A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
Another slightly truncated list...please bear with as things (hopefully) get back to normal soon. Thanks!
What academic librarians can learn from retail's meltdown.
Philip Pullman has published a graphic novel.
Oh, my God, Harry Potter is twenty. Here's a fun story about how an early, uncorrected proof of the first book in series just sold for big bucks.
I simply must see a movie that stars British actress Sally Hawkins and "is already a hit in Canada."
David Levithan's YA novel Every Day to become a movie.
Three books to read after you read The Handmaid's Tale.
Author (and Middle East expert) David Fromkin: Obituary.
So here's an interesting profile of Maurice Sendak...by Nat Hentoff...from 1966. I thought, why is The New Yorker running this (online) now? So I went to look up Sendak's birthday: June 10. Huh. Maybe for his birthday. Then I looked up Hentoff's (Hentoff was also a writer and journalist): also June 10. Weird, right?
Man Booker International Prize: Winner.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Well, I can't not tell you the Milo Yiannopoulos news, it's a continuing story in the book world. He's self-publishing his title Dangerous in July; EarlyWord reports that the draft Simon and Schuster was set to publish in January has been leaked. Okay, I've done my duty reporting on this story. Let's move on to happier subjects.
Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness dishes on nonfiction she found at BookExpo 2017!
Now here's a specific topic: how fast food places were easier to open in the inner cities than grocery stores.
Well, this just sounds like a heartbreaking book, but what else could a book about "early-onset dementia" be?
A new book about Vietnam, by Mark Bowden (author of the war/adventure classic Black Hawk Down).
New York Times: Was Machiavelli a good guy or a bad guy?; a new "history of the Cold War"; a biography of Johann Wolfgang van Goethe that also examines his career as a public official (as well as a writer); America's "collision course with China".
Popular Mechanics: The best science fiction books of 2017 (so far).
Inc.com: 12 books that will "help you change the world." Wow, I haven't read any of those. That would probably help explain why I am not, at all, changing the world.
PBS Newshour: the 7 best books from indie publishers right now.
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN LINK
What will happen next in American Gods, season two?