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:
|Alice Munro, © shapton 09|
- “Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature” (Publishers Weekly)
- “Bowker Counted 391,000+ Self-Published Books Last Year”. In case you were wondering. (Jason Boog, GalleyCat)
- Goodreads went to the Frankfurt Book Fair, where they talked about their growth and figures and what they’re doing to connect authors with readers.
- “At 75 She’s Doing Fine: Kids Still Love Their ‘Madeline (NPR’s Morning Edition)
- “First Novels: The Romance of Agents” (Martha Woodroof, NPR’s MonkeySee)
- “How I Learned to be Half of a Non-existent Writer” (Novelist SJ Rozan, who is also half of Sam Cabot, on BookRiot)
- “The Thirtysomething Teen: An Adult YA Addict Comes Clean” (Jen Doll, Vulture)
For Writers & Bloggers:
- “App Annie Releases Ebook Analytics Tools” for authors to track sales. (GalleyCat, or go directly to App Annie’s launch.)
An appeal for help:
- SF/Fantasy author Eugie Foster was recently diagnosed with cancer. Though she does have some health coverage through her day job, the coverage is limited, and her financial situation is tight to say the least. If you would like to help out and discover a new author at the same time, here are links to her Kindle ebooks and short stories; she owns the ebook rights, so all royalties go right to her. (Thanks to Jim C. Hines for bringing Eugie to my attention.)
- Historical romance author Julia Quin will be on BookTalk Nation on Oct. 21. Sign up to reserve a space; you can also order a signed copy of her new Smith-Smythe book, The Sum of All Kisses, due out on Oct. 29.
- CoverGirl is launching a Hunger Games makeup line called ‘Capitol Couture.’ (The MarySue)
- The Best Kids’ Halloween Books of 2013 (Huffington Post)
- 10 Famous Authors Who Remind Us That Great Writers Can Also Be Decent Human Beings (Huffington Post)
- Young Adult Books that Changed Our Lives (CNN Living)
- List Challenge: NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
- The Literary World’s Most Fascinating Dandies, Past and Present (Jason Diamond, Flavorwire)
- I’m sure you’ve seen photos of the dress made from Golden Books. Publishers Weekly’s Elizabeth Bluemle talks with designer Ryan Jude Novelline about the design and construction process and his plans for the dress (currently on display at Drift Contemporary Art Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., as part of its Last Word exhibit through November 2.)
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.