A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
Pottermore's "Wizarding World Book Club" launches.
When "fan fiction and reality collide." I read that whole article and I didn't really understand one single, solitary bit of it. Pop culture has clearly moved on without me.
Melville House is running a contest to give away some of their books!
Now people are crunching the data on who the most important character will be in the next season of "Game of Thrones." I am officially tired of "Game of Thrones."
John Green: has a new novel coming out.
Nancy Pearl has written a novel!
Why James Baldwin still matters (and why you should still be reading him).
Shelving zen: Watch this time-lapse video of books getting re-shelved in the NYPL's Rose Reading Room.
Sarah Jessica Parker is picking the book for the national Book Club Central book club.
Amazon to adapt Jay McInerney's "Brightness Falls" series.
HBO is set to adapt Alan Moore's "Watchmen" series...but perhaps they shouldn't?
AWESOME: There's going to be a movie adaptation of the thoroughly creepy classic The House with a Clock In Its Walls, by John Bellairs.
"Game of Thrones" season 7: New trailer. (Yes. Still tired of "Game of Thrones." But no one else seems to be.)
"Thank You For Your Service" (based on David Finkel's nonfiction book): Trailer.
"American Assassin" (based on the Vince Flynn novel): Trailer.
A Downton Abbey movie is in the works.
This is not related to reading, but oh my God, the movie "Spaceballs" is now 30 years old. It's official: I'm old. To celebrate, here's a list of ten other SciFi comedies.
Going to ALA Annual? Becky at RA for All has some good advice to make your conference a better one.
I had never heard of this one before, but I like the Swiss Army Librarian's "Work Like a Patron" day suggestion.
How one library is using tech to engage and inspire.
Walter Scott Prize winner: Sebastian Barry (for the second time!).
OOooohhh so pretty: Lofty Libraries.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
David Sedaris has a new book out, based on his diaries.
A new book explores racial disparities in organ transplantation.
New York Times: New books about the "sharing economy"; two new books offer advice for the "socially awkward"; a history of "residential segregation in America"; Helene Stapinski investigates her family's "criminal genes"; did Lincoln move so slowly on slavery because he was racist, as this new book contends?; a book examining the history of examining how babies are made; a book examining a condition which makes its sufferers meet the world with "unshakeable affection".
IndieBound: bestselling books the week of June 22.
Amazon's best 20 books of 2017, so far. This list includes nonfiction by Douglas Preston, about a lost city and civilization in Honduras, with a disease subplot? I MUST HAVE IT.
June 2017: Best new young adult books.
Forbes: Best books for summer 2017. Actually, I kind of want to read everything on this list. A super-interesting list of nonfiction, chock full of titles I haven't seen anywhere else. Well played, Forbes.
Ten more suspense-drenched tales for fans of Paula Hawkins.
The Guardian: "Top ten books about lies."
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN LINK
He will read the Cheesecake Factory menu aloud; the charity met its goal!