered thanks to Shelf Awareness)
- The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlists are out, and The Guardian‘s Alison Flood discusses common themes.
- ‘Pyke notte thy nostrellys’: 15th-century guide on children’s manners digitised for first time. The book can be found on a new British website called Discovering Children’s Books. (The Guardian article also discusses some of the other books and materials digitized on the site.)
- Let Life Happen: Letting Books Find Us Organically (Jeffrey Davies, Book Riot)
Books, Movies, and TV
- New App Lets You Hear Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in Original 14th-Century English — and follow along with the original text and a modern translation simultaneously. (Mental Floss)
- Dan Brown announces debut picture book – soundtracked by the author (The Guardian) Apparently, before he became a writer, Brown was a composer. Who knew?
- 8 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read (or Re-Read) Before Their Adaptations Hit the Screen (Gizmodo: i09)
- 12 Jane Austen Quotes for Women Who Take Up Space (Mikkaka Overstreet, Book Riot)