News & Notes – 10/19/13

October 19, 2013 public libraries 13

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

Worth Reading (or watching): 

A small portion of the stacks in Lawrence Thomas’s basement. (Photo © Mary Winchester)

The Biblioburro in action.  Photo from the Biblioburro blog

Literary Losses:

Oscar Hijuelos, Miami Book Fair International, 1993. CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Oscar Hijuelos, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, died last Saturday, Oct. 12, in Manhattan.  His works focused on the Cuban immigrant experience and assimilation. His best known work, Mambo Kings, became a 1992 movie starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante; the screenplay was later adapted as a stage musical. He wrote a number of other novels, as well as a memoir.  Mr. Hijuelos was 62.  (New York Times obituary)


    Book & Movie Announcements:

    Freebies, bargains, and giveaways:

      Awesome lists:


        Really cool:

        ‘The Return of the King’, digital art © Jian Guo,

        Mafra Palace Library, in Mafra, Portugal.  Photo © Will Pryce, from The Library: A World History

        Bookish Quotes:

        That’s it for this week!

        I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

        13 Responses to “News & Notes – 10/19/13”

        1. Bea

          I love this feature, you do such an awesome job with it. <3

          I see that Gaiman was both rejected (New Mexico) and loved (his talk on reading); that’s probably a normal week for him. His books don’t do much for me, though I do like Stardust, but the man himself is pretty darn awesome.

          The LotR stained glass windows are amazing, just lovely.

          Have a great weekend!

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            Thanks, Bea! Yes, I agree that Gaiman is awesome — as a human being and as a writer. There are some of his books I just won’t read, because they aren’t a good fit for me, but I do love Stardust, and I’m looking forward to The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

            Enjoy your weekend! Now I’d better get back to, you know, actual work. *grimace*

          • Bea

            I’m skeered to count my print books. I don’t have 59,000 but I have too many! 😀 And yes, thank heaven for the library.

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            Oh, I have too many, too. And I keep trying to prune down, and remember that I can borrow from the library. But there are lots of favorites I want to own because I reread them (often on impulse). Not 59,000, though — that’s enough to start your own bookstore! 😉

        2. Berls

          Awesome links – I just opened up a half-dozen new tabs of things I just have to read! And OMG Lawrence Thomas needs to give me some of his books – to think I thought I had a lot!! Awesome post 🙂