News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
News from the Book & Publishing World
- British and Irish Writers Condemn No-Deal Brexit, “warning of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on publishing and literature in the two countries.” (Publishers Weekly)
- “Booksellers of America” Social Media Campaign Aims to Expand the Conversation Around Bookselling. The campaign “is a platform to share the stories and experiences of the diverse people who own, manage, and hand-sell books in the more than 2,400 independent bookstores across the nation… [It] will publish the stories on dedicated Instagram and Facebook pages that anyone who is interested can follow.” (ABA)
- Improve Your Reading Retention with These 7 Tips and Tricks (Bustle)
- Thoughts on bookstores, curation, and Banned Books Week from Shelf Awareness’s Marilyn Dahl
- No, I Didn’t “Forget” That Classic Book on My List (Book Riot) Michelle Anne Schingler talks about the thought that goes into creating a book list, and why a listmaker might choose not to include a particular classic or canon book.
- My TBR List Is a Disaster And I’m Doing Nothing About It (Emily Weinstrom, for Book Riot) Girl, I can totally relate.
Great Blog Posts
- Why You Should Give Audiobooks Another Chance Even If You Think You Dislike Them (The Bookish Libra)
For Writers & Bloggers
- 4 Key Responsibilities of Writers According to Philip Pullman (Signature)
- From First Draft to Final: How Do Authors Do It? (Romantically Inclined Reviews)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice poised to bring the genre to television (EW)
- Books coming to the big screen this fall include First Man, a bio of Neil Armstrong; Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give; The Girl in the Spider’s Web (David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the Stieg Laarson series); and Boy Erased by Garrard Conley. (Shelf Awareness)
- After ‘Forty Years of Pointy Ears’, Elfquest Ends Its Legendary Run (NPR Books)
- Gather Around The Fall Fires With These 4 YA Novels “about girls who survive, girls who fight, and girls who, if given the chance, may prove to be heroes.” (NPR Books)
- 10 Creepy Romances To Read This Fall, Because Dating Can Be Pretty Horrifying Sometimes (Bustle)
- From Orient Express to The Railway Children: top 10 trains in novels (Guardian) Oddly enough, given the title of the article, Murder on the Orient Express isn’t on this list… but it should be, along with Dick Francis’s The Edge, which features a mystery (though not a murder) on board a racing train (pun intended.)
- 7 Characters That Didn’t Make It Into the Harry Potter Books (Mental Floss)
- 15 Rules For Borrowing Books, So You Don’t Lose Your Friends In The Process (Bustle)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Harry Potter’s birthplace is for sale — and it just got a price cut (Mansion Global) It’s actually a gorgeous half-timbered Tudor with herringbone brickwork and diamond-paned windows… if you happen to have about $1.25 million to spare.
That’s it for this week!