News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Trump lawyers threaten Simon & Schuster over imminent publication of Omorosa Manigault-Newman tell-all book (Publishers Weekly)
- ‘Spotify for Cookbooks’ Prepares to Launch (Publishers Weekly)
- Snakes in Stacks Put DC Library Briefly Out of Circulation (News 4, NBC Washington)
V.S. Naipul, the controversial Nobel Prize-winning author and pioneer of postcolonial literature, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at the age of 85. Born in Trinidad to Indian parents, Naipul moved to Britain after winning a scholarship to Oxford. His books explored colonialism and the postcolonial world, often as critical of the colonized as the colonizers. His work has been widely praised for its sharp clarity and honesty, and as widely criticized for its harshness, racism, and misogyny. He wrote over 30 books, in between bouts of writer’s block.
- Reading a Book Takes Time—Deal With It: New startups try to make reading fit your commute, but books deserve better (Electric Lit)
- Jason Reynolds: ‘What’s unusual about my story is that I became a writer (The Guardian) YA author Jason Reynolds talks about how he became an author, his response to a friend’s death, why it’s so important that kids see him as a writer, and the life lessons of crochet.
- Fairy Tales, Princesses, Gothic Witches, & Popular Fiction (Fran Laniado, Author – blog) A thought-provoking piece on popular fiction novels inspired by fairy tales (as opposed to fairy tale retellings), and how women are portrayed in them.
- Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say ‘Mmhmm’ explores the influence of African languages on English. (NPR)
- What Is Walden Pond?: Its cultural meaning may be calcified—but off the page, it’s changing fast. (Atlas Obscura)
Great Blog Posts
- Some Thoughts on Book Blogging. Greg at Book Haven shares his observations on book blogging and the blogger community, and the ways in which blogging has impacted his life.
That’s it for this week!