News & Notes – 4/09/2022

April 9, 2022 News & Notes 3

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

Bookish News

Literary Losses

Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah Plain and Tall and more than 60 other titles for children, died March 31, 2022, at her home in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. She was 84. MacLachlan began writing after her children started school. Her first book was published in 1979; her last, A Secret Shared, was released in September 2021. Her books are notable for their economy of words and lean storytelling; she frequently edited and rewrote sentences, removing words “to make them as elegant and spare as the prairies of her youth.” (Boston Globe)

Her best-known novel, Sarah Plain and Tall, is based on a woman who married one of MacLachlan’s mother’s relatives. In addition to the Newbery, the book also won the Scott O’Dell Award, and led to four sequels and three TV adaptations starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.

Obituaries: Book Riot; Boston Globe; Daily Hampshire Gazette; Shelf Awareness; Washington Post

Biography and Bibliography: Goodreads; Wikipedia

Worth Reading/Viewing

Free Fiction

  • “The Dragon Project” by Naomi Kritzler (Clarkesworld Magazine) Cute short story about bioengineered, 3D-printed dragons.

Books, Movies, and TV

  • Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson raises record-setting $41 million on Kickstarter for secret books. (USA Today) Sanderson announced in early March (see video above) that he had written five “secret” books during the pandemic — in addition to the books he was contracted to write. He plans to publish four of them himself, as ebooks, print books, and audiobooks, along with special “swag.” He set up a Kickstarter, hoping to earn $1 million; 44,430 enthusiastic backers pledged $41,754,153. (Full disclosure: one of my family members was one of them.) Each book is a stand-alone novel; three are set within his Cosmere universe. Sanderson aims to publish them in 2023. The Kickstarter is now closed, but if you missed out, Sanderson has said it is “possible” they will eventually be released to the wider public. (Other sources: SciFy, Daily Dot, Winter Is Coming)


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3 Responses to “News & Notes – 4/09/2022”

  1. Lark

    How sad that Patricia MacLachlan died. I really loved Sarah, Plain and Tall. And that book quote is so awesome! I totally feel that way, too. 😀
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