News & Notes – 8/05/17

August 5, 2017 News & Notes 2

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


Sam Shepard (Sam Shepard website, 2012)

Literary Losses

Sam Shepard, the actor and award-winning playwright, died Thursday, June 27, at the age of 73, from complications of ALS. As an actor, Shepard was best known for playing Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, a role that earned him an Oscar nomination. More recently, he played the patriarch on the Netflix series Bloodline. As a playwright, Shepard explored “the disparity in American life between myth and reality, past and present, fathers and sons.” (R. Gilbey, Guardian) His more than 40 plays, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, made him one of the most well-known and often performed American playwrights.

Obituaries and tributes:  Broadway World; The Guardian; NPR; NPR’s All Things Considered (audio)



Judith Jones, Knopf’s influential editor for literary works and cookbooks, has died. Jones discovered The Diary of Anne Frank in a slush pile in Paris, and brought us Julia Child. She edited literary stars like John Updike and Ann Tyler.  Jones died on Aug. 2, 2017.

Obituaries: Los Angeles Times; NPR’s The Two-Way (audio);  Publishers Weekly



Worth Reading


For Writers/Bloggers

  • “Why Can’t I Write About _____?”  Jim C. Hines talks about… well, it’s hard to sum up in a single phrase. Basically, it’s a well-reasoned response to the question, “Why can’t I write about whatever I want?” (with the implied subtext “regardless of whether other people find it hurtful or offensive.”)


Book & Movie Announcements


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun


Bookish Quote

That’s it for this week!

2 Responses to “News & Notes – 8/05/17”

  1. Berls

    I love that Lisa Kleypas quote! Yeah, not at all surprising that this is a good year for JK Rowling, being that it’s the 20th anniversary of HP1! I’m totally helping feed that growing paycheck too 🙂
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