News & Notes is a weekly Saturday links post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Amazon’s Prime Day Weathers Glitches, Strikes (Shelf Awareness)
- House Rejects Proposal to Cut NEA Funding by 15% The vote was heartening for arts supporters, 297-114. (Variety)
- The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel prize (Andrew Brown, The Guardian)
- The Alternative Nobel: vote opens for a surprising new literature prize (The Guardian)
- 2018 Arthur C. Clark Award goes to Anne Charnock’s Dreams Before The Start of Time
- New ILSR Report Details ‘Amazon’s Next Frontier’: its U.S. Communities contract (Shelf Awareness)
- Do Great Writers Really Steal? On Plagiarism and Publishing (Lincoln Michel, Literary Hub)
- The Changing Face of Romance Novels (New York Times)
- Renaming the Laura Ingalls Wilder award isn’t disturbing, William Shatner – it’s necessary (Debbie Reese, The Guardian
- Visiting an Experimental, Do-It-Yourself Library in Brooklyn (Literary Hub) The Sorted Library doesn’t loan books; it’s a place where you can curate a mini-collection (3 to 5 books) around a topic or theme of your choice.
- Behind the Counter at America’s Smallest Indie Bookstores How small independent bookstores are making it work. (Alex Green, Publishers Weekly)
- Ancient tales are back in fashion — for telling it like it is (Claire Armistead, The Guardian)
- Below, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the dangers of a single story (TED Talks; about 19 minutes long)
That’s it for this week!