- 2016 Oct 21
Donald Trump's debate answers have spawned a hashtag that suggests what Trump might write if he were reviewing classic books.
Sarah Jessica Parker on Her New Imprint
The actress speaks about her new imprint at Hogarth, SJP, where she plans to find and publish three to four new novels per year.
Joyce Carol Oates Remembers Thom Jones
On the writer whose stories on boxing, crime, and the Vietnam War "thrummed with his distinctive, idiosyncratic voice."
The Curse Words of Charles Dickens
How the 19th Century's great English novelist rejected the easily-offended Victorians and their social norms with subtlety.
John Irving Interviews Nathan Hill
The authors discuss Hill’s debut work, his love of dysfunction, and why to think about writing the way you think about keeping a garden.
- 2016 Oct 20
Reed Announces BEA Changes
The annual trade show will be rebilled as simply "BookExpo," and "will be scaled to focus on what booksellers want most."
Claudia Rankine, Whiteness Scholar
The award-winning poet on why she’s using her MacArthur genius grant to explore whiteness.
The Library is Dead. Long May It Live!
Properly maintained public libraries empower minority communities by providing access to, and training in, modern technologies.
Meet Mark Twain, the Animated GIF
The U.S. National Archives has launched an animated GIF archive, which includes GIFs of authors from Twain to Hemingway.
Edward Weston's 'Leaves of Grass'
Although the book was a failure, the photographer considered his 1941 photographs for Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ as some of his best work.
- 2016 Oct 19
The Stephen E. King Chair in Literature
The University of Maine is creating a chair in honor of one of its most famous graduates, and is collecting applications from professors now.
United Methodist Lays Off 40
The United Methodist Publishing House will close a distribution center in March, a move that will idle roughly 40 employees.
Thom Jones Dies at 71
The janitor turned author, author of 'The Pugilist at Rest,' once burst from obscurity to become an idiosyncratic literary sensation.
Paramount Options VanderMeer's 'Borne'
With the highly anticipated 'Annihilation' set to bow next year, the studio is looking to stay in the Jeff VanderMeer business.
How Open Road Uses Agile Marketing
Open Road’s Julie Blattberg and Mary McAveney explain how content and data-driven marketing have spurred growth.
- 2016 Oct 18
Dylan Dodges the Prize
The Swedish Academy still has not spoken to Bob Dylan after awarding him the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Baillie Gifford Shortlist Announced
Non-fiction prize judges have selected books by Svetlana Alexievich, Margo Jefferson, Philippe Sands, and Hisham Matar.
The Pieces of Zadie Smith
The Briton, Jamaican, mother, writer, and woman has become one of this generation’s most vital literary voices.
The Perils of Peak Attention
Two new books assess the quality of our digital lives: How do we shake off the village when we carry the world in our pocket?
Green Apple Bookstore's Top Ten
Ten small press books you should read, recommended by San Francisco indie Green Apple Books.
- 2016 Oct 17
Bob Minzesheimer Dies at 66
The longtime journalist who wrote about books and authors for 'USA Today' for years died on October 15.
Pearson Shares Drop 10%
Shares tumbled after the educational publisher said weaker-than-expected trading in the higher-education sector in North America weighed down sales.
The Cudgel of Free Speech
A new report by PEN America examines the growing perception among young people that “free speech” is a war cry used against them.
Deep Vellum's New Owner
Meet Anne Hollander, a marketing consultant and the new operator of Dallas bookstore Deep Vellum Books.
No Memoirs in German
There's still no word for "memoir" in German Publishing, and other tidbits in advance of Frankfurt.
- 2016 Oct 14
Bob Dylan's Literary Influences
From William Blake to Jack Kerouac, the newest Nobel Laureate has literary influences in spades.
Fantastic Beasts, Times Five
J.K. Rowling has said there will now be five Fantastic Beasts films, to abate the hunger of fans and Hollywood alike.
Novels for the Brat Pack
Five novels about the sordid lives of high-minded people that prefigure the Brat Pack.
George Saunders's Funny Sadness
With a surrealism that owes a lot to the real world of ordinary Americans, his stories offer sharp, moral parables of contemporary life in the U.S.
The World Map of the Nobel Prize
A map of all the countries in the world that have spawned a Nobel Prize in Literature laureate.
- 2016 Oct 13
The Great American Publishing Gamble
The late Barney Rosset on fighting for the publication of D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover.'
Who Nominates Nobel Candidates?
The Nobel Prizes are always shrouded in secrecy, but we do know something about the process.
Rob Spillman on Editing and More
Spillman compares book touring to being a roadie for his daughter’s band and shares his excitement at being part of the literary world.
California's Collectibles Bill
Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang will submit a letter stipulating that a new law on collectibles sales does not apply to bookstores or author signings.
Playing the Shakespearean Video Game
What do video games and the Bard's famous 'The Winter’s Tale' have in common?
- 2016 Oct 12
Nguyen Wins Dayton Peace Prize
The Vietnamese-American writer, whose 'The Sympathizer' also won the Pulitzer, is awarded for his "profound and startling" debut.
The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin
The literary mainstream once relegated her work to the margins. Then she transformed the mainstream.
Jonathan Safran Foer, Internet Meme
A conversation with the author about his new novel, 'Here I Am,' and becoming an internet joke.
Doubt and Shame in 'The Mothers'
Brit Bennett on her debut novel, her childhood, the politics within the black church, the social power of church mothers, and female autonomy.
Booksellers Recommending Books
On the difficulty of recommending books as a contemporary bookseller, and whether to buy into consumer-driven algorithms.
- 2016 Oct 11
Does Publishing Risk Irrelevance?
Tom Welson, chief executive of Penguin Random House U.K., says the industry’s lack of diversity "is a real issue, and we have been slow."
Stars of the Spoken Word
A group of artistically minded actors have made audiobooks one of the publishing world's rare success stories.
The Inventor of Bookselling
On James Lackington's Temple of the Muses, "the cheapest bookstore in the world," and how it made bookselling as we know it.
Maggie Nelson's Desert Island Books
The author of 'The Argonauts' and 2016 MacArthur fellow would turn to Lorine Niedecker, James Baldwin, and Annie Dillard.
Poet at Work
Examining the age-old question: How in the world should a poet make money? (Hint: There's no good answer.)
- 2016 Oct 07
Here's Who Won't Win the Nobel
Why "pasta fetishist" Haruki Murakami, "bad tweeter" Joyce Carol Oates, and "Norwegian cigarette smoker" Karl Ove Knausgaard are bad bets.
Funny Writers Pick Funny Books
More than 30 writers discuss the books that make them laugh—and have a lot to say.
How the Berenstain Bears Found Salvation
On the spiritual sea change in the content of the long-running children's series.
How Libraries Save Lives
One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.
The Literature of Creepy Clowns
Sinister clowns and clown-like figures have become a staple of pop culture, including in books.
- 2016 Oct 06
LEGO Book Covers
Children's book covers refashioned from LEGOs.
Books for Readers with Dyslexia
An article addresses how books for children with dyslexia might differ from other books.
YA Historical Fantasy
A list of YA historical fantasy novels.
Second 'Sweet Pea and Friends'
"Brave Little Fin" releases from Essex couple.
Sweet's E.B. White Bio
A look at Melissa Sweet's E.B. White picture book bio.
What Makes It Good?
Adam Gidwitz debates what qualities make a children's book "good."
Writing, Reading, and Ethnicity
How writing fiction helped Grace Lin to come to terms with her Asian-American identity.
Berenstain Bears Family Values
An article discusses how the Berenstain Bears franchise took a religious turn.
#YA4Hillary Campaign Launches
YA authors discuss why they are voting for Hillary Clinton using #YA4Hillary.
'Wind in the Willows' Murder
A British book dealer is killed for his rare edition of "The Wind in the Willows."
Rare Book Dealer Murdered
A book dealer in England was recently stabbed to death, allegedly over the man’s rare first-edition copy of 'The Wind In The Willows.'
The Internet, Unlikely Bookstore Ally
In a twist of fate, it is the Internet—the very thing that was supposed to wipe out small bookstores—that is helping to drive sales.
SJP and TNC Get Literary
Having conquered their respective fields, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ta-Nehisi Coates are heading into the literary unknown.
How Libraries Save Lives
One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.
Sylvia Plath's Radio Play
A recording of the poet's barely-known play for the airwaves, 'Three Women,' from 1961.
- 2016 Oct 05
Amazon Seeks E.U. Settlement
Amazon is talking to European Union antitrust regulators about settling a year-long investigation into its e-book deals with publishers.
What's Yiddish for Email?
The first full-fledged English-to-Yiddish dictionary in 50 years is designed to carry Yiddish into the 21st century and maybe beyond.
Queens's Only Indie Publisher
An Astoria resident runs the only independent book publishing company in Queens out of his home.
Writing, Meet Running
Why writers should take up running, and why runners should take up writing.
POW! Picks Up 'The Cartographers'
The production company has optioned "The Cartographers," a story in Alexander Weinstein’s debut collection, 'Children of the New World.'
- 2016 Oct 04
Gloria Naylor Dies at 66
The award-winning author of 'The Women of Brewster Place' died in the Virgin Islands on September 28.
An Amazon Crackdown
The e-retailer has banned almost all reviews that are posted in exchange for free or discounted products.
Fall’s Big Book Awards
A guide to major literary awards—and the books nominated for them—being doled out this fall.
The Forgotten Pulitzer Winner
Growing up in the shadow of MacKinlay Cantor, who went from the Pulitzer Prize to complete obscurity.
Amazon Dispute in Japan
The e-retailer pulled more than 1,000 titles from Kodansha over the weekend amid negotiations over their contract.
- 2016 Oct 03
Who Is the Real Ferrante?
An Italian investigative journalist has dug into the financial and real estate records of an Italian translator, and believes she is the mysterious author.
Elena Ferrante Deserved Her Privacy
By protecting her identity and privacy in an era of increased surveillance, the author in turn protected ours.
Courting Kickstarter for Kids' Books
A molecular biologist turned illustrator has raised more than £25,000 for a picture book adaptation of Charles Darwin’s 'On the Origin of Species.'
160 Years of 'Bovary'
Flaubert’s anti-heroine, the original desperate housewife, was a scandal on publication and still challenges our morality.
Mary Gaitskill in Love
A profile of and conversation with the author of 'Bad Behavior,' for whom love is central to the act of her writing.
- 2016 Sep 30
Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors
Eleven new writers make their debut in the annual 'Hollywood Reporter' ranking of the film industry's most sought-after word nerds.
Speculative Authors Fight Mental Illness
Science fiction and fantasy authors around the globe have come together to support people suffering from mental illnesses.
Feminist Bookshop Cuts 'Portlandia' Ties
Portland, Ore. store In Other Words, featured on 'Portlandia,' said the show mistreated its staff and hurt local businesses.
Alexandra Kleeman, Interviewed
The 'Intimations' author on the connection between literature and dreams and her gravitation towards menace, fear, and dread.
Bloomsbury Celebrates Its 30th
Bloomsbury staffers old and new joined authors, agents, and booksellers to celebrate the publishing house's birthday last night in London.
- 2016 Sep 29
The Aspen Words Literary Prize
Announcing a new award for a work of fiction focusing on the vital issues of our time — social, political, economic, environmental or otherwise.
Trayvon Martin's Parents Ink Book Deal
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton are writing a book, which OneWorld will publish in January—nearly five years after the teen was killed.
The Relentlessly Relevant Henry James
The U.S. Postal Service has made a stamp in honor of the American expatriate writer.
New Law for Signed Books
Your signed books and artwork just got much harder to sell in the state of California.
Twitter as Literature
On the novelist whose Twitter feed is both a refuge from writer's block and a work of art.
- 2016 Sep 28
Catfishing on Amazon
How one Kindle scam made an independent seller millions of dollars as thousands were tricked into buying low-quality e-books.
A Decade in the Literary Wilderness
Three writers discuss what it's like to spend ten years working on a single novel.
How Stephen King Made Pop Culture Weird
If you haven't heard, "weird" is back in style, and it's time to celebrate the person responsible: Stephen King.
New Words Were Needed
How modernism and science fiction have more in common than we might once have thought.
Shirley Jackson, Illustrated
An excerpt from Jackson's grandson Miles Hyman’s full-color graphic adaptation of "The Lottery."
- 2016 Sep 27
Wilson on Her Childhood
Jacqueline Wilson opens up about her difficult childhood.
Lia Block on Writing, Monsters
An interview with Francesca Lia Block.
A National Book Fest. Recap
Children's highlights of the National Book Festival.
How Fantasy Helps Us
Cornelia Funke writes about how fantasy helps children develop emotionally, intellectually, and psychologically.
Weighing in On 'Run' Controversy
A writer responds to the aftermath of a controversial review.