- 2016 Jun 24
U.K. Book Industry Prepares for Brexit
After the "Leave" camp's victory in the E.U. referendum, industry figures have vowed to take a positive approach to the challenges ahead.
Cynthia Ozick’s Long Crusade
Considered one of the greatest fiction writers and critics alive today, at 88, she shows no signs of slowing down.
James Baldwin House Association
A nonprofit to protect, acquire, and renovate Baldwin’s home in Provence and create a residency for artists and writers has launched.
64 Hours of Sherlock Holmes
A Spotify playlist of Sherlock Holmes stories, with performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, and more.
'Little House' and Hiding Your Feelings
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book series 'Little House on the Prairie' championed emotional restraint, for better and worse.
- 2016 Jun 23
Playboy Interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Tell me that I’m wrong, and that’s cool. I look for that. I still feel like a student."
The Wrong Marine
John Bradley, the subject of Bestseller 'Flags of Our Fathers,' was misidentified as being in the famous Iwo Jima picture.
Kobo Prize Winners Announced
Irina Kovalyova, Nocla R. White, and Wab Kinew have won Canada's $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
Publishers Embrace Video
Book publishers are stepping up their YouTube game at a time when online video has never been more influential.
HarperCollins's Faridabad Garage Sale
The publisher will sell more than 1,000 books at discounted prices at their warehouse in India on June 24 and 25.
- 2016 Jun 22
Pulitzer Brings No Peace for Nguyen
'The Sympathizer' author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his novel, pain, and 'Apocalypse Now.'
The Reality of Nordic Noir
A conversation on how the icy genre serves as a mirror reflecting the evolution of modern Europe.
The Theory of Judith Butler
On the radical theorist and author who spawned a gender-queer nation and became a pop celebrity in the process.
'Fun Home' Wraps Up on Broadway
After more than two years on the Great White Way, the musical will shut its doors in September.
Quidditch World Cup Fever Grows
Teams from everywhere from Uganda to Pakistan are preparing for the international competition of J.K. Rowling’s fictional sport in Germany in July.
- 2016 Jun 21
Save Our Barnes & Noble
An argument in the retailer's favor, and a warning of the ripple effect should it go out of business.
Musicians Join the Copyright Fight
Songwriters including Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney have signed an open letter to Congress requesting changes to the U.S. Copyright Act.
A Handbook to Political Books
What do this season’s political books tell us about the election? They "mirror the broader thinking of their moment."
Rare 'Thor' Art Goes On Sale
Cover artwork for a 1968 Marvel cover goes to auction after decades on a bedroom wall.
Make the Western Canon Great Again
A Trumpian parody of the defense of the American white male novelist and his ilk.
- 2016 Jun 20
Why Indie Presses Are Opening Bookstores
Minneapolis's Milkweed Editions and Chicago's Curbside Splendor have both opened storefronts. Will it help?
Book Trade Urges U.K. to Remain in E.U.
A new online survey from 'The Bookseller' shows a growth in book industry support for the U.K. maintaining ties to the E.U.
Women Are the Queens of Crime Fiction
Perhaps because they're more skeptical of heroism than their male counterparts, women are writing today's best crime novels.
Writers, Facing Arts Cuts, Turn to DIY
Emerging writers, seeing a decrease in support, look to peers—not publishers—for aid amid a return to the zine culture of the 1990s.
How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human
Francine Prose on Mary Shelley's night telling ghost stories at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland.
- 2016 Jun 17
Detained Hong Kong Bookseller Speaks Up
Lam Wing-kee was abducted from Hong Kong’s border with China and forced into five months of solitary confinement.
Hachette U.K. Buys Neon Play
The publisher has acquired the mobile games development studio in the first of what “could be one of several” app acquisitions for the company.
Brooklyn Book Festival Lineup
Authors to appear at the festival include Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Salman Rushdie and Joyce Carol Oates.
The One With the Literary Canon
Famous novels retitled as episodes of 'Friends,' like Jane Austen's "The One That ‘Clueless’ Is Based On.”
Seven Writers on Fatherhood
A 'Literary Hub' roundup of writing on patriarchs and pop-pops for Father's Day.
- 2016 Jun 16
Here Comes Hilda
Luke Pearson's Hildafolk series of graphic novels.
Censorship and YA Readers
Should We Censor What Teens Read?
Diversity Across the Pond
U.K. booksellers call for more diverse kids’ books.
The End of an Era
The 'Guardian' drops its children’s books site.
It's Bloomsday All Over the World
Celebrating Bloomsday, the day on which all of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' took place.
New Amazon Books in Portland
The e-commerce giant continues to expand its brick and mortar presence with a new shop in Oregon.
Nobel Prize–Winner Alexievich on Orlando
The Belarusian writer spoke about chronicling politics and suffering—and why she’s turning her attention to love.
Margaret Atwood Wins PEN Pinter
The novelist will receive the award at the British Library on October 13th during a tour of the U.K.
The Boxcar Children Get a Movie
How the kids series with more than 100 titles made its heroes into immortal crime fighters.
- 2016 Jun 15
A Reading Place for Refugees
Istanbul's Pages Bookstore and Cafe is the first Arabic bookstore in the ancient Turkish city, and a haven for Syrian refugees.
Shopping with Ginsberg and Whitman
An illustrated guide to Allen Ginsberg's ode to Walt Whitman, "A Supermarket in California."
Alexander Chee on Queer Courage
The author of 'The Queen of the Night' on how the LGBTQ community will turn grief into resolve after the shooting in Orlando.
Gail Rebuck on Women in Publishing
The chair of Penguin Random House's British operations calls the pipeline of women executives in FTSE 100 companies “woefully low.”
Oprah Cookbook Due in 2017
To launch her own book imprint, Oprah Winfrey is publishing her first cookbook and delaying the release of her memoir.
- 2016 Jun 14
YA Series Launched on TV
'Pretty Little Liars' Author Sara Shepard Launches New Book Series with TV Cameo.
More Patrick Ness Movie Adaptations
Doug Liman in Talks to Direct Post-Apocalyptic YA Thriller 'Chaos Walking.'
Not So Sleepy Sleeper Hit
A Fantasy Series That Began on the Web and Became a Bestseller.
World War II Novels for Young Readers
Historical fiction is having a renaissance in young adult literature.
A list of quotes from Maurice Sendak.
'Thirteen Reasons' on Netflix
A 13-part adaptation of "13 Reasons Why" is coming to Netflix.
Marked Up Tickets to 'Cursed Child'
Seats at "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" are left empty after ticket scalpers can't sell.
No More Live Owls in 'Cursed Child'
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will no longer feature live owls.
Seeing 'Cursed Child'
A first-hand account of seeing "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."
Rowling Assures 'Child' Tour
J.K. Rowling suggests that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will tour.
Blume and Alexander on Reading
Interviews with Judy Blume and Kwame Alexander.
Girls at the Movies
An article discusses why there aren't more movies for and about girls.
Quotes about Inclusion and Diversity
Quotations from children's books addressing diversity and equality.
Pretty Little New Series
Sara Shepard is launching a new series, The Amateurs.
'Chaos' on Screen
Doug Liman is in talks to direct "Chaos Walking."
From Web to Bestseller
An article about Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland novels.
Historical YA Fiction
A look at recent YA historical fiction titles.
A Contemporary 'Canterbury Tales'
Authors have come together to write a modern version of 'The Canterbury Tales' based on stories from refugees living in Britain.
The Other NBA
Writers, publishers, and non-professional ballers prepare for fierce competition on Wednesday at the National Book Foundation's annual event.
Court Overturns 'American Sniper' Ruling
The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that jurors erred in a prior ruling awarding Jesse Ventura $1.8M in defamation.
Penguin Reboots Modern Poets Series
A new and improved series of contemporary poetry collections, modeled after a similar 1960s effort, will be published in the U.K.
'The Neu Jorker'
"Literary playground" website '0s&1s' has produced a parody issue of 'The New Yorker.'
- 2016 Jun 13
Writers Respond to Orlando Massacre
LGBTQ and allied authors reflect on Sunday's shooting with a mix of outrage, sorrow, and thoughtful reflection.
The Books Hamilton Borrowed
The Society Library in New York holds the records of which books Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr once borrowed.
Don DeLillo on Writing 'Underworld'
"I began to think almost in the abstract patterns of an expressionist painter, such as Pollock or Rothko."
Zadie Smith's 'NW' on the BBC
Nikki Amuka-Bird and Phoebe Fox are reportedly tapped for the television adaptation of Smith's 2012 novel.
Amazon in India
A look at Kindle's marketing strategy in India."We're not bothered whether print is big in India; readership is."
- 2016 Jun 10
Authors Stand for Fair Use Against 'NYT'
Forced to pay $1,884 to incorporate three quotes from the 'New York Times' in their book, two professors are making a stand.
When Pop Culture Fades, Critics Don't
Will anyone read Chuck Klosterman in 100 years? Can you name a critic from 1916?
James Patterson, Literacy Prophet
James Patterson would like you to read, just like he did, growing up as "a little literary snob."
Girls, Girls, Grrrrrls
Why are female friendships written so hot and bothered while male friendships are pure bromance?
'Gladiator' screenwriter David Franzoni is working on a film about the Persian poet Rumi—and is eying, of all people, Leo DiCaprio.
- 2016 Jun 09
The U.K.’s inaugural Klaus Flugge prize.
An Unkindness of Books
Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing the Raven Cycle.
Prescient Books for Teens
Dystopian YA Tropes and the 2016 Presidential Election.
Daniel Radcliffe explains why he didn’t attend 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'
Literary Criticism's Grade Inflation
Literary Hub's new "Rotten Tomatoes for books," Book Marks, may prove that book criticism is too nice.
B&N Ed to Match Prices at College Stores
The company will offer a price-match guarantee against Amazon and other national retailers.
Ernest Hemingway's Middlebrow Revolution
On a literary sleight of hand only a master could pull off, and having it both ways in literature.
Xerox Sues Tate Publishing
In its lawsuit, the company claims the self-publishing house owes it $1.7 million.
Why are Writers So Jealous?
"Everyone knows that writers are ego-driven navel-gazers," writes Khalid Warsame. But why?
- 2016 Jun 08
Lammy Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards include 'New Yorker' writer Hilton Als and poet Eileen Myles.
'Beowulf' Manuscript Digitized
The British Library has digitized the sole existing manuscript of 'Beowulf,' which is now accessible to the public online.
Beyoncé and African Literature
On the use of Beyoncé’s celebrity power to elevate African artists relatively unknown to the U.S. and Europe.
Germans Are Buying More Books Online
Germany's massive book market may be making the transition to online purchases, in both e-book and paper formats.
Sloane Crosley Reads "The Necklace"
In a new series in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago, Crosley revisits Maupassant.
- 2016 Jun 07
The Politics of a Children's Classic
Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children and the Spirit of Capitalism.
'Cursed Child' Opens This Week
Why J.K. Rowling Endorsed 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' for the Stage.
Illustrator of American Childhood
A look at the work of Garth Williams.
Up for Debate
Should Awards Committee Conversations Remain Confidential?
Native American and Indigenous Lit
In an era seeing a blooming of diversity in publishing, indigenous peoples are still hoping for representation beyond Sherman Alexie.
Waterstones Director Pans Amazon
Waterstones's James Daunt said Amazon is undercutting his business because of the “unconscionable” way it exploits the tax system.
An Interview with Galiano Island Books
The owners of a family-run bookshop on a sparsely-populated Canadian island talk about loving books and surreal customer exchanges.
Author and War Journo David Lamb Dies
The Vietnam War correspondent for the 'Los Angeles Times' and author of 'Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns' dies at 76.
African Rewrites of European Classics
Four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic, giving the original a makeover.
- 2016 Jun 06
HarperCollins Joins Facebook Live
The publisher will launch a daily program enabling readers to interact with its writers through real-time video and written questions.