News & Notes – 8/20/16

August 20, 2016 News & Notes 10

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


Worth Reading


For Writers & Bloggers


Book & Movie Announcements

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken to team up for Disney’s live-action movie remake of The Little Mermaid. In the YouTube video above, Miranda and Menken jam to songs from The Little Mermaid for Ham4Ham, the weekly lottery for Hamilton tickets. Miranda, the composer, lyricist, and star of the Broadway sensation Hamilton,  is a big Disney fan, and The Little Mermaid was an early and important influence on him musically. (Entertainment Weekly and GalleyCat)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia will get a reboot with The Silver Chairto be produced by TriStar, Mark Gordon, The C. S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One (eOne.) (Deadline)
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan to become Amazon TV series(GalleyCat)
  • Margot Lee Shetterly’s Forthcoming book Hidden Figures is also a forthcoming movie starring Taraji P. Henson. Both book and movie tell the story of “the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race”—NASA’s female computers and engineers. I am so excited for this movie as well as the book!


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

Hogwarts Express on the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Book sculpture by Thomas Wightman. (Image by Thomas Wightman, via My Modern Met)


Bookish Quote

That’s it for this week!

10 Responses to “News & Notes – 8/20/16”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Silver Chair is probably my second-to-least favorite of the Narnia books, behind The Last Battle. But it’s Narnia, so that still puts it ahead of a lot of other books! I’m looking forward to the movie to; I hope they do a good job. They need someone with a nice lugubrious face for Puddleglum. I rather think Christopher Eccleston would do nicely, don’t you?

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Artists of all sorts amaze me, but I really love what some people can do to turn books into art. (Even though I usually freak out at the idea of defacing a book in any way.)

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    Loved this post as I always do on Saturday 🙂

    The moving book sculpture is really cool! I want to check further into Hidden Figures, book and show, and I’m glad to see book sales go up, though unfortunately– for now, subject to change– I read mostly on my kindle. And I wish print prices weren’t so expensive, new books and older books, all highly priced. B & N has a bargain table, but it’s not the best selection for me. I do find more deals reading on my kindle, sigh…
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you enjoy this post! It’s always fun to put together. I gather links during the week, and then on Friday I read through Publishers Weekly and a few other book-news and book-related sites to see if I missed anything important. I almost missed the Hugo Awards announcement; I was so out of touch on vacation that I forgot that WorldCon (where the voting is tallied) was last weekend. Someday, I really want to go to WorldCon!

      I can’t wait to watch Hidden Figures, and I’m trying to get my library to buy the book. I know what you mean about finding more book bargains on the Kindle than IRL, though I do pretty well at our library’s biannual sales and year-round sale shelves. And some books, I just bite the bullet and buy new… like signed copies, or some series I’ve been collecting for a while. For others, I wait and buy it used. I’d love to support every author I love, but my book budget only stretches so far!

  2. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh. I had missed that one on B&N firing the CEO. Interesting.