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 Agatha Award winners were announced at this year’s Malice Domestic convention, which took place last weekend. Winners include Dreaming Spies (Laurie R. King) for Best Historical Mystery and Long Upon the Land (Margaret Maron) for best contemporary. You can see the full list of nominees and winners at the Malice Domestic website.
- The NRA Reimagines Fairy Tales with Guns (Liam Stack, New York Times) And if that troubles you as much as it does me (or even if you think it’s a great idea), read Kristen McQuinn’s “Why Putting Guns in Fairy Tales Defeats the Purpose of Fairy Tales.” (BookRiot)
- Data-Driven Publisher Inkitt Signs First Predicted Bestseller with Tor (digital book world)
- Sales, Earnings Drop at HarperCollins (Publishers Weekly)
- Michigan couple won’t be jailed for lost & overdue library books (GalleyCat)
Jim Lavene, who wrote mysteries with his wife Joyce, passed away suddenly on May 5. (Joyce died last October.) The duo wrote a number of cozy mystery series, including the Renaissance Faire, Retired Witches, and Peggy Lee Garden mysteries. They also wrote as J. J. Cook and as Ellie Grant. (source: Facebook) You can learn more about the Lavenes’ books at their website.
- New Research Shows Audi0books Have Powerful Impact on Literacy Development (The Booklist Reader)
- Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously (Vellum) A strong warning about Apple’s overreach with the Apple Music service. (tldr: Back your music files up somewhere other than your own harddrive; Apple can and apparently has wiped reams of music files from people’s personal computers.) [Note: There’s a photo of a hand flipping the bird in this post. I know that may offend some people, but if you use iTunes and Apple Music, I urge you to read the article anyway.]
- Inside stories from a prison book group (Emily Rhodes, The Guardian) looks at the impact books can have on prisoners.
Great Blog Posts
- Making Fun of the Romance Reader points out the popular tendency to do so, with particular attention to the Sally Field movie My Name is Doris. (Romance Novels for Feminists blog)
- SF/F Being Awesome: Books for Kids (Jim C. Hines’s blog) takes a look at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s program to get books into the hands of kids who can’t afford them, through school library contributions.
- Fun at the Folger, Part 1 and Fun at the Folger, Part 2. Mya Gosling at Good Tickle Brain got to visit the Folger Library and even enter the vaults and see (and touch!) a Shakespeare First Folio.
For Writers & Bloggers
- How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? (An infographic from Reedsy)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Rick Riordan previews Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor wtth an interview and excerpt on Entertainment Weekly
- Sir Ian McKellen Releases New Apps to Make Shakespeare’s Plays More Enjoyable & Accessible (OpenCulture). This app—the first one is for Hamlet—makes me wish I had an iPad.
- Disney plans live-action sequels to Jungle Book and Mary Poppins (Variety)
- 15 Slightly Odd Things All Book Lovers Have Done (BuzzFeed)
- 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels By Female Authors (BookRiot) I’ve read surprisingly few of these—only 14. However, since there’s only one book by each author listed (usually the first and not always the best, so beware), I’ve actually read 20 of the authors on the list… which leaves me with a lot to explore.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Book Storage in Tiny Houses (BookRiot)
That’s it for this week!