News & Notes – 5/10/14

May 10, 2014 Uncategorized 6

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: 

Literary Losses:

  • Farley Mowat, the Canadian environmentalist and author of the bestselling Never Cry Wolf and Woman in the Mists as well as 40-odd other books, died Tuesday at the age of 92. Woman in the Mists is a biography of gorilla biologist Dian Fosse; Never Cry Wolf details the author’s study of wolves in the Canadian wilderness. Never Cry Wolf generated some controversy after its publication. The author himself admitted he fictionalized parts of it, and was in fact part of a team of researchers, not alone as depicted in the book. Some wolf biologists also challenge the observations he reports, in particular the claim that the wolf pack he observed subsisted mainly on mice rather than larger prey.  Nonetheless, the book had a major impact on public attitudes toward wolves, including my own. (Obituary: The Guardian; also Wikipedia)

Awesome lists: 

  • Parody Songs by Librarians. These are fantastic! Shameless plug: the last one on the list  is by the good folks at my local library system. But I love them all, especially the one embedded above, by the New York State Reading Association. (BookRiot)
  • How Many of These Classic Science Fiction Novels Have You Read? (Buzzfeed) My answer: 18. Or 19, as I can’t remember whether I ever finished A Canticle for Liebowitz. There are a few newish titles on here, but most of these are, indeed, classic SF.  Anyway, there are some on here that I’ve had on my TBRS (to be read someday) list for far too long. I need to get busy!
  • [A whole lot more than] 12 Ways to Sneak In Extra Reading Time (BookRiot)
  • The 18 Most Hipster Books of All Time (or at least of our time.) (Huffington Post) I’m so unhip, I haven’t read any of them…

Really cool:

Bookish Quotes:

That’s it for this week!

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6 Responses to “News & Notes – 5/10/14”

  1. Stephanie Shepherd

    I was very sad to hear of Farley Mowat’s passing this week. The Overdue Podcast also sounds great! I have also not read any of the books on the Hipster list and really only a couple even appeal to me so I don’t think you’re alone:) Thanks as always for putting an interesting list of links!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Me, too! I have really fond memories of my 9th-grade teacher (who was also my uncle) reading Never Cry Wolf to our class.

      Glad I’m not alone on that Hipster list of books!

  2. Bea

    Oh, that Navy library ereader loan is a fantastic idea. I hope the other military branches take it up.

    I also need to cell my ebook bookshelf so I’ll be checking out that article and I should see how many of the classic sci fi novels I’ve read. Good links!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I agree. It’s a great idea for any of the branches, but particularly the Navy, since space for books is in short supply aboard ship (let alone in submarines!)

      There are some SF books on that classics list I probably should read, and some I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I hope there are libraries in heaven, because I don’t see how I can ever get through all the books I want to read in one lifetime!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I find I’m more of a fantasy person than an SF person, probably because some SF does ideas well but is sparse on character development, and it’s people (or rather, sentient beings of whatever stripe) that interest me the most. But there certainly is good SF with plenty of character development — Spider Robinson jumps to mind. (Speaking of whom, Stardance should have been on that list of classics.)