News and Notes – 6/07/14

June 7, 2014 Uncategorized 12

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.

Not much real news this week, but a lot of interesting and thought-provoking opinion pieces!

Books & Ebooks in the News:

Worth Reading/Listening to: 

Book & Movie Announcements:

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.

12 Responses to “News and Notes – 6/07/14”

  1. Bea

    YES! The new logo is extremely boring and bland. I understand why they did it but could they have made it any more bland and forgettable?

  2. Rita_h

    I have been following the Reading Rainbow story for a couple of weeks now, and I am totally in favor of it, however it can be brought back to the public. I love LeVar Burton and his dedication to our youngsters, getting them interested in going to the library to check out some of the books they mention on the show. My kids always watched this show and enjoyed going to the library every week. I can understand the controversy but don’t agree with it.

    I also read the article about taking your time reading. Exactly! I like the example of being able to stuff your face at a buffet because you can, or taking your time and savoring the meal out. When I am enjoying a book, I actually slow down a bit and soak in the words rather than rush through it. I may get it finished more quickly, but that is not due to reading speed, but rather to reading more hours in a row.
    Thanks as always for a great post and food for thought!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      We enjoyed the show, too — and clearly, so did lots of millenials, because the crowdfunding has gone through the roof, and mostly in small donations. I think it’s great!

  3. Jan

    The YA debate is interesting–seems similar to the romance reading debate. I read because I love to read not because a book is literary or not. In fact, I find most books listed as “literary” boring. My reading life is where I can live in outer space or in a fantasy kingdom or a myriad of other worlds. Real life is where I read about war, starvation, homeless vets, unwanted children as well as loving my family and counting my blessings.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I read for the same reasons, Jan – plus I get plenty of “reality” in the nonfiction reading I do for my job. Over the years, I’ve indexed books on Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, Africa, the Arab world, global warming, various diseases, and a host of other sobering subjects. My free reading time is my vacation from all that.

      I’ve never really understood the literary world’s snootiness when it comes to genre fiction. Especially SF/F, given that some very literary, challenging, and even groundbreaking stuff gets written in that field. And I agree that the YA controversy sounds very much like the romance controversy, with the added similarity that those who disdain the genre have either not read any, or have read only a few (and those not always of the highest literary quality.) It seems odd to condemn a genre and those who enjoy it based on a very small sampling.

  4. Anna herding cats Cade

    Ooo interesting YA debate. We were talking NA in a group today and how so many non NA’s read it. Very interesting. Thanks for all the links Lark!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Glad you enjoyed them! The YA debate is interesting but infuriating in a way. Frankly, a lot of stuff is published as YA now that would have been published as adult when I WAS a teen. So I don’t really understand the disdain some people have for the genre.

  5. Berls

    Thanks for all those links Lark! I agree the new logo is really REALLY boring. (Do two lines really make a logo? LOL) and I didn’t know they were bringing Reading Rainbow back – I remember that program when I was a kid. Totally donating. Hope you’ve had a good week 🙂