News & Notes – 3/25/2017

March 25, 2017 News & Notes 0

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


Worth Reading


For Writers & Bloggers


Literary Losses

Colin Dexter, the author of the acclaimed Inspector Morse mysteries, has died at the age of 86. His 13 mystery novels were highly regarded by readers and fellow writers alike. The Morse books were turned into a long-running series on British television, and spawned a spinoff that is still running, Endeavor, which follows the career of the young Morse. Dexter died at his home in Oxford.

Obituaries: The Guardian; BBC



Robert B. Silvers, editor and co-founder of the New York Review of Books, died Monday, March 20, 2017, at his Manhattan home. At 87, he was still the journal’s editor as he had been for the past 54 years — truly a giant in the field.

Obituaries: The Guardian; NPR; Vanity FairThe last is more of a tribute, and worth reading.


Book & Movie Announcements


Awesome Lists

  • Literary Tourism: Agatha Christie (BookRiot) lists lots of places Christie fans might want to go, from Greenway, the author’s home in Devon, to the same steamship voyage Poirot took in Death on the Nile. Unaccountably, there are no London locations listed.


Really Cool / Just for Fun

  • Have you run into Laidlaw’s Rule yet? Mark Laidlaw sent out this tweet, and the twitterverse went crazy, with Facebook in hot pursuit.

That’s it: just take the opening sentence of any book (preferably well-known), follow it with “And then the murders began,” and tweet or post it with the hashtag #LaidlawsRule. Have fun! And do check out some of the best ones here. (22 Words)


That’s it for this week!

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