News & Notes — 6/22/13

June 22, 2013 News & Notes 10

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

Books & Ebooks in the News:

  • Kids can earn a free book through Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading ProgramJust click this link, download and print out the B&N Reading Journal PDF, fill out the journal with at least 8 books, and take it in to your nearest B&N store to receive a free book from a list on the PDF.  Free book choices include Jessica Day George’s Tuesdays at the Castle, Carl Hiaassen’s Hoot, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, and a Fancy Nancy book by Jane O’Connor.  There are five or six choices for each grade level, K-6.

Worth Reading:

For Writers & Bloggers:

Literary Losses:

Vince Flynn (courtesy photo)
  • Vince Flynn, author of the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thrillers, died Wednesday, June 19, of prostate cancer.  He was 47.  Flynn self-published his first book, Term Limits, and was later signed by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books imprint. (Washington Post)
Parke Godwin

  •  Parke Godwin died on June 19th at the age of 84.  Godwin wrote of the World Fantasy Award-winning novella “The Fire When It Comes,” the Firelord sequence (Firelord, Beloved Exile, and The Last Rainbow), the Snake Oil duology, and two books retelling the Robin Hood myth (Sherwood and Robin and the King), as well as a number of stand-alone novels.  He also wrote two books under the name Kate Hawks.  (Locus Online; also i09.)  Parke was a distant relative by marriage, though sadly I never had the opportunity to meet him.  He will be missed.
  • Michael Hastings, investigative reporter and author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and I Lost My Love in Baghdad, died on Tuesday, June 18, in a car accident.  He was only 33.  (GalleyCat) Hastings is perhaps best known for an article in the You can read some of his advice to young journalists in Mother Jones’ obituary article.  (Other obituaries:  The Washington Post)


    • “Rysa Walker Wins Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award” for Timebound. The other four finalists are also listed in the article.  (Jason Boog, GalleyCat)
    • “Caitlin R. Kiernan Wins Best Novel at the Bram Stoker Awards” for The Drowning Girl.  L. L. Soars’ Life Rage won Best First Novel, while Jonathan Maberry’s Flesh & Bone took the prize for Young Adult Novel, beating out Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, among others.  Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard won the Screenplay award for The Cabin in the Woods. The article lists all the winners and runners-up and includes links to free samples from many of the nominated works.  (Jason Boog, GalleyCat)


    Book Announcements:

    Free & Bargain books:

    • Don’t forget the free audiobook downloads from SYNC!  You will need to download the Overdrive Media Console to be able to download the audiobooks.  Here are this week’s and next week’s titles:
      • June 20 to June 26:  Once by Morris Gleitzman (read by Morris Gleitzman; Bolinda Audio) and Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. (read by Dion Graham; christianaudio)
      •  June 27 to July 3: Rotters by Daniel Kraus  (read by Kirby Heyborne; Listening Library) and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (read by Jim Weiss; Listening Library). 

      • Laurie R. King and her publisher are offering the ebook of The Art of Detection for $0.99. This mystery novel brings together King’s Kate Martinelli and Russell/Holmes series with linked stories, one past, one present.  King explains the impetus behind the sale in this blog post.     

      Awesome lists: 

      Hunger Games nails by Amy at Adventures of a Nail Art Addict

      That’s it for this week!

      I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

      10 Responses to “News & Notes — 6/22/13”

      1. readerholicnotes

        Lots of good news this week. Fantasy map making, books about dragons, old book covers, book quotes… so many great places to visit. Thanks!

      2. Greg

        I loved the NBOS map, my imagination immediately wanted to start filling in those castles, abbeys etc. How fun!Also liked the lists, especially Anya’s. Thanks for the links!

      3. kimbacaffeinate

        I was one of those mothers who read to their children and I am delighted they all share a passion for reading as adults. We read all the Potter books together even when they were old enough to read them themselves. We took turns huddled in my king size bed. Those reading hours are some of my most beloved memories

        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

          That’s great, Kimba. It’s so important, and such a wonderful bonding time with your children! Those are some of my most precious memories, too. I read to my daughter “Robin” almost every day (or night) — in fact, I still do! She says that it’s what made her fall in love with books and stay in love with them even when she was having visual and visual-processing issues that made it really hard to read to herself. Now she reads as incessantly as I do.

          Besides, it’s so much fun to do all the accents and voices! (Says the ex-theater major.) 😉

      4. Bea's Book Nook

        Incredible news week and fantastic post! I love this feature. I had missed a few of these so I’m off to click links now. 🙂