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 2016 Agatha Award winners are out! Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning (Contemporary Novel); The Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson (Historical Novel); The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn (First Novel). See the entire list, including short stories and children’s mysteries, plus all the runners up, at the link. (Malice Domestic)
Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died April 24, 2017, at the age of 88. The book, published in 1974, blends popular philosophy with “novelistic autobiography,” being based on a road trip the author took in the 1960s with his son. The book was hugely popular in the 1970s and is still in print.
Obituaries: Boston Globe; Guardian; NPR; Review by Edward Abby (New York Times, 1975)
- 300 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once. A mix of classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction, for adult, YA, and even MG readers. (I’m embarrassed to say I’ve read only about 20% of them.)
That’s it for this week!