- 2015 Jul 02
Miscavige's Dad to Write Tell-All
Ronald Miscavige Sr., the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has signed a deal to write his memoir, 'If He Dies, He Dies,' with St. Martin’s Press.
Martin May Have Finished 'Winter'
Upcoming 'Game of Thrones' director Jack Bender’s recent Reddit AMA has raised further questions about just how complete George R.R. Martin’s latest book 'The Winds of Winter' really is.
Amazon's Per Page Rate
Writers of shorter works could lose out on revenue as the company’s Kindle Owners Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited no longer pay per copy downloaded.
D.C. Losing a BAM Store
Books-A-Million is shuttering its Dupont Circle location on July 18 and has no plans to relocate in the District.
LGBT Books Under Fire in Texas
Dozens of community members have demanded that 'My Princess Boy' and 'This Day in June' be either banned from the Hood County Library or moved out of the children's section.
- 2015 Jul 01
A Healthy Future for Indigo Bookstores
Despite recent high-profile failures in Canadian retail, Indigo CEO Heather Reisman said Monday that the market is poised for a resurgence and her company is looking to grow.
Salon Talks to Jonathan Galassi
The FSG publisher on his new novel—plus, Jennifer Weiner and why Jonathan Franzen is a feminist.
Kafka Manuscripts to National Library
An Israeli court has stripped an Israeli family of a collection of Franz Kafka manuscripts, ruling that they be transferred to the country's National Library.
Theodore Weesner Dies at 79
Weesner, a novelist who mined his wayward youth for the stuff of his celebrated first novel, 'The Car Thief,' died on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Portsmouth, N.H.
Teachers Turn Lockers Into Book Spines
A group of teachers and volunteers are turning a hallway at Biloxi Junior High School in Mississippi into an “Avenue of Literature” by painting the 189 unused lockers to look like the spines of popular books.
- 2015 Jun 30
YA Author Engages Diversity
Daniel José Older creates female black heroes to make fantasy more real.
Texas Textbook Controversy
Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall in Texas.
Banned Books List Questioned
ALA Addresses its Challenged Book List After Questioning by FiveThirtyEight
Potter Takes the Stage
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' play to open in West End in 2016.
Alexie's First Picture Book
Sherman Alexie's first picture book, 'Thunder Boy Jr.,' releases next year.
A Look at a Swiss Classic
A look at the Swiss book, 'A Bell for Ursli,' and its illustrator, Alois Carigiet.
Confederate Children's Books
An article looks at pro-confederacy children's books in the wake of recent events.
How Long Does it Take?
A look at how long it takes kids to read popular children's books.
New Textbooks Raise Controversy
Textbook controversy in Texas.
'Me and Earl' Director Discusses Film
An interview with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.'
ALA's Challenged Book List
A look at how the ALA's Challenged Books List is compiled.
Daniel José Older's Big Year
Daniel José Older on writing real characters from diverse backgrounds.
In Harry Potter News...
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will open in 2016.
Indigo Dropping More Book Prices
The retailer is cutting prices on a wider array of books as it tries to keep customers coming to its physical stores in a digital age.
Another Fifty Shades of Grey?
E.L. James revealed she has written new book and is already onto another romance.
Zadie Smith to Make Screenwriting Debut
The novelist has been recruited by Claire Denis for the writer-director’s new film, a space adventure set beyond our solar system.
The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace
Vulture writes how the author of 'Infinite Jest' became the center of a self-help cult.
Amazon's One Hour Delivery in U.K.
Amazon launched its one-hour order delivery service, Prime Now, for some areas of London on Tuesday, about six months after introducing the service in the United States.
- 2015 Jun 29
B&N Files to Spin Off Campus Bookstores
Barnes & Noble filed plans for the previously announced spinoff of its college unit, a move intended to help the largest U.S. bookstore chain focus on navigating a changing market.
PRH's Effect on Publishing in Canada
Will the newly united Penguin Random House weaken Canadian publishing, or save it?
Bradbury's Home Turned Into Bookends
Parts of his house, demolished earlier this year, were turned into bookends and sold to support Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.
Bookstores Plan Rollout for 'Watchman'
The dozens of celebrations taking place in bookstores, theaters and libraries across the country on July 14 to mark the publication of another book by one of the United States’ most celebrated and enigmatic authors.
Why Can't Readers Get Enough 'Grey'?
E.L. James’s reworking of Fifty Shades has been critically panned, but, for some of the millions who will buy it, part of the pleasure comes from ignoring the reviews.
- 2015 Jun 26
Charleston Library Renamed for Victim
The library in Charleston managed by Cynthia Graham Hurd before she was killed in last week’s Emanuel AME church shootings is being renamed in her honor.
Five Artists, Five Book Reviews
In an art-themed issue of the 'New York Times Book Review,' five pathbreaking contemporary artists create visual works of literary criticism.
A Book Buyer's Lament
Ken Kalfus's essay at the 'New Yorker.'
Potter Play Opening in West End
J.K. Rowling has confirmed that the play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will open in London in 2016.
Why Green Hasn't Had a Book Since TFIOS
John Green explained in a candid Reddit AMA how 'The Fault In Our Stars' success has impacted his writing.
- 2015 Jun 25
Potter at Night
Harry Potter Book Night is coming back in 2016.
Ask John Green Anything
The author explains why he hasn't published a book since The Fault in Our Stars.
Kid Lit Rising
Why this is a golden age for children's literature.
New Harry Potter Story
J.K. Rowling reveals why the Dursleys dislike Harry Potter so much.
Burning Harry Potter Questions
Unanswered questions about Harry Potter.
Director for 'Looking for Alaska'
Rebecca Thomas will direct the film adaptation of 'Looking for Alaska.'
Awesomeness Launches Film Division
AwesomenessTV will acquire young adult projects for film division.
Another Harry Potter Book Night
Harry Potter Book Night will return in 2016.
Golden Age of Children's Books?
An author reflects on why she believes we are in the midst of a golden age of children's books.
Green on Writing, Publishing, and Life
John Green talks about why he hasn't published another book since 'The Fault in Our Stars.'
Harry and the Dursleys
J.K. Rowling writes about why the Dursleys dislike Harry Potter so much.
'Watchman' Sends 'Mockingbird' Soaring
The 'Wall Street Journal' looks at how anticipation of Harper Lee's new book has revived interest in the novelist’s classic.
Amazon's New Payment System Works
'Fortune' explains why Amazon's new way of paying authors makes sense.
Homespun Publisher with Cult Following
The success story of Persephone Books.
Harry Potter Night Coming Back in 2016
Bloomsbury Children’s Books announced on Wednesday that it has plans for a second Harry Potter Book Night next year.
The Top 10 Summers in Fiction
The season provides an ambiguously idyllic setting for many novels. From L.P. Hartley to Tove Jansson, the 'Guardian' lists the best.
- 2015 Jun 24
Why the Dursleys Hate Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling has revealed the back story behind the Dursleys’ violent dislike of their nephew Harry Potter in a new piece of writing for her website, Pottermore.
Secretary to Fitzgerald Dies
Frances Kroll Ring, the personal secretary to F. Scott Fitzgerald for the last 20 months of his life and a longtime source of information for biographers, documentary filmmakers, students and fans, died on Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99.
Durst Prosecutor Strikes Book Deal
Jeanine Pirro's 'He Killed Them All' will be published November 3, Gallery Books announced Tuesday.
Yale Saving Chipotle Cups
Yale’s rare-book library has acquired a complete set of the Chipotle “Cultivating Thought” series—the series of short, “two-minute” essays and stories printed on the side of the company’s disposable paper goods.
Qantas Wants Tell-All Book Blocked
Qantas has urged a Supreme Court in Australia to stop the publication of a book by the speechwriter for Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.
- 2015 Jun 23
Gayle Forman's New Book
The author of 'If I Stay' will write her first novel for adults.
Tough Topics for Teens
Selfies, sex, and body image – the revolution in books for teenage girls.
Kids' Reading Times
An infographic shows how long it takes to read popular books.
Court Opinions in the Classroom
In the Common Core era, English class looks a little different.
Taking the Fiction Out of Nonfiction
Major inaccuracies in some high-profile releases have finally led one publisher to shell out for fact-checking, writes Boris Kachka at Vulture.
Musicians Have Taylor Swift
But who is championing fairness for writers?
New Librarian of Congress, and Copyright
The federal government’s librarian has sweeping powers to change law. Will he or she use them?
Libraries Protest E-book Prices
With markups of up to five times retail price, libraries say they can't afford a good range of content.
Reading a Bad Book, by a Great Author
What do we make of a bad book, written late-career, by an acclaimed author?
Books for Recent Grads
'Time' rounds up 15 good reads for graduates.
- 2015 Jun 22
James Salter Dies at 90
Salter, whose intimately detailed novels and short stories kept a small but devoted audience in his thrall for more than half a century, died on June 19 in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
What If Authors Got Paid For Every Page?
Amazon is about to find out.
Trouble with Reynolds' Tell-All
Burt Reynolds has not turned in a complete draft of his memoir, stoking concerns that the actor will miss his publication date.
Tracking Down the Most Banned Book
FiveThirtyEight tried, and failed, to identify the most banned book in America.
PRH Denies 'Grey' Theft Was a Stunt
Penguin Random House has said it is “categorically and absolutely untrue” that it reported a copy of E.L. James' novel Grey stolen as part of a “publicity stunt."
- 2015 Jun 19
James Spends 'Grey' Day with Fans
For Fifty Shades of Grey fans, Thursday belonged to Christian.
Cases of Extreme Writer's Block
Mental Floss lists some of the most extreme cases of the little-understood affliction known as writer's block.
Melville House Sending Out CIA Report
The independent publisher is mailing its edition of the CIA torture report to every candidate standing for the American presidency, in a bid to find out where the politicians “stand on torture."
Ten Best Indie Bookstores in the World
According to 'Guardian' readers.
Wyoming Bookstore Shutting Down
Main Street Books, the last bookstore in Lander, Wyo., recently announced that it will be closing after 17 years.
- 2015 Jun 18
Nelson Doubleday Jr. Dies at 81
Doubleday, who co-owned the New York Mets with Fred Wilpon for 16 years after selling his family’s book publishing business, has died.
Bookstore Caters to Syrian Refugees
A new venture in Istanbul, run by Syrian and Turkish book lovers, aims to be a cultural oasis for Arabic readers.
Bay Area B&N to Close
After 21 years in its central downtown location, Walnut Creek's last remaining major bookstore has lost its lease and is looking for a new location.
More Wolf Hall Likely
The director of hit TV drama 'Wolf Hall' has spoken to writer Hilary Mantel about making another series based on the as-yet-unfinished third book in her historical trilogy.
College Won't Remove Graphic Novels
A Crafton Hills College student's request to "eradicate" acclaimed graphic novels from a syllabus due to depictions of sex and violence has been declined.
- 2015 Jun 17
'American Gods' Greenlit at Starz
Starz is moving forward with plans for a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, to be shepherded by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green.
Anticipation Builds for 'Grey'
'USA Today' talks to fans and members of the industry about E.L. James's new book, on sale Thursday.
Amazon May Crowdsource Deliveries
Sources say the new service, tentatively known as “On My Way,” would hire retailers in urban areas to store packages and pay regular people a small fee to make deliveries.
Fenton Wins 2015 PEN Pinter Prize
Hailed by judges for speaking "truth to power – forcefully, fearlessly, and beautifully," the British poet and journalist James Fenton has been named as winner of this year’s PEN Pinter prize.
Teacher Resigns Amid Book Controversy
A North Carolina elementary school teacher has resigned after his decision to read a gay-themed children's book to his third-grade class led to controversy in the small town of Efland.
- 2015 Jun 16
'Primates of Park Avenue' Gets Optioned
The film rights to Wednesday Martin's controversial book about wealthy Upper East Side women have been acquired by MGM.
Places to Get Inspired
Flavorwire asked 13 fiction writers with books either coming soon or just published to send a photo of their favorite places to work.
Lindsey Graham Releasing Memoir
The 126-page work is being released to the general public—for free—as an e-book on Wednesday by the Graham for President campaign.
Battling Bias on the Shop Floor
A bookseller explains how Kamila Shamsie’s call for gender equality in the industry, and the fiery debate it provoked, could lead to greater diversity all around.
Sen. Cory Booker Signs Book Deal
The U.S. senator will publish 'United' with Ballantine Bantam Dell in January 2016.
- 2015 Jun 15
Press's Year of Publishing Women
And Other Stories says men dominate our literary landscape in a completely imbalanced way, and it's time to change that.
Living Like Salinger
Adam Langer traveled to Cornish, N.H. with the intention of buying J.D. Salinger’s house.
From Ulysses S. Grant to Barack Obama
U.S. politicians can’t stop writing books.
The Facts vs. David Brooks
Salon says factual discrepancies in the 'NYT' columnist's new book raise some alarming questions about his research and methods.
Bezos Shut Down My Hometown Paper
Brian Stelter on his hometown newspaper, the 'Damascus Gazette,' being axed by one of Jeff Bezos's companies.
- 2015 Jun 12
Chaplain Violated Rules in Book Promo
An active-duty Army chaplain has published a book titled 'Jesus Was an Airborne Ranger,' and appeared in a video in uniform to promote it, raising questions about the service endorsing Christianity as the Pentagon wages wars in Muslim countries.