News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Boys who grow up around books earn significantly more money as adults, says a new study in the Economic Journal. (via Quartz)
- Writing Quality Decreases Among Those That Read Online Only (GalleyCat, based on an Italian study published in the International Journal of Business Administration.)
- Want to buy Harriet the Spy’s brownstone? The building that inspired Harriet’s house for sale, according to the New York Post. If you’ve got a cool $5 million, that is.
Lois Duncan, best-selling YA suspense author, died Wednesday, June 15, at her home. She was 82. Remarkably, Duncan’s career spans nearly 70 years; her first story was published around 1947, when she was 13. She wrote nearly 50 books, most of them for teens or children. Several of Duncan’s YA thrillers, including I Know What You Did Last Summer and Stranger with My Face, were made into theatrical or TV movies. Down a Dark Hall was picked up by Stephanie Meyer’s production company in 2014, but appears to be still in the pre-production stages. Duncan’s own family experienced tragedy first-hand when her daughter Kait was murdered; the killer has never been caught. Obituaries: NPR; Publishers Weekly
- Hamilon writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet, delivered upon winning the Tony award for Best Original Score for a Musical, has gone viral, and with good reason. Delivered with great emotion, the poem references the Orlando shootings “when senseless acts of tragedy remind us / that nothing here is promised — not one day” and asserts “love is love is love is love is love is love is love / cannot be killed or swept aside.” (Miranda’s acceptance speech begins about 1:45)
Great Blog Posts
- Why I Love Fantasy Books So Much (Cait at Paper Fury) (thanks to Greg at Book Haven for pointing me toward the post)
- How do you deal with images? asks Lory of The Emerald City Book Review.
- Share the Love. Michelle at Pink Polka Dot Books talks about how she supports other bloggers and reviewers through social sharing, likes, and her own blogging. I do some of these already, but I’m inspired to try to do more.
For Writers & Bloggers
- The Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon lets your readers choose what you read! It runs July 9 through July 16, and is hosted by Ely @ Tea and Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley.
- Animated GIFs and Fair Use: What Is and Isn’t Legal, According to Copyright Law (Michelle Panzironi, for Forbes)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Sophocles’ Oedipus trilogy gets star treatment with new Audible book starring Jamie Glover, Hayley Atwell, Michael Maloney, Samantha Bond, Julian Glover, and David Horovitch. You can listen to two separate SoundCloud clips of Atwell’s portrayal of Antigone at A. V. Club and Entertainment Weekly; the latter also has a brief interview with Atwell.
- Wicked Movie Gets 2019 Release Date (Variety) YAY!
- Goodbye Christopher Robin to Star Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie. The A.A. Milne biopic will look at the relationship between A. A. Milne and his son Christopher, and how the success of the Winnie the Pooh books impacted the family. (Entertainment Weekly)
- Dark Horse starts new coloring book line with Avatar: The Last Airbender and Serenity coloring books. (press release)
- J.K. Rowling asks playgoers, fans to “keep the secrets” of the play and not spoil it for other fans.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
That’s it for this week!