- 2017 Mar 29
'Children of Blood and Bone' Scores Big
Macmillan and Fox 2000 land an African-flavored fantasy—the first in a planned trilogy by a 23-year-old debut novelist—for seven figures.
Best Translated Book Award Longlists
Celebrating its tenth iteration, the BTBAs announced its longlists for translated fiction and poetry this morning.
Claudia Rankine Wins Bobbitt Prize
Rankine has won the 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for her acclaimed book 'Citizen: An American Lyric.'
Jeff Buckley's Journals
The handwritten journals of the singer-songwriter, who died tragically in 1997 at age 30, will be reproduced in a forthcoming book from Da Capo Press.
A Long Lost Library Book
A man returned a library book after 35 years with an apology, donation, and explanation: He says he has read it at least 25 times.
- 2017 Mar 28
Amazon's Expanding Physical Presence
Amazon’s pop-up stores keep popping up in malls across the U.S., with its total number of kiosks now up to 29 across 15 states.
Christina Vella Dies at 75
The author of several colorful works of narrative history died of cancer on Wednesday in New Orleans.
Book On Boy In a Dress Banned
A North Carolina school district was planning to teach 'Jacob's New Dress' to first graders. Then the book was pulled from the curriculum.
Translators Respond to 'Arrival'
Three top translators watched the Academy Award-winning film, starring Amy Adams as a linguist, and weighed in on its linguistics.
Brit Bennet, Thinking Another's Thoughts
The author of 'The Mothers' on adapting her book to film, the value of the novel in telling black stories, and writing abortion.
- 2017 Mar 27
Three American Women and the Qur'an
The story of how three white women from U.S. became some of the most influential Qur’anic publishers in the world.
Amazon Wins Tax Battle With IRS
Amazon.com scored a big victory against the IRS in a case related to its Luxembourg subsidiary that could have cost the company $1.5 billion.
A Nobel Laureate Takes On Trump
'On the Royal Road: The Burgher King,' a play about President Trump written by Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek, will debut next week.
Eight Reasons a Book Is Rejected
A literary agent lays out the factors that go into the acceptance—or rejection—of a manuscript by potential publishers.
Lenin's Love of Literature
The father of the Soviet Union was also a Latin buff who adored Goethe and liked to compare his enemies to figures in novels.
- 2017 Mar 24
'The Handmaid's Tale' Readies for Hulu
The full trailer for Hulu's television adaptation of the novel shows the rise of Margaret Atwood's dystopia.
Beat Poet Joanne Kyger Dies at 82
Kyger, a poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the male-dominated Beat generation, died at home on March 22.
Patti Smith's Poetic New Home
Smith has bought the reconstructed home of one of France's most beloved poets, in a hamlet with a population of 90.
Political Book in Poster Form
A Yale scholar’s how-to guide for resisting authoritarianism is about to be released as a series of posters on London’s streets.
Hachette U.K.'s Future Bookshelf
Hachette UK has launched a new diversity initiative, a creative writing hub called The Future Bookshelf.
- 2017 Mar 23
'Lincoln in the Bardo' Goes to Hollywood
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have acquired movie rights to the bestselling novel from George Saunders that hit shelves last month.
Author Solidarity After London Attack
Writers have been reacting to the Westminster terror attack which took place in London yesterday afternoon.
Amazon Caves In Sales Tax Battle
After almost two decades of struggle, the retailer will collect and remit sales tax in every state that collects it, the ABA reports.
The Merriam-Webster Word Factory
America's oldest dictionary publisher has become a social media powerhouse—yet it remains very much a bricks-and-mortar operation.
Daniel Clowes On 'Wilson,' the Alt-Right
If the alt-right were a fictional movement in an eerie comic book, it’s easy to imagine Daniel Clowes being the guy who dreamed it up.
- 2017 Mar 22
Japanese Bookseller Acquires a Publisher
Adding a page to an episode highlighting the plight of book publishers, Culture Convenience Club has acquired Tokuma Shoten.
Jamie Lee Curtis's Picture Book
Curtis will publish a new children’s picture book, 'Me, Myselfie & I,' with Feiwel and Friends in fall of 2018.
Indie Booksellers and Their Publishers
A look inside the strange symbiosis between independent booksellers and publishers.
Can Librarians Save Us from Fake News?
Libraries and colleges across the country are trying to educate people into being better, more discerning consumers of news.
Walt Whitman's Men's Health Column
The new book 'Manly Health and Training' collects a series of advice columns that Whitman wrote under a pseudonym in 1858.
- 2017 Mar 21
A Trump E-book a Day
Since Donald J. Trump completed his rise to power, he has become the hottest new writing prompt for journalists and creative writers alike.
Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans?
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anyone in want of attention could do worse than co-opt Jane Austen. And the alt-right knows it.
Amazon New Maine Tax
The retailer said it will begin collecting sales taxes on purchases shipped to Maine addresses next month.
Walt Whitman At the Drug Court
Filmmaker Jennifer Crandall’s new documentary project, “Whitman, Alabama,” pairs Alabama court cases with poetic verse.
Literature, Meet the Data Crunch
In a new book, journalist Ben Blatt uses statistics to analyze literature, pinpointing words that give away classic writers' genders, locales, and more.
- 2017 Mar 20
Black Lives Matter In Books
A new crop of young adult novels, including Angie Thomas's 'The Hate U Give,' explores race and police brutality.
George R.R. Martin, Cinema King
The 'Game of Thrones' author will open a new film studio, Stagecoach Foundation, based in his hometown, Santa Fe, N.M.
Richard Flanagan's Coming Novel
Penguin Random House will publish 'First Person' in April 2018, the author's first novel since he won the Man Booker Prize in 2014.
How to Finish a Novel
Data from an app author Wyl Menmuir used to help him write his Booker-longlisted debut gives insights into how it was done.
Inventing a Literary Language
An early reviewer of 'The Lord of the Rings' called crafting a fictional language "not only insane but unnecessary." Yet there so many.
- 2017 Mar 17
Chelsea Clinton Pens a Children's Book
The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton announced a picture book, 'She Persisted,' slated to publish in May.
Buffalo Bookstore Advocates for Literacy
Dog Ears Bookstore is hosting a public meeting in search of ideas for strengthening and promoting literacy in the region.
Chris Hayes Talks Books
The 'A Colony in a Nation' author reveals his favorite writers, what he's reading now, and his ideal literary dinner.
Renovation Spells Dilemma for Librarians
Librarians are deciding the fate of thousands of books amid the $208 million modernization of D.C.'s MLK Jr. Memorial Library.
31 Books to Read This Spring
Check out a list of new books publishing this season, including 'Exit West' by Mohsin Hamid and 'Marlena' by Julie Buntin.
- 2017 Mar 16
An Adult Learns from YA
A writer reflects on the YA books that she has read as an adult, that she wishes she'd had as a teen.
The Story Behind 'Cat in the Hat'
An article looks at how "The Cat in the Hat" came to be.
Kate DiCamillo is a Rock Star
A recap of Kate DiCamillo's inaugural speech for the Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series
Delevingne Announces Book Debut
Cara Delevingne has written a YA novel.
A writer who grew up in the 90's reflects on the many more LGBTQ YA books available to teens today.
New 'Little Rock Nine' Memoir
Melba Pattillo Beals will publish a middle grade memoir.
Off to School
A selection of photographs of girls from around the world heading to school.
Introducing 'Books N Bros'
An 11-year-old launches a book club aimed at his peers.
Children's Books and Trump
An article explores how children's educational books are handling Trump.
'The Outsiders' Turns 50
An article looks at the endurance of S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders."
Remembering Ken Robbins
An obituary for photographer and children's book author Ken Robbins.
China Restrictions on Foreign Books
China is cutting down on the number of foreign children's books being printed.
Tattered Cover Book Buyer to Retire
Cathy Langer, director of book buying for Denver's iconic bookstore, is retiring after 40 years next spring.
New Poetry Editor at the New Yorker
Poet and scholar Kevin Young will succeed Paul Muldoon as poetry editor in November, the magazine announced Wednesday.
J.K. Rowling Updates 'Fantastic Beasts'
The Harry Potter author is revealing new plot details in an updated edition of 2001's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.'
Advice on Writing a Business Book
This how-to on writing a book about your company provides steps for getting started, including finding an agent.
Pennsylvania Bookstore Rides the Storm
Free hot chocolate attracted readers to Elkins Park's Open Books bookstore despite the snow on Tuesday.
- 2017 Mar 15
Ukranian Library in Moscow is Shrinking
Books are being transferred from Moscow's Library of Ukrainian Literature due to a political dispute between the two countries.
A French Bookstore's Take on 'Facebook'
Creative photos featuring book covers with the faces of readers at Librairie Mollat in Bordeaux have gone viral on social media.
Cara Delevingne Announces a Novel
'Mirror, Mirror,' the British model's writing debut, is a "twisty coming-of-age story" publishing in the U.K. in October 2017.
A Love Letter to All Bookstores
In a tribute to bookstores everywhere, one writer calls her local store a safe haven, a friendly meeting place, and the center of good memories.
13 Books on Health Care
Amid uncertainty over health care legislation, here is a reading list focused on the experience of getting sick and paying for getting sick.
- 2017 Mar 14
Amazon Bookstore May Be Coming to L.A.
Los Angeles brokers reported that the retail giant is scouting bookstore space in the region.
A Bookstore-Bar Coming to the Bronx
Owner Noelle Santos discussed the challenges of opening The Lit.Bar in a stigmatized neighborhood.
Was Jane Austen Poisoned?
New research on the ‘Emma’ author’s failing eyesight suggests that she may have died of arsenic poisoning.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Blasted Publishing
The iconic writer’s long-lost short story, ‘The I.O.U.,’ portrays publishers as greedy and exploitive.
Books to Help Kids Understand Trump
Learn about the dozens of titles on Donald Trump aimed at introducing his personality and his presidency to children.
- 2017 Mar 13
Bertelsmann to Raise Stake in PRH
The German media group, which currently owns 53% of Penguin Random House, expects to increase its stake to 70%-75%.
'The Outsiders' Turns 50
First published in 1967, S.E. Hinton's YA novel has sold over 15 million copies and continues to influence readers today.
Feminist Author Under Fire
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is facing criticism after her comments on gender identity and women's issues.
Exposing a Deep American Horror
Book critic Ruth Franklin explores Joyce Carol Oates' novel on abortion, 'A Book of American Martyrs.'
Michelle Dockery's Favorite Books
The 'Downton Abbey' star reveals her best-loved books by authors such as J.D. Salinger, Margaret Atwood, Helen Fielding, and more.
- 2017 Mar 10
China Says No to Peppa Pig
Beijing is set to cut the number of foreign picture books published for children, aiming to curb the influence of foreign ideas on children.
Warner Bros. to Adapt 'The Mothers'
Kerry Washington will adapt Brit Bennett's debut novel, which centers on a big secret in a small black community in Southern California.
Was Jane Austen Poisoned?
The cause of Jane Austen’s mysterious death at 41 has been much pondered over, but new evidence suggests a sinister possibility: arsenic.
Claude McKay's Forgotten Harlem Novel
Discovered 70 years after it was written, 'Amiable With Big Teeth' depicts a time when communism and black nationalism merged.
'Master and Margarita' Covers, Ranked
On the 77th anniversary of its author’s death, 75 of the book’s covers from around the world, ranked, with commentary.
- 2017 Mar 09
Five-Year-Old Advances to Scripps
Introducing the five-year-old girl who will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
A Book Remembers a Forgotten Poet
An article on the picture book "Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko" and the woman it celebrates.
Science and Math Meets Illustration
A new exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences explores math and science in children's book illustrations.
DiCamillo and Kim on New Picture Book
Kate DiCamillo and Jaime Kim discuss their new picture book collaboration.
On Reading Without Walls
Gene Luen Yang discusses the Reading Without Walls program.
Sex Ed Book Controversy
A sex education book is causing a stir in China.
Author's Home Destroyed
John R. Erickson, author of "Hank, the Cowdog," lost his home in a fire.
Longlists Lack Diversity
The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway longlists have no minority authors.
Amazon's Next West Coast Bookstore
Amazon is bringing its brick-and-mortar bookstore experiment to Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Wash., later this year.
Ferrante Novels Head to TV
Italian director Saverio Costanzo has signed on to direct and to help write a 32-part series based on the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante.
American Writers Museum to Open
A new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in Chicago.
Fighting the Literary Wage Gap
The gender imbalance issue is a hot one in the literary community—and supporting the translation of women writers is one way to work against it.
Literary Muses, Ranked
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Vita Sackville-West—poet, novelist, and muse for Virginia Woolf—a roundup of literary muses.
- 2017 Mar 08
Amazon vs. the Cuomo Tax
Online sellers are ready to fight Gov. Cuomo’s plan to require online marketplaces collect sales taxes on transactions involving New York buyers.
America's First Romance-Only Bookstore
Two sisters learn just how far they're willing to go to empower women and bring lustful love stories to the masses.
The Cloistered Books of Peru
A convent in the Andes is home to a treasure trove of rare, and possibly unique, early volumes.
Literature by Degree
A sort of guild system is starting to creep into place in literature thanks to writing programs—but who are the winners and losers in this game?
Under the Spell of James Baldwin
Poet Darryl Pinckney reviews Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not Your Negro,' a documentary film about the life of the great African-American thinker and writer.