A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
Okay. Looking to learn a little bit about which political authors write from which political viewpoints? The New York Times has just started offering round-ups of political stories "from the right and left." It'll take a little clicking, but this would be a great way to learn about right/left publications, and also learn a few names of political authors. If you're interested in that sort of thing.
Publishing factual books in an age of "alternative facts."
8 ways to get more reading done in 2017.
An 11-year-old has started a book club for African American boys.
"Have you hugged your indexer today?" Evidently March 30 was National Indexing Day in the UK. As if I needed another reason to be an Anglophile. (Full disclosure: I do freelance work as an indexer. I had indexing work this weekend, including a book on the normalization of U.S.-Cuba foreign relations, written for high schoolers, mind you, that I still thought was going to kill me. A surprisingly complex topic. And yes, I could use a hug!)
What the Trump Budget means for school libraries.
"Outlander" the TV series is helping encourage the publication of more Outlander books.
Ways to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.
Wow, it was a tough week for authors. Here are the obituaries:
Christina Vella, history author: Obituary.
British novelist and playwright David Storey: Obituary.
Irish author Frank Delaney has died.
The man who wrote What Color is Your Parachute has died, at age 90.
And now author news that does not involve their deaths:
The most prolific author of whom you've never heard.
Emma Donoghue, best known for her novel Room, has now published a children's book.
Star Trek legend George Takei will tell his life story...in graphic novel form.
A new Wimpy Kid book from author Jeff Kinney is due in November.
David Finkel's Thank You for Your Service: closer to the screen. I always meant to read this book and never got to it. Has anyone else read it?
Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad: will become a movie.
Elena Ferrante's "My Brilliant Friend" adaptation by HBO to begin filming this summer.
Netflix has a new documentary out based on Mark Harris's book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.
The animated movie "Ferdinand" (based on the famous picture book): Trailer.
The sequel to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth": Trailer.
"Game of Thrones" season 7: Trailer.
Cash Cab is coming back! This is not book-related, but I watched a lot of the game show Cash Cab while I nursed the eldest CRjr. Oh, how I loved Cash Cab. Sadly, I am not going to have the energy to try and have another baby to nurse just so I can watch this new version. A smarter plan would be just to plan a NYC vacation to try and be ON Cash Cab!
"Downton goes to Guernsey," dear God, I hate everything about that headline. An article about the movie adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society sharing a lot of the cast members from "Downton Abbey."
Best Translated Book Awards for Fiction and Poetry: Longlists.
Dylan Thomas Book Prize (for authors under 39?): Shortlist.
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction: Shortlist.
An award celebrating "best Scandi crime."
7 tips for donating old books without being a jerk.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Mary Berry's cookbook is selling well.
Actress Katey Sagal has written a memoir.
Oh God, a book about DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as the agency that "has led the charge, for both good and ill, in finding ways to locate and kill people." You know I'm going to have to get that one.
New York Times: Whittle down your "to-do list" by doing less of it; a book about a family unlucky in its genetics (four out of five siblings have been identified as having the gene for early-onset Alzheimer's); exactly how did evangelicals become such a force to be reckoned with in American politics?; a memoir by a woman reflecting on the violent death of her mother and the alcoholism of her father (go look at the link; the book looks more interesting than the summary I just gave it); on Reagan, the New Right, and the GOP.
IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of March 30.
Flavorwire: Ten Must-reads for April.
13 books to read before they become movies in 2017.
Cultured Vultures: Best Books to Look Forward to in April. All fiction, not anything I want to read, but a list of some authors whose names I've never seen before. (Except Elizabeth Kostova, that name I know.)
Fifteen hilarious comics from the last decade.
A UK site, but still an interesting list: Best Books to help your kids learn about money.
Twelve circus novels, in honor of the end of Ringling Bros.
MY READING NOTES
Checked out one of the many, many new books with "f&*k" in the title: Rachel Hoffman's Unf&*k Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess. There was nothing new here but it was interesting to note a very good (from a marketing standpoint) blurb on the back from Cory Doctorow: "A must-read for people who are terrified by Marie Kondo..." And that's totally what it is, a less horrifying Marie Kondo. As far as I can tell the author's main point is that you should clean up and organize in 20/10 increments: 20 minutes of work, 10 minutes of break.
I pounded Anne Tyler novels for comfort this week; I don't know why. I enjoyed my re-reads of her If Morning Ever Comes and Breathing Lessons; Earthly Possesssions, not so much.
In CRjr reading news, the eldest has returned in a hardcore way to shark books (we found a big illustrated shark encyclopedia that he has been dragging lovingly around the house). We also found this awesome book (see cover at left): Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark. Awesome. I won't tell you who wins; you're just going to have to read it!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, HERE IS YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN POST:
American Gods: has "unleashed" ten character posters.