News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist is up for 2016
- Audible Celebrates April Fool’s Day with the Encyclopedia (GalleyCat, with Soundcloud clips; download at Audible.com)
- It’s a tough time to be a librarian in the UK, as closures and budget cuts have resulted in the loss of 8,000 jobs in six years. (BBC News)
- Harper Lee letter blasting Trump casino brings $4K at auction (NBC News; also Time)
- Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall (both the original collection of novellas and the screenplay of the 1994 movie) died March 26, 2016, at the age of 78. Obituaries: Washington Post, New York Times.
Worth Reading & Watching
- Beverly Clear Turns 100 – and talks with The Today Show. The entire interview is available at the link. Cleary will also be celebrated at New York’s Symphony Space.
- I Went to a Bibliotherapist And This Is What Happened (Bronwyn Averett, for BookRiot)
- The Subfield That Is Changing the Landscape of Literary Studies (hint: it’s called cli-fi) (Rio Fernandes, for The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Write How You Like Write: Representing Hawai’i Creole English as a Literary Participant (Rachel Kondo, Electric Literature)
For Writers & Bloggers
- 15 Pieces of Writing Advice From C. S. Lewis (The Gospel Coalition) (only the 15th relates to religion in any way)
- If Strangers Talked to Everybody Like They Talk to Writers (Lincoln Michel, for Electric Literature)
Great Blog Posts
- Save Our Cozies. Escape with Dollycas talks about the coming “market correction” Penguin Random House and other publishers are making in the cozy mystery subgenre, where you can connect with other cozy lovers, and where you can find more information on which series are on the chopping block.
- Save Our Cozies: The Movement and How We’re Helping. The Cozy Mystery Journal has more suggestions about what you can do to help. Plus, they’re planning a series of daily giveaways of books from endangered series, and a review linkup which also enters you for prizes. So if you read cozy mysteries, you should really check this out!
Book & Movie Announcements
- The Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer looks good. Notice the cameo by Andrew Scott, the actor who played Moriarty on Sherlock… and the voice of Alan Rickman as the Butterfly (or Moth, it’s hard to tell which.)
- Fantastic Beasts movie tie-in rights go to Scholastic and HarperCollins. Scholastic will publish children’s tie-ins, while HC got the rights to adult tie-ins — books about the making of the film. (The Bookseller)
- Here’s a peek at Jim Kay’s illustrations for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, courtesy of Pottermore and Bloomsbury Publishing. There are a few more on the Pottermore website.
- 8 Great Non-Bookstore Places to Get Books (BookRiot)