News & Notes – 1/04/14

January 4, 2014 tips for writers 8

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/Watching: 

For Writers & Bloggers:

    Book and Movie Announcements:

    • First Divergent clip released (see video, above)
    • Other upcoming films based on books include Labor Day (Joyce Maynard); The Invisible Woman (Claire Tomalin), about Charles Dickens’ midlife affair with an 18-year-old actress; Winter’s Tale (Mark Helprin); Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (Richelle Meae); and In Secret (Emile Zola).  (Publisher’s Weekly)

      Really cool:

      • Neil Gaiman appeared on the children’s cartoon Arthur,  giving advice to a young graphic-novel writer.
      • A Harry Potter fan has created a Ministry of Magic website.

      Just for fun:  


        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.

        8 Responses to “News & Notes – 1/04/14”

        1. Bea

          I am not surprised that brain function is boosted after reading a novel but I’m happy to see it being proven and publicized.

          Happy New Year!

        2. Pamela D

          Thanks for all of the interesting links. I had wanted to read more about the Sherlock case but then I forgot. This post came at the perfect time.

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            Glad to be of service! I was glad I happened onto that article, because I had been following the case earlier, and lost track of it with everything else that was going on in my life.

        3. Lindsay

          What a fun post idea to collect everything bookish! I already have some of those book-based movies on my Netflix queue for when they come out, and I’ll drag my husband to see Divergent at the theater. Thanks for checking out my blog! I’m now a follower of yours.

        4. Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous

          I was delighted to see that doctors are prescribing books for depression…though a little disappointed to click into the article and find out it’s self-help books. Personally, I always self-prescribe Terry Pratchett for blue days. 🙂 More seriously, it would be fascinating to find out if more general reading has any measurable effect on depression…

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            I usually turn to an old favorite on blue days, but Pratchett would be a good choice, too! I suspect reading fiction can affect depression, but I would suggest that people in a depressed state steer clear of gloomy books and go for the lighter ones — with happy endings.