- 2014 Sep 02
Nick Cannon, Author
The singer and TV personality has a book of children's poems scheduled to bow in March.
Libraries: A place for authors?
Increasingly one of the library's services is helping authors.
Common Core, State by State
The AP offers a 50-state look at how Common Core is playing out across the country.
Ten of the Worst Jobs in Literature
In honor of Labor Day, Flavorwire counted them down.
How We Can Fix Scientific Publishing
TechCrunch tells us how the digital revolution can change scientific publishing.
- 2014 Aug 29
Greer: E-books 'Should Cost Pennies'
Writer Germaine Greer has said that e-books should “cost pennies” and accused people of having an “irrational attachment to the [printed] book."
Two guys, Two Books
Sipped drinks, berry tarts and the new literary book tour.
World's Most Expensive New Book
'Cosmetic Surgeon Marketing Motto: The Secret Recipe To Grow Referrals' includes a $10,000 Consultation Certificate which entitles each buyer of the book to eight one hour one-on-one consultation telephone calls with the authors.
Please Do Not Disturb
Ten things that happen when you can't put down a good book, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
Best Pinterest Boards for Bookish Types
There’s a big, wonderful world of bookish websites out there. Book Riot points you to some of its favorites.
- 2014 Aug 28
Classic Children's Books for Adults
Books for kids that adults also love.
Horrifying Moments in Children's Lit.
Disturbing and memorable moments in children's literature.
Best Seller List Descriptions
Recognizing YA books by "New York Times" bestsellers lists.
Marcus Sedgwick Talks Books
An interview with Marcus Sedgwick.
Twitter Author Bios
Recognizing children's book authors by their Twitter bios.
Introducing: Lois Lane
Lois Lane will star in Gwenda Bond's "Lois Lane: Fallout."
Booth On 'Kinda Like Brothers'
Coe Booth talks about her latest book, "Kinda Like Brothers."
Cleveland Pastor: Remove Demonic Books
A pastor in Cleveland wants books about the supernatural removed from libraries.
Rowling Honors Malala
J.K. Rowling turns out for Malala Yousafzai at Edinburgh Book Fest.
Lowry, Bridges, Colbert Talk Dystopia
Lois Lowry and Jeff Bridges appear on The Colbert Report to discuss "The Giver."
Amazon Greenlights Pilots For Kids
Amazon greenlights pilots for five new kids' shows.
'Amelia Bedelia' Hoax
"Amelia Bedelia" hoax sparks discussion about the credibility of Wikipedia.
Elaine Marie Alphin Dies
In memory of Elaine Marie Alphin.
The 'Slut' Question
A discussion of the use of the word "slut" in Roald Dahl's "Revolting Rhymes."
Roald Dahl Book Upset
Super market chain removes Roald Dahl book from shelves.
Engelbreit's Response to Shooting
Mary Engelbreit addresses Michael Brown shooting with a piece of art.
Blackman Responds to Racist Comments
Marjorie Blackman addresses racist abuse following inflammatory headline.
Oldest U.S. Public Library Could Close
For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 in Darby, Pa. by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting down by the end of the year.
Grocer Pulls Dahl from Aussie Shelves
The supermarket chain Aldi has withdrawn Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book 'Revolting Rhymes' from its Australian stores following a complaint on its Facebook page.
D.C. Library Hires Social Worker
Jean Badalamenti is the D.C. Public Library’s health and human services coordinator, a new position which will see her working with homeless library patrons.
Pubs Shout Foul Over Amazon's Ratings
Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners.
DFW Novel Translated Into Lego
David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' has been recreated in plastic bricks by an appropriately precocious child.
- 2014 Aug 27
Why Female Writers Get Trolled the Most
With the exception of Piers Morgan, a study finds that female writers face disproportionate negativity online.
Obama in the Books
California history textbooks will now be asked to cover "the significance of President Barack Obama's election," under a law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Nook (Kindle) and Cranny
Literary travel suggestions for a 400 square foot apartment.
What's Your Murakami IQ?
The 'Guardian' has pulled together a quiz to test your knowledge of the 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' author.
Geography and Writing
Mohsin Hamid and Thomas Mallon discuss how where they’ve lived has affected their work, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2014 Aug 26
Rewriting the Book on Publishing
The e-book price feud has the potential to create irreversible changes to the literary world and its business models, according to Jennifer Rankin at the 'Guardian.'
New 'Gone Girl' Trailer Drops
A third trailer for David Fincher's forthcoming movie shows how events take an increasingly dark turn for Ben Affleck's character, Nick.
Desmond O’Grady Dies
The Irish poet Desmond O'Grady has died at age 78. “From wherever he was writing, be it Cairo or Kinsale, his work invoked a sense of what was Irish in both heritage and contemporary life,” said Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland.
Tim Howard to Pen Book
American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal.
Amazon Spends $970M on Gaming Network
Amazon is paying $970 million in cash for Twitch, a live video-game-streaming site with more than 55 million users that's like YouTube for video games.
- 2014 Aug 25
Growing Up in Therapy
The 'New Yorker' excerpts a piece from Lena Dunham's forthcoming book, 'Not That Kind of Girl.'
British Readers Lost in Translation
British readers are devouring foreign fiction in record numbers amid a mini-boom in translated novels, inspired by the success of Scandinavian authors such as Jo Nesbø.
Top 10 Art & Design Bookstores
Here are of 10 of the most sensational bookstores around the world where the selection of books on contemporary art, design, architecture, fashion and photography is unsurpassed, via the Huffington Post.
Amazon's Culture Clash with France
Amazon’s rise has provoked fear and suspicion from the French government that its tactics may be undermining a treasured part of French culture: its bookstores.
Superman Comic Soars to $3.2M
A copy of 1938's 'Action Comics' No. 1, which features the first appearance of Superman, sold for a record-breaking $3,207,852 to an unnamed buyer on Sunday.
- 2014 Aug 22
King Doused in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Stephen King has joined the ranks of the soaked in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In an Internet video, the bestselling author stands on a deck and allows himself to be doused with ice water -- leaving the ice in a freezer tray to prove it is, indeed, ice -- and manages not to swear, but just barely.
Spider-Woman Art Gives Marvel Pause
A senior Marvel executive has said that "a conversation about how women are depicted in comics is relevant at this point" after the comic-book publisher provoked outrage by revealing an illustration of Spider-Woman drawn by a renowned erotic artist.
One Book Every Five Minutes
The number of books on Amazon rises by 12 an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes.
Dickens Novel Given to Eliot for Sale
A signed early edition of 'A Tale of Two Cities' sent by Charles Dickens to George Eliot, in which he expresses his "high admiration and regard" for his fellow novelist, has been valued at more than a quarter of a million pounds.
Can Writing Be Taught?
Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether the craft of writing is teachable, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2014 Aug 21
Amazon's Awful War of Words
How an iron-fisted PR strategy went off the rails, from Salon's Laura Miller.
German Culture Minister Supports Protest
The German minister for culture and media "welcomes and supports" a campaign by German-language authors accusing Amazon of manipulating its recommended reading lists and availability of books.
Trouble in Queens
A hint of scandal embroils the borough's library’s leaders.
New Heaney Collection to be Published
An anthology of later work by the Nobel laureate will feature a last poem, "In Time," written for his granddaughter Síofra.
Amazon May Start Drone Testing in India
To avoid domestic regulatory constraints, Amazon will reportedly start drone trials in India, which doesn't have any laws about drone usage.
- 2014 Aug 20
WHSmith Stocking Amazon Paperbacks
WHSmith is stocking paperback books published by Thomas & Mercer, a crime fiction imprint of Amazon Publishing.
Horror Stories from the Book Tour Life
"Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way." From Lesley Kagen for the Daily Beast.
E-reading Adversely Affects Plot Recall
Kindle readers are “significantly” worse at recalling plot compared to paperback readers, according to a new Europe-wide study.
Publishers Scrambling for Cover
The controversy about a new "adult" look for a children's classic has focused attention on book cover design.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memoir Coming
The author penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but a forthcoming autobiography will show devoted 'Little House on the Prairie' fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
- 2014 Aug 19
Rowling Turns to Other Potter Characters
J.K. Rowling has written a bio for one of her favorite “offstage” characters, Celestina Warbeck.
Former FIT Student Sues B&N
Diana Rubio says she designed the ‘Everything Backpack’ when assigned to come up with a ‘Back to Campus’ idea for Barnes & Noble for her class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2010.
Erdrich Wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize
Author Louise Erdrich was announced as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award, meant to recognize literature's power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.
World's Most Spectacular Libraries
A showcase of libraries, from the ancient to those built in the new millennium.
'The Giver' Book vs. Movie
Screen adaptations of books never stick to the source material completely, and the big screen version of 'The Giver' is no exception.
- 2014 Aug 18
Amazon's Kindle Champion
A profile of Amazon's senior v-p, Russell Grandinetti.
Publisher, Think Tank Partnership
Academic and professional publisher Rowman & Littlefield International has partnered with London-based think tank Policy Network on a line of books.
'Time Traveler's Wife' Sequel Coming
Audrey Niffenegger revealed she is writing a follow-up to her bestselling novel.
What the 'Death of the Library' Means
These are things that cannot be replaced by mere technology — not even a fully-loaded Kindle Fire.
Shakespeare & Co. Leaving Broadway
The store will officially shutter one of its longstanding bookshops at the end of the month.
- 2014 Aug 15
Why So Many Schools Ban 'The Giver'
Since its release in 1993, the novel has been one of the most controversial books in American schools. Between 1990 and 1999, it ranked 11th on the list of the books most frequently requested for removal.
Oh Captain, My Captain
How Robin Williams brought moments of poetry and literature to life for a generation, instilling them in the popular culture.
Real Scientists Share Fav Sci-Fi
HuffPost Science reached out to top scientists to ask which science fiction movies and classics were their favorites.
Books on Wheels
A couple in Tehran have turned their cab into a rolling library.
Reading Literature On Screen
A new study suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen.
- 2014 Aug 14
What's Your Harry Potter Job?
A quiz to see what your job would be in the Harry Potter world.
Harry Potter Covers
Presenting 35 Harry Potter book covers.
What's the Diff?
The differences between YA and middle-grade novels from an agent's perspective.
Levar Burton's 'Tweeting Rainbow'
Levar Burton spoofs "Reading Rainbow" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
YA Picks for Film
Ten classic YA novels ripe for film adaptation.
A roundup of 10 prime first lines in children's books.
Katniss as Role Model
On Katniss as positive role model.
'Baby-Sitters Club' 2014
Modern versions of "The Baby-Sitters Club."
Striking YA Covers
A roundup of "gorgeous" YA covers.
Color-Coded Toy Photos
A photographer takes photos of boy and girls surrounded by their gender color-coded toys.
Harry Potter Stamp Controversy
Harry Potter stamps cause upset.
Rainbow Rowell on YA
Rainbow Rowell talks about the power of YA books.
Rainbow Rowell's World
An article gets up close and personal with Rainbow Rowell.
An Interview with Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry talks about "The Giver" film, among other topics.
'Cameron Post' Removal Essay Contest
The NCAC is sponsoring an essay contest for students to speak about the removal of books from a Deleware school's reading list.
Gun Rights Book Causes a Buzz
"My Parents Open Carry" book garners media attention.
Penguin U.K. Defends Cover Choice
Penguin U.K. defends their choice of cover for the new "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" edition.
Roald Dahl Cover Upsets
A new cover for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is causing a stir.
Swoon Reads turns to crowdsourcing to select titles to publish.
Forman Reflects on Love and Loss
A piece by Gayle Forman on how writing "If I Stay" helped her survive grief.
Orwell Estate Hits Back at Amazon
Representatives of George Orwell have described Amazon's selective quoting of the author as "dystopian and shameless" and "as close as one can get to the Ministry of Truth and its doublespeak."
Lowry's Take on 'Giver' Adaptation
The author said that the movie cast elevated her original novel.
Tampa Bookstore Partners with Rizzoli
The Oxford Exchange book shop is clearing out half the store’s inventory to devote the floor space to Rizzoli books, as part of a partnership with the luxury publishing house.