News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Carla Hayden sworn in as Librarian of Congress. (The Guardian, with interview. Also of interest: The Baltimore Sun)
- Napoleon’s failed novel ms. goes up for auction on Sept. 21. (The Guardian) Yes, that Napoleon.
- Banned Books Week is coming up — Sept. 25 to Oct. 1. (ALA)
- Lionel Shriver’s Address on Cultural Appropriation Roils a Writers Festival (New York Times) For another take on Shriver’s speech, read Jim C. Hines’s blog post about it.
- Little, Brown Launches Award for New Illustrators — and they’re stressing diversity. (Publishers Weekly)
- The 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist is out. (Man Booker) A judge talks about the books and the process at The Guardian.
- The 2016 National Book Award longlists are out. (National Book Foundation)
- Gene Luen Yang and the Children’s Book Council launch the “Reading Without Walls Challenge”, a library- and school-based initiative to get kids to read more outside their comfort zone, exploring unfamiliar formats and topics and reading about characters who differ from them. Yang is National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prize-winning author/artist for his Boxers & Saints graphic novel duo as well as for American Born Chinese.
For Writers & Bloggers
- Need to get ahead on your blogging? Take the Blog Ahead Challenge (hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup)
- Increase Readership & Engagement with a Wrap-up Post (Jeanene @ Got My Book)
- Want to make the most of your blogging time? Check out Six (Book) Blogging Time Savers (Lectito blog)
- Rock the Blog– Creating Page Anchors (linking to a point farther down a blog post) (Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup)
Great Blog Posts
- Thoughts from a Reader-Girl: Were books better back in the day? Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup wonders whether there are more meh romance novels published these days, and if so, why.
- Under-Appreciated Bookworm Talents (Cait @ Paper Fury)
- Our Book-Lending Horror Stories (BookRiot)
- Ten Things I’ve Learned From Television (Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library)
- Roald Dahl Made Me a Better Read and a (Slightly) Less Annoying Kid (Trisha Brown @ BookRiot)
Can you help?
- Danielle’s senior project/thesis is an ethnography of the online romance community, and she needs romance readers to fill out her survey. If you read romance on a regular basis, she would love to have you answer some questions as anonymously as you like. (You have to give a name, but it can be a nickname or use-name.) The questions are interesting; some of them made me really think about my own attitudes and experiences as a romance reader.
Llama Llama author Anna Dewdney passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, of cancer. She was 50. Rather than a funeral service, Dewdney requested that friends and family read to a child. (Obituaries: Publishers Weekly; Washington Post)
Book & Movie Announcements
- BBC America Brings Destroyed ‘Doctor Who’ Episodes Back to Life (BBC America) They plan to produce an animated miniseries of the 6-part sequence, “The Power of the Daleks.”
- ‘Missy Piggle-Wiggle’ Brings Magical Cures To The Modern World (NPR) Yes, the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books are getting a modern reboot. I loved those books, but it’s true, they probably need updating… all those white, stay-home moms and free-range kids.
- Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time will feature actors of color. The Murrays will be portrayed as a mixed-race family, with Storm Reid now cast as Meg. The “witches” will be diverse, and a nonwhite actor is being sought to play Calvin. Well done, Disney! (Hollywood Reporter)
- Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed back to May 2017. (StarTrek.com)
- In honor of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, here’s “50 Years of Star Trek People Drinking Coffee.” (Tor.com)
- 16 Books That Perfectly Match New York Fashion Week Looks (Buzzfeed)
- 14 Books to Get You In the Mood for Fall (Book Bub blog)
- 18 Confessions Only True Book Lovers Will Understand (Buzzfeed)
- 33 Impossibly Cute Ways To Cover Your Body In Books (Buzzfeed)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- The Periodic Table of Literary Villains, courtesy of Norton Critical Editions. Click the image to see a larger (and zoomable) version.
- How Long Did It Take To Write the World’s Most Famous Books? is an infographic by printerinks.
That’s it for this week!