News & Notes – 8/01/15

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News & Notes

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

It’s a light week this week; I’ve been busier than usual and haven’t had much time to surf the web. But here are a few links for you:

Book News


Worth Reading

  • Women’s Comics Are Surfing the Crowd. Although the major publishers (DC, Marvel et al.) are warming up to women in comics – both as characters and as writers and artists – some women are going the crowdfunding route to get their comics up and running. Or flying. Or whatever. (NPR)


Ann Rule (photo from Goodreads)

Literary Losses

Ann Rule, the true-crime writer who focused on victims as well as killers, is dead at 84. Her book about serial killer Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me, became a national bestseller. Rule and Bundy had been co-workers at a crisis clinic in Seattle before his arrest.   Obituaries: Boston Globe; New York Times


Book & Movie Announcements


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

Harry Potter graphics from WEAREYAWN

Graphic quotes from Harry Potter (WEAREYAWN on Behance)

Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

16 Responses to “News & Notes – 8/01/15”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It really was, and I think it did a lot to get kids excited about reading. I’m pleased to see it available on Netflix.

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m so excited about Reading Rainbow I can barely stand it. Netflix added Danger Mouse a month or two ago so with Reading Rainbow I can fully relive my TV childhood. I was saddened to hear about Ann Rule’s passing. I haven’t read any of her books (yet) but I have seen several interviews with her and always liked her.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      And that shows the age difference between us, my friend – I was in college when RR started up! It was on when Robin was little, though, and she watched enough of it that I can still sing the song.

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Ha, Reading Rainbow! My kids loved the show and the host LeVar Burton, and always called him “Reading Rainbow man”. I could sing you the theme song right now on the spot 🙂

    I got some more credit back from Amazon last week from the further settlement, and I won’t complain. I got three more e-books, so all’s good.

    Sorry to hear about Ann Rule. I only read two books by her, and we have a copy of The Stranger Beside Me somewhere in the house, which I didn’t read but I saw the tv movie based on it. I’ve also read a few articles about her writing during her life and she was a dedicated author who will be missed by all, not just true-crime fans.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      My daughter liked Reading Rainbow but I was too old for it when the show started. As an ex-teacher as well as a mom, though, I have nothing but praise for it.

      It’s a pity about Ann Rule’s death. She did a lot to bring the victims of crimes into focus, not just the perpetrators.

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Sophia and I will be tuning into to Reading Rainbow. She does like a show called Why Reader, with action hero kids who go into stories. I got a little something from least enough for a new eBook.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I love the idea of you and Sophia watching Reading Rainbow together! (You book-pushing Nonna, you!) I probably won’t get anything from Amazon because I was still reading epub books before the settlement. (I did get a little something from Kobo a year or two ago.) But I’m glad that a lot of people are getting at least a little something back… especially since most of them will probably use it to buy more books!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      She did indeed. The Stranger Beside Me was first published in 1980 – hard to believe it’s been that long. It was still selling well when I was a Waldenbooks bookseller and manager in the mid-to-late 1980s. I never read it, to be honest (serial killers really creep me out) but I always wondered how you deal with that kind of shock – the realization that someone you know and like is actually a cold-blooded, sick and twisted killer? One thing I learned from the obituaries is that she didn’t write the book because she knew him. She was actually assigned to write about a serial killer who hadn’t been caught yet – so she had no idea the guy she had worked with was the killer when she started following the story.

        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          I’m thinking that if she was 84 when she died, she was a little under 50 when the book was published and in her mid-forties when the killings took place, which would have made her too old for Bundy to have targeted. He went after younger women. But she had a hard time believing it of him at first. He was really good at putting on a pleasant, friendly persona, apparently. I didn’t read the book; serial killers seriously creep me out… maybe because there were several high-profile cases while I was growing up, including him.