- 2014 Oct 24
Pottermore to Release Story on Halloween
J.K. Rowling’s pottermore.com will post a new original story about a key character from the Harry Potter books on Halloween.
Didion Doc Kickstarter Raises $80k
Joan Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct a documentary about his aunt, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 roughly 24 hours later.
Do Book Prizes Matter?
Winning the Man Booker really, really changed Richard Flanagan's life.
Dashner's Page to Screen Picks
'The Maze Runner' author James Dashner offers a list of his favorite adaptations.
A 21st Century Literary Movement
It’s not science fiction, it’s not realism, but hovers in the unsettling zone in between. From Philip K. Dick to Stephen King, Damien Walter takes a tour through transrealism, the emerging genre aiming to kill off "consensus reality."
- 2014 Oct 23
A 'Milestone' for Stone
Tanya Stone to publish 100th book.
On the interwoven "Seven" series of YA books.
Gevinson's 'Rookie's Yearbook Three'
An article about Tavi Gevinson and "Rookie's Yearbook Three."
Lessons from 'The Giving Tree'
An article on the sometimes uncomfortable content in "The Giving Tree."
On 'Rock and Roll Highway'
Sebastian Robertson on his picture book "Rock and Roll Highway," about his father Robbie Robertson.
'Marcel the Shell' and Jenny Slate
An article about Jenny Slate, creator of "Marcel the Shell."
'We Need Books' Launches
Pearson and First Book to spearhead "We Need Books" digital platform.
On Successful YA Authors
YA authors discuss writing winning YA.
Rowling Tweets On Writing and Drinking
J.K. Rowling dispels rumors via Twitter.
Does It Matter What Kids Read?
An article addressing the question of whether all reading is good reading.
Gould on Amazon vs. Publishers
"Publishers aren't perfect," writes Emily Gould at Salon. "But no one who cares about a diverse literary marketplace can actually side with Amazon."
Final Days of the Bronx B&N
The 'New York Times' profiles the Bronx's last, and about-to-leave, bookstore, examining the Barnes & Noble that opened in the borough in 1999.
44 Great American Bookstores
Shops that every bibliophile should visit, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
Amazon Takes Top Retail Spot in France
A consumer panel showed that the retail giant has ousted Casino’s site Cdiscount to second place.
Habits of Highly Successful YA Authors
Bestselling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.
- 2014 Oct 22
The Bronx to Go Bookless
The only bookseller left in a borough of 1.4 million residents will soon be shutting down for good.
Fantasizing on the Famous
A billion Wattpad views, and a six-figure, four book deal for Anna Todd for her fan fiction starring One Direction's Harry Styles.
Poverty & Class, in Banned Book Debate
Sex and religion have long vexed self-appointed guardians of U.S. school and library reading habits, but now objectors are trying to add social inequality to their list of unacceptable topics, writes Mary O'Hara at the 'Guardian.'
Estate Regains John Carter Rights
The movie rights to the John Carter of Mars series have reverted from Disney back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, which will be "seeking a new studio to continue this seminal sci-fi adventure."
Do Readers Really Prefer Paperbacks?
The e-book industry by the numbers, in an infographic.
- 2014 Oct 21
Dr. Seuss Challenge
A test to name the 50 words in "Green Eggs and Ham."
Where's the Diversity?
Another article joins the discussion about lack of diversity in YA books.
Stories Under Threat?
Frank Cottrell Boyce argues that stories are being undermined in modern school systems.
Alexander Viorst: All Grown Up
An article about Alexander Viorst and the picture book character he inspired.
Predicting the YA trends for 2015.
An Editor Scopes Out YA Pub. Scene
Australian editor Susannah Chambers' reflections on American YA publishing.
YA and Beyond
The growing appeal of children's and YA literature for adults.
A Call For More Reality-Based Heroines
Author Cate Sampson on creating positive female role models in fiction.
Celebrity Children's Books
More celebrities authoring children's books.
Celebrity Authors Rush In
More and more celebrities are writing children's books.
Potential Revisions for Carnegie
The Carnegie and Kate Greenway awards may revise criteria following Sarah McIntyre's objection.
New Literacy Tools from Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is teaming with Toy Talk for research project concerning conversational technology in preschool classrooms.
Illustrators and Carnegie Awards
Illustrator Sarah McIntyre feels that illustrators should be recognized by the Carnegie Awards.
Meg Wolitzer weighs in on debate over adults reading YA.
Handler Reaches Out to Indie Bookstores
Daniel Handler launches Upstream, an initiative to promote independent bookstores.
The Great Amazon Debate
A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground.
Sleep Over at Waterstones
Waterstones is offering 10 competition winners the chance to stay overnight in one of its shops, after a U.S. tourist found himself locked inside the Trafalgar Square branch of the bookstore last Thursday.
In a Bookstore in Paris
Bruce Handy takes a look inside the history and legacy of Shakespeare and Company for 'Vanity Fair.'
Jimmy Fallon to Pen Children's Book
The host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show' has a deal with Feiwel and Friends for the picture book 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada,' inspired by his daughter.
How Martin Got His 'Game' On
George R.R. Martin gets personal with the 'New York Post.'
- 2014 Oct 20
Authors vs. 'Citizen Critics'
Novelist Jennifer Weiner takes a look at the writer's relationship with Amazon reviewers, for the 'New Republic.'
The Endangered Bookstores of New York
A new set of drawings and stories from Bob Eckstein at the 'New Yorker.'
U.K. Names First Comics Laureate
Graphic novelist Dave Gibbons will become the U.K.’s first comics laureate, a position that will now be appointed biennially.
'Twin Peaks' Novel Coming
The show's co-creator Mark Frost announced that he has written a novel titled 'The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,' which will be released by Flatiron Books next year.
Going Nonprofit is Good
Claire Fallon at the Huffington Post on why the McSweeney's decision to become a nonprofit is "great for publishing."
- 2014 Oct 17
What a 'Dahl'
Amy Corcoran reflects on writing to Roald Dahl when she was 7 and getting a letter back.
Where Are the Disabled Characters?
A blogger discusses her concern over a lack of disabled characters in children's books.
'Loukoumi' Makes TV Debut
''Make a Difference With Loukoumi," based on Nick Katsoris's books, makes its television premiere.
The Debate Over E-Reading to Toddlers
An article addressing whether e-reading to toddlers helps or hinders development.
The Birth of YA
An article that traces the roots of YA literature.
What's Next in YA?
An article about next possible trends in YA books.
Sherlock Holmes Hits Museum of London
'The Telegraph' looks at the new exhibit featuring the iconic detective.
Flanagan On the Writer's Life
Recent Booker winner Richard Flanagan talks the writer's life to the 'WSJ.'
31 Life Lessons from Romance Novels
Maya Rodale delivers them in the Huffington Post.
AmazonFresh Debuts in Brooklyn
The company's grocery-delivery service is arriving in the New York City borough today.
Is Jeff Bezos the Bad Guy?
Alex Beam, in the 'Boston Globe,' asks.
- 2014 Oct 16
'Baby-Sitters Club' Rankings
Members of the Baby-Sitters Club are ranked.
Jeffers's Quantum Leaps
A look at the many creative feats of Oliver Jeffers.
The Story of Jon Klassen
An in-depth look at Jon Klassen's rise to becoming a prominent author and illustrator.
'Gone Girl' Actress Picture Book Ties
"Gone Girl" actress Amy Dunne's parents wrote children's books starring "Amazing Amy."
'Goosebumps' For Adults
What if "Goosebumps" was written for adults?
Diversity in Names
Author Sita Brahmachari discusses the importance of showing diversity through character names.
Videos of illustrators doodling.
Culturally Diverse Children's Books
A list of 50 culturally diverse picture books.
Favorite Books Across 6 Countries
A Facebook poll about favorite books internationally, places "Harry Potter" in the lead.
Jeff Kinney Talks 'Wimpy Kid'
An interview with Jeff Kinney.
'SNL' YA Parody
Saturday Night Live parodies YA movie adaptations by combining them all into one movie.
Happy Returns for 'Reading Rainbow'
Levar Burton's picture book debut and the return of "Reading Rainbow" online.
'Mortal Instruments' Heads to TV
'The Mortal Instruments' will be adapted for TV.
Video Games Help Build Literacy Skills?
An article argues that videogames like "Minecraft" help kids learn to read.
'Paddington' Release Moved
The movie adaptation of "Paddington" will now release on January 16.
Happy Birthday 'Looking For Alaska'
John Green is celebrating 10 years since the publication of "Looking For Alaska."
Revamping Fairy Tales
An article about recent fairy tale adaptations.
The Enduring Impact of 'Madeline'
An article about the current "Madeline" exhibition at the New York Historical Society and the eponymous heroine.
Potter 'A Lot More'
Warner Bros. plans to expand the Harry Potter series further, with spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
'Catherine, Called Birdy' to Film?
If Lena Dunham gets her way, she will turn Karen Cushman's "Catherine, Called Birdy" into a film.
McSweeney’s Going Nonprofit
The San Francisco publishing house will become a nonprofit, allowing the acclaimed small press to continue taking on projects that don’t necessarily make money, founder Dave Eggers told the 'San Francisco Chronicle.'
Warner Bros. Keeping Potter Alive
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spin-off trilogy set in the Harry Potter universe, will be released individually in 2016, 2018, and 2020, according to a tweet from 'Wall Street Journal' reporter Ben Fritz.
Yes, Stop Amazon
As the Amazon wars heat up, the 'New York Times' strikes an odd tone in two pieces filled with faux-"balance," according to Scott Timberg at Salon.
Leonard Archive Heads to South Carolina
On Wednesday, the University of South Carolina announced that it has acquired the archives of crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died in 2013.
The Most Chilling Book Covers Ever
These 11 book covers below are among the most enticing and repelling around, says Bustle.
- 2014 Oct 15
Flanagan Echoes Fears Over Booker Change
The Australian winner of this year’s Man Booker prize has repeated the concerns of his compatriot Peter Carey about the fate of literature from “smaller cultures” in the wake of the decision to allow American novels to compete for the prize.
Google vs. Amazon
Google thinks Amazon is its biggest competitor, according to Slate's Alison Griswold.
China Said to Be Blacklisting Authors
China has detained a prominent scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng flee to the United States two years ago, and has banned books by eight writers in an escalating crackdown on dissent.
Poehler's Author Photo Delivers
Amy Poehler‘s highly-anticipated memoir, 'Yes Please' comes out in two weeks. It’s garnering a lot of hype, and if the back flap is any indication, it will live up to expectations.
S.E. Hinton, and the YA Debate
Hinton, who almost single-handedly brought YA into being, talks about transgenerational full-circle return of the genre, at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2014 Oct 14
Amazon to Open Pop-Up
Amazon confirmed plans to open a retail store in San Francisco, after reports last week that the company may open its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City.
Carey Criticizes Booker Prize
With the winner of the 2014 Man Booker prize to be unveiled on Tuesday evening, Australian writer Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker, has criticized the decision to open up the award to Americans.
Amazon Plays Rough. So What?
An opinion piece from Joe Nocera at the 'New York Times.'
Steve Jobs's Reading List
Nine books that the revolutionary cofounder of Apple thought everybody should read.
Dunham Wants to Adapt Kids' Book
Lena Dunham discussed a wide array of topics with writer and author Ariel Levy during the 15th annual New Yorker Festival on Friday night, including her aspirations to turn Karen Cushman's 'Catherine, Called Birdy' into a feature film.
- 2014 Oct 10
Amazon Must Be Stopped
In a cover story for the 'New Republic,' the magazine's editor Franklin Foer writes that "Amazon is the shining representative of a new golden age of monopoly," and calls for the government to give serious consideration to investigate the retailer for antitrust violations.
Weird and Wonderful Bookstores
Pictures of some of the world’s most exotic stores, featured in 'The Bookshop Book.'
Amazon Shops for Real Estate in NYC
Amazon is taking over an entire building on 34th Street across from the Empire State Building, according to construction and real estate executives, raising questions about just what the giant retailer is up to.
Patrick Modiano's Postwar World
Who is this writer, and what are the ungraspable human destinies he has uncovered?