- 2016 Dec 01
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 29
Librarian Brings Library to Kids
A Bronx librarian visits a homeless shelter with a suitcase full of books.
Anne Frank Poem Auctioned
A poem handwritten by Anne Frank has sold at auction.
Celebrities Collaborate On Book Project
Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Nick Offerman, Zach Galifianakis, Danny DeVito, and more to pen stories for an illustrated collection.
- 2016 Nov 28
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.
- 2016 Nov 23
The Unmasker of Elena Ferrante
Claudio Gatti, the reporter who (may have) revealed Elena Ferrante's presumed identity, has "no regrets" about his decision.
- 2016 Nov 22
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.
- 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.
- 2016 Nov 17
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.
- 2016 Nov 15
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 08
Authors Rally to Fight Cuts
U.K. authors join the fight to stop governmental cuts to cultural services.
- 2016 Nov 03
Happy Ending After Birthday No-Shows
Jeff Kinney is among those to reach out to a boy who had no one come to his birthday party.
- 2016 Nov 02
How Long Did That Book Take?
How long does it take to write a great book? There seems to be no definitive answer—but there's lots and lots of data.
Scholastic's Kid Election Coverage
Scholastic has been providing child-friendly election coverage to teachers and classrooms for nearly a century—but this year is different.
- 2016 Nov 01
Turkey Detains Editors and Writers
Turkish police detained the chief editor and at least 11 senior staff of Turkey's opposition newspaper on Monday.
A Game for the Well-Read
Electric Literature is crowdfunding a new card game, similar to Cards Against Humanity, that focuses on literature.
- 2016 Oct 31
Gay Characters Take Over YA Fiction
Once taboo, same-sex relationships have become a sensation in young adult fiction over the past seven years.
- 2016 Oct 26
HTMLGIANT Returns, Lit Hub Expands
A beloved old literary blog boots back up, and Literary Hub adds new editors including poet Tommy Pico.
- 2016 Oct 25
Trump, His Donors, and His Books
Last month, the presidential candidate apparently used donor money to pay for copies of his book, 'The Art of the Deal.'
- 2016 Oct 24
Carla Hayden Dismisses Maria Pallante
Maria Pallante has been removed as the U.S. Register of Copyrights by the new Librarian of Congress.
- 2016 Oct 17
The Cudgel of Free Speech
A new report by PEN America examines the growing perception among young people that “free speech” is a war cry used against them.
- 2016 Oct 13
Rob Spillman on Editing and More
Spillman compares book touring to being a roadie for his daughter’s band and shares his excitement at being part of the literary world.
- 2016 Oct 08
Karin Nyman on Her Mother
Karin Nyman writes about her mother, Astrid Lindgren.
- 2016 Oct 05
What's Yiddish for Email?
The first full-fledged English-to-Yiddish dictionary in 50 years is designed to carry Yiddish into the 21st century and maybe beyond.
- 2016 Sep 27
Closing the YA Diversity Gap
A new partnership will distribute multicultural books to low-income kids and give authors of color a boost.
- 2016 Sep 21
Carla Hayden Takes Charge
A profile of the new Librarian of Congress, now charged with managing the world's largest library.
- 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.
- 2016 Sep 12
Pop-Ups for Bezos and Friends
Amazon is expanding its retail operation to 100 pop-up stores around the U.S.
- 2016 Sep 09
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.
- 2016 Sep 08
We Read—Just Not Literature
Americans aren't reading less, they're just reading fewer poetry collections, plays, and literary novels.
Make Reading Fun Again
Lisa Lucas, the new director of the National Book Foundation, has a mission, and she'll even bug Uber drivers about books to complete it.
Missing Georgia Press Van Located
The case of the University of Georgia Press's missing book-packed van, solved.
- 2016 Sep 02
Your Personal Memoirist
A whole aging generation, and its stories, will soon be lost. Recording those stories is becoming a small-business enterprise.
- 2016 Sep 01
'Times' to Axe Regional Coverage
The 'New York Times' quietly ended its coverage of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and other tri-state regional businesses this week, amid layoffs.
The Octavia Project
Jeff VanderMeer and Chana Porter discuss the program dedicated to 13–18 year-old girls from Brooklyn who love sci-fi and fantasy.
- 2016 Aug 30
Seth Grahame-Smith Sued
Hatchette Book Group has sued the 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' novelist for $500,000.
- 2016 Aug 29
The Game That Turns Players to Poets
A new video game, 'Elegy for a Dead World,' takes inspiration from Romantic poetry—and asks its players to write their own poems.
- 2016 Aug 24
Supreme Court Looks to Steinbeck
The court will consider a legal standard drawn from ‘Of Mice and Men’ in Moore v. Texas.
- 2016 Aug 11
Trump Tower Climber's Book Reference
The Trump Tower climber has referenced Obert Skye's Leven Thumps series.
- 2016 Aug 04
Amazon Hits the Target...Again
Target, which halted sales of Amazon electronics four years ago, is bringing devices like the Kindle back into its stores.
- 2016 Jul 25
Nielsen Book to Launch Online ISBN Store
Nielsen's new U.K.-based ISBN store will allow publishers and self-published authors to purchase smaller numbers of ISBNs.
- 2016 Jul 22
The Rise of the Literary Podcast
A handful of podcasts have transcended the genre and broken through to find a wider audience.
- 2016 Jun 24
U.K. Book Industry Prepares for Brexit
After the "Leave" camp's victory in the E.U. referendum, industry figures have vowed to take a positive approach to the challenges ahead.
- 2016 Jun 23
The Wrong Marine
John Bradley, the subject of Bestseller 'Flags of Our Fathers,' was misidentified as being in the famous Iwo Jima picture.
- 2016 Jun 22
'Fun Home' Wraps Up on Broadway
After more than two years on the Great White Way, the musical will shut its doors in September.
Quidditch World Cup Fever Grows
Teams from everywhere from Uganda to Pakistan are preparing for the international competition of J.K. Rowling’s fictional sport in Germany in July.
- 2016 Jun 20
Book Trade Urges U.K. to Remain in E.U.
A new online survey from 'The Bookseller' shows a growth in book industry support for the U.K. maintaining ties to the E.U.
- 2016 Jun 17
Detained Hong Kong Bookseller Speaks Up
Lam Wing-kee was abducted from Hong Kong’s border with China and forced into five months of solitary confinement.
Hachette U.K. Buys Neon Play
The publisher has acquired the mobile games development studio in the first of what “could be one of several” app acquisitions for the company.
- 2016 Jun 02
New Yorker Staff Reading to Kids
Staff members of The New Yorker share what they plan to read to their kids this summer.
- 2016 May 28
Simon Cowell Children's Book?
Simon Cowell suggests he may be writing a children's book.
Upset Over Character Name Change
The family of Titty Altounyan, inspiration for Arthur Ransome's character Titty in "Swallows and Amazons," is speaking out against BBC name change.
YA Meets Digital Video World
Digital video studios are buying up rights to YA properties.
- 2016 May 23
Portland Bans Climate Denying Texts
The Portland public schools board has voted to ban textbooks that deny the climate crisis.
- 2016 May 17
Cannes Looks for YA
Buyers at Cannes Film Festival are looking out for new YA franchises.
- 2016 May 05
Student Free Speech
An article about free speech, social media, and schools.
The Rise of the All-Male Book Club
On groups that break the book club stereotype, no matter the cost: “No books by women about women (our cardinal rule).”
- 2016 May 03
Meyer to Adapt 'Anna'
Stephenie Meyer is adapting Kendare Blake's "Anna Dressed in Blood" series.
- 2016 Apr 27
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.
- 2016 Apr 26
Weeding Out a Library's Worst
Even for libraries, it's spring cleaning season—and two Michigan librarians have proposed some choice methods.
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
Canadian Copyright Law is Hurting Kids
Canada's legislation on copyright has made publishing textbooks even more difficult in the digital age.
- 2016 Apr 22
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.
Can Literature on Medicine Save Mankind?
A new generation of doctor writers is exploring the vital intersection between science and art.
- 2016 Apr 21
'Jungle Book' Surprises
Some surprising facts about "The Jungle Book."
Remembering Jackie Carter
A look at the life of publishing executive Jackie Carter.
Cole Named Congres Historian
John Y. Cole is named Library of Congress Historian.
'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.
- 2016 Apr 20
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
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.
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.”
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.
- 2016 Apr 18
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.
Writers on Books That Left a Mark
Bookmarked, a new series from Ig Publishing, lets writers write about books that inspired them to begin their careers.
- 2016 Apr 15
The History of the Black Superhero
Charting the rise of the black superhero over 50 years of comic book and movie history.
Literary Quotes to Be Yelled
Electric Literature selects a handful of literary quotations that beg to be recited as loudly as possible.
- 2016 Apr 14
Online "Discounts" Not So Discounted
E-commerce giants boast some bargains that appear unbelievable—and for good reason.
What the Bible and '50 Shades' Share
What could the Good Book and a steamy erotic bestseller possibly have in common? They're both banned books.
- 2016 Apr 13
How Old Is the Bible, Really?
A study of letters on clay pottery has ignited a debate over the Good Book's actual age.
- 2016 Apr 12
Space Tourism in Modern Storytelling
In an era where the final frontier is the stars, literary characters eye space as a vacation place.
- 2016 Apr 11
British Agency Interceded in Potter Leak
In 2005, GCHQ, the U.K.'s surveillance agency, stepped in to prevent 'The Half-Blood Prince' from leaking online.
- 2016 Apr 07
Shakespeare First Folio Discovered
A rare copy of the Bard's work holding 36 plays was found in Scotland, just in time for the quadricentennial.
Books To Help Explain the Panama Papers
Signature rounds up four titles that explain the importance of leaked documents and contextualize the biggest leak yet.
- 2016 Apr 06
A Spring Guide to Baseball Books
Literary Hub rounds up 10 contemporary favorites to take out to the ball game.
Book Lovers Occupy London Libraries
"The land of Shakespeare and the Shelleys," forced to close libraries, now relies on thousands of volunteers.
- 2016 Mar 31
Top 10 Books on 1960s America
Check out a list of titles that center on the Flower Power generation, including 'Hellhound on His Trail' by Hampton Sides.
A Tribute to Jim Harrison
The late novelist inspired a post entitled 'Jim Harrison's Poetry Saved Me from Thinking Poetry Was Boring.'
- 2016 Mar 30
Mysterious Stacks of Books Appear in NYC
Stacks of free books left throughout the city by the Reading Project are helping New Yorkers make connections.
The Truth Behind 'Luckiest Girl Alive'
Author Jessica Knoll revealed the true events that inspired the bestselling book.
- 2016 Mar 25
NRA Rewrites Fairy Tales with Guns
Both of the NRA's re-imagined fairy tales feature more guns and less violence.
Patrick Bateman's Second Coming
Bret Easton Ellis’s 'American Psycho' was met with outrage in 1991, but today, the story is opening on Broadway.
- 2016 Mar 24
HubSpot Probe Reveals Extortion Attempt
Documents from the investigation of HubSpot show its attempt to stop the publication of a book about the company.
- 2016 Mar 23
Five Fashion Books for March
Check out five fashion and design-centered books publishing this month, including 'Frida Kahlo: Fashion As The Art of Being.'
10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Books
The spring season is a good time for a deep clean that includes disposing of unread and unwanted books.