News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The 2020 Edgar Award winners were announced. Winners include The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Best Novel), Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Best First Novel), and Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzler (Best YA Novel.) You can see all the nominees and winners at the link.
- For Publishers, It’s Still the Calm Before the Storm. “Four publicly held publishers posted decent first-quarter results, but brace for tough year.” (Publishers Weekly)
- Print Unit Sales Rise Nearly 5% at the End of April (Publishers Weekly)
Worth Reading/Viewing (not all book-related)
- Mem Fox on fear, creativity and Covid-19: ‘What if I die with the story unfinished?’ (Celina Ribeiro, The Guardian)
- How Agatha Christie, Frederick Douglass and Albert Camus are getting us through this (Jane Greenway Carr, CNN)
- The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months (Rutger Bregman, The Guardian)
Free Books Online
A number of authors and companies are offering free fiction to lift your spirits while you’re on lockdown.
- Allow Daniel Radcliffe to Read to You the First Chapter of Harry Potter (Tor.Com) The Wizarding World website plans to have celebrities, including some franchise cast members, read the entire book aloud, a chapter at a time.