- 2016 Dec 02
Turning to Lit to Understand the 'Other'
In an era of fear and division, fiction plays a vital role in dramatizing difference and encouraging empathy.
Cave Canem at 20
Reflections on the 20-year history of black poetry group Cave Canem from some of its fellows and one of its cofounders.
Lit Mag Submissions 101
How, when, and where to send your work, and everything you need to know about getting your work published.
Adding a Bit of Broadway to Fantasy
Lin-Manuel Miranda has signed on to a multiplatform adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’s 'Kingkiller Chronicle,' and it's going to be big.
Whither Black Sci-Fi?
Of the 2,039 stories that American science-fiction and fantasy magazines published in 2015, only 38 were written by black authors.
- 2016 Dec 01
A Look at Screen Time Fears
A child psychologist questions whether screen time for kids is dangerous.
The Book That North Korea Lost
A story collection smuggled out of North Korea has been selected to receive a PEN Translation award from English PEN.
New Murakami On the Horizon
Haruki Murakami’s new and "very strange" novel is set for release in Japan in February 2017.
Lowering VAT Rates for E-books
E.U. booksellers will be able to sell e-books with low VAT rates to match the discounts applied to paper books.
Iowa Considers An E-book Sales Tax
Iowa is the latest state considering the introduction of a sales tax on digital products such as e-books and software.
The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript
We know that it was put together in the early fifteenth century—but no living person has ever, as far as we know, understood it.
- 2016 Nov 30
What It Takes to Open a Bookstore
Plenty of bookworms have fantasized about working in, or owning, a bookstore...but it’s not quite as relaxing as it looks.
The Best Books of 2016, Part Two
Paula Hawkins reflects on guilt and Jackie Kay seeks hope post-Brexit as 'The Guardian' selects more of the best reads of 2016.
Merriam-Webster's Ingenious Social Media
How the dictionary's digital presence remains topical, funny, smart, and informative while also being relentlessly irreverent.
Authors Condemn U.S. Booker Admissions
Writers say Commonwealth and British writers face a greater struggle to find readers, and now the "dice are loaded."
Hate Speech in the Library
A public library in Illinois found that some of their copies of the Quran and other Islam-centered titles have been vandalized with hate speech.
- 2016 Nov 29
Still Drawing After All These Years
A look at the career of Ed Emberley.
Librarian Brings Library to Kids
A Bronx librarian visits a homeless shelter with a suitcase full of books.
New York Times Notables
The New York Times presents its Notable Children's Books of 2016.
A list of books for kids who liked "Moana" to read.
Book Reviews for Kids By Kids
An 11-year-old boy creates a book reviews website.
Rethinking Rowling's Net Worth
An article looks at J.K. Rowling's fortune, following the success of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Digital Natives Prefer Print
Studies show that readers who grew up with access to e-books prefer print.
Anne Frank Poem Auctioned
A poem handwritten by Anne Frank has sold at auction.
U.K. publishers are looking to standup comedians to write children's books.
Amazon Studios to Adapt Bug Diaries
Amazon Studios is creating a series based on The Bug Diaries by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss.
100 Notable Books of 2016
The year’s notable fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, selected by the editors of 'The New York Times Book Review.'
The Best Books of 2016, Part One
From Zadie Smith to horror in the Highlands and a brief history of tomorrow, 'The Guardian' chooses the best reads of 2016.
Celebrities Collaborate On Book Project
Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Nick Offerman, Zach Galifianakis, Danny DeVito, and more to pen stories for an illustrated collection.
Amazon Cuts 149 Warehouse Jobs
Amazon is closing a book-making facility in North Charleston, S.C. next year, taking almost 150 local jobs with it.
Jim Munro Dies at 87
The co-founder of the Victoria, B.C.-based Munro's Books championed Canadian authors, and gave his business to longtime staff members.
- 2016 Nov 28
A Pulitzer Winner's Bookselling Woes
Mei Fong is giving away her book in Chinese because the topic scared off publishers.
Costa's History-Making Awards
Historical fiction has been dominating the prizes' shortlists. So why are authors looking to the past?
Nebraska's 75 Years of Publishing
This month the University of Nebraska Press concluded a yearlong celebration, marking its 75 years, with an open house and reception.
Rowling Finds Some Comic Relief
A percentage of sales from J.K. Rowling’s 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' will go to the charity Comic Relief next year.
Identity Literature Matters
Why literature matters in the ongoing debate about race and immigrants in the United States.
- 2016 Nov 23
Censorship at the Kuwait Book Fair
Many Arab book fairs have been a free space for publishers to sell titles banned in shops, but Kuwait has seen raised levels of censorship.
Toni Morrison on Whitening America Again
The choices made by white men out of fear of black men and women suggest the true horror of lost status, the Nobel Prize–winner writes.
The Unmasker of Elena Ferrante
Claudio Gatti, the reporter who (may have) revealed Elena Ferrante's presumed identity, has "no regrets" about his decision.
Giving Thanks for Books
Eleven young adult authors share the books they're most thankful for this Thanksgiving.
A Cinematic Return to 'Dune'
Legendary has picked up the film and television rights to the classic science-fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the company announced Monday.
- 2016 Nov 22
Books for Trying Times
A list of 25 picture books that promote goodness.
Trans and Non-Binary Comics Characters
A list of comics featuring trans or non-binary characters.
Thankful for Books
Writers share the books they are most thankful for.
Seuss's Wall Art
A look at Dr. Seuss's wall sculptures.
We've Been Saying 'Roald Dahl' Wrong
An article reveals that we've been mispronouncing Roald Dahl's name this whole time.
YA Books About Mental Illness
A look at 29 YA novels that address mental illness.
Not Just for Kids
A writer argues that Harry Potter is not just for kids.
Fantasy Novels and Real Life
Matthew Cody discusses how reading fantasy novels helps navigate the real world.
A Chat with Beth Revis
Author Beth Revis talks about her work.
A Man of Many Hats
An interview with Jon Klassen.
Epic! in the Classroom
The CEO of Epic! discusses the app.
Penguin and First Book Pair
Penguin and First Book are collaborating for the Red Mitten Campaign.
'Bone' to Be Adapted for Screen
Jeff Smith's Bone series is scheduled for film adaptation.
'Warriors' Live Action Film
David Heyman will produce a live action film based on the Warriors series.
Addressing Screen Time Fears
A child psychologist suggests that fears about too much screen time might be overblown.
Canadian Children's Lit. Award
Melanie Florence and illustrator François Thisdale have won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.
Irish Writer William Trevor Dead at 88
The three-time winner of the Whitbread prize and author of more than 15 novels and many short stories has died.
Arias Lawyer and Author Suspended
An Arizona criminal defense lawyer has agreed to a four-year suspension for publishing a book about the trial of his high-profile client.
CAA Hires Random House Exec
Kate Childs has joined Creative Artists Agency in a newly-created position within the agency’s books department.
New York's Book Bunker
Below Bryant Park lies a world-class repository of research materials in a climate-controlled book vault. And a little red railroad.
J.K. Rowling's Pottermore Plans
Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's digital publishing company, expects to turn an audio- and e-book–driven profit in its current fiscal year.
- 2016 Nov 21
Strand Co-Owner Sells Gramercy Townhouse
Nancy Bass, co-owner of the Strand Bookstore, has sold her 168-year-old Gramercy townhouse for $7.35 million.
Charles Simic on an 'Expendable America'
The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former poet laureate of the U.S. reflects on the recent election.
Brit Bennett on Black Grief
The debut novelist behind 'The Mothers' is not here to translate black grief for white audiences.
Queer Writers in the Age of Trump
How literary expression can counter fear and anxiety at an uncertain moment in American history.
40 New Feminist Classics
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in the last ten years, to help you brush up on your feminism.
- 2016 Nov 18
Publishing in the Age of Trump
Publishers are reeling from Trump's win, but the news is not all bad.
Three NBA Acceptance Speeches
Colson Whitehead, Ibram X. Kendi, and John Lewis have some advice for getting through the next four years.
'It Can Happen Here' Sees Sales Bump
Some voters are rushing to buy Sinclair Lewis's book, which Donald Trump’s critics say may have predicted his rise 80 years ago.
Bad Sex in Fiction Award Nominees
The nominees for the worst sex writing of the year are here to make you cringe.
Against the Term 'Graphic Novel'
The term "graphic novel" has had a good run—but we don't need it anymore, says Glen Weldon.
- 2016 Nov 17
Amazon vs. the Trump Trolls
An online war is taking place over on the Amazon page for Megyn Kelly’s new book, with one-star reviews popping up and being deleted immediately.
Bob Dylan Will Skip Nobel Ceremony
The Nobel Prize in Literature may be the world’s most important literary award, but not everyone who wins can make it to the ceremony.
The Other NBA
How Lisa Lucas is bringing her best game to the literary world, and on the similarities between the literary NBA and the sporty one.
Criticism in the Twilight
What role can the critic—whose work has further reach than ever in the digital age—play in today’s uncertain times?
Contemporary Muslim Novels
A roundup of ten current novels by and about Muslims to read in an era of Islamophobia and xenophobia.
- 2016 Nov 16
Dr. Seuss Sues Over 'Star Trek' Book
Connecticut-based ComicMix has been sued by the Seuss Estate for trying to sell a mashup book called 'Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!'
Kids' Lit Against Fear and Hate
Hundreds of children's authors have signed a pledge on website The Brown Bookshelf to tackle racism and xenophobia.
Michael Chabon, the Underdog On Top
Chabon’s new novel is being received this week with the kind of hype you’d expect. He’s a big deal author. So why doesn’t he act like one?
The Death of the Hatchet Job
Book reviewing used to be a blood sport in America. So how has it become so benign and polite?
'The Health of Us' by Claudia Rankine
A new poem by the author of 'Citizen' written in response to the national discussion around healthcare.
- 2016 Nov 15
16 Writers On Trump's America
Essays by Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Hilary Mantel, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Junot Díaz, and more.
Twenty Questions...with Lydia Davis
The 'Times Literary Supplement' interviews the prolific fiction writer and translator on her favorites, who will be read in 100 years, and more.
Elena Ferrante in Conversation
The Neapolitan Quartet author on why readers have trouble with challenging portrayals of women, narcissism, and smoking cigarettes.
Quidditch Premier League in U.K.
20,000 players of the fictional sport from the Harry Potter books play for teams such as the London Monarchs and the Yorkshire Roses.
Lisa Lucas Asks Kids to Read More
The head of the National Book Foundation is young, female and African-American, and she's hoping to make reading fun for the young.
- 2016 Nov 14
What Trump's Rule Could Mean for Authors
The Author's Guild rounds up what it knows about where the President-elect might stand on issues affecting working authors.
Read Excerpts by the NBF's 5 Under 35
Fiction to "leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape" from Brit Bennett, S. Li, Yaa Gyasi, Thomas Pierce, and Greg Jackson.
A Time for Refusal
On Eugène Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros,' its relevance in the age of Trump, and what it means to refuse a "new normal."
U.K. School Library Closures
In an open letter, children's laureates demand that the U.K. government investigate school library closures.
A Reading List for Resistance
25 works of poetry and fiction for anger and action in the wake of the unprecedented 2016 presidential election.
- 2016 Nov 11
Leonard Cohen Dies at 82
Weeks after alluding to his death in an interview with David Remnick, the Canadian songwriter and author has died.
Eastchester B&N Will Open Next Week
A week after reported delays pushed back the opening of the alcohol-serving Barnes & Noble, the store is slated to open Thursday.
Stay, Fight, Read, and Write
On staying in the United States as many call for moving to Canda, and turning to poetry to fight despair.
Booksellers Relieved as Election Ends
Retail CEOs including Len Riggio are breathing sighs of relief as the distraction of the election season finally ends.
Yiddish Writing In Trump's America
With Donald Trump as president-elect, Yiddish Literature will be more important than ever.
- 2016 Nov 10
Shining a Light on Caribbean Lit
Highlighting Caribbean literature has long been a goal of Miami Book Fair. But now, the spotlight gets bigger.
The Predictions of Science Fiction
Literature has had a long engagement with science. So how have science fiction writers done in predicting the future?
Serbian House Wins at Belgrade
Preporod, the Serbian Adventist publishing house, received a special award at the recent 61st Belgrade International Book Fair.