News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The Locus Awards were announced on June 29. Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal (The Calculating Stars, Science Fiction Novel), Naomi Novik (Spinning Silver, Fantasy Novel), Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World, Horror Novel), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation, YA Novel), Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning, First Novel), Martha Wells (Artificial Condition, Novella), and all the other winners — including Tor, which won both Best Publisher and Best Magazine (for Tor.com.)
- Tariffs on Books from China Suspended (Publishers Weekly) The article isn’t clear, but implies that some US books are printed in China, or perhaps are made with components (paper, ink, etc.) from China.
- The Invisibility of Chronic Illness in Literature (Jennifer Mizzi, Read It Forward)
- From the Jedi Order to the Torturers’ Guild: Science Fiction’s Preoccupation with Monks in Space (Max Gladstone, Tor.com)
- Romance Novelists Write About Sex and Pleasure. On the Internet That Makes Them Targets for Abuse (Julia Carpenter, Glamour)
- I can’t write about a world without rape – because I don’t live in one (Kaite Welsh, The Guardian)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Blog Maintenance: Want to know how to keep your blog running smoothly? The Caffeinated Reviewer has tips for regular maintenance.
Book & Movie Announcements
- A Scottish historical-romance ‘Ocean’s 8’? Sounds good to me!
- 26 Beautiful Fantasy Book Covers from 2019 (Book Riot) Includes several of my favorite covers, like Spin the Dawn.
- Best Books of 2019—So Far (Book Riot)
That’s it for this week!