News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Barnes & Noble fires CEO less than a year into his tenure. (Fortune)
- Bookstore Sales Up 6.1% in First Half of 2016 (Publishers Weekly)
- Amazon’s Launching Pickup Locations, But Where Are Its Consumer Bookstores? (Publishers Weekly)
- Sisters In Crime writers group issues report on diversity. (Publishers Weekly) You can also read highlights of the report here.
- Yolo County, CA, library sytem adds bookmobile bicyles (Sacramento Bee)
- Magic and witchcraft shop bans Harry Potter fans “because it sells ‘spiritual tools’ not toys for young Muggles” (The Telegraph)
For Writers & Bloggers
- 5 Ways to Market Your Book Blog—and a free graphics course! (guest post by Rebecca from Unbound Pages, on Between My Lines)
- Bloggin’ on the Go: My 6 Must-Have Apps for smartphone or tablet. (Molly’s Book Nook)
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 Chair, to 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!
- Rad Women Do Rad Things — a list of collective biographies of women. Women in science, women in history, women inventors… lots of women doing amazing things, in books for children and for adults. (BookRiot)
- Maya Rodale’s Top 5 Romance Novels for a Women’s Studies Course (Gender Genre blog). I’ve read and loved Forbidden (Beverly Jenkins), and will be checking out at least two of the other titles.
- The Ultimate List of Young Adult Fairytale Retellings (These Paper Hearts tumblr) Maybe not the ultimate, but a good list nonetheless.
- 45 Literary Quotes About Change (BookRiot)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Moveable book sculpture featuring the Hogwarts Express on the Glenfinnan Viaduct. By artist Thomas Wightman; commissioned by Visit Scotland. Read more about it at MyModernMet.com.
That’s it for this week!