News & Notes – 5/23/15

May 23, 2015 Uncategorized 10

News & Notes

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

Book News


Worth Reading


Worth Watching

 Historian David McCulloch talks about how libraries are “essentials” for his working life.


Great Blog Posts


For Writers & Bloggers


Book & Movie Announcements


Freebies & Bargains

  • About 15 of Margery Allingham’s mysteries are on sale for Kindle for $0.99 each  (You’ll need to scroll through several pages to find them all. Please check prices before purchasing.)


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

  • Want to make foods (or drinks) from your favorite books or movies? has recipes for Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice (Harry Potter), Bilbo’s Seedcake, Lembas, and Ent-draught (The Hobbit and LOTR respectively), Princess Tiana’s Beignets and Ratatouille (Disney movies), Fish Finger Cookies & Custard and a Sonic Screwdriver (Doctor Who), Scooby Snacks (Scooby-Doo) and even Klingon Bloodwine (Star Trek), among others. And they also let you suggest recipes.
  • How to Name a Baby is about naming trends, and the Baby Name Voyager lets you check out your own name (or your grandfather’s, or the one you’re thinking of using for a character in your book.) It’s a lot of fun to play with, whether you’re just curious or need names for characters. (Turns out my real name is a “fad name,” very popular in the decade I was born – but my blogging use-name, Lark, has never made the top 1000.)
  • ThinkGeek now has Star Trek. . . garden gnomes?


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

10 Responses to “News & Notes – 5/23/15”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I was having such a good time with the name link I almost forgot to comment. Pretty much all my kids have popular names but I figure it’s mostly because they’re so traditional. I’m curious about the Harlequin audio imprint. Looking forward to seeing where that goes.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I hadn’t realized our daughter’s real name was a “fad” name too. When we named her, I didn’t know anyone else with that name. But apparently it was most popular in the decade just prior to her birth. We now know several people with the same name around her age and a little older. Oh, well!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      As Rita noticed, the meme master list hasn’t been accessible today, but I’m hoping it will be back up in a day or two. I’m glad you had fun with the name website. And those gnomes make me laugh!

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I couldn’t get to your master list of memes for some reason– will try again later. I was intrigued by the Lisa Kleypas interview, even though I don’t read that genre, I still am interested in reading about authors! Also the Girl Saves Boy and all the following comments, and the Best Crime Novels. Thank you once again for an excellent job!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I can’t get it to work either; it looks to me like her server is down. Glad you enjoyed some of the other links, though!