News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- After Eight Year Slump, 2015 Bookstore Sales Rise (Publishers Weekly)
- 92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds (Los Angeles Times)
- Simon & Schuster Launches a Young Adult Fiction Website Called Riveted (GalleyCat). Contributing authors include Scott Westerfeld; the website will celebrate its opening with a re-read of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.
- Fans campaign for Terry Pratchett statue in Salisbury, England. You can read and sign the petition at Change.org.
- The Harry Potter series is actually one long story about PTSD (Sarah Gailey, Mashable)
- Sci-Fi is Realistic Fiction (Justina Ireland, BookRiot)
- Trying to Find a Literary Agent Is the Worst Thing Ever (Ken Pisani, Publishers Weekly)
- I Kondo’d The Heck Out Of My Bookshelves (Christy Childers, BookRiot)
- It Was a Dark and Stormy First Line (Michelle Anne Schingler, BookRiot)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stageplay will be published on July 31 — the shared birthday of J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter, and a day after the play’s official opening in London. (Mugglenet) (And you can already pre-order it on Amazon, here.)
- Aaron Sorkin’s adaption To Kill a Mockingbird to open on Broadway in the 2017-18 season. (Playbill)
- A Discovery of Witches TV adaption will be produced by Bad Wolf, a production company headed by two women who were instrumental in rebooting Doctor Who. Author Deborah Harkness will write some of the episodes. (io9)
- Johnny Depp to star in Invisible Man remake (Variety)
- Agatha Christie will be the subject of a biographical graphic “novel.” (GalleyCat)
- SF classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be remade as film, directed and scripted by Bryan Singer (Variety)
- 7 Best Declarations of Love on My Bookshelf (BookRiot) Gilbert’s proposal to Anne always gets me. And don’t miss the comments – there are some wonderful additions there.
- Move Over, Mr. Darcy: 9 More Literary Characters to Fall For (Brightly)
- Amazon’s Top 20 Most Romantic Cities for 2015 (GalleyCat)
- 8 Things Invented by Famous Writers (mental floss)
That’s it for this week!