News & Notes – 6/29/2018

June 29, 2019 News & Notes 6

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff


Book News


Literary Losses

Judith Krantz was a hugely successful, best-selling author of glitzy, “sex-and-shopping” novels set among the rich, though her heroines were often poor to begin with. (The “sex-and-shopping” descriptor comes from her 2001 memoir Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl.) Popular in the 1980s and ’90s, Krantz’s ten novels sold over 80 million copies and were published in over 50 languages.

Krantz worked for 30 years as a fashion editor and journalist—among other articles, she wrote “The Myth of the Multiple Orgasm” for Cosmopolitan magazine—before publishing her first novel, Scruples, in 1978. Princess Daisy came next, followed by a string of other bestsellers. Several also became television miniseries produced by her husband, Stephen Krantz.

Ms. Krantz died on Saturday, June 22, 2019, of natural causes. She was 91.

Obituaries & tributes: CNNThe Guardian; Los Angeles Times; and a tribute by Jennifer Weiner in Time

Bibliography & Biography:  Goodreads; Wikipedia


Worth Reading/Viewing


Book & Movie Announcements


Are you excited for Erin Morgenstern’s new book, The Starless Sea? If it’s as good as The Night Circus (or even close), I can’t wait!


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

6 Responses to “News & Notes – 6/29/2018”

  1. Rita @ View From the Books

    Love your shared pic, above, lol!

    Onto the YA Critics War. This article was so depressing to me and I just want to share my thoughts. I can understand both sides, really. As a liberal I support proper representation of those considered minority or inferior in this culture. On the other hand… censorship! Ugh, I guess my final take on it would be as long as it is fiction, stories do not have to be written accurately about a certain era, selected representation of a certain class of people, or even a religion. I wouldn’t be interested in such books, but remember folks– it’s fiction, it’s made up (!), it’s the work of one individual’s imagination. I will always support a person’s free choice of writing, as well as a person’s free choice of reading. We can’t lose sight of that basic mantra in the whirlpool of political correctness.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It is dismaying. But no, it hasn’t dissuaded Robin, either—and I wouldn’t want it to. I think some writers are just compelled to write; they want to be published, and will work toward it, but they’re going to write regardless. Still, a day job is a good thing to have.

  2. Nicole

    A day job is a great thing to have. It makes writing time harder to come by (I’m hoping I can maybe make a part-time day job work financially) but a day job is a wonderful safety net to have.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes. Particularly if one is on one’s own. Having a life partner who can extend their health insurance to you, and make sure that at least the basics of food and shelter are handled, makes it easier, but most writers don’t have that when they’re starting out, and some never do. And even established writers can have their circumstances change unexpectedly, and find themselves needing, for one reason or another, the security or health insurance a day job provides. I wish you success, both with your writing and your job situation!