Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.
Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Authors and local celebrities volunteer at events across the country, and publishers offer special terms on books and exclusives.
Jason Reynolds was named the 2017 Indies First spokesperson.
Girls Trip star Regina Hall has joined The Hate U Give, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the Black Lives Matter YA novel of the same name.
Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg is starring along with Russell Hornsby in the adaptation of Angela Thomas’ debut novel that George Tillman Jr. will direct.
“I don’t like it when I see my books sold cheaply,” Pullman said. “But I’d like to think I’m speaking on behalf of all authors who are caught in this trap. It’s easy to think that readers gain a great deal by being able to buy books cheaply. But if a price is unrealistically cheap, it can damage the author’s reputation (or brand, as we say now), and lead to the impression that books are a cheap commodity and reading is an experience that’s not worth very much.”
There is no way to quote this article without oversimplifying Pullman’s argument, so please head over to The Guardian.
Celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson has assembled a team of brilliant minds to help him with an immersive and completely customizable video game entitled Space Odyssey. The team includes Bill Nye (the Science Guy), American Gods author Neil Gaiman, and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, among others in science and literature.
This screams, without a doubt, “nerd”—I mean, the Kickstarter goal is pi ($314,159)! But I have questions, mainly a why is there no woman in this “legendary team” and b what other projects that are not Winds of Winter is George R. R. Martin going to work on?