- 2017 Feb 22
Librarians vs. the President
While some may think the job involves more shushing than rallying, many librarians consider "making America read again" a radical political proposition.
Roxane Gay on Milo's Dead Book Deal
In canceling Milo’s book contract, the author writes, Simon & Schuster "made a business decision," and nothing more.
Lion Hudson Goes On the Market
The Oxford, U.K.-based Christian publisher is seeking new investment as part of the new restructuring plans that may include a sale.
The Practicality of Historical Fiction
The novels offer more than a good story—they can also be integral to critical thinking skills, especially during periods of political turmoil.
'Native Son' Gets the Screen Treatment
Suzan-Lori Parks and Rashid Johnson are adapting Richard Wright’s novel to film.
- 2017 Feb 21
African Comic Books Find Their Footing
The locally produced titles are beginning to catch on with readers.
Why the 'Ladybird' Books Keep Selling
The 'Guardian' looks at the continued success of this tongue-in-cheek series of retro books that it says is now worth over 30 million pounds.
Inside a Black-Owned Indie Bookstore
The owner of the Philly-based Black and Nobel, Hakim Hopkins, says he's a self-avowed hustler who will always sell books.
Which Writers Should Debate Trump?
A LitHub writer offers up a list of 10 authors she would like to see debate the President.
A Look at This Year's Nebula Nominees
The titles up for the 2016 science fiction honors represent a diverse cross section of what's available in the genre.
- 2017 Feb 17
A World of Voices in the Age of Trump
The PEN World Voices Festival will shift its focus this year to gender and power in the age of President Trump.
All-White Carnegie Longlist Sparks Anger
Philip Pullman is among authors speaking out against the "appalling" exclusion of acclaimed books by writers of color.
Talking With the Book Critic
A conversation with Laura Miller, the books and culture columnist for 'Slate' and co-founder of 'Salon.'
Taking a Look at Library Hand
Examining the uniform, fastidiously neat penmanship style made specifically for card catalogs.
Authors Jump Into the Defense Fray
Why are famous writers attending the Munich Security Conference, the world's most important security gathering?
- 2017 Feb 16
Amazon Pushes Print
The online retailer has alerted Kindle Direct Publishing account holders to a new feature that will print their digital books on demand.
20 Years of World Book Day
Book Aid International has teamed up with 20 stars of the children’s book world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day.
'Prison Made Me Believe in Literature'
The Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji, who was jailed last year for 'violating public morality,' looks back at an experience he hopes is now over.
The Emotional Realist Talks to Ghosts
George Saunders and Kevin Larimer discuss emotional realism, humor as a form of honesty, and the flexibility of form.
Mick Jagger Forgot He Wrote His Memoir
A 70,000-word manuscript reveals how the Rolling Stones singer bought a stately home while high on LSD and was almost killed by a horse.
- 2017 Feb 15
Bookstores Stoke Trump Resistance
In the protest movement that has sprung up since President Trump took office, bookstores have entered the fray.
Fictional Characters In Real Life
A fifth of readers report characters from novels cropping up in their daily lives, hearing their voices even after putting books aside.
The Book Refugees Need Now
Viet Thanh Nguyen's new short story collection demonstrates the richness of the refugee experience—and highlights its singular traumas.
Translation Beyond Metaphor
On translating the poems of Petrarch, one day at a time, to process the grief of a mother's loss.
Norman Mailer’s Fatal Friendship
Jack Henry Abbott was a talented writer and a convicted murderer. What made Mailer believe he wouldn't kill again?
- 2017 Feb 14
The Newsman Turns Novelist
CNN's Jake Tapper is penning 'The Headline Club,' a thriller about a congressman in the 1950s, which Little, Brown is slated to release in 2018.
Amazon to Open Bookstore in Bay Area
The online giant has opened three brick-and-mortars on the West Coast in two years, and will now open a store in Walnut Creek, Calif.
A Library and Startup, Better Together
In Melbourne, Australia, a 160-year-old public library and a digital publishing startup are working to make the future of reading and writing.
Edinburgh Book Festival May Have To Move
A spokesman says that the annual festival may have to relocate from its usual spot in historic Charlotte Square.
Literary Relationships, Ranked
This Valentine's Day, why not judge yourself against your favorite writerly romance?
- 2017 Feb 13
Duquesne Press to Close
The 90-year-old university press will close its doors this year after the school decided to cut its funding.
Turmoil and Turnover at Kramerbooks
The longtime management team at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, a D.C. institution, quit last week, its new owner Steve Salis confirmed.
Canada Turns to Self-Publishing
A new wave of Canadian publishers is looking to tap into the popularity of self-publishing and help authors do it in a more professional way.
LBF Honors Brazilian Publisher
Luiz Schwarcz, publisher of Companhia das Letras, will receive the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
'The Handmaid's Tale' Sales Bump
Margaret Atwood has said worries about women’s issues have made her book the latest dystopian novel to shoot back up bestseller lists.
- 2017 Feb 10
Ukraine Librarian Takes Russia to Court
Natalya Sharina, who has been under house arrest since 2015, faces what her lawyer calls "absurd" charges of extremism.
Seeking to Open a Bronx Bookstore
Noëlle Santos wants the the Bronx to get lit, with literature—which is why she's raising funds to open its only bookstore.
Phoenix Nabs Fifth Vermont Location
Phoenix Books, which has stores in Burlington, Chester, Essex, and Rutland, will open a new location in Woodstock.
Librarians In the 21st Century
Literary Hub has launched a new biweekly column exploring "a profession that everybody knows but nobody understands."
Workman Publishing Reads Indie
The publisher has launched the #IReadIndie hashtag to highlight titles from independent publishing community.
- 2017 Feb 09
YA Book Valentines
A list of YA suggestions.
A Timely Reading List
A "Nevertheless, She Persisted" reading list.
A list of 10 lesser-known fantasy novels.
Achievement Award for Briggs
Raymond Briggs receives a lifetime achievement award.
Meloy and Ellis Team Again
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis are teaming for another book.
Children's Books May Lead to Cake
A study suggests that children's books may influence children's bad eating habits.
Feminism in YA Fantasy
Rhoda Belleza and Lexa Hillyer talk about why feminism in YA fantasy is so important.
Little Fibs in 'Little House'
An article looks at a few instances of truth stretching in the Little House on the Prairie books.
Let's Talk About Sex
Young adult books that don't shy from talking about sex.
Magic School Bus Rides Again
Kate McKinnon will voice Fiona Frizzle in a new Magic School Bus series on Netflix.
Remembering Norah McClintock
An obituary for Norah McClintock.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's America
Maria Russo writes about reading and rereading the Little House books.
A look at Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlist.
A Literary Sentence
Teenagers who vandalized using anti-Semitic and racist graffiti are assigned a reading list.
Sondheim to Receive PEN Literary Award
Stephen Sondheim has been awarded the 2017 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, making him the first composer-lyricist to win it.
Former B&N CEO Now President of Peloton
William Lynch, the former Barnes & Noble CEO who presided over the launch of the Nook, will take the home-cycling platform global.
50 Indies In 50 Weeks
HarperCollins is highlighting a different independent bookstore from around the country on Facebook Live each Saturday in 2017.
Sentenced to Read
A judge in Virginia has ordered teenagers who covered a historic school with offensive graffiti to study 35 titles including 'Native Son' and 'The Color Purple.'
Poetry to Pay Attention To
PW's own Craig Morgan Teicher rounds up a list of poetry titles to look forward to in 2017.
- 2017 Feb 08
Is My Novel Offensive?
How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.
Blink-182 Guitarist Pens UFO Book
Tom DeLonge's forthcoming nonfiction book, 'Sekret Machines: Gods,' is "designed to shake people up."
Pitfalls for the Political Author
The year’s political upheavals have contributed to an intensifying politicization of the literary world.
20 Translators Under 40
Culture Trip presents 20 translators from an emerging generation helping to keep the art form alive and thriving.
Book Buying for the President
It’s been more or less proven that Donald Trump doesn’t read—so in lieu of sending books to him in protest, why not try donating?
- 2017 Feb 07
Amazon Looks for London Storefronts
Amazon is said to have begun searching for high street locations in central London.
What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read
President Trump’s strategic adviser is elevating a once-obscure network of political thinkers and their books.
Librarians Fight Inaccurate News
Librarians are stepping into the breach to help students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives.
Sci-Fi Writers Examine Climate Change
Jeff VanderMeer, Lidia Yuknavitch, and others discuss solutions to an urgent problem that increases in urgency by the day.
Introducing Reading Across America
A new bi-monthly column from Literary Hub will focus on highlighting community-based reading series.
- 2017 Feb 06
Master of Quirk
At Quirk Books in Philadelphia, Jason Rekulak has produced—and helped write—a string of bizarre bestsellers. Now he's written a novel under his own name.
Jhalak Prize Shortlist Announced
David Olusoga and Gary Younge head the inaugural shortlist for a new award honoring minority writers in the U.K.
Haruki Murakami’s Metaphysics of Food
How meals and cooking are the Japanese novelist's most deeply intimate subjects.
1950s Batman Comic Stresses Equality
"Don’t believe those crackpot lies about people who worship differently, or whose skin is of a different color," says the Caped Crusader.
Auster: Free Speech Is 'Black and White'
Paul Auster on his first novel in seven years, the future of good books, and how free speech is a "black and white" issue.
- 2017 Feb 03
No Pyres for Harry Potter
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has hit back at Twitter users who threatened to burn her books following her criticism of President Trump.
'1984' on the Great White Way
The Trump presidency has been a boon for dystopian novels, and now a pair of producers are hoping it will have the same effect on Broadway.
Call It Americanism
From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favorite film, 'Citizen Kane,' U.S. culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism.
Kayla Rae Whitaker Discusses Her Debut
The newly-minted novelist on her new novel 'The Animators,' alcoholism, and how Nickelodeon and 'The Simpsons' influenced her work.
Reading Through the Appalachian Trail
How books by black authors lit a writer's way along the most famous—and perhaps the most grueling—hiking trail in America.
- 2017 Feb 02
Brad Meltzer and Heroes
An article on Brad Meltzer.
If You Love a Book, Destroy It
A teacher writes about how kids express their love for books.
A Review of 'Caraval'
A review of Stephanie Garber's "Caraval."
Beatrix Potter and Merchandising
An article about Beatrix Potter's innovative approaches to marketing and merchandising.
Books for African American History
A list of 100 best children's books for February.
Translating 'Little Prince'
An article about translating "The Little Prince" into Spanglish.
Seuss Political Cartoons
A look at the relevance of Dr. Seuss's political cartoons.
More Trans Characters
A parent makes a plea for more trans protagonists.
Book App News
Trends in book reading apps.
J.K. Rowling Twitter Responses
J.K. Rowling is responding to individuals reacting to her Trump comments.
Waterstones, Back In the Black
The British bookseller has posted its first year of profit since the 2008 financial crash, reporting a £9.8m pre-tax profit.
#BuySingLit Movement Hits Singapore
Publishers, distributors, and bookstores are coming together in a new movement to get Singaporeans to buy more local literature.
'Sublevel' Launches Inaugural Issue
The lit mag's first issue was co-edited by Janice Lee and Maggie Nelson and features writing by Hilton Als, among others.
More Trans Protagonists for Kids
The idea of a character being trans—particularly one written for children—is still seen as controversial in some circles.
Trump Is Not Big Brother
An "alternative-factual" reading of Orwell’s 1984 finds its message badly misunderstood for all these years.
- 2017 Feb 01
Linwood Barclay Cancels U.S. Tour
The author explains why he canceled his U.S. book events after President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration.
Two New Michael Connelly Books
For Connelly fans, this year will bring the next chapter for Harry Bosch and the first book in a new series.
Poetry In a Time of Protest
Edwidge Danticat on seeking solace in words during a time of great emotional and political strife.
Arundhati Roy Returns to Fiction
After a 20-year hiatus, the Booker Prize–winning Indian novelist and activist will return with her first novel since 'The God of Small Things.'
Steve Bannon's 'Titus' In Space
Here’s the pitch: 'Titus Andronicus' in outer space. The idea's source: President Trump's chief advisor.
- 2017 Jan 31
What If Trump Ends Money for the Arts?
Arts agencies have long been in the cross hairs of conservative critics. Here's what would happen if the president made their dreams come true.