News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Amazon wants the patent for pay-by-selfie (CNBC)
- The 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards winners were announced. (NBCC website)
- A lost H. P. Lovecraft manuscript has surfaced; it was commissioned by Harry Houdini and ghostwritten by Lovecraft. (The Guardian)
- R. L. Stine Wins Chicago Tribune YA Prize (GalleyCat)
- No Wool, No Vikings. (Clare Eamer, Hakai Magazine) OK, it’s nothing to do with books, but as a knitter and history buff I found this article on Vikings, sheep, wool, and sailing — and a modern Norwegian folk high school — quite fascinating.
- 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families (Colours of Us)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
The Silmarillion in 3 Minutes (JP Kloess)
That’s it for this week!