This Week in Publishing: 11–15 January, 2016

This week was a bit overwhelming with my classes starting up again and lots of new manuscripts to be processed at work, so apologies for the lateness! Here’s this week’s news roundup:

Monday, 11 January

  • A really excellent quote from Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC: “I’d love to create a network of professional bookseller ‘guilds’ that foster education and professionalism among frontline booksellers, in the hopes that these booksellers stay in the business rather than move on when they need to earn more. This may need to involve not just the store itself but also landlords and local municipalities, with the major goal being competitive wages paid by independent bookstores and career advancement tracks being made possible.” (Shelf Awareness)
  • Loads of film adaptations of books won awards at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards held this past Sunday: The Revenant, by Michael Punke; The Martian, by Andy Weir; Room, by Emma Donaghue; Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel; Show Me a Hero, by Lisa Belkin; and Mozart in the Jungle, by Blair Tindall. (Shelf Awareness)
  • The Toronto Library Passport sounds amazing!
  • The ALA awarded the Caldecott and Newbery Medals and the Printz award this week, among many others! (Publisher’s Weekly)

Tuesday, 12 January

  • A lovely anecdote about David Bowie from one of the booksellers at the Tattered Cover in Denver. (Shelf Awareness)
  • “Remembering David Bowie through his 100 favorite books” (LA Times)
  • Apparently Random House still hires in-house copy editors! Seems like everywhere else in the industry is going freelance. Interesting… (Publisher’s Lunch)
  • Harlequin is emulating Netflix and releasing a new series of e-book shorts in hopes of capitalizing on a “binge reading” audience. (Publisher’s Weekly)
  • New Republic might be up for sale again. (WSJ)
  • In light of Tuesday’s Google doodle: “Charles Perrault: the modern fairytale’s fairy godfather” (The Guardian)
  • J.K. Rowling graffiti’d a bust in her hotel room on the day she finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “Don’t do this, it’s wrong,” she tweeted, along with a picture. The Balmoral Hotel’s reaction? They named the suite after her and installed an owl-shaped doorknocker! (LA Times)

Wednesday, 13 January

  • Bibliotherapy is a thing now. (Shelf Awareness)
  • Shelfari (good god, it’s been a thousand years since I heard that name) is merging with Goodreads. (Publisher’s Lunch)

Thursday, 14 January

  • Alan Rickman, the renowned stage and screen actor who played such characters as Sense and Sensibility‘s Col. Brandon and Harry Potter‘s Severus Snape, died of cancer. 🙁 His costars and J.K. Rowling have written lovely tributes in his memory. (BBC)
  • Apparently the ALA Midwinter Conference was held in Boston this year and I had no idea???
  • Speaking of the ALA, they’re working with Random House this year to support National Readathon Day on May 21. (Shelf Awareness)
  • The 2016 BuzzBooks list from Publisher’s Marketplace has been released! Loads of excerpts from books being published this year—looks like a good mix! (Publisher’s Lunch)
  • One of the writers of Breaking Bad is working on a TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. (Flavorwire)
  • Philip Pullman backed out of the Oxford Literary Festival because they don’t pay authors to speak. I wasn’t aware they got paid for that kind of thing anyway, it always seemed like free publicity for both parties to me—but what do I know? (The Bookseller)
  • CBS is developing a Nancy Drew series with a non-white heroine! (LA Times)

Friday, 15 January

  • Guillermo del Toro is developing a film version of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, so obviously we’re never sleeping again after seeing it. (Deadline)
  • 2016’s most anticipated book-to-film adaptations, per Publisher’s WeeklySilence has Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, and  Andrew Garfield? Sign me up!
  • Coloring books are so hot right now. (Publisher’s Weekly)

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