- 2017 Apr 28
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day
The one-day national party at indie bookstores across the country is tomorrow—and your local stores are ready for you.
Reading Harper Lee's Letters
A collection, due out May 2, gives a glimpse behind the curtain Lee drew around herself after the success of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Iowa City, 2018's Literary Capital
Iowa City has been selected to host a meeting of the world’s UNESCO Cities of Literature in 2018.
Paula Hawkins Dives In
An interview with the author of runaway bestseller 'The Girl On the Train' before the launch of her latest, 'Into the Water.'
12 Unforgettable Forests in Literature
The forest as enchanted space, oasis from civilization, and expression of the mind: a reading list for Arbor Day 2017.
- 2017 Apr 27
Obama's Photographer Nabs a Book Deal
Little, Brown will publish 'Obama: An Intimate Portrait,' by former White House photographer Pete Souza, in November.
How E-books Lost Their Shine
Just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book. But the latest figures show a dramatic reversal of fortunes.
Ta-Nehisi Coates At the Apollo
'Between the World and Me,' the award-winning book exploring racial injustice in America, will hit the Apollo stage next April.
Ten More Best Young American Novelists
Because 21 isn't enough, here are ten more novelists to add to the 'Granta' list, including Garth Greenwell and Celeste Ng.
George Saunders Orders a Mousetrap
In a humorous video, fiction master Saunders attempts to purchase a single mousetrap, from a pack of ten, over the phone.
- 2017 Apr 26
Alwan Wins Prize for Arabic Fiction
'A Small Death,' Mohammed Hasan Alwan’s historical novel about a Sufi mystic and adventurer, takes $50,000 honor for "striking artistry."
Margaret Atwood Made Them Feminists
Mara Wilson, N.K. Jemisin, Jenny Han, and nine other authors talk about the first time they read 'The Handmaid's Tale.'
William Gibson's Brave New World
The science fiction writer who coined the term "cyberspace" reimagines the world after the 2016 election in his upcoming novel, 'Agency.'
Jeff VanderMeer, Meet Cory Doctorow
Two modern masters of speculative fiction talk biotech, climate change, activism, and how sci-fi genre sensibilities have changed.
A Life Transmuted Into Fiction
Pajtim Statovci grew up as a gay refugee in Finland. His first novel explores questions of identity with the help of a homophobic, immigrant-hating cat.
- 2017 Apr 25
A Book to Go With the Bowtie
Tucker Carlson, who now occupies the 8 p.m. time slot on Fox News once held by Bill O'Reilly, is reportedly shopping a book, or a series, to publishers.
A Publisher of One's Own
A century after Virginia and Leonard Woolf took delivery of their own printing equipment, their legacy, Hogarth Press, lives on.
The Librarians of Native Hip Hop
Librarians at the University of New Mexico are using lyric analysis to examine hip hop produced by indigenous artists.
REI's Wall of NYC Litho Stones
A trove of century-old litho stones from the Puck Building's printing days were discovered behind a cellar wall, and are now hanging in the store.
The Book That Proves U.F.O.s
The first published comprehensive statistical summary of so-called close encounters catalogues 121,036 eyewitness accounts.
- 2017 Apr 24
L.A. Times Book Prizes Winners
Svetlana Alexievich, Volker Ullrich, and Adam Haslett were among the honorees of the 37th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
IPA President Talks Copyright In China
Michiel Kolman spoke of his group's role in lobbying for copyright frameworks and freedom to publish protections in China on Sunday.
Reading the World
Meet the 13-year-old Pakistani girl on a mission to read a book from every country in the world, "as well as some extra territories."
Lexington, City of Literature?
The Kentucky city, known for its horses and bourbon, is seeking to become a designated city of literature by the United Nations.
‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author Shot
Kuki Gallmann, one of Kenya’s most famous conservationists and a bestselling author, was shot in Kenya on Sunday.
- 2017 Apr 21
How Amazon Is Taking Over Everything
The e-commerce site isn't just disrupting bookselling anymore—it's on a path towards world domination. Here's a look at how.
Amazon Plans New Santana Row Store
Amazon Books is coming to San Jose, Calif., marking a rare occurrence in the turbulent world of Bay Area retail: a new bookstore.
Reading Bill O'Reilly's Novel Now
Peppered with rants about ex-wives, newsroom politics, and the Long Island Expressway, 'Those Who Trespass' is an astonishing read.
Shakespeare In a Sandstorm
On the Bard's birthday, a tale of performing 'Hamlet' in the middle of a sandstorm at a Syrian Refugee Camp.
An Hour In Emily Dickinson's Bedroom
The reclusive poet wrote her entire life’s work—nearly 1,800 poems—in just one room, and you can rent it for an hour.
- 2017 Apr 20
Amazon is Coming to Australia
The online retail giant unveiled plans to roll out its full list of services in Australia over the next few years.
University Libraries Get Modernized
From U.C. Berkeley to Harvard University, the digital revolution is changing libraries on college campuses.
A Word to Define Book Hoarding
There is a term in Japanese that identifies people who buy more books than they can read in one lifetime: tsundoku.
Climate Change Meets Coloring Books
The latest trend in the adult coloring book craze is illustrated data about air pollution, rising sea levels, and more.
Three Small Books with Big Ideas
Check out these quick reads on hefty topics including tyranny, the First Amendment, and Wall Street.
- 2017 Apr 19
Bookselling Scots Hope to Curb Amazon
The Scottish book trade will urge the Scottish government to end subsidies to Amazon when they meet ministers at Holyrood tonight.
Cuomo's Memoir Fails Up
N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 memoir may have tanked at bookstores, but it still produced $218,100 in royalties for him last year.
IDF Shuts Down Palestinian Booksellers
Israeli forces raided Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday, sealing off two bookstores after confiscating materials.
A Small Town Publisher's Achievement
Quixote Press, a tiny, "niche" publisher in Wever, Iowa, is nearing two million books sold.
Vintage Book Propaganda Posters
A collection of 31 old posters that prove propaganda can be used for good, as long as it asks people to pick up a book.
- 2017 Apr 18
The 2017 BTBA Finalists
The finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards include offerings from countries across the world, from Senegal to Mexico to South Korea.
Literature’s Arctic Obsession
In the nineteenth century, the Arctic, then still largely undiscovered, captured the imagination of the Western world.
IBJ Book Publishing Goes to Court
Attorneys for the publisher have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three women who claimed they were falsely portrayed in a book.
Donald Trump's Book Plug
The president recommended a book called 'Reasons to Vote for Democrats' on Twitter. But there's a couple of catches.
How to Write Realistic Aliens and Magic
The difference between asking “what if” and writing what your audience knows in science-fiction and fantasy.
- 2017 Apr 17
New Chapter for Kids' Lit Mag Queen
Gerry Mandel has retired after 44 years of running 'Stone Soup,' a literary magazine for kids that has a national subscriber list.
Trump Tweets Rock the Library World
Ivanka Trump hailed the value of libraries soon after her father proposed a funding cut to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Joy of Hate Reading
'New York Times Book Review' editor Pamela Paul argues that readers should engage more with books they know they're going to hate.
The Greatest Resurrections in Literature
From all-powerful wizards to lost lovers to talking lions, a roundup of the best literary characters who rose from the dead
Cynthia Nixon's 'Emily Thing'
In the new biopic 'A Quiet Passion,' the actor plays an Emily Dickinson who is quick to dazzle with her wit but often turns away visitors.
- 2017 Apr 14
Bill O'Reilly's World
The top-rated cable news host's books, charitable foundation and speaking engagements extend his reach well beyond the television set.
Your Literary Guide to Cannes 2017
Of the 18 films in the main competition at the French film festival that are vying for the Palme d'Or, five have literary origins.
The Secret Lives of Grace Paley’s Women
A new anthology cements the author's legacy as our most interesting writer of domesticity.
Salinger’s Nightmare: A Nosy Filmmaker
An unemployed actor tracked down J.D. Salinger to get his permission to adapt 'The Catcher in the Rye.'
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's Golden State
In this list of recommendations, the L.A. transplant and 'The Nest' author writes about some of her favorite books that explore California.
- 2017 Apr 13
Book Lovers Design Tips
A librarian shows off his interior design skills.
Books from Printz Winners
A look at 2017 books from Printz winners.
Jude Law to Play Dumbledore
Jude Law will play Dumbledore in the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Lessons from 'Paper Bag Princess'
A writer reflects on the continued relevance of Robert Munsch's "The Paper Bag Princess."
A Child's Library
Barbara Mahany shares her memories of reading with her sons, and her love of children's books.
A New Picture Book From Julian Lennon
An interview with Julian Lennon on "Touch the Earth."
YA and Asian Immigration
A roundup of YA books that focus on the Asian immigrant experience.
On Evil Stepmothers
A writer reflects on what it means to be a stepmother in light of the evil stepmother trope.
'13 Reasons Why' Second Season?
There has been some talk of a second season for "13 Reasons Why."
Memoir from Bana al-Abed
Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed is writing a memoir about her experience as a Syrian refugee.
New 'Charlie' on Broadway
A new production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" comes to Broadway.
Tomi Adeyemi on Book Deal
Tomi Adeyemi talks about her book deal for "Children of Blood and Bone."
Wild Rumpus Bookstore of the Year
Publishers Weekly names Wild Rumpus the best bookstore of the year.
Remembering Patricia McKissack.
An obituary for Patricia McKissack.
Jeff Bezos's Letter to Shareholders
In his latest letter to Amazon shareholders, Bezos says centering a business on "obsessive customer focus" is the best way to succeed.
James Baldwin’s Archive
The author's papers have landed in one of the nation’s leading archival institutions, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Tate Publishing Loses Second Major Case
A printing services vendor was awarded a summary judgment on March 31 that could cost Tate more than $2 million.
X-Men Illustrator Under Fire
Marvel had distanced itself from Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf after his images referenced religious and political divisions in his country.
The Poems of Miami Inmates
A prison-writing nonprofit and an artist have teamed up to use the Google search engine to effectively publish poems by Miami inmates.
- 2017 Apr 12
New Plath Letters Cite Domestic Abuse
Unpublished correspondence from the poet to her former therapist records allegation of beating by her husband, the poet Ted Hughes.
Poetry in the Courtroom
Poetry and judicial opinions do not often mix—but every once in a while, poetry is called for, and is used in court.
Dear Reader, Meet Your Match
In a new literary advice column, the 'New York Times' proposes stand-ins for Updike and suggests books for globetrotting girls.
The Dublin Literary Award Shortlist
Once known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the prize is the world's most valuable for a single work of fiction.
Zadie Smith Adaptation Gets BAFTA Nods
The BBC2 and Mammoth Screen adaptation of Zadie Smith's 'NW' has been nominated for two British Academy Television Awards.
- 2017 Apr 11
The Prophet of Dystopia
Margaret Atwood's fiction has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc—visions that now feel too real.
State of America’s Libraries 2017
A new ALA report chronicles the library community’s front-line battles against fake news, censorship, and bigotry.
'Hillbilly' Goes To Hollywood
Imagine Entertainment has acquired film rights to J.D. Vance’s memoir 'Hillbilly Elegy.' Ron Howard will direct and produce.
Scully and Mulder, In Audio
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will return to their iconic roles for an 'X-Files' case on audiobook.
Book Publishing in the Digital Age
The publisher of 'Thought Catalog' details what he's learned after five years of Thought Catalog Books.
- 2017 Apr 10
Wal-Mart Rallies In Amazon's World
Wal-Mart is belatedly but aggressively expanding its e-commerce business to keep pace with the seismic shift in consumer shopping.
Adam Bellow's Bipartisan Pivot
The conservative publisher left his post as editorial director of Broadside last fall to start a new, bipartisan imprint at St. Martin’s Press.
Saving Jack Kerouac's Home
Fans hope to preserve the author's modest house in St. Petersburg, Fla., which is now for sale, to turn it into a museum.
Barthelme's 'Snow White' Hits the Stage
The stage adaptation of Donald Barthelme’s 1967 novel will have its world premiere on Friday, in Houston.
Shetterly Inks Two-Book Deal With Viking
The author of 'Hidden Figures' is setting her next book around two prominent African-American households in mid-20th century Baltimore.
- 2017 Apr 07
Arts and Letters Awards Winners
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the names of the 19 writers who will receive its 2017 awards in literature.
Predicting the Fiction Pulitzer
A look at this year’s contenders for one of American literature’s most prestigious prizes.
Mitch Albom, By the Book
The author of 'Tuesdays With Morrie' avoids “grim, angst-ridden, navel-gazing books and horror. Enough of that in the real world.”
Hello Again, 'Columbus'
Rethinking the end of Philip Roth’s story of summer romance and satirical sketch of suburban arriviste Jews in the fifties, 'Goodbye Columbus.'
10 Essential Terms for Poets
From "aubade" to "tanka," a handy handbook to poetic terms to add some spice to your literary vocabulary.
- 2017 Apr 06
The Trickiness of Trump Kids' Books
Presidential biographies are a staple of children’s book publishing—but the story of Donald J. Trump poses a unique set of challenges.
Phoenix Books Begins Self-Publishing
The Vermont bookseller has launched Onion River Press, led by Burlington store manager Tod Gross and bookseller Rachel Fisher.
The Judge Who Plagiarized
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch appears to have copied both the language and structure from other writers in his 2006 book.
The Strange Psychology of Memoirs
Researchers who study autobiographical memory and authors who’ve written memoirs catalog some of the quirks of writing about one's life.
Putting 'Finnegans Wake' to Music
Over 100 contributors to the project Waywords and Meansigns are setting James Joyce’s experimental 1930s book to music.
- 2017 Apr 05
'13 Reasons Why'
The cast members of "13 Reasons Why" discuss how it differs from other YA adaptations.