- 2016 Jul 29
A Bookish Nominee
Hillary Clinton, according to her daughter, is a presidential nominee who reads, and shares, books.
Mahasweta Devi Dies at 90
The eminent Indian playwright, litterateur, and social activist died on Thursday afternoon in Calcutta.
Tweaking 'The Gene'
Scribner has made changes to Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 'The Gene' after an excerpt in the 'New Yorker' sparked criticism from scientists.
Liane Moriarty, By the Book
The author of 'The Husband’s Secret' and, now, 'Truly Madly Guilty' hated 'Moby-Dick' as a child.
The New Gay Novel
The latest and most provocative trend in gay fiction has been to explore lingering shame in an age of declaratory pride.
- 2016 Jul 28
Casting for L'Engle Adaptation
Oprah Winfrey Joins Movie Adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in Time.'
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Franchise Rebooting with New Cast.
An Enduring Indie Author
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Was Self-Published.
Happy birthday, Beatrix Potter
The author’s legacy 150 years on.
James McPherson Dies at 72
James Alan McPherson, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on Wednesday in Iowa City.
How to Host a Potter Reading Party
Plays are meant to be performed. Short of staging a full production, the best option may be to host your very own reader’s theater.
The White Man's Man Booker
There have been signs that U.K. publishing is seeking to embrace writers of color. The Man Booker longlist is not such a sign.
Ladies In the Fictional Workplace
The last two decades have seen a boom in workplace novels written by and mostly marketed to women.
Women Writing Brazil
As the eyes of the world turn to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, PEN America's Glossolalia journal focuses on Brazilian women writers.
- 2016 Jul 27
The Man Who Writes Her Erotica
Meet the 20-something dude secretly writing some of the best feminist erotica e-books on the market.
Is There Prejudice in Publishing?
The 'Forbes' podcast 'Uncommon Ground' talks with an author and agent, turning its gaze on the challenges faced in the publishing industry.
Whither the Serialized Book?
Can serialized fiction à la Dickens convert binge watchers of shows like 'Game of Thrones' into binge readers?
The Technology of Indie Bookstores
The resurgence of the indie is “small, but noticeable, sustained, and continuous.” Is tech helping?
Nguyen-ing the Pulitzer
Viet Thanh Nguyen recalls the dreamlike state in which he wrote his Pulitzer-winning novel 'The Sympathizer.'
- 2016 Jul 26
Gene Luen Yang on Comics' Value
Why comics belong in schools… and more ideas from graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang.
Cat in the Hat for President
The Dr. Seuss Character Cat in the Hat Tosses Red, White and Blue Stovepipe Cap in Presidential Ring.
The Fall of 'Divergent'
The final film will bow on television – here’s why it matters.
Responses to Harry Potter Play
Theater critics review 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Here’s what they think.
'Cursed Child' Casts a Spell Onstage
Ben Brantley at the 'New York Times' calls Rowling's latest "the kind of play that you want to describe in detail."
Tim LaHaye Dies at 90
The evangelical author of the Left Behind book series died July 25 at a hospital in La Mesa, Calif.
A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian
As the way people access information changes, librarians are exploring ways to make their jobs newly relevant.
Natalie Portman Emails Cormac McCarthy
A parody of the recently published emails of Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer in the 'Blood Meridian' author's style.
Adapting Philip Roth to Film
James Schamus speaks to the difficulty of adapting Roth's 'Indignation,' which hits theaters Friday, to film.
- 2016 Jul 25
The Fast-Growing Audiobook
Smartphones have stoked an explosion in audiobooks, leading publishers to expand their offerings and enlist star narrators.
The Perfect Graphic Novel
'PW' senior news editor Calvin Reid discusses "the perfect graphic novel," and explains why 'City of Glass' is it.
Nielsen Book to Launch Online ISBN Store
Nielsen's new U.K.-based ISBN store will allow publishers and self-published authors to purchase smaller numbers of ISBNs.
Roxane Gay Joins Marvel Roster
The author of 'Bad Feminist' will spotlight the women of Wakanda in a 'Black Panther' companion comic.
Have a Podcast With That Book
'Book Riot' spotlights three fiction podcasts for the bookworm who can’t get enough of beautiful storytelling.
- 2016 Jul 22
Robert Dunbar Dies at 76
Authors pay tribute to the critic, editor, educator, and "Father (Christmas) of Irish children’s literature."
The Rise of the Literary Podcast
A handful of podcasts have transcended the genre and broken through to find a wider audience.
Plagiarist Poet Defends Melania Trump
A poet who has made a career out of plagiarism, Kenneth Goldsmith, makes a case for Melania.
Visiting Flannery O'Connor's Farm
Wei Tchou makes a trip to Andalusia Farm, O'Connor's rural Georgian estate—and is disappointed by the peafowl.
Literature for the Rest of Us
Griffith, Ind. will host a two day reading, writing, and craft beer-filled festival, Small Prestivus.
- 2016 Jul 21
Jerry Pinkney Day
The Caldecott medalist is honored in his hometown.
Not For Kids
Roald Dahl's Twisted, Overlooked Stories for Adults.
Casting for YA Adaptation
Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in adaptation of Nicola Yoon's 'Everything, Everything.'
YA Franchise Switches to Small Screen
'Divergent' Finale to Skip Theaters, Launch as a TV Movie and Spinoff Series.
What's Wrong With Killing Mockingbirds?
Seeking a better understanding of the cultural significance of mockinbirds in Harper Lee's famous book.
Kristin Dunst Opens Plath's 'Bell Jar'
Dunst is set make her feature film directorial debut with 'The Bell Jar,' an adaptation to star Dakota Fanning.
Trump Sends Ghostwriter Cease-and-Desist
Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of 'The Art of the Deal,' said on Wednesday that he had received a cease-and-desist letter.
New Ladybird Books for Fall
Penguin Random House will release nine new titles in its U.K. bestselling Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series in autumn.
Viet Thanh Nguyen is 'Committed'
'Ploughshares publishes "The Committed," an excerpt from Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen's upcoming novel.
- 2016 Jul 20
Publishers vs. China in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's publishing industry vowed to take on China by selling books critical of Beijing as a major annual book fair began Wednesday.
Teen George R.R. Martin's Note to Marvel
The 'Game of Thrones' author’s fan letter praises an issue of 'The Fantastic Four, then points out a plot hole.
Joy Williams on Writing
In an interview with 'Vice,' she declared: "Writing gives me no happiness, I've said this before."
Make America Read Again
John Harris, a librarian working in a neighborhood in Cleveland, went to the Republican National Convention to hand out books.
Why Poetry Can Change the World
'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs and poet Danez Smith on the Brave New Voices festival.
- 2016 Jul 19
Trump Ghostwriter Regrets It All
'The Art of the Deal' made America see Trump as a savvy charmer. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
Wynton Marsalis Interviews Albert Murray
In April of 1994, Marsalis, one of Murray's most careful and serious students, interviewed him on tape at Murray’s apartment.
Farewell to Microsoft Press
Microsoft waves goodbye to the Microsoft Press Editorial Team as it lets all of its staff go.
A Reading List for 'Remain'
Surveying indie publishers and booksellers, Jen Calleja collects a Eurocentric reading list for the 48% who opposed Brexit.
Frank O'Hara Inspired 'Mad Men'
'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner reads Frank O’Hara’s 'Lunch Poems' in a new audiobook.
- 2016 Jul 18
How to Work at the Strand
Want to work in 18 miles of books? You'd better be able to prove your mastery of the literary canon.
'Calvin and Hobbes' is Great Literature
Bill Watterson's masterful newspaper comic endures as literature and art...because it is both.
America Needs Its Indies
As books from major publishers get bigger and pricier, smaller houses are taking risks on more experimental works.
Vonnegut Gives Advice to the Future
In 1988, Kurt Vonnegut wrote a letter to people living in 2088, giving them seven pieces of wisdom.
The Truth of Historical Fiction
How historical fiction does what history textbooks do not—"makes a better job of the truth."
- 2016 Jul 15
Where Books Are All But Nonexistent
In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a child to find something to read in the summer.
Natalie and Jonathan Email Away
On the eve of her directorial debut and his first book in a decade (after lots of rumors), Portman and Safran Foer open up their inboxes.
Gordon Lish and the Canadian Carver
Before Lish skyrocketed to literary fame as Raymond Carver's editor, he published Canada's Dave Godfrey.
The Library of Last Resort
Has whatever early progress the Library of Congress made on the Internet been squandered?
How the Gutenberg Press Worked
A video demonstration shows the oldest functioning Gutenberg press in action.
- 2016 Jul 14
Adaptations for Kids
A list of middle grade and YA adaptations of adult books.
Children's books that feature diverse figures throughout history.
Teaching About Privilege
A look at children's books that help kids to understand privilege.
'Hamilton' Cast Member to Write Forward
Phillipa Soo will write the forward to a picture book biography on Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton.
Harry Potter-Themed Photoshoot
A family creates Harry Potter-themed baby photo shoot.
From 'Dory' to 'Hangnail'
Ellen DeGeneres will produce a movie adaptation of "Castle Hangnail."
A look at the the "Midnight Paintings" of Dr. Seuss.
Guardian Children's Fiction Longlist
A look at the longlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
Thorne to Star in 'Break My Heart'
Bella Thorne has been cast in the film adaptation of "Break My Heart 1,000 Times."
Return to Court and Throne
Sarah J. Maas is writing more books in her A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass series.
A librarian creates a reading list for #BlackLivesMatter.
Reading YA for Vocabulary
An article discusses how children's books can help build vocabulary.
Rick Riordan's tour dates for "Hammer of Thor."
Makeover for NEA Book Program
The NEA announced Wednesday that its Big Read program will focus more on diverse, contemporary works.
Google on Fighting Piracy
The company has released an update to its "How Google Fights Piracy" report explaining its IP efforts.
A Book Deal for Bernie Sanders
Days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Senator Sanders is preparing to take his message to the page.
Google Deletes Dennis Cooper’s Blog
On June 27, writer Dennis Cooper tried to access his blog—hosted by Blogger since 2002—and discovered that Google had deleted it.
What Writers of Color Say We Should Read
Books chosen by Twin Cities writers of color to help build understanding between cultures.
- 2016 Jul 13
Saddam Hussein Novella Coming Soon
The novella was completed on the eve of the 2003 invasion, and this is not a parody.
Amazon's Not So Prime Day
Amazon's checkout process appeared to be experiencing problems, preventing customers from buying items on Prime Day.
Lost My Name Lays Off Staff
The publishing startup has laid off nine members of its staff as part of plans to improve performance and invest more money in the product.
What to Read on a Long Hike
How to pare one's pack weight down to a minimum but maintain access to literature.
Jonah Lehrer Is Not a Crook
Some are skeptical that Lehrer has changed after a plagiarism scandal, but the author is adamant that his remorse is real.
- 2016 Jul 12
Center for Fiction First Novel Longlist
Yaa Gyasi and Garth Greenwell are among the authors whose works are longlisted for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
Amazon Eyes New York
Rumors say that Amazon will launch a new brick-and-mortar bookstore in the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan.
#BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens
In the wake of the killings of two black men by police last week, a librarian created a teen reading list.
A Bizarre New 53rd Street Library
The new 53rd Street Library in New York is nice—unless you like to read books.
No Rest for Lorca in Spain
Federico García Lorca’s family tangles with Spanish officials over new $25 million center built to honor the executed poet and playwright.
- 2016 Jul 11
Thalia Sold Into Family Ownership
U.S. buyout firm Advent has sold its stake in German book retailer Thalia to a family of publishers.
Happy Birthday, Marcel Proust
Six writers on the genius of the grandfather of literary nostalgia on the occasion of his 145th birthday.
Walter Mosley on Easy and Trump
The writer muses on politics and how his father is like his famous protagonist, Easy Rawlins.
Should You Write Toward Trends?
Advice on style, sub-genres, and writing what's popular from literary advice column "Blunt Instrument."
Reading North Korea
In the wake of the U.S.'s sanction on Kim Jong-Un, a dive into the secrets of the mysterious state via literature.