- 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.
A Look at 'Miss Peregrine'
Tim Burton discusses "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."
Live Action Peter Rabbit
Columbia Pictures has announced plans for a film adaptation of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit."
Classic Banned Books
A look at classic books that have been banned.
A Call for Morse Diverse Books
An article calls out for more diversity in children's books.
Homes of Fictional Characters
An article and map offer a guide to where favorite fictional characters lived.
Organizations team up for diverse books
Three organizations are teaming up to provide diverse YA books to low-income communities.
Trolls Attack Book
White supremacist trolls flooded Goodreads with negative reviews for Laura Silverman's novel after her anti-Trump tweets.
PEN America on Censorship and Diversity
A report from PEN America details how diverse books are more likely to be challenged or banned.
I, Pulitzer Prize–Winning Robot
How long will it be before artificial intelligence is capable of winning the Pulitzer Prize?
A Wrong Way to Read?
Adam Kirsch and Anna Holmes debate whether some methods of reading are more correct than others.
Closing the YA Diversity Gap
A new partnership will distribute multicultural books to low-income kids and give authors of color a boost.
Canada's Publishing Hive
At the offices of Penguin Random House Canada, curling up with a good book is encouraged.
The Advice Column as Literature
While writers might hope a reader takes something more from their writing than just plot or literal meaning, advice columnists go one step further.
- 2016 Sep 26
Avid Reader, Reluctant Writer
An interview with Robert Gottlieb, editorial midwife to works by Toni Morrison, Joseph Heller, and Robert Caro.
Symphony Space's Katherine Minton Dies
The producer of programs including 'Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story' died on September 21.
A Perfect Storm
How do you update a play about a castaway sorcerer and an air spirit? Margaret Atwood on her contemporary take on 'The Tempest.'
Claudia Rankine, MacArthur Genius
The author of 'Citizen' spoke to 'BuzzFeed News' about the protests in Charlotte, the national anthem, and how she plans to use her award.
Can YouTube Save Publishing?
When 21-year-old vlogger Alfie Deyes released his first book, it was an instant bestseller. Why are books by YouTubers so successful?
- 2016 Sep 23
Patterson Won't Murder King
James Patterson was to publish a book about an attempt on Stephen King's life, but decided against it after learning of real-life threats.
And Still, She Rises
The trailer has been released for 'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,' the first documentary on the late American poet laureate.
Sharon Olds Explains It All
The poet discusses her new collection in praise of everything from stretch marks to composting toilets.
We Are the American Heartbreak
In a rare recording, Langston Hughes addresses race, “the rock on which Freedom stumped its toe.”
14 Weekend Reads
A roundup of 14 slim novels that reach for brilliance in two hundred pages or less—and can be read in a weekend.
- 2016 Sep 22
First 'Fallen' Trailer
The first "Fallen" trailer debuts.
Marley Dias's New Venture
The 11-year-old creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks is creating a zine for Elle magazine.
The Hidden Meanings of Nursery Rhymes
A look at the origins and meanings of 9 nursery rhymes.
A Plea for Challenging Books
An article discusses the benefits of reading challenging books to kids.
Nickelodeon is starting production on a TV movie adaptation of Chris Grabenstein's "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library."
Introducing Addy Walker
An article discusses the creation of the first black American Girl doll.
Less Spent on Books for Boys
A study shows that parents of preschool kids spend 25% less on books for boys than they do for girls.
Pullman Pushes for Author Safeguards
Philip Pullman is urging the UK government to adopt new protections for authors and their royalties.
Carnegie Longlists Announced
The longlists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in fiction and nonfiction include Dave Eggers and James McBride.
Publishing, Behind the Scenes
An appreciative look at ten people (besides the author) who bring a book into the world.
Syrian Authors Blast U.S., Russia
In a statement, the writers argue that the countries have co-opted the Syrian liberation struggle under the rubric of the “war against terror.”
Yes, Writing Is a Job
The attitude that writing is a hobby—often debated in books and articles—allows writers to be exploited.
The Taming of the Bard
This year’s Shakespearean trends have been welcome: 2016 was the summer of women and Shakespeare.
- 2016 Sep 21
Marley Dias, the 11-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, has created a mini-magazine, to launch tomorrow.
Carla Hayden Takes Charge
A profile of the new Librarian of Congress, now charged with managing the world's largest library.
Joyce Carol Oates, Interviewed
One of America's most prolific writers talks about great editors, bad reviews, and the Internet.
Pullman Pulls for E.U. Royalty Plans
Philip Pullman has appealed for E.U. directive to be introduced in Britain, to help authors make a living.
Atlas Obscura Tours Manhattan
Dylan Thuras, co-founder of the travel website, shows NPR hidden wonders in a well-trodden place.
- 2016 Sep 20
Ask the Publicists
Broadside PR and Literary Hub have launched a monthly advice column about book publicity.
National Translation Month
Celebrating translated literature and fostering artistic unity across linguistic boundaries throughout the month of September.
Tales from the Tomb
The British Library has excavated a collection of classic mummy stories, all highly readable.
Copyright After Brexit
Departure from the European Union will mean government has a policy choice to make for the future direction of copyright.
Free Audio Classics on Spotify
If you rummage around Spotify, you’ll find many quality recordings. Open Culture rounds up 75 of them.
- 2016 Sep 19
Edward Albee is Dead at 88
The author of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was widely considered the foremost American playwright of his generation.
The Bestseller Code
Could algorithms save book publishing? Maybe—but they could also ruin novels.
Viet Thanh Nguyen on the diversity problem in the literary world and actively promoting access.
Vermin on the Mount
A different breed of reading series wants writers to feel like rock stars.
The 2016 Texas Book Festival
Here's who you'll see in Austin in November, including Don DeLillo, Emma Cline, Yaa Gyasi, and more.
- 2016 Sep 16
When Amazon is Your College Bookstore
SUNY Stony Brook's partnership Amazon has made the e-retailer the university’s official book provider.
After a gentle rejection of her first manuscript from Alfred Knopf himself, Ursula K. Le Guin knew she had to keep working at her writing.
118-Year-Old Greek Bookstore Capsizes
The largest bookstore in Greece, Eleftheroudakis, will be closed on September 30 due to the seven-year debt crisis.
Books of Fall Bounty
Eleven books about food and desire, filled with stories of appetite and invention, from authors including Eric Ripert and Han Kang.
Literary Fiction and Empathy
How reading literary fiction teaches us to be human by helping us to understand worlds that are not our own.
- 2016 Sep 15
Paula Hawkins, By the Book
The author of 'The Girl on the Train' steers away from some popular genres: “I have (shamefully) never read any sci-fi."
Amazon Books Opens in San Diego
The e-commerce giant’s seemingly incongruous brick-and-mortar venture is now open at Westfield UTC mall in San Diego, Calif.
A President's Paintings
George W. Bush is to publish a book of his oil paintings of military personnel and veterans, with the proceeds going towards veterans charities.
'Game of Thrones,' Illustrated
Ten exclusive images and behind-the-scenes stories from the illustrated volume of 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'
Dunham Backs Indie Bookstores
Lena Dunham has a new role—spokesperson for a national campaign on behalf of independent bookstores.
- 2016 Sep 14
Bookselling in the 21st Century
Introducing a new 'Literary Hub' series on the state of the independent bookstore in 2016 and beyond.
Lionel Shriver's Questionable Speech
The author's address on cultural appropriation roils a writers' festival in Australia.
What is Women’s Writing?
A discussion at the Emily Books Symposium dug into the specifics of writing for, and by, women.
Jennifer Weiner's Feminism Flop
The author's reaction to Oprah’s Book Club announcement wasn’t good for her or the movement.
Donald Trump and Freshman Essays
On the value of uncertainty in college essays and American politics—a value that seems to be diminishing.
- 2016 Sep 13
Authors' Best Writing Tips
Writers offer their most important piece of advice—from finding a voice to the all-important ending.
NCAC Decries Bookstore Boycott
The National Coalition Against Censorship denounces boycott of Oregon bookstore over "offensive" display.
Kate Beaton Against Children
Applying her graphic genius to the tyranny of babies, the 'Hark, a Vagrant!' creator knows her audience.
Tommy Pico Talks Poetry
On the angers and joys of a Native American poet living in Brooklyn.
Twin Cities Book Festival
The schedule for Minnesota's annual book festival is here, and includes Charles Baxter and Francine Prose.
- 2016 Sep 12
Pop-Ups for Bezos and Friends
Amazon is expanding its retail operation to 100 pop-up stores around the U.S.
How Megan Abbott Spends Sunday
During her Sunday writing stints, the author takes breaks to step into the light of a neighborhood she loves.
Why Do Books Publish on Tuesdays?
Ease of distribution, a level playing field for booksellers, and a better shot at the bestseller list drive Tuesday releases.
Eimear McBride on How a Book is Formed
The author on how Lars von Trier, James Joyce, and Sarah Kane inspired her to explore a new immersive style
The New Powers That Be
On Harry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity in the publishing industry.
- 2016 Sep 09
'American Pastoral' in Toronto
Ewan McGregor discusses his directorial debut as the Philip Roth adaptation hits the Toronto Film Festival.
A Whole New Meaning for Book Bans
More than 30 Charleston Southern football players were banned from play after not buying books at a bookstore.
Jane Eyre Sees America
Timed to the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, an exhibit opens at the Morgan Library and Museum today.
Wordstock's Authors and Presenters
The Portland, Ore.-based literary festival has announced its lineup for 2016.