News & Notes — 8/10/13 (abbreviated)

August 10, 2013 Uncategorized 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.

This week’s News & Notes is abbreviated, because I’m on vacation.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

Worth Reading:

Literary Losses:

Barbara Mertz (a.k.a. Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters), an Egyptologist who delighted fans with a number of popular mystery and romantic suspense/thriller series, died Thursday, Aug. 8, at the age of 85.  The mystery community is the poorer for her loss.  (The Washington Post; photo courtesy of Dr. Mertz’s website.)






Free & Bargain books:

Awesome lists: 

Just for fun:  

Source: Mary GrandPré / Parker Jordan Fine Art  /  via:

That’s it for this week!  When you read this, I’ll be somewhere between  Oklahoma and New Mexico.  I’m on vacation for the next four weekends, so News & Notes posts will be a bit haphazard until September. 

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 — 8/10/13 (abbreviated)”

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Thanks, Jennifer! Driving from Virginia to New Mexico in three days was a bit challenging, but we’ve had a great (and busy) time since we got here. This is the first I’ve had time to catch up with the comments!

  1. Bea

    I enjoyed many Barbara Michaels books when I was younger, I was sorry to hear of her death.

    Happy, and safe, travels!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read any of her books, under either pen name, but I’ve heard such good things about them since her death, I’m putting several on my to-read list.

      Thanks for the good wishes! We’re safely at our first destination, and enjoying family time as well as short hikes. In a little over a week, we leave for ‘Robin’s college.

  2. Jan

    Elizabeth Peters was one of my favorite authors (Barbara Michaels to a lesser extent) when I was a young adult. I still remember reading Crocodile on the Sandbank so many years ago. And I loved the Vicky Bliss books with the mysterious Sir John Smythe. Her books were so much fun to read. I will miss her, but it also sounds like she had a wonderful life.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      It does indeed. I need to read some of her books; somehow I missed them all these years. I knew OF her, but never got around to trying her books. But I’m bumping them up higher on my to-read list now.