News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Unemployed Aboriginal poet surprised by $165K Windham-Campbell Prize (NPR Books; more from The Guardian)
- Barnes & Noble Still Searching for ‘Magic Bullet’ to Stop Sales Slide (Publishers Weekly)
- The Obamas’ Book Deals Spark $65m Mystery… as in, how will Penguin Random House make a profit? The answer is that the former president’s book (which will be “more than a memoir”) stands to do very well indeed. Also, PRH has not confirmed the size of the advance. (Publishers Weekly)
- The 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards finalists have been announced. (Children’s Book Council)
- HarperCollins Marks Its 200th Anniversary. (Publishers Weekly) And the firm has had quite a history.
- The Silly Side of Shakespeare. Mya Gosling talks about finding the ridiculous in Shakespeare as she draws her webcomic, Good Tickle Brain. (And if you aren’t following her comic, you should be — it’s a lot of fun!) (for Blogging Shakespeare)
- Andy Weir’s Best-Seller ‘The Martian’ Gets a Kid-Friendly Makeover. (New York Times) Basically, they replaced the swear words with more innocuous ones, so middle- and high-school science teachers could use the book with their classes. I’m not generally a fan of bowlderization, but in this case, I think it makes sense — not that students don’t hear and even use the profanities uttered by main character Mark Watney, but it’s hard to get that much of it past parents and school boards. (As a middle school parent, I would probably have objected to using it in school myself, despite the fact that I love the book.)
Great Blog Posts
- What books have shaped your view of the world? (The Emerald City Book Review)
- Why We Need More Awesome Parents in YA (Quite the Novel Idea)
For Writers & Bloggers
- A Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms. (Feed Your Fiction Addiction) Every bookish and blog-related acronym you’ve ever wondered about, and then some.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2)
That’s it for this week!