News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Turkey puts novelists including Elif Shafak under investigation (The Guardian)
- BookExpo 2019: Indie Bookstores Grow in Number, Profits (Publishers Weekly)
- Historian speaks of ‘constant trolling’ over Jack the Ripper book. Hallie Rubenhold’s book about the victims, who (contrary to popular opinion) were not all sex workers, has drawn fire from many amateur “Ripperologists.” (The Guardian)
Judith Kerr, bestselling children’s author and illustrator, died May 22, 2019, less than month before her 96th birthday. Kerr’s first book was one of her most popular for young children, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. It was followed by Mog the Forgetful Cat and a slew of other Mog books, perhaps better known in Britain than in the United States. She also wrote When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (1971) and two sequels for older children. The story of a young Jewish refugee whose family flees Germany in 1933 as Hitler comes to power was based in part on Kerr’s own life; like young Anna, Kerr’s life was disrupted when her family left Germany in 1933. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit became a staple in classrooms from the U.S. to Britain and Germany, and won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Children’s Literature Award) in 1974. Kerr was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012, and in May of this year, she was nominated as illustrator of the year for the British Book Awards. Her final book, The Curse of the School Rabbit, will be published in late June.
- The Radical Bookseller: Toward a Green New Deal in Publishing “Lucy Kogler Has a Modest Proposal” for making publishing, and books, more environmentally sustainable. (Literary Hub) Did you know, for instance, that most of the giant publishers (and probably many smaller ones) buy their paper from a Canadian company currently eating its way through Canada’s northern boreal forest?
- John Boyne hits back at critics of transgender novel (The Guardian) Boyne is getting a lot of flak for his new novel, My Brother’s Name is Jessica, told from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy whose sibling is transitioning. The criticism comes in relation to #OwnVoices, and brings up one of the paradoxes of the movement: We absolutely do want and need more books by POC, LGBTQIA, and religious/ethnic minority writers, but should that mean that no one else is allowed to write about characters from those communities?
- On the Existential Fear of Losing Your Online Persona. “What Happens When Your Digital Diary Self-Destructs?” asks Alex Sujong Laughlin, who lost 12 years of her diaries and writing when MySpace experienced a “fluke” in server migration last month. Yikes. Excuse me; I need to go download 10 years of my blog.
For Writers & Bloggers
- A Guide to Instagram Hashtags for Book Bloggers (Cat on the Bookshelf blog)
Book & Movie Announcements & Other Stuff
- Where to Find Trigger Warnings for Books (Book Riot) Not a discussion of the pros and cons of trigger warnings; this post assumes you want to know the potential triggers in the books and movies you might consume, and offers several links to help you find them.
- 15 Great Read-Alouds for Older Kids (Brightly)
That’s it for this week!