New & Notes – 2/08/14

February 8, 2014 Sony, Valentine's Day 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.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

Ms. Rowling… You’re kidding, right?

    Worth Reading: 

      For Writers & Bloggers:

      • The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop is a week-long writing workshop for teen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This week is their fundraising week, where they raise money for scholarships. Please consider donating, if only $5 or $10.  Our daughter attended Alpha last summer, and it was an awesome experience for her, but not every student can afford to go without financial help. And if you’re a writer between the ages of 14 and 19, think about applying. The deadline to submit your writing for consideration is March 2. 
      • Tips for contacting authors and asking for interviews and guest posts, from Rainy Day Ramblings

      Book and Movie Announcements:

      Awesome lists: 

        Video picks:

          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.

            12 Responses to “New & Notes – 2/08/14”

            1. Stephanie Shepherd

              Thanks again for the great round-up of news and interesting bookish tidbits! I especially enjoyed Tolkien as an ad man and Gail Carriger’s Tropes blog post – it makes me want to stalk her and read everything she’s reading. Finally, on the great international debate, I’m coming down on the side of Rowling got it right in the first place. I think Ron and Hermione make a great couple:-)

              • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I’m putting a bunch of Carriger’s recommendations on my TBR list — especially because I’ve loved the ones I’ve already read. And I’m absolutely with you on the Rowling announcement. Ron & Hermione are a good couple. They’ll spar and squabble sometimes, but they’ll never allow anyone else to put the other one down. And Ron will be fiercely proud of his wife’s intelligence (not that he’s unintelligent himself, just not academically inclined.)

            2. Bea

              The Tolkien in advertising made me laugh, there are some good ones.

              I hadn’t realized that Sony also pulled out of PCs, not promising for them.

              • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                Well, I’m actually less surprised about Sony pulling out of the PC market. The Vaio computers weren’t getting a lot of market share in comparison to Toshiba, Dell, and even Lenovo. They probably see more potential in the tablet market, and in their traditional strongholds of televisions and DVD/DVR devices. But I agree, it’s not promising that they’re abandoning two markets in the same week.

            3. Susan

              I think it would be cool to read HP with alternate endings written by Rowling. It would be like she was writing fan fiction for herself!

              • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                I hadn’t thought of it that way. But then, I only really like fan fiction that branches out from or builds upon canon (mostly.) I’m not very comfortable with fan fiction that changes the way things “really” happened. (OK, I will admit that Laurie R. King’s Sherlock Holmes has become headcanon for me, and I like him better than the original. Heresy, I know!)

            4. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

              Interesting links, Lark. I don’t know what J. K. Rowling is thinking…lol! Maybe she just likes to stir things up! I love that bookish quote and I forget to check the Tor site for the short stories so thanks for the reminder.

              • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                I don’t know; it seems guaranteed to get at least half her fans upset. The rest of them are busy shipping Harry-Hermione or even Draco-Hermione.

                That’s a great quote, isn’t it? I find the best stuff on Pinterest… 😉

              • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                You’re welcome! I agree, a Harry-Hermione pairing would have been all wrong. I love that Rowling gave us best friends who are boy and girl but not attracted to each other. Several of my closest friends in high school and college were male. It bothers me that we don’t see more inter-gender friendships without sexual/romantic attraction getting in the way, because it can certainly occur in in real life.