News & Notes – 8/18/2018

August 18, 2018 News & Notes 14

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff


Book News


Literary Losses

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.

Obituaries & tributes: BBCThe GuardianNPR; Vulture

Bibliography & Biography:  Goodreads; Wikipedia


Worth Reading/Viewing


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.


Awesome Lists


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

14 Responses to “News & Notes – 8/18/2018”

  1. Rita @ View From the Books

    Great thought-provoking links, as always! I enjoyed reading about Jason Reynolds, and the fairytale influence in writing. Of course I liked Greg’s link, because that’s what made me realize that even though I’m not feeling 100% of my “real me” lately, I can be comfortable here in the blogosphere with bookish friends. Have a good weekend and fun choir practices.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! And I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling 100% yourself recently; I hope you feel better soon. [hugs]

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      LOL! Well… with our 19 or 20 bookcases full to overflowing, I probably need to start exercising at least a little shelf control!

      • Northwoman

        Nooo, I have 19 bookcases jam packed, some double stacked. So I moved to Kindle. I’m slowly replacing ones which I have to have with Kindle or Audible, especially if they are unsigned. Of course, some can’t go. Plus I prefer cookbooks and knitting books in print. Anne – Books of My Heart

        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          I’m doing that, too. I’m replacing some of my favorite mass-market paperbacks with Kindle, and duplicating some of favorite hardcovers (because I love to be surrounded by them.) For new releases, I’m only buying what I know I will want to keep. And I’m slowly but surely pruning out books I probably won’t read again, or haven’t ever read. I’m with you on the physical cookbooks and knitting books.

          • Northwoman

            yes. I have an entire bookcase of cooksbooks 150 – down from the 600 I had before I moved in 2015. I also have a full shelf of knitting books and another full of sewing and quilting books. 🙂 Anne

          • Lark_Bookwyrm

            Wow, that’s a lot of cookbooks! I only have about 20 or so. And maybe 30 knitting books, after I pruned the really dated ones.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Love all the links as usual. I was watching a video on YouTube where the woman was talking about organizing time and one of the things she mentioned was an app that essentially condensed books down into about 15 minutes – I think they were mostly self help – and I just thought what’s the point. I definitely agree the books deserve better!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Oh, I agree. I can see condensing a business book, or some self-help books, but not the books I read for pleasure. I read them fast enough as it is!