- 2015 May 29
China's Pubs Court America Amid Protest
The 'NYT' explores the irony of China being feted as the guest of honor at this year's BEA, while the country's authors protest government limits on free speech and expression.
Scalzi On His Monster Book Deal
The 'Washington Post' talks to John Scalzi about his $3.4 million, 13-book contract with Tor.
Northwestern to Settle Copyright Suit
Northwestern University announced Thursday it has agreed to settle a copyright infringement suit against a former employee whom it hired to write a book about Chicago's notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
This Book Is Too Old For You
Maria Casale on choosing the right reading list for her 8-year-old daughter, at the 'New York Times.'
The New York Public Library's quirkiest inquiries.
- 2015 May 28
Authors Protest BEA Outside NYPL
Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest BEA's focus on China; protestors claim the spotlight ignores the country's glaring problems of censorship and intimidation.
Blume's New Novel Might Be Her Last
"I'm 77 and I've written a lot of books," Judy Blume told 'People' magazine. "I think I've said what I want to say, for the moment anyway."
Watch Jason Segel as DFW
The official trailer for 'The End of the Tour,' starring Segel as David Foster Wallace, and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky.
Steinem to Write First Book in Decades
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will deliver her first book in more than 20 years this fall, titled 'My Life on the Road,' Random House announced Wednesday.
Bookstores Are Hanging In
NPR looks at the "mini-revival" of independent bookstores, during a time when the technology of books is constantly changing.
- 2015 May 27
Flannery O'Connor Gets Forever Stamp
O'Connor will appear on a new postage stamp, to debut June 5, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.
Kaling Reveals Details of New Book
Mindy Kaling confirmed on Twitter that she and 'The Office' co-star B.J. Novak are working on a book, but warned that it will likely disappoint those looking for gossip.
Too Different, and Too Familiar
The 'New Yorker' on the challenge of French-Canadian literature.
Sen. Mitch McConnell Working on Memoir
The Kentucky Republican told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he planned to tell both his personal story, including overcoming polio as a child in Alabama, and the story of his long career in public life.
Amazon Ends U.K. Sales Diversion
Amazon has started booking sales made to customers in the U.K. through its U.K. branch. Previously retail sales have been recorded in Luxembourg, where Amazon has its European headquarters, regardless of where in Europe the customer is, giving Amazon Luxembourg’s lower tax rate.
- 2015 May 26
$3.4M for John Scalzi
Scalzi, a bestselling author of science fiction, has signed a $3.4 million, 10-year deal with the publisher Tor Books that will cover his next 13 books.
Google Play Books Publisher Shutters
Google has closed their Play Books publisher program amidst concerns of rampant e-book piracy.
Publishers Win Landmark Case
British publishers have won their first ever blocking order against pirate e-book sites, as the battle over online copyright spreads beyond music and film.
Bitcoin for a Book
A British Columbia university is now accepting the digital currency bitcoin at all of its bookstores, a move that staff claim is a first for Canadian post-secondary schools.
Why Write a Collaborative Novel?
Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite say writing together has deepened their friendship, and cut the workload in half.
- 2015 May 22
Fitzgerald's Home on the Market
The Long Island home where F. Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have written 'The Great Gatsby' is for sale for $3.8 million.
Kim Kardashian Is Not Unstoppable
Laura Miller at 'Salon' on how to beat flawless T.V. celebs in the book sales game.
OCLC Lays Off 27
The worldwide library cooperative will lay off the employees at its Dublin operation in a move to readjust staffing “in line with future needs.”
Wiley Partners with Benetech
John Wiley & Sons will begin including alternative text in nearly all of its frontlist books, which will make its content accessible to users of all abilities. The company developed its alt text guidelines in consultation with Benetech’s Diagram Center.
James Meek Wins Orwell Prize
The novelist has won the Orwell prize for books for his exploration of the privatization of Britain, 'Private Island.'
- 2015 May 21
'Wonderstruck' to be Adapted to Film
Todd Haynes is developing a cinematic adaptation of Brian Selznick's "Wonderstruck."
A Curious Monkey's Escape
The true story of how an inquisitive monkey character helped save his creators.
John Green on Adaptations
The author wants people to stop attacking him over 'Looking for Alaska' casting.
On the Potter Platform
J.K. Rowling: Why I chose King's Cross for Platform 9 3/4.
Of Childhood Reading Habits
Why do we re-read our favorite books as kids, and why do we stop when we get older?
Gaiman on Kidlit
“I never forget how much I loved children's books as a kid and how much they changed me,” the author said.
International Children's Books
A spotlight on a few children's books from around the world.
An article about the importance of re-reading our favorite books.
The Rise of Peppa Pig
A look at the popularity of Peppa Pig.
Lemony Snicket and others take part in the #TwitterFiction Festival.
Neil Gaiman on Writing
An interview with Neil Gaiman.
Authors and fans talk about loving YA
Fans of YA share why they love it with the #IReadYA hashtag.
Rowling on King's Cross Station
J.K. Rowling on why she chose King's Cross Station for the concealed train platform in Harry Potter.
On LGBTQ Books in Schools
An article about how the book "King & King" by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland, has become a source of controversy.
New Harry Potter Editions
Bloomsbury so publish new illustrated editions of Harry Potter.
Hillary Clinton as Seen in Picture Books
A look at Hillary Clinton-themed picture books.
Green Wants Money Raised to Fight Cancer
John Green is encouraging British fans to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.
John Green to Fans: I Don't Cast Movies
John Green tweets to fans that he has no control over casting choices.
Agatha Christie Memoir to be Republished
'Come, Tell Me How You Live' recounts the author's travels with her archaeologist husband after WWII, and features little-seen photographs.
Bin Laden's Fixation on West
Michiko Kakutani at the 'New York Times' looks at the recently released list of English language books found in Osama Bin Laden's compound.
Obsolete Words to Resurrect
These 20 words have sadly disappeared from modern English, but it’s easy to see how they could be incorporated into everyday conversation.
Unfinished Welles Bio Found
Archivists at the University of Michigan said this week that they have discovered extensive fragments of, and notes for, an Orson Welles autobiography in a trove of papers newly purchased from Welles’s companion in the years before he died in 1985.
Dante Turns 750
It’s hard to convey the importance of Dante’s place in Italian culture, but there are many possible explanations for the poet's enduring hold on the country.
- 2015 May 20
Bill Gates's Summer Reading Recs
The books are, says Gates, “on the lighter side," adding that each made him "think or laugh or, in some cases, do both.”
Wal-Mart Eyes Amazon in E-Commerce War
If the world's largest bricks-and-mortar retailer is serious about competing more directly with Amazon, then it may have to spend well beyond a previously announced investment target on big distribution centers and other costs for its plan.
Former PRH Publicist Writing Book
Melissa Broder, a former assistant director of publicity and social media at Penguin Random House, is turning her viral Twitter account, @SoSadToday, into a book of personal essays for Grand Central.
'True Face' of Shakespeare?
A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert.
Pianist Wins Right to Publish Autobio
U.K. supreme court justices have lifted an injunction barring the publication of a book in which a concert musician discusses being sexually abused as a child.
- 2015 May 19
Minnesota's Teen Lit Con
The festival drew more than 800 attendees.
Curious George’s Great Escape
How Hans and Margret Rey fled Paris on bicycle with five manuscripts.
'Wonderstruck' adaptation in the works
Director Todd Haynes is developing Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel.
Ireland's CBI Book of the Year Award
Goes to Oliver Jeffers for 'Once Upon an Alphabet.'
Children's Book Villains
Ways to achieve villainy in children's books.
Picture books about crocodiles.
YA Movie News
Upcoming YA movies.
Jodi Picoult on Writing YA
Jodi Picoult discusses writing and collaborating with her daughter.
To Book Fair or Not to Book Fair
An author discusses how to get the most out of international book fairs.
Libraries Are Good For Test Scores
A study shows that school libraries have positive impact on test scores.
An Interview with Lauren Child
Readers from a high school library group interview Child.
Can YA Fiction Help Body Image?
An article suggests that YA books can help teenagers struggling with body image problems.
On Kids Reading Digitally
An article argues that ''digital natives" should read physical books.
A Look at Teen Lit Con
Readers flock to Teen Lit Con.
Jeffers Wins for 'Once Upon an Alphabet'
Oliver Jeffers wins the CBI Book of the Year Award for "Once Upon an Alphabet."
Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets
After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults.
Folio Society Not Sponsoring Prize
After an initial two-year partnership, publisher the Folio Society has announced that it will not be renewing its sponsorship of the Folio prize for fiction.
Why Authors Chose Their Fake Names
The Huffington Post takes a look at the stories behind the pseudonyms of some famous writers.
BookBub Raises $7M
The daily deal site for e-books recently closed $7 million in new equity and debt financing.
LeaLA Attracts Record Numbers
The fourth Los Angeles Spanish-language Book Fair, known as LeaLA, attracted a record 86,700 people over three days.
An Interview with Lennon and Maisy
Lennon and Maisy Stella talk about "In the Waves."
- 2015 May 18
'Mad Men' Books Show Don's Descent
Matthew Weiner, in his compulsive organization of the 'Mad Men' universe, has always included the books du jour.
'Freakonomics' 10 Years On
Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt on what they got right and wrong.
Booksellers Heap Promos on New Lee Novel
High hopes for 'Go Set a Watchman' sales have inspired special events ranging from film screenings to read-a-thons.
Franz Wright Dies at 62
Franz Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose frank, confessional verse reflected a search for self-discovery and spiritual yearning amid struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, died May 14 at his home in Waltham, Mass.
For Reviewers, How Close Is Too Close?
'New York Times' public editor Margaret Sullivan writes about how the NYTBR wants readers to trust its writers, but some see conflicts of interest.
- 2015 May 15
Time Inc. Shrinks Books Division
The layoffs, which took place this week, equally impacted the New York and Birmingham, Ala., offices, which in total had employed roughly 80 people.
B&N to Shutter Forest Hills Store
The retailer plans on vacating one of its two remaining stores in Queens, as of January. The store has been open in the location since 1995.
HC Makes Corrections in 'Clinton Cash'
On Tuesday, Amazon blasted out an alert to purchasers of Peter Schweizer’s book, notifying them that “significant revisions have been made.”
Atlantic Book Award Winners Revealed
Last night, as a wrap up to Canada's Atlantic Book Festival, the winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by CBC's Stephanie Domet.
Chekhov’s First Book Published
Anton Chekhov's never-published first book of writings, 'The Prank,' will be published by the New York Review of Books next week.
Living Like a Character from Literature
If you've ever dreamed of living in your favorite book, try the next best thing and travel to the very real places of which these novels are set.
- 2015 May 14
Sex—the Last Taboo of YA Lit?
Not anymore. YA stories give us a portrait of sexual intimacy born of desire, of passionate love, of playfulness and fun and joy.
Writing vs. Speaking
A new study shows that writing and speaking are "quasi-independent language systems" in the brain.
Wal-Mart Taking on Amazon Prime
The Associated Press has confirmed that Wal-Mart is planning to rival Amazon Prime with its own subscription shipping service.
How Can Poetry Change the World?
'The Washington Post' chats with poet Jane Hirshfield.
BBC to Adapt 1992 Mantel Novel
The BBC is adapting Hilary Mantel’s novel about the French Revolution, 'A Place of Greater Safety,' following its recent adaptation of her Man Booker Prize-winning Tudor novels, 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up The Bodies.'
- 2015 May 13
William Zinsser Dies at 92
Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book 'On Writing Well' sold more than 1.5 million copies, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan.
Books that have been permanently lost.
Astrid Lindgren's WWII Diaries Published
The 'Pippi Longstocking' author’s personal account of the years from 1939 to 1945 are acclaimed as a "shocking history lesson."
World's Most Beautiful Kids' Books
Martin Salisbury’s new coffee table book, '100 Great Children’s Picture Books,' is an eccentric survey of works from around the world that are remarkable for beautiful, innovative, or original art and design.
How This Self-Pubbed Author Made $450K
In the second entry of a three-part series at 'Forbes,' an author explains how he cracked the self-publishing industry.
- 2015 May 12
‘Get your head out of that book!’
The children’s stories that inspired leading writers.
From Farm to Film
9 Story Media Group options Otis the Tractor picture books for an animated series.
Unpublished Author Prize
'Malkin Moonlight' wins New Children’s Author Prize in U.K. for unpublished authors of MG fiction.
Moaning Myrtle's full name sparks controversy after being revealed by J.K. Rowling on Twitter.
Children's Book Cakes
Cakes that celebrate children's books.