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 2019 Locus Awards Finalists were announced May 7. It’s a strong and diverse list. One of my favorite books of last year, The Calculating Stars, is up for best SF novel, and The Underwater Ballroom, a really wonderful anthology of SFF stories woven around the idea of an underwater ballroom, is up for best anthology.
- The 2018 Nebula Award Winners were announced May 18. (Locus Magazine) The winning works include The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (yay!) for best novel, Aliette de Bodard’s The Tea Master and the Detective for best novella, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi for best YA/Childrens (the Norton Award), and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse got the Bradbury Award for best script.
- Penguin Random House buys 45% stake in Sourcebooks (Publishers Weekly)
- Little Free Library Marks a Decade of Book Sharing (Publishers Weekly)
Herman Wouk, author of The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Marjorie Morninstar, and several other novels, died May 17, 2019, less than two weeks before what would have been his 104th birthday. The Caine Mutiny is perhaps his best-known and most well-received work; it won a Pulitzer Prize, Wouk adapted into a stage play, and within three years, Columbia Pictures released the movie, which starred Humphrey Bogart as Capt. Queeg. The Winds of War and War and Remembrance both became TV miniseries, and Marjorie Morningstar also became a film.
- Watched plots…Hilary Mantel and the writers under pressure from fans (Alison Flood, The Guardian) George R. R. Martin, Philip Pullman, Hilary Mantel, and Anne Rice on the pressure to produce the next book.
- The Uncertain Future of Sweden’s Floating Libraries (Anjie Zheng, Literary Hub)
- Fact-Checking 13 Plot Points in All Is True, Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Biopic (Mental Floss)
- From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn: 50 great thrillers by women (The Guardian) A recent list of 100 great crime novels included only 28 women authors. In response, ten of today’s female mystery writers each offer five of their favorites.
- Recommending Books Based on My Favorite Musicals (SilverWolfReads blog; thanks to Book-Wyrm-Knits for the link)
- 15 Literature-Themed Adult Coloring Books (Book Riot)
- 12 TV Shows You Can Stream Right Now to Fill the Game of Thrones Void (Mental Floss)
That’s it for this week!