News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Harper Lee sets up nonprofit company to keep play about To Kill a Mockingbird running. (Huffington Post)
- Pres. Obama wants to bring ebooks to low-income students (GalleyCat)
- The Edgar Award winners for 2015 include Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes (best novel), Kate Milford’s Greenglass House (best juvenile novel), and Lois Duncan and James Ellroy were named Grand Masters. Publishers Weekly has the scoop on the awards ceremony; there’s a full list of nominees and winners on the Edgar Awards site.
- Couple sues after their photo ends up on self-published erotic novel. The couple claims their engagement photo was used without their knowledge or consent. (Gawker)
- DC planning line of superhero comics, merchandise aimed at girls. And about time, too. (Publishers Weekly)
- AAP is focusing on comics for this year’s “Get Caught Reading” campaign. (via GalleyCat)
- Children’s Book Week starts on Monday!
Book & Movie Announcements
- War and Peace to become TV miniseries. The Weinstein Co. & the BBC will make the series; the all-star cast includes Gillian Anderson, James Norton, and Jim Broadbent.
- Viola Davis will star in Harriet Tubman biopic based on Kate Clifford Larson‘s Bound For The Promised Land. (Deadline)
- Reese Witherspoon will narrate Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman audiobook. (press release)
- There’s a trailer for the adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which will be shown on BBC America this summer. (via Enteratinment Week)
- 10 Bookish Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Love (BookRiot) I’m particularly fond of #9 and #10.
- 10 Idioms About Books (Ebook Friendly)
- 15 Movies Starring Bookstores – or at least featuring them. (BookRiot)
- 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Local Indie Bookstore (BookRiot)
- Memorable Animals from Literature (infographic)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Eight Literary [Fantasy] Worlds Recreated in Minecraft (and in amazing detail, too!)
- Owlcrate is a subscription box service for YA books and swag. Tempting. Very tempting.
That’s it for this week!
Bea @Bea's Book Nook
So much that I missed last week while I was away. Good round up as always. 🙂
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Thanks, Bea! Lots of fun stuff last week. 🙂
Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
Yay, I’m glad Greenglass House won an award! I really enjoyed it when I was reading the Cybils finalists.
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It was your review that made me want to read it, but sadly, my library didn’t have it until very recently. They finally got it, so I’ve put in a hold request.
Rita @ View From My Home
I’ve got my second cup of coffee before church and am ready to go check out your lists and links above 🙂 Oh my, Rivendell…I had to grab my husband’s arm and show him because our family is LOTR-addicted. Super job (I’ll admit my grandkids play this Minecraft and from what I saw of their creations, I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams that you could make a world such as this!)
Children’s Book Week– didn’t know about this. Wish I was prepared for it, but I have my books for this week lined up and not sure if I have one available since I don’t usually read any children/MG anymore. Okay, thanks for the heads-up. I will check out some of the titles perhaps to recommend to my eldest for her kids to read.
Have a good week working, and reading, and singing, and whatever!
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I wanted to do Children’s Book Week, too, but I’ve got several ARC reviews that really must get out this week. Oh, well, maybe next year!