News & Notes – 4/20/2019

April 20, 2019 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


Literary Losses

Gene Wolfe at the 2005 Nebula Awards ceremony in Chicago. (Photo by Cory Doctorow; CC-SA)

Gene Wolfe, award-winning science fiction and fantasy author and SFWA Grand Master, has died at the age of 87. Wolfe was best known for the four-volume series The Book of the New Sun, a “dying Earth” SFF series published in the early 1980s.  The series is often considered as one work, and came in third in a 1998 Locus poll of the best fantasy novels written before 1990, behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Wolfe wrote 30 novels, beginning with The Fifth Head of Cerberus in 1972 and ending with 2015’s A Borrowed Man, as well as a number of novellas. Over his lifetime, Wolfe won almost every SFF award at least once, except the Hugo Award (although nine of his works were nominated.) The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him a Grand Master in 2012.

Obituaries & tributes: The GuardianNPR;

Bibliography & Biography:  Goodreads; Wikipedia


Worth Reading/Viewing


Book & Movie Announcements

  • Modern Library Launches Series of Classics Penned by Women. The line, to be called Modern Library Torchbearers, will be published in trade paperback editions, and will feature books by “women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance.” (Publishers Weekly)


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

A mirrored ceiling amplifies the Escher-like effect. Zhongshuge bookstore, Chongqing, China. (source)

Design team creates most astonishing bookstore in Chongqing (Stuff) There are additional photos and a video in the article, so I recommend clicking through. And you can read this articlewhich also includes photos from some of Zhongshuge’s other amazing bookstores.


Bookish Quote

Quote from Rumer Godden: "When you learn to read you will be born again, and you will never be quite so alone again."


That’s it for this week!

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