News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time (The Guardian)
- Amazon plans to open bookstore in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)
- Navy Seal memoirist must pay U.S. government $6.6 million for breaking confidentiality (The Guardian)
- Truman Capote’s ashes go up for auction (BBC)
- Donald Trump [may have] used campaign funds to buy $55,ooo worth of his own book (The Daily Beast)
- The Hugo Awards were announced last weekend. If you’ve been following the Sad & Rabid Puppies saga, suffice it to say that while they influenced and in some cases dominated the nominations, by and large their slates did not win. The Best Novel went to N. K. Jemisen’s The Fifth Season; Best Novella to Binti by Nnedi Okorafor; Best Novelette to “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang and Ken Liu; Best Short Story to “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer; and Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) to The Martian (screenplay by Drew Goddard; directed by Ridley Scott.) Andy Weir, author of the original novel The Martian, won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. (Tor.com)
- Read this Baton Rouge school librarian’s impassioned plea for books to replace those lost in the flooding. (Note: As of Friday, the school’s first wishlist has been filled; they’re starting on round 2. But I’m also sure that there are other schools in Louisiana in similar straits, so if you’d like to help out, you might try Googling and contacting schools directly, or checking on GoFundMe and other crowdfunding sites.)
- Genre readers have less empathy? I’m not feeling that (mystery author Val McDermid, for The Guardian)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Fascinating, a picture-book biography of Leonard Nimoy by his friend, poet/author Richard Michelson, will be released Sept. 6. The book is illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. (Richard Michelson’s website; also Amazon and Goodreads)
- Voynich Manuscript to be published by Spanish firm Siloe. The manuscript, which is held by Yale’Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is rare—and unreadable. It’s written in an unknown code or encrypted language that has never been cracked, and the illustrations show plants and constellations that simply don’t exist—at least, not on this planet. Siloe will publish a limited number of replica copies. (NPR; also The Guardian)
- Disney, Sam Mendes discuss live-action James and the Giant Peach (Deadline)
- Anne of Green Gables is coming to television—again. The “series will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self” (Deadline), so purists like myself may not be happy with how it deviates from the original books—not unlike the 1980s miniseries starring Megan Followes. The first of those stayed close to the book, but the second and third took considerable liberties.
- 27 Literary Prints to Hang in Your Home Library (BuzzFeed)
- 15 Sweet Kid Lit-Inspired Cakes (BookRiot)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Want to learn to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs? Or maybe your interests lie more with Old Irish, Sumerian, or Old Norse. Lexicity is the first online resource for learning ancient languages, including Akkadian, Mayan, Church Slovanic, and Ethiopic as well as the more well-known ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. Clicking on a language takes you to lists of dictionaries, grammars, texts, and other resources.
Quote from an ancient Egyptian text (16th century B.C.E.)
That’s it for this week!