News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Unseen Edith Wharton play found hidden in Texas archive (The Guardian)
- The Nebula Awards for 2016 were announced in May. Charlie Jane Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky won Best Novel; Best Novella went to Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. David D. Levine’s Arabella of Mars won the Andre Norton Award for YA science fiction and fantasy, while the Bradbury Award for outstanding dramatic presentation went to the film Arrival. And Jane Yolen was awarded the Damon Knight Grand Master award. You can see the runners-up as well as other awards, including those for best novelette and short story, at the link.
- The “big books” of Book Expo 2017 (Publishers Weekly), and the big new kids’ books, both children’s and YA.
- PEN Pinter Prize goes to poet Michael Longley (The Guardian)
- Do You Hear What I Hear? Why The Music of Reading Aloud Matters for Kids (Laura Lambert, Brightly)
- Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Not Built For People Who Actually Read (Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker)
- A historian worries that students (and readers) are taking Hilary Mantel’s Tudor-era novels as fact (The Guardian)
- How to Read More: 7 Tips From My Childhood (Kareem Shaheen, for Book Riot)
- I Hide When I Read (Jessi Lewis, for Book Riot)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Improving Your Story’s Setting with Maps (V. V. Wedding, on her blog V. V. Wedding Writes)
- 13 Awesome Audiobooks Read By Actors (Book Riot)
- 15 Things Book-Lovers Do Better Than Anyone Else (Bustle)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- If you dream of eating foods from the books you read, Fiction-Food Cafe has a slew of recipes for you, from books, films, and even games. Recipes include both foods featured in books/movies/games, and foods inspired by them. From Anne of Green Gables’ raspberry cordial to the sandwiches and from-scratch hot chocolate of A Wrinkle in Time, you’re sure to find something you like. (Some of the links lead to Fiction Kitchen, a podcast cohosted by Fiction-Food Cafe blogger Diana.)
- Build A Library And We’ll Guess How Old You Are (Buzzfeed) Apparently, I’m 32. Nice way to knock 20+ years off my age!
- How Doctor Seuss Could Simplify Boring, Wordy Documents (The Guardian) Worth reading for the British Airways poem.
That’s it for this week!
Haha, maybe that Buzzfeed article on building a library and guessing your age skews low! I got 24, when I’m actually 33! I really thought it was going to go the other way.
Angela recently posted…Historical Fiction Mini-Reviews
I think it may skew low for people like us—bloggers and heavy readers—because we are not only reading a lot of what’s new, we’re also paying attention to what other bloggers and readers are doing (via sites like Book Riot as well as Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and the like.) It means that regardless of our age, we’re aware of trends like organizing books by color, or whatever. We’re not stuck in the habits of reading and organization that we learned as children and young adults, so it’s harder to pin down our age.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
That’s amazing about the Edith Wharton! I got 32 on the build your library which wasn’t too far off. Fiction Food Cafe may just be my new favorite site! I love this idea. I love when actors read audio books. I listened to Matilda by Roald Dahl that Kate Winslet read and it was so amazing.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…A Few of My Favorite Things – Pinterest Edition
I got 32 on the Build Your Library, too — which is about 20 years off! And I though you’d like the Fiction-Food Cafe, with your interest in cooking. 🙂
Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
You found some fun ones! I always love bookish recipes, and the British Airways poem was a hoot.
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I think that Fiction-Food Cafe is going to be dangerous!
Stephanie @ Don't be Afraid of the Dork
Edith Wharton is one of my very favorites so finding a new work of hers is very cool to me!
I’m starting to think that (shocker!) the Buzzfeed quiz is set up to just spit out “32” because that’s what I got and it is…not correct. It was fun though!
Stephanie @ Don’t be Afraid of the Dork recently posted…SATURDAY IN THE GARDEN | Broccolini and Things
I know at least one person got 24, so I don’t think it’s completely rigged… but maybe 32 is the upper limit? If so, Buzzfeed has a misguided idea of who their readers are (or they figure we’re all susceptible to flattery!)
Rita @ Paging Through Books
Lol, I got 32 also, apparently a common conclusion. Proving book enthusiasts can’t be cubbyholed. I know they were expecting some to choose sets like Divergent and assume they’re young folk when many of us mid-aged bloggers read the series. So… not accurate but fun.
I love all the links you have today! The BEA selections, the fiction-food, the Mantel article, all interesting to me. Thanks again!
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I’m glad you enjoyed today’s lineup of links—I had fun pulling them together!