News & Notes – 4/18/15

April 18, 2015 News & Notes 12

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

German novelist and Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass, perhaps best known for The Tin Drum, died recently at the age of 87.   Obituaries: The Guardian; New York Times; Washington Post

Worth Reading


Book & Movie Announcements

  • Sir Ian McKellan will play Cogsworth in Disney’s live-action Beauty & the Beast, joining cast members Emma Watson (Beauty), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Beauty’s father) and Audra McDonald (the wardrobe). (Variety; IMDB)
  • Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs. Erik Didrikson, the clever, tongue-in-cheek poet behind the tumbrl Pop Sonnets, has a book coming out October 6. He rewrites famous pop and rock songs in Elizabethan sonnet form. If you haven’t read any, you should check out his blog. Great fun!
  • Eddie Redmayne is the frontrunner to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts, according to Variety. No offer has been made yet, so don’t get your hopes up too high.
  • A new book explores Improbable Libraries, including a camelback bookmobile, library boats, and a “story tower.” (The Guardian) The book by Alex Johnson is available in the US and UK, and probably other countries as well.


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

LEGO library by Joe Hardenbrook, via BookRiot

LEGO Libraries & Bookstores (BookRiot)

Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

12 Responses to “News & Notes – 4/18/15”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I agree with you totally on both counts! Except your “here” and my “here” are sadly far apart. (“Sadly”, because I’d love to meet you for lunch somewhere!)

  1. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Great post as always, Lark! I enjoyed many of these links: Amazon fighting back against fake reviews (about dang time too!), the bad habits of book lovers (I also have to have several books available if I don’t know what I will be in the mood for, and love the passage about Rory Gilmore) and gifts for book lovers (yay!).

    Enjoy your weekend and thanks again for this weekly ritual, my Saturday cup (s) of coffee and Lark’s Book News & Notes 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I agree with you that it’s high time Amazon tried to do something about the fake reviews! And I love it that reading this post is a weekly ritual for you – you’re making me blush!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I know; I always find the banned books lists depressing. It’s reasonable for a parent to limit what books their own child may read based on their knowledge of the child’s maturity and any emotional issues. But banning a book from a library or school system because it offends a few people’s sensibilities is another thing altogether.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes. I wonder where they’re likely to employ them – cities, or more in the suburbs or rural areas? And what they will charge for drone delivery, assuming it gets approval.