News & Notes – 9/17/16

September 17, 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


For Writers & Bloggers


Great Blog Posts


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.


Literary Losses

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


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

source: Norton Critical Editions infographics

source: Norton Critical Editions infographics


Bookish Art

Free poster for the Reading Without Walls initiative

That’s it for this week!


10 Responses to “News & Notes – 9/17/16”

  1. Berls

    Took the survey – wow, really makes you stop and think, huh? I realized that I don’t like people who don’t read romance that much because they can be such Jenks lol!

    So sad about the author of Llama, Llama! My kids love her books 🙁
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It is sad about Anna Dewdney. The books are really cute, though I never had a chance to read them to Robin; she was probably too old for them by the time they were published.

  2. Rita @ View From My Books

    What a great post today! So many good links to check out, and I will this morning.

    I just loved the discussion about Lionel Shriver’s speech and read Jim Hines’ blog post. Food for thought! I think the single main idea I took away from it all was in a sentence from Hines– drastically paraphrasing here, folks– you can write about any other type of race, religion, culture… what have you… but you have to be willing to allow criticism if you do it sloppily or arrogantly… this was definitely a paraphrase, refer to Hines’ original post for the exact quote (I lost track of it at the moment). I get a bad feeling about Ms. Shriver from her speech, and will not be picking up her newest book, that’s for sure.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That point stood out to me as well. One of the things I like about Jim Hines (besides his books—the Libriomancer/Magic Ex Libris series in particular) is his championship of diversity, equality, and social justice. From his gender-swapped cover art project several years ago (designed to point out the sexualization of women on SF/F covers) to his efforts to provide a forum for diverse voices to share their thoughts and personal experiences as writers and readers, he has been an ally and supporter of women, minorities, and LGBQTIA in SF/F and in the wider world. And he puts his writing where his mouth is, so to speak. He’s not afraid to “test” his own fiction against the standards he espouses, and will admit when he has fallen short. It’s why I follow his blog instead of just reading his books (which I would do anyway, as they are always entertaining and thought-provoking—and frequently funny.)

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I love the idea of an update on the Miss Piggle-Wiggle books! I read one to the Tornado a few months ago and while he really enjoyed it it felt very dated. I do hope they don’t lose the common sense of her advice in the update though. I was so saddened to learn of Anna Dewdney’s passing. The Llama Llama books are some of our absolute favorite and I have Llama Llama Red Pajama memorized because I’ve read it some many times. Thanks for the mention! Now off to fill out the romance survey. It sounds fascinating.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Another Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan, yay! I loved them as a kid, but yes, they’re very dated now. I never read the Llama Llama books to Robin; by the time the first one was published, she was already 11 and they were too young. But they do look adorable.

  4. Emily Alfano

    I really liked the comment/tip about blogging mindfully on Lectito’s blog! Thanks for sharing! I’ve found myself doing the same thing: wandering on other social media platforms, shopping for books, or reading other random articles online instead of typing up my blog post. What would take 10 minutes to type ends up being a two hour long process! And I feel like I barely accomplished anything! So i’m going to try blogging mindfully going forward.
    Great post!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes, I need to work on that, too. I get easily distracted into other social media sites, or just wandering around chasing interesting stuff as if it were butterflies. Speaking of which… I have a Sunday Post to finish. 🙂