News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- #BookstoresAgainstBorders Raises $30,000 and Counting (Publishers Weekly)
- Audible’s Captions Program Stirs Fears, Frustration Among Publishers (Publishers Weekly)
- YA For Changing Times (Publishers Weekly)
- Should books include credits like films? (David Garnett, The Guardian)
- Writers to Watch Fall 2019: Anticipated Debuts (Publishers Weekly)
- 15 Epic Books Like The Name of the Wind. (The Portalist) OK, so nothing is really “like” The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss’s monumental and beautifully written picaresque fantasy novel (reviewed here.) But some of books on this list are amazing in their own right (The Last Unicorn, The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, the Earthsea novels) and others are very good, if not quite in the same class (the Camber of Culdi trilogy)…and the rest I’ve heard good things about, though I haven’t read them yet.
- 50+ Must-Read Portal Fantasy Books (Book Riot) These books stretch the definition of portal fantasy a bit, but a lot of them sound (or are!) awesome.
- 10 Black Princess Books to Celebrate Halle Bailey as Ariel (Book Riot)
- Weird and Funny Questions Submitted to the New York Public Library Pre-Internet (Vintage Everyday)
- Jumpstart Your Romance Reading with a Completed Series (Book Riot) A diverse collection of completed romance series, from historical to contemporary, some featuring POC and/or LGBTQIA characters.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Street Artists Transform an Ordinary Building into a Spectacular Bookcase . This looks amazing! I would love to see it in person. The mural was created in Utrecht by artists Jan Is Der Man and Deef Feed. They got community input on which books to include. (If you look closely, two of the book spines actually feature the artists’ names.) (Artists: Jan Is Der Man / Deef Feed )
That’s it for this week!