News & Notes – 3/18/2017

March 18, 2017 News & Notes 2

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

Book News


Literary Losses

Author, Modern Love columnist, and essayist Amy Krouse Rosenthal died March 13, 2017, of ovarian cancer. She was 51. Ten days before she died, she published a warm and moving column about her husband Jason and their life together, in hopes, she wrote, that “the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins.” I didn’t know Ms. Rosenthal’s work, but her final column moved me to tears.

Column: “You May Want to Marry My Husband”

Obituaries: Chicago Tribune; NPRPublishers WeeklyJezebel also wrote about Jason’s response to “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”


Derek Walcott, the Nobel laureate poet and playwright, died March 17, 2017, in Santa Lucia, at the age of 87. Walcott may be best known for his epic poem Omeros, “a Caribbean reimagining of The Odyssey.” But he was also the author of more than 80 plays, and won an Obie award for Dream on Monkey Mountain. In addition to the Nobel Prize for Literature, Walcott was the recipient of a Rockefeller fellowship and a MacArthur “genius” grant.

Obituaries: The Guardian; NPR’s the two-way;  St. Lucia Times 


Worth Reading/Listening To


Book & Movie Announcements

  • Harper Voyager Acquires English Translation of Russian Fantasy Vita Nostra ( According to HV’s Executive Editor, the premis is “…basically The Magicians, but set in a rural Russian technical college.” The writing shares “… aspects of Grossman’s novels, but also a bit of Gaiman… and a bit of Gogol. The effect was lyrical and immediate…”  Sounds amazing!


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

Sir John Hurt recites “Jabberwocky”

Bookish Quote

That’s it for this week!

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