- 2016 May 03
Roxane Gay Talks 'Lemonade' With PEN
The author spoke of inspiration, Beyoncé, and the personal obstacles facing writers in a speech at the PEN World Voices Festival.
- 2016 May 02
Turning to James Baldwin
In a time of social upheaval surrounding issues of race, writers, scholars, and activists again seek wisdom from one of America's greatest writers.
Hulu Announces Atwood Adaptation
The streaming service will debut 'The Handmaid's Tale,' starring 'Mad Men' lead Elisabeth Moss, in 2017.
HMH Struggles With 'Mein Kampf' Earnings
The publisher has donated some profits from Hitler's memoir to pro-Jewish causes, but now pivots toward other tolerance programs.
Why Literature Needs Psychology
Literature wrestles with the same questions as the social science—and is better off when informed by its theories.
Rowling Offers Lupin Apology
The Harry Potter author admits to fans that she never intended to off popular werewolf character Remus Lupin.
- 2016 Apr 29
Jim Harrison's Literary Friendships
Remembering the late author not with endless Hemingway comparisons, but by looking at his life.
Don DeLillo, Apocalyptic Prophet
Looking at the author's disaster-heavy catalog through the lens of his latest novel, 'Zero K.'
Australia Resists Copyright Proposals
Writers and publishers down under vocally oppose new proposed fair use intellectual property laws.
Get to Know Paula Hawkins
The 'Girl on the Train' author discusses the surprises of success, wanting no children, and giving up on the romcom.
Author Jenny Diski Dies at 68
The British novelist penned such works as 'Nothing Natural' and 'Skating to Antarctica,' writing often of mental illness.
- 2016 Apr 28
Teachers Who Inspired Favorite Authors
Authors and Illustrators Remember Their Mentors.
Rare Illustration Unsurfaces
Unseen Beatrix Potter illustration to go on display for first time.
YA Author's Challenges Continue
Battle over banning 'Looking for Alaska' continues in Kentucky.
Hugo Protesters Strike Again
The Hugo Award finalists have been announced, and anti-leftist activists the Sad Puppies have successfully had their nominees shortlisted once more.
'Killing Joke' Trailer Released
The trailer for Warner Bros. Animation's upcoming adaptation of the classic Alan Moore graphic novel has arrived.
Hilton Als On Prince, Octavia Butler
The 'New Yorker' critic examines the black body in the works of Prince, Beyoncé, and Cecil Taylor, tying it all back to sci-fi master Octavia Butler.
Emma Watson Reads 'The Argonauts'
The actor has announced that Maggie Nelson's memoir is next on the slate for her book club.
Porochista Khakpour on Prince's Women
The author praises the ladies who accompanied the late musical phenomenon in a 'Village Voice' feature.
- 2016 Apr 27
al-Madhoun Wins International Prize
Author Rabai al-Madhoun wins the "Arabic Booker" for 'Destinies,' a novel exploring Palestinian life in exile.
FBI Columnist Harper Lee
The late author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' wrote a news story in the 1960s for a magazine aimed at the FBI that has just been unearthed.
Keeping Books That "Spark Joy"
What happens when a bookworm attempts to apply Marie Kondo's tidying up approach to her book collection?
ABA Won't Publish Book by Chinese Lawyer
The American Bar Association is defending its decision to refuse publication to a Chinese human rights lawyer.
Plath Reads "Spinster" for BBC
Poet Sylvia Plath read the poem "Spinster," among others, during BBC recording sessions in the 1960s.
- 2016 Apr 26
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Set
J.K. Rowling takes you onto the set of 'The Cursed Child' and reveals first look at the action.
'Monster Calls' Trailer
Get an advanced look at the chilling film based on Patrick Ness's novel.
YA Style Maven
Cassandra Clare Created a Fantasy Realm and Aims to Maintain Her Rule
After Canceling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups to Serve Members.
The Poetic Star of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'
Meet Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet featured in Beyoncé's surprise video album.
Colts QB Starts Book Club
Young pigskin hotshot, Stanford graduate, and "unofficial librarian of the Colts" Andrew Luck launches an eponymous book club.
Weeding Out a Library's Worst
Even for libraries, it's spring cleaning season—and two Michigan librarians have proposed some choice methods.
A Glimpse at Plimpton
Taking a look at the participatory sports journalism of George Plimpton, through his letters and photos.
Amazon Files Suit Against Fake Reviewers
A new lawsuit challenges five e-book reviewing websites that offer authors the ability to pay for e-book reviews.
- 2016 Apr 25
Six Celebrations of Shakespeare
For the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, 'Literary Hub' publishes six opinion pieces digging into his legacy.
The Success of Cassandra Clare
The YA fantasy author steeps herself in the history of her genre, even living in a steampunk home.
Alain de Botton Takes Your Questions
In preparation for a Wednesday webchat, the philosopher takes readers' questions over at 'The Guardian.'
Canadian Copyright Law is Hurting Kids
Canada's legislation on copyright has made publishing textbooks even more difficult in the digital age.
Does Poetry Month Lack Latinos?
Why Latinos are overlooked during National Poetry Month, and what the poetry community can start to do about it.
- 2016 Apr 22
Prince's Book Publicist Remembers Icon
Kathleen Schmidt reflects: "If he liked you, he would always like you. He would always remember your name."
Apple Books Goes Dark In China
Apple's book and film services are down in China in the wake of new regulations curbing digital publishing.
Four Writers In 'Time' 100
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elena Ferrante, and Marilynne Robinson are among the “100 Most Influential People.”
Boozing With the Bard
Raise a glass to Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death with these witty recipes.
Can Literature on Medicine Save Mankind?
A new generation of doctor writers is exploring the vital intersection between science and art.
- 2016 Apr 21
Eisner Nominees Announced
See the nominations for the 2016 Eisner Awards.
YA to TV Updates
'None of the Above' by I.W. Gregorio and 'Sea Change' by Aimee Friedman are in development at Lifetime.
Lib of Congress Appointment
John Cole, founding director of the Center for the Book, has been named historian at the Library of Congress.
Diversity Advocate Carter Dies
Publisher and Author Jackie Carter, Who Pushed for Racial Diversity in Children’s Books, Dies at 62.
Beatrix Potter Makeovers
A writer objects to the new cover art for Beatrix Potter books.
A look at 10 guardian angels appearing in children's books.
YA Novels by Asian Authors
A look at 11 YA novels written by Asian-American authors.
'Jungle Book' Surprises
Some surprising facts about "The Jungle Book."
Cecelia Ahern talks about writing "Flawed."
Jason Reynolds Talks to Kids
A preview of a talk by Jason Reynolds at the Delta Memorial Endowment Fund luncheon in Milwaukee.
'Jane Eyre' YA?
Lena Coakley on why she believes "Jane Eyre" is a YA novel.
Poetry and Common Core?
A writer and teacher considers the role of poetry within Common Core.
Klaus Flugge Longlist
The Klaus Flugge prize longlist for new illustrators is announced.
The 2016 Eisner Awards for comics has a record number of nominations for women.
'Wimpy Kid the Musical'
A review of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical."
YA at Lifetime
Aimee Friedman's "Sea Change" and "None of the Above" by I.W. Gregorio are in development for Lifetime.
Cole Named Congres Historian
John Y. Cole is named Library of Congress Historian.
Remembering Jackie Carter
A look at the life of publishing executive Jackie Carter.
'Hamilton' Helps Keep Namesake On Bill
Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, but Hamilton will stay put on the $10—thanks in part to Lin-Manuel Miranda.
'The Girl On the Train' Trailer Releases
Emily Blunt gets to keep her British accent in the new trailer for 'The Girl On the Train,' which is set in New York instead of London.
Hip-Hop and Publishing
In an era when pop culture and black artists are ever more appreciated, why does the literary community seem to ignore hip-hop?
Jackie Carter Dies at 62
The publishing executive, known for promoting racial diversity in children’s books, succumbed to cancer on April 13.
Robotics in Literature
A history of androids dreaming, the construction of automatons, and other mechanical literary characters.
- 2016 Apr 20
George R.R. Martin Talks Spinoffs
Will HBO spin new shows off from 'Game of Thrones'? If so, the author of its source material has some ideas.
African vs. Western Publishers
When American Sarah Ladipo Manyika went looking for a publisher, she chose a less traditional option than she might have expected.
Easton Ellis Takes In 'Psycho'
The 'American Psycho' author sees the Broadway musical adaptation of his novel for the first time.
Saunders Talks First Novel
Short fiction writer George Saunders sits down with 'Vulture' to discuss 'Lincoln In the Bardo,' which is due to publish next year.
Politicians as Shakespeare Characters
All the world’s a stage, and the 2016 presidential election has proven itself the biggest stage of all.
- 2016 Apr 19
New Home for Peculiar Stories
'Miss Peregrine' author returns with an illustrated collection of fairytales.
Bookish Box Office Blockbuster
'The Jungle Book' topped the box office on its debut weekend, with $103.6 million.
Movie Alert for Harry Potter Fans
Harry Potter characters will turn up in the 'Fantastic Beasts' movie, star confirms.
NYC Schools Considers Amazon Contract
The massive online retailer is waiting to hear if it has won a contract to sell e-books to New York City’s schools.
Betsy-Tacy Home Sells
The Mankato house where Betsy, Tacy and Tib lived has sold.
Green Behind the Wheel
John Green will drive a pace car for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
If Stuart Little Lived There Today
A tongue-in-cheek look at children's book characters and what their New York homes would be priced at today.
Blackman on Race, Writing, 'Othello'
An interview with Malorie Blackman.
Maas on Writing
A talk with Sarah Maas.
Alexie on 'Thunder Boy'
Sherman Alexie discusses "Thunder Boy Jr."
Children's Book Author Missing
Helen Bailey is still missing.
Alexander on Writing and Reading
An interview with Kwame Alexander.
Kate DiCamillo Talks Kindness, Childhood
An interview with Kate DiCamillo.
The Case of the Overdue Library Book
A couple is facing jail time for not returning "A Hatful of Seuss."
Riggs Writing 'Peculiar' Tales
Ransom Riggs is writing the fairy tales that play a role in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."
'Jungle Book' on Top
"The Jungle Book" movie tops the box office.
On Bullying and Boys
Author Dave Rudden writes about how teenage boys are told not to express their emotions.
Potter Characters Will Appear
Harry Potter characters will appear in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Follet and Baker & Taylor Deal
Follet Corp. has bought Baker & Taylor.
Amazon Deal with NYC Schools?
Amazon waiting to hear on contract with NYC schools.
Is the ABA Afraid of China?
The American Bar Association just squashed a book deal with a leading human rights lawyer for fear of “upsetting the Chinese government.”
Dunham's Lenny Finds Its First Book
'Sour Heart,' a collection of short fiction by Jenny Zhang, will kick off Lena Dunham's new imprint.
New York Schools May Get Amazon E-Books
The N.Y.C. department of education will vote on April 20 on the first three years of a contract valued at around $30 million.
Medieval Manuscripts, Women Writers
Works by Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, two of the earliest women writers in English, are on display together for the first time.
Getting Lost at the LBF
Marta Bausells got lost in the crowds at the London Book Fair—and would recommend it.
- 2016 Apr 18
'Good Omens' for Television
Neil Gaiman, who co-authored 'Good Omens' with the late Terry Pratchett, will adapt the novel for the small screen.
Dame Dench Named Brontë President
Dame Judi Dench, who played Mrs. Fairfax in the 2011 film adaptation of 'Jane Eyre,' will serve as honorary president of England's Brontë Society.
Podcasts for Poetry
Two new poetic podcasts have launched recently, providing an aural aide for celebrating National Poetry Month.
'Mockingbird' Takes the Stage in Alabama
A theatrical adaptation of Harper Lee's classic sparks an economic kerfuffle in her hometown after her death.