News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Michiko Kakutani, Chief ‘Times’ Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades (NPR Books)
- ‘Sensational’ lost play by Peter Pan author JM Barrie published (The Guardian)
- The 2017 World Fantasy Award Nominees Have Been Announced (Tor.com)
- The Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist was announced
- The Arthur C. Clark Award for science fiction went to Coulson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad.
- The CWA Daggers Awards shortlists are out. (Crime Writers Association, a British organization)
- Follow-up to last week’s news about a flooded Phoenix library: over 7,000 books were damaged, many of them in the reference section. (Phoenix New Times)
- The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters. (PBS News Hour)
- At San Diego Comic-Con, Diversity in Content and Consumers Is Key (Publishers Weekly)
- The strange world of book thefts. From bookstores, that is; we covered college library thefts last week. (The Guardian)
- Fantasy has become something you don’t have to be embarrassed about (author Robin Hobb, for The Guardian)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Top 10 female detectives in fiction (The Guardian) Not the lineup I would have picked, with the exception of Mary Russell, but worth checking out.
- 10 Picture Books Featuring Children of Color (Book Riot)
- 6 Books From The Invisibile Library I Wish Were Real (Book Riot)
- and the aforementioned Invisible Library, a list of books that only exist as mentions inside other books. Sadly, it hasn’t been updated since 2008.
That’s it for this week!