News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff.
I haven’t posted News & Notes in several weeks due to being out of town, so about half of these links are more than a week old – but still interesting, if you missed them the first time.
- RSC [Royal Shakespeare Company] and Samsung Bring Shakespeare to Smartphones in an effort to engage teens in Shakespeare. David Tennant is involved in the project as well. (The Telegraph; also Re:Shakespeare press release.)
- The Thurber Prize finalists for 2015 have been announced. Works by Roz Chast, Annabelle Gurwitch, and Julie Schumacher will contend for the prize; the winner will be announced on Sept. 28. (Thurber House)
Oliver Sacks, the bestselling author and neurologist who wrote about the science of the brain by exploring the experiences of individuals with brain and perception disorders, died August 30 at the age of 82. Before he died, he penned several essays, including a moving essay on being diagnosed with terminal cancer, published in The New York Times last February. The field of neurology has lost a great scientist and interpreter, and the world has lost a man of great compassion, intellectual curiosity, and wisdom. Obituaries: Forbes; Guardian; New York Times; Washington Post
- How Do You Track Your Reading? Poll Results (BookRiot)
For Writers & Bloggers
- An Accomplished Writer Takes a ‘Masterclass’ from a Gargantuan Selling Writer. You know that add that keeps popping up in your Facebook feed, the one for James Patterson’s writing masterclass? Author Joyce Maynard took it, and discovered that it just might be worthwhile.
Great Blog Posts
- Lola’s Ramblings: How and When Do You Write Your Blog Posts? (Lola’s Reviews)
- How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’ (Feed Your Fiction Addiction)
- Tutorial: How I Edit My #Bookstagram Photos Using PicMonkey (Paper Fury)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Kenneth Brannagh Developing Artemis Fowl Adaptation for Disney. (Variety)
- The trailer for the new comic Raising Dion, about a widowed black woman raising a young son with superpowers, has gone viral, and no wonder. The premise sounds wonderful, and the main character is, for once, not the kid with superpowers but the mom. (It’s about time a mom got to be the heroine of a comic book!) But the trailer is good enough that I’m already seeing calls for a TV show – and I’d be totally behind it. You can download a digital copy of the first issue of the comic here.
- 25 Fictional Languages You Can Totally Learn To Speak (infographic) – “Speak” is a bit of a misnomer, but if you’re into fictional languages, you might find a few you don’t know here. They left out Gallifrean, though.
- 25 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix (Silver Petticoat Review)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- NovelTea Kickstarter – teas in book tins with punny titles like The Picture of Earl Grey and Don Quixotea.
That’s it for this week!