- 2016 May 27
17 Stories for Short Story Month
A roundup of work from writers including Garth Greenwell, Alexandra Kleeman, and Kelly Link.
Growing Up in J.M. Barrie's House
A personal history of growing up in the house where Wendy began her adventures in Neverland.
'Le Petite Prince' on Le Petite Screen
Netflix has released its latest trailer for 'The Little Prince,' plus a release date.
The Legacy of Emma Straub
The daughter of the best-selling horror and suspense writer Peter Straub was determined to be a novelist, even after four of her books were rejected.
The Fight for the Title
A dive into the complicated world of naming a book—in which authors have less control than they may wish.
- 2016 May 26
Mortal Instruments for Older Mortals
Cassandra Clare announces Magnus Bane book series for adults.
Arthur Ransome Adaptation Makes Waves
Family of Swallows and Amazons Character Angry About Name Change in New BBC Film.
Finding The Next ‘Twilight’ Franchise
Why Digital Video Upstarts Are Scooping Up YA Novels.
Captain America, Secret Nazi
Marvel's executive editor Tom Brevoort sits down with 'TIME' for a chat about a divisive new narrative.
Macmillan May Leave the Flatiron
The sole office tenant of the iconic Flatiron Building is considering relocating its headquarters when its lease expires.
Electric Lit Opens Essay Submissions
The website will accept personal and critical essays, as well as humor, that reflect on storytelling in all its forms.
German Pub to Reissue 'Mein Kampf'
A far-right publisher is planning to release a new edition of Hitler’s memoir in German without critical notes for the first time since WWII.
Girls Write Now's Revolution Anthology
Work by members of Girls Write Now's mentoring program has been published in a new anthology introduced by Francine Prose.
- 2016 May 25
Nabokov Goes West
On the travels of the novelist and amateur lepidopterist, who "saw more of the United States than did Fitzgerald, Kerouac or Steinbeck."
Writers Against Trump
More than 600 American authors put their signatures on an "open letter to the American people" pledging opposition to Trump's candidacy.
Coppola's 'Godfather' Notebook
The 720-page notebook used by Francis Ford Coppola while working on 'The Godfather' will be published in November.
HC's Alltimes to Join Hachette
In the U.K., Ruth Alltimes is moving from HarperCollins to become publisher of three arms of the Hachette Children’s Group.
DC Comics Reboots...Again
The comics publisher will once again reboot its entire universe, this time adding Alan Moore's 'Watchmen' characters to the fold.
- 2016 May 24
Out with bourgeois crocodiles!
How the Soviets rewrote children’s books.
Alexie's New Children's Book
Sherman Alexie on His New Kids’ Book and the Angst of Being a “Jr.”
Commence the Speech
John Green gives Mr. Rogers-inspired commencement speech.
Children's Book Ireland Award
Sarah Crossan wins Irish children’s book of the year.
Soviet Picture Books
A look at how Soviet picture books called for a rejection of fantasy elements.
Sherman Alexie On Thunder
An interview with Sherman Alexie.
John Green gives a shout out to Mr. Rogers at his commencement speech at his alma mater.
Crossan Wins for 'One'
Sarah Crossan wins the Irish children's book of the year for "One."
U.K. poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has organized a poetic road trip through England, Wales, and Scotland.
Did Herman Melville Pine Over Hawthorne?
New biographies dig into possibilities of the 'Moby-Dick' author's secret romances.
How Faulkner Foreshadowed Trump
On Flem Snopes's "dirty, cheating American dream" and Trump as the heir of his vision.
Success of an Anonymous 'Oxygen Thief'
An anonymously-penned, 147-page fictionalized memoir stands as a peculiar self-published success.
How to Read More Trans Writers
A roundup of works by trans writers in genres other than autobiography and memoir.
- 2016 May 23
Ten Picture Book Essentials
A writer rounds up a list of essential picture books.
Harry Potter Revelations
A list of big Harry Potter revelations.
A Chat with Rick Yancey
Rick Yancey talks about the 5th Wave trilogy and the future of humankind.
Portland Bans Climate Denying Texts
The Portland public schools board has voted to ban textbooks that deny the climate crisis.
While Waiting On GRRM, Read This
Three fantasy writers to read while you wait for George R.R. Martin to finish A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Coloring Book Tax
Publishers and retailers could owe Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs millions in uncollected value-added tax on adult coloring books.
The Literary Capture of the Unabomber
On the Vassar College English literature professor whose research helped convict the Unabomber.
Restoring the Ancient Qarawiyyin Library
The library in Fez, Morocco, is one of the world's oldest, dating to the 10th century when it was founded by a pioneering woman.
Waterstone's Transfers E-books to Kobo
The Waterstone’s eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo.
- 2016 May 20
The 2016 O. Henry Short Stories
Literary Hub has announced the The O. Henry Prize Stories for 2016, and has offered links to selected stories.
A 30-Day Adult Coloring Experiment
A self-described "bona fide, fingernail-eating bundle of nerves" tries coloring for a month.
Australian Book Industry in Crisis
New proposals to reduce authors’ control of copyright and flood the market with cheap overseas editions cause a stir down under.
Overused Words Literally Lose Meaning
Do literary and academic buzzwords, when used relentlessly, begin to mean nothing at all?
Mandelson to U.K. Pubs: Stick with E.U.
Labour life peer Lord Peter Mandelson urges publishers to vote "with sense and realism in their heads" in the EU Referendum on June 23.
- 2016 May 19
A Conversation with Elena Ferrante
Italian novelists Elena Ferrante and Nicola Lagioia talk childhood, novels, and writing as an act of pride.
The Unsung Heroes of Poetry
Eleven poets break down everything it takes to write poetry and run a small press in 2016.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, By the Book
The author of 'The Emperor of All Maladies' and the upcoming 'The Gene' discusses the books and authors he admires.
Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Black Panther' Roars
The senior writer for the Atlantic sees a new sort of success with his first monthly comic series.
Proust on a Cellphone
"I glided through sentence after sentence, volume after volume, on my Android in the nighttime darkness. The experience was remarkably ... Proustian."
- 2016 May 18
John Green Prepares for Grand Prix
John Green's sports passions.
New Dahl Books
Puffin to publish classic Roald Dahl books with collectible covers.
An 'All-of-a-Kind' Walking Tour
A writer takes a walking tour based on the All-of-A-Kind Family books.
National Geo Personalized Books
National Geographic Kids and Put Me In the Story partner.
Illustrator Asked to Change Images
Jan Lööf speaks out about his publisher asking him to change images depicting other cultures in his books, as they might be deemed non-inclusive.
Writing 'Roller Girl'
Victoria Jamieson talks about "Roller Girl."
Nancy Drew Pilot Up in the Air
The "Drew" pilot isn't going forward with CBS but is being shopped to other networks.
Reflecting on Inkpop
An article on the defunct Inkpop and the impact it made on readers and writers.
New Children's Laureate
P.J. Lynch is Ireland's new children's laureate.
Stop Age Labeling
Sergio Ruzzier believes age labeling on books can create barriers for readers.
J.K. Rowling at PEN
Highlights from J.K. Rowling's acceptance speech at the PEN gala.
Clinton Makes Millions in Book Royalties
Hillary Clinton earned more than $5 million in royalties for her 2014 memoir 'Hard Choices.'
Nguyen Talks 'The Sympathizer,' Escape
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his book and his escape from Vietnam.
Surprise Dunham Book Sells Out
'Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?' is Lena Dunham's collection of decade-old journal entries—which sold out in 24 hours.
Female Friendships in Literature
A collection of 25 of the best gal pals in books by everyone from Brontë to Ferrante.
Franzen's 'Jeopardy!' Appearance
The author and ornithologist was offered "birds" as a category—and somehow still finished second.
- 2016 May 17
On Your Mark
Veronica Roth talks about "Carve the Mark."
Cannes Looks for YA
Buyers at Cannes Film Festival are looking out for new YA franchises.
'Snow White' Deals
Salla Simukka’s Snow White trilogy will be published by Random and is slated for film.
Jonathan Franzen Goes to Antarctica
The writer and ornithologist visited a melting continent to see a rare species of penguin.
Norton Wary of Trump Bio Reissue
Harry Hurt III's unauthorized 1993 biography, 'Lost Tycoon,' would be "a very dangerous book" for the publisher without significant revisions.
On David Foster Wallace's Sentiment
How a commencement speech considered one of the best may have been bad for literature.
The Bible of Katherine Mann
On the late writer's 'Geek Love' and its powerful influence on a generation.
Jennifer Sears Interviews Mary Gaitskill
The author discusses mothering, women and money, writing through race and class, and the challenge of capturing endings.
- 2016 May 16
Darwyn Cooke Dies at 53
The award-winning DC Comics illustrator, whose take on Catwoman is still widely influential today, died of cancer on May 14.
Lady Writers Sweep Nebulas
The awards are voted on by Science Fiction Writers of America members, and every prose award this year went to a woman.
In Memory of Inkpop
Examining how Inkpop inspired a digital community of would-be writers—and then went bust.
Restoring Emily Dickinson's Home
On restoring poet, naturalist, and gardener Emily Dickinson's "poetic laboratory," her home and gardens.
The Power of Plot
Why the twists and turns of Dickens and George R.R. Martin thrill us—and what we can learn from them.
- 2016 May 13
Katherine Dunn Dies at 70
The Portland author of the cult classic 'Geek Love' and longtime journalist has died of lung cancer.
Even Dostoevsky Hated Literary Readings
On the trouble of sitting still and listening to fiction writers read from their works.
Hermione Panama Papers Fan Fiction
Emma Watson's connections to the Panama Papers have spawned hilarious faux fan fictions, courtesy of The Toast's Mallory Ortberg.
Why Queer Poetry Still Matters
An increase in civil rights for the LGBTQ community doesn't mean the need for queer expression has gone away.
Audible Will Let Users Send Free E-books
A new "Send a Book" feature will allow people to send a full copy of an audiobook to a person of their choice for free.
- 2016 May 12
A Phone Call with Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie chats with Paul Holdengraber about boarding school, fairy tales, and drinking with Günter Grass.
Wal-Mart Launches Two-Day Shipping
The retailer is hoping to rival Amazon with a new service that provides free two-day shipping for $49 per year.
English Principal: Fantasy Damages Brain
Acorn School headmaster Graeme Whiting denounced the "mystical and frightening texts" of Tolkien, Martin, Rowling, and Pratchett.
Should Translating Be a Political Act?
An argument against political neutrality in the art of translating literature.
Mowgli and the Literary Orphans
In the age of 'Orphan Train' and 'Orphan #8,' an examination of the orphan in literary history.
- 2016 May 11
GRRM Releases 'Winds of Winter' Chapter
George R.R. Martin has published a new chapter from the upcoming volume in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Authorial Hate Mail
Even in the age of email and Internet comments sections, the long-lasting tradition of writers insulting other writers endures.
Novels About Women's Political Awakening
A roundup of ten novels showcasing the political nature of women's personal lives.
A Guide to Writing Poems
Sometimes, when seeking poetic inspiration, the best place to look is the kitchen.
Blake Meets Wu-Tang in Kate Tempest
The young author and rapper has "a knack for the devastating throwaway line."
- 2016 May 10
Halimah Marcus on Electric Literature
The nonprofit digital publication's executive editor discusses its move to Medium and the "new story" EL has to tell.
Software to Unite the Book World
Cory Doctorow has a suggestion for how publishers, libraries, and writers could work together toward a new bookish future.
Unnikrishnan Wins First Restless Prize
Deepak Unnikrishnan has won the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for his novel 'Temporary People.'
How 'Love and Rockets' Broke the Rules
The series by Los Bros Hernandez is as influential as it is daring—and has big name fans from Gaiman to Simone to prove it.
Amazon to Launch YouTube Competitor
Amazon Video Direct will be a "self-service" program allowing video creators to earn money from royalties and advertising.
- 2016 May 09
PEN Urges Release of Egyptian Author
PEN America has gathered signatures from roughly 120 writers on a letter urging Egypt to release the imprisoned writer Ahmed Naji.