- 2015 May 06
Best Translated Book Award Shortlist
A bestselling novel by Elena Ferrante is among the finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards.
'Charlie Hebdo' Editors Get Standing O
Writers celebrated a controversial award to the magazine with unabashed fervor on Tuesday night, even as some of their most famous peers boycotted the black-tie event.
Best Book Turned Into a Great Film?
Alice Gregory and Charles McGrath discuss the best literature that’s succeeded on the big screen, at the 'New York Times.'
EC Announces E-competition Inquiry
The European Commission has announced an antitrust competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the European Union, as part of 16 initiatives on a digital single market to be delivered by the end of next year.
Fans Queue Up for 'Selfish'
Kim Kardashian promoted her book 'Selfish' at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in New York on Tuesday—but some rabid fans began lining up for the event Monday evening.
- 2015 May 05
John Green's YouTube Broadcast Speech
"I Don't Care How Many People Watch Something I Make. I Care How Many People Love What I Make," says YA author Green.
Downside to the children's book boom?
The U.K. book trade is wary of the downside of the boom in the children's market.
J.K. Rowling on Scottish Independence
J.K. Rowling tells Twitter user to "get facts straight" over Scottish independence remarks.
POTUS Talks Kidlit
What were President Obama's favorite childhood books?
Garcia Marquez's Signed Copy Stolen
Colombian police are investigating the theft of a valuable first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece, 'One Hundred Years of Solitude.'
'Look Who's Back'
Germans reflect on the success of a satire about Hitler.
Patterson Backs Bookshops with Donation
James Patterson has donated $100,000 to Australian and New Zealand bookstores.
Are You a Writer? Want a House?
Write A House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing Detroit’s literary scene, is now accepting applications for its writer-in-residence program.
Indigo Eyes U.S.
Bloomberg talks to Indigo Books and Music CEO Heather Reisman.
- 2015 May 04
Ruth Rendell Dies at 85
Rendell, one of Britain’s best-loved authors, who delighted fans for decades with her dark, intricately plotted crime novels, has died at the age of 85, her publisher has announced.
Art Spiegelman Talks to NPR
The cartoonist says the purge of 'Maus' from Russian bookstores is "rather well-intentioned stupidity on many levels."
McGraw-Hill Education Prepares for IPO
The company is planning an initial public offering as early as the fourth quarter of this year, potentially valuing the textbook company at around $5 billion, including debt.
Judy Blume Makes Plea to de Blasio
The author calls the restoration of New York City's library budget a "no-brainer."
Why We’re Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo'
Andrew Solomon and Suzanne Nossel's opinion piece in the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 May 01
Doubts About a Spy Memoir
In a new memoir, Jamie Smith claims to have worked for the CIA and to have helped found Blackwater. Even as CIA veterans question his tale, his publisher is doubling down.
Publishing Startup Raises $1.2M
Booktrope, a Seattle-based startup with a platform and service for book authors, has raised $1.2 million of a planned $2.3 million funding round, according to a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bookstores Thriving in Argentina
Argentine passion for reading and a protectionist economy make Buenos Aires a world bookstore capital.
The Harry Potter Behavior Effect
New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.
Rare Dylan Thomas Notebook to Be Opened
A lost notebook that belonged to the Welsh poet, rediscovered after lying forgotten in a drawer for decades, is to go on limited public display later this month.
- 2015 Apr 30
Big Book Boon for Illinois
Anonymous author donates $17K to buy books for schools in Naperville, Ill.
Diverse Genre Fiction for Teens
A roundup of recent novels.
'We Were Liars' Film Adaptation
Imperative Sets Stephanie Shannon To Adapt the YA Bestseller by E. Lockhart.
'Green Eggs and Ham' Series Announced
Netflix and Ellen DeGeneres team up to adapt the Dr. Seuss classic.
Biggest Foreign Lit Publisher in U.S.
It’s not Random House, and it’s not a specialized indie outfit like Europa Editions or New Directions.
2015 Edgar Award Winners
Master of horror Stephen King won Best Novel for 'Mr Mercedes' at the Edgar Awards, announced at a ceremony last night.
NYPL Calls on Blume
The New York Public Library has enlisted author Judy Blume to encourage its patrons to push Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to allocate more funding toward city libraries.
Netflix Adapting 'Green Eggs and Ham'
Netflix is cooking up 'Green Eggs and Ham' with help from the estate of Dr. Seuss, executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. TV Group, which has made its first series deal with the streaming service.
The Real Mr. Darcy?
A new book claims to reveal the true identity of the man who inspired Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' heartthrob.
- 2015 Apr 29
Spiegelman Warns of 'Dangerous' Outcome
With top Moscow bookstores removing his Holocaust tale under a Nazi propaganda law, Art Spiegelman sounds the alarm: "We don’t want cultures to erase memory."
Kobo Not Battling Publishers
Kobo has said it has “no interest in fighting publishers," after signing its first publishing deal with journalist Kevin Donovan for a book about Canadian radio presenter Jian Ghomeshi.
Why Anthony Trollope is still the novelist of the way we live now, according to Adam Gopnik at the 'New Yorker.'
Libraries Make Space for 3-D Printers
At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY "maker spaces."
Thirty of the best horror books, rounded up at 'Paste' magazine.
- 2015 Apr 28
How Much Should Children Read?
A new infographic crunches the numbers on kids and reading.
WNDB and Pearson Online Partnership
We Need Diverse Books to help Pearson increase the visibility of diverse literature through their online platforms.
Film Adaptation of Palacio's 'Wonder'
Paul King of 'Paddington' will direct Lionsgate’s adaptation.
Child Advocates Head to D.C.
Turning a Children’s Rating System Into an Advocacy Army
Elyssa Friedland selects favorite children's books.
YA Books by Cover
Identifying YA books by their covers.
Facts about 'The Phantom Tollbooth.'
The Case for 'Fluffy' Books
An article that argues for reading children's novels as a teen.
Sugg Won't Write with Coauthor
Zoella Sugg says she'll write the sequel to 'Girl Online' by herself.
YA Authors on Their Favorites
YA authors discuss their favorite YA books and authors.
Jillian Tamaki Talks SuperMutant Magic
Jillian Tamaki on the print version of her webcomic 'SuperMutant Magic Academy.'
Cece Bell on Writing 'El Deafo'
An interview with Cece Bell, author of 'El Deafo.'
The IPA's Reading Infographic
The International Publishers Association creates an infographic relating to children's reading.
WNDB Partners with Pearson
We Need Diverse Books partners with Pearson Online Learning Services.
Paul King to Direct 'Wonder.'
Paul King will direct the film adaptation of R.J. Palacio's 'Wonder.'
Common Sense Media Goes to DC
James P. Steyer of Common Sense Media advocates for the organization and expands its reach.
'Maus' Book Removed in Russia
The award-winning graphic novel, which bears a swastika on its cover, had been quietly stripped from the shelves of the largest bookstores across the Russian capital.
Rushdie Chastises 'Hebdo' Protestors
Salman Rushdie defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor 'Charlie Hebdo,' saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.
Judge Wants $10M for 'Fifty Shades' Suit
In Texas, a state district judge wants $10 million to be set aside for a potential award after a jury ruled earlier this year that a woman was cheated out of royalties from 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'
Amazon Launches New Marketplace
The retailer is launching a marketplace on Tuesday that will connect individual businesses with suppliers, giving it access to a fast-growing market worth more than $8.2 trillion in the United States.
Coauthor Sues Courtney Love
Anthony Bozza says he wrote a manuscript for the singer's memoir and handed it over to Harper Collins in January, but that he has only received half of the $200,000 advance he is owed.
- 2015 Apr 27
Writers Withdraw from PEN Gala
Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization's honoring the French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo.'
Rock Stars of the Literary World
Romance writing isn’t just a billion-dollar industry. It’s also the nicest meritocracy around.
High Court Backs Hachette in U.K.
Hesperus Press was ordered to halt sales of an English translation of a Jonas Jonasson novel, and to return copies to Hachette Book Group, which owns world English rights.
The Future of Reading
Walter Mosley, bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series, has good news for those who love to read.
New Cormoran Strike Novel this Fall
A third Robert Galbraith novel featuring detective Cormoran Strike, 'Career of Evil,' will be published by Little, Brown in the U.K. in autumn.
- 2015 Apr 24
Books to Read Once in Your Lifetime
Business Insider gathered the top 35 responses to a question posed on Reddit: "What is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life?"
'Fifty Shades' Sequels in 2017, 2018
“We’re making this a Valentine’s Day event,” said Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley at CinemaCon.
French Author Who Has Happiness Down
Frederic Lenoir's 'Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide' was a bestseller when it was released in France last fall, and this month, it's been published here, in English, courtesy of Melville House.
Denying NYC Libraries the Fuel They Need
"Over the last decade, they have not gotten anywhere near the kind of capital funding enjoyed by sports teams," writes Jim Dwyer, at the 'New York Times.'
Germany to Legislate Fixed E-book Prices
The country's Federal Ministry of Economics has released a draft to include electronic publications into the law governing the resale prices of books.
- 2015 Apr 23
YA Authors' Favorite Indies
In time for Independent Bookstore Day, authors share their favorite shops.
New Harry Potter Campaign
The Harry Potter Alliance launches its 'Accio Books!' donation campaign.
Q&A with Jay Asher
The 'Thirteen Reasons Why' author discusses bullying and teen suicide prevention.
Deleted 'Wrinkle in Time' Scene
A never-seen passage sheds light on the author’s political philosophy.
Reese Witherspoon to Read 'Watchman'
The actress has signed on to narrate the audio version of the year's biggest book, 'Go Set a Watchman' by Harper Lee.
Blume's Star-Studded Book Tour
Judy Blume’s hotly anticipated new novel, 'In the Unlikely Event,' is becoming quite an event of its own.
James's Husband Writing Sequel
E.L. James has enlisted her husband to write the script for the sequel to 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' the first movie based on her trilogy.
Pulitzer Poetry Winner on Sudden Fame
Gregory Pardlo talks to the 'New York Times.'
Norton Anthology Founder Dies
M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic and teacher who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, has died at 102.
- 2015 Apr 22
Watching Your Life on Screen
Stephen Elliott writes about the "strange" experience of seeing his memoir, 'The Adderall Diaries,' turned into a movie.
Pulitzers Added a Fourth Novel
The Pulitzer Prize Board this year asked its fiction jury to submit a belated, fourth nominee, in contrast to its handling of the selection for 2012, when no fiction prize was awarded.
Global Piracy Ring Handed Judgment
A United States federal court has found the operators of a massive global piracy ring liable for intentionally infringing copyrights, awarding the maximum damages allowed under U.S. law.
The Difficulty of Being a Debut Writer
"It is a privilege and a gift and an honor to be a debut author, but it is, above all things, an existential test," writes Courtney Maum, at Buzzfeed.
Liz Thomson Looks Back
As she steps down from BookBrunch, the journalist reflects on three decades covering the book trade beat and explains the background to her new project.
- 2015 Apr 21
Inside the Pulitzer Prize Book Winners
Mass extinction. A pope and a fascist. A lost North American tribe. A beguiling WWII tale. Scott Porch, Bill Morris, William O’Connor, and Malcolm Jones on the Pulitzer board’s picks, at the Daily Beast.
Toni Morrison, 'I Regret Everything'
The author looks back on her personal life, with NPR's Terry Gross.
Personalized Picture Book a Bestseller
After winning the highest-ever valuation on BBCTV’s 'Dragon’s Den,' a book designed for individual children has sold 500,000 copies.
Clinton 'Ready' for Attacks
Hillary Clinton dismissed an upcoming book that will reportedly outline favorable treatment from her State Department in exchange for foreign donations to her family foundation, saying it comes with the territory of running for president.
Race, Wit, and Mansplaining
Trying to address the literary world’s reputation as an old boys’ club, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books included a number of panels in which women discussed humor, race, and their own writing.
- 2015 Apr 20
Family Christian Scrutiny
The Grand Rapids-based national bookstore chain faces questions over a proposed sale to an insider, and a transfer of customer donations to evangelical causes.
Nazi Minister’s Estate Sues RH
The estate of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s minister of propaganda, is taking legal action against the publisher Random House over a new biography, claiming payment for the use of extracts from his diaries.
'Clinton Clash' to Make Waves
The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Hugo Nominees Withdraw
Two authors have withdrawn their work from contention for the prestigious Hugo science fiction awards in the wake of a controversy George R.R. Martin said has “plunged all fandom into war."
'Huge Inequality' in Writer Earnings
A new survey out of the U.K found that a small number of writers, just 10%, earn most of the money made by professional authors.
- 2015 Apr 17
Anna Kendrick Has a Book Deal
The comic actress’ yet-untitled book, due in fall 2016 from Touchstone, will draw upon amusing, memorable moments from her life, from growing up in New England to staring in giant films like 'Pitch Perfect.'
Shakeup at PRH India
Publisher Chiki Sarkar and four others quit Penguin Random House India in a coordinated exit.
Looking Beyond YA
Encouraging teenagers to read, by choosing books from the non-YA shelves.
Speaking to Diversity
Buzzfeed asked attendees at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference if they had any messages for the predominantly white publishing industry.
Posthumous Book by 'Charlie Hebdo' Chief
The late former editor of the French weekly condemns "Islamophobia" as thinly disguised racism in a posthumously published book that was completed two days before he was killed in France's worst terror attack in years.
Too Many Books?
Tim Parks at the 'New York Review of Books' ponders if there is a relationship between the quantity of books available to us, the ease with which they can be written and published, and our reading experience.
- 2015 Apr 16
Jonathan Lethem on Influences
Children's literature inspired the author, including Munro Leaf and the D’Aulaires.