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 2015 Puliter Prize list is out. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) won the fiction prize.
- The 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist is out, too.
- The CBC and unPrison team up to bring children’s books to women’s prisons so incarcerated women can read to (and bond with) their children. (Bustle)
- Judge Denies Publishers Bid for New Evidence in GSU Copyright Case (Publishers Weekly)
- Banned Books Week will focus on YA in 2015 (Banned Books Week)
- First Bookstore Dedicated to Self-Published Authors Opens in Florida (Publishers Weekly)
- Kids will now get Simon & Schuster ebooks in their Cheerios boxes (Digital Book World)
- Quebec school driver tells girl she can’t read on bus because it’s dangerous. Wottheheck?! (CBC News Montreal)
- Children’s books are doing well, but diversity still needed, and more news from the ABA’s recent Children’s Institute conference. (Publishers Weekly)
- Children’s Book Week runs May 4-10
- How to Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps (Gretchen Rubin, for Publishers Weekly). Good tips, although I had to laugh when she said her to-read list is 194 books. Mine is over 1000 and climbing…
- Ann Patchett: Owning a bookstore means you always get to tell people what to read (in the nicest way) (Washington Post)
- Nabokov on what makes a good reader (hint – only #7-10) (Brain Pickings)
- Spring Cleaning (and Organizing!) Your Bookshelves (Jesse Doogan, for BookRiot)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) has a third mystery coming out this fall. It’s called Career of Evil.
- Here’s the Disney movie schedule for the next two years or so (including Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilms)
- Warner Bros. buys rights to The Selection after the CW dropped plans for a TV series. (Deadline)
- MASTERPIECE has optioned Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things (press release)
- The Little Prince movie trailer is out (in English). No word yet on a US release date.
Freebies & Bargains
- Stereotype-busting Women in Historical Fiction (Anna Freeman, for Huffington Post)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- The Fictionary app lets you add series-specific dictionaries of fictional people, places, and terms to your Kindle, iOS Kindle app, and some Android ePub apps. (Doesn’t work on Kindle Fire, though.) And it’s spoiler-free! The selection of fictionaries is limited so far, but still includes some well-known authors’s works: G.R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Stephen King, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo. . . and if your favorite series isn’t listed, you can request it and they’ll try to make one. What a great idea!
That’s it for this week!