News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Penguin Random House, PEN America, 5 authors, and 2 parents are suing a Florida school board over book bans (NPR)
- Sarah J. Maas’s British publisher Bloomsbury admits using AI-generated artwork for House of Earth and Blood cover (The Guardian) They aren’t the first, and they won’t be the last.
- PEN America gala honors Salman Rushdie in his first in-person appearance since stabbing (NPR)
- In February, SF magazine Clarkesworld had to halt submissions after being flooded by AI-generated stories. (The Guardian)
- Building Our Personal Libraries, and the Books We Leave Behind (Molly Templeton, Tor.com)
- Striking Hollywood scribes ponder AI in the writer’s room (NPR)
- Doubting Shakespeare’s Identity Isn’t a Conspiracy Theory (Elizabeth Winkler, Literary Hub)
- Kennedy Ryan’s romances are coming for your heartstrings (NPR)
- Maybe There’s a Better Way to Think About Adaptations (Molly Templeton, Tor.com)
- 5 new fantasy novels invigorate old tropes (NPR) Reviews of Ink Blood Sister Scribe (Emma Törzs), Mortal Follies (Alexis Hall), To Shape a Dragon’s Breath (Moniquill Blackgoose), The Salt Grows Heavy (Cassandra Khaw), and The First Bright Thing (J.R. Dawson.) I have already added three of these to my TBR list based on these reviews.
- Five Historical Fantasy Novels That Reimagine British History (Tor.com)
- 10 of the Best Indie Bookstores in the World (Literary Hub)
Thanks for pulling together some book news for the week, Lark! Nice to see the recs, too.
I used to try to do these every week, but there are weeks I just can’t find the time. It’s always fun when I can do it, though!