- Reading Rainbow: Hoping to Build Lifelong Readers Through Licensing (Publishers Weekly)
- Authors Guild suggests “Authors, Keep Your Copyrights. You Earned Them.” While many trade publishers assign copyright to the author, many university presses do not, which leaves scholarly authors in a bind when it comes to reusing material in subsequent books or even teaching from their own material.
- Bodleian Library launches children’s imprint to reprint “forgotten gems” and illustrated books from the 20th century. (The Bookseller)
- Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name (Catherine Nichols, for Jezebel)
- Who Should Be Kicked Out of the Canon? A pair of essays by James Parker & Francine Prose (New York Times)
- No More Love Triangles, Please(Sharanya Sharma, for BookRiot)
- I Can’t Stop Reading Mary Stewart, Retro Queen of Romantic Suspense (Kelly Faircloth, Pictorial on Jezebel.com) – an absolutely brilliant review of Stewart that encapsulates all the things I love about her, as well as the things that make me (as a modern reader) cringe.
- NK Jemisin: the fantasy writer upending the “racist and sexist status quo”. An article and interview with Jemisin about diverity, sexism, and racisim in SF/F – both the literature and the authors and fandom. (The Guardian)
- Forget love triangles; the next trend in YA books may be threesomes. Because that’s even more realistic than one girl who can’t decide between the two hot guys pursuing her. (See “No More Love Triangles, Please”, above.) (New York Daily News)
Book & Movie Announcements
- New J.R.R. Tolkien short story to be released in October. “The Story of Kullervo” is one of the author’s earliest works, started while he was at university and based on Finnish epic poetry. (io9)
- George R. R. Martin warns that as-yet-unwritten ending to A Song of Ice and Fire will be “bittersweet” and perhaps not as brutal as fans fear. (exclusive interview by the Observer)
- No Harry Potter TV Show, says J. K. Rowling on Twitter – with her usual sass. (Entertainment Weekly)
- The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2015 (Publishers Weekly)
- 10 Unusual Words for Book Lovers (Oxford Dictionaries)
That’s it for this week!