- 2014 Jul 31
New Doctor Who Author Revealed
Writer Holly Black, who rose to literary stardom with The Spiderwick Chronicles, will pen the next adventure.
Bush to Write Book About Father
George W. Bush has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, to be published by Crown in November.
Why You Should Ignore Cover Blurbs
Jacket quotes aren't reviews, they're advertisements that offer no space for balanced, nuanced positivity, says Nathan Filer at the "Guardian."
Ventura Passage to be Cut from Book
The passage from the best-selling memoir "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against author Chris Kyle will be removed, publisher HarperCollins said Wednesday.
Warner Bros. Creates Potter Team
Based in London and California, the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team will “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses."
- 2014 Jul 30
Green's Books Come Under Fire Again
First it was Florida, then Wisconsin. John Green's books, though not "The Fault in Our Stars," have come under fire from parents.
- 2014 Jul 29
The Most Depressing Places in Literature
Flavorwire pulls together 10 depressing places and the writers they inspired.
- 2014 Jul 28
Scholastic to Close Storia
The publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia e-book platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that they are shutting down the retail side of the operation.
- 2014 Jul 25
FEC Chair Warns Publishers
The chairman of the Federal Election Commission blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban.
Sneakers for the Literary Set
Footwear manufacturer New Balance has unleashed a new line of sneakers based on the work of leading American authors.
- 2014 Jul 24
VIP Boxes & Seven-Figure Advances
How fiction gets the publishing industry "laughably wrong," from Laura Miller, at Salon.
- 2014 Jul 23
Ten Unexpected Facts from the Lee Bio
BookRiot rounds up "awesome" revelations from "The Mockingbird Next Door" by Marja Mills.
Jack White Ventures into Publishing
The musician's Third Man Records has just announced that it’s moving into the publishing world with the first release from its Third Man Books imprint, and as should be expected, the “book” that it’s putting out isn’t just a book.
'Harriet' Predicted Surveillance State
A cold war children's book is surprisingly prescient.
- 2014 Jul 22
Palahniuk Revisits 'Fight Club'
Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first two rules of "Fight Club": He's talking about "Fight Club."
- 2014 Jul 21
Director's Cut for Books
We get to see director's cuts of our favorite movies. Why not an "author's cut" for books?
A Shot and a Book
How to read in bars.
- 2014 Jul 18
Self-Pubbed Poet Laureate Resigns
North Carolina's poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment, as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued.
Amazon Isn’t Killing Writing
The market is, says Danny Crichton at TechCrunch.
A Nonfiction Tour of America
Fifty books for 50 states.
A Cut Above
A barbershop serves up a side of books with haircuts.
- 2014 Jul 17
Unpublished Leonard Stories Coming
A collection of previously unpublished short stories by the late Elmore Leonard will be released next year, his publisher has said.
What are the Last Literary Taboos?
Francine Prose and James Parker discuss what is still forbidden in literature, at the "New York Times."
- 2014 Jul 16
Memoirist Says She Had Lee's Blessing
The author and publisher of a new book about Harper Lee have stood their ground after the "To Kill A Mockingbird" author released a statement earlier this week asserting that "as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood".
Rowell on Writing Potter Fan Fiction
Rainbow Rowell has revealed that she wrote Harry Potter fanfiction after getting “kind of depressed” between writing two of her own novels.
Seven Ways to Market Your New Book
You’ve written your book – and now you want to sell it. What should you do?
- 2014 Jul 15
Clinton Spokesperson: 'No Clue' on Leak
A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said Monday that he has "no clue" who leaked a copy of "Clinton, Inc.," a forthcoming book by Daniel Halper, online editor of the conservative "Weekly Standard."
Harper Lee Speaks
According to a letter penned by the 88-year-old Lee, a newly-published biography was executed without her cooperation or permission and is based on false pretenses.
- 2014 Jul 14
Gates Creates a Hit
An out-of-print collection of essays about corporate America first published in 1969 has shot to the top of bestseller lists after Bill Gates revealed it was his favorite business book.
David Mitchell to Tweet Short Story
The "Cloud Atlas" author will publish 20 tweets twice a day of his short story, "The Right Sort," to help promote his new novel out in September.
A Game as Literary Tutorial
How Dungeons & Dragons has influenced a generation of writers.
- 2014 Jul 03
'Winds of Winter' Release Date?
George R.R. Martin’s next Song of Ice and Fire novel will be released in 2017. Or, at least, that’s what analysts have predicted in the absence of a "Winds of Winter" date.
- 2014 Jul 01
Authors Dress As Their Fav Characters
Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for its latest exhibition, which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees well-known authors dress up as their favorite literary characters.
- 2014 Jun 30
How lipstick, bathing suits, and naked backs discredit women’s fiction.
New Wave of African Writers
Black literary writers with African roots, mostly young cosmopolitans who write in English, are making a splash in the book world, especially in the United States.
- 2014 Jun 27
Are Authors Running Out of Book Titles?
People first started to notice last year when Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life" coincided with Jill McCorkle's "Life After Life," which had been published just six days earlier. Since then examples of novels with the same name have kept on cropping up.
Picturing Haruki Murakami’s Women
Portland-based artist Johnny Acurso celebrates some of Haruki Murakami’s most memorable female characters in his triptych painting "Murakami’s Women."
- 2014 Jun 26
New Judy Blume Adult Novel Coming
Judy Blume’s first novel for adults since “Summer Sisters” appeared in 1998 will be released in summer 2015, according to her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.
How a Book Becomes 'Book of the Summer'
It’s impossible to predict it in advance, because the book of the summer is a surprise by definition, from Lev Grossman at "Time."
- 2014 Jun 25
How Relevant is a Novelist's Biography?
Thomas Mallon and Adam Kirsch discuss whether knowing about an author’s life deepens or detracts from the pleasures of reading fiction, at the "New York Times."
- 2014 Jun 23
Marx is Making a Comeback
The "Communist Manifesto" co-author has gotten a second life — and he has some advice for progressives.
- 2014 Jun 20
26 Great Book Dedications
Rounded up over at Buzzfeed.
What Would Stephen King Do?
Emily Schultz has taken Stephen King as her guide as she spends an unexpected windfall from her novel "Joyland." But how could the master of horror help with your decision-making?
- 2014 Jun 19
Unseen Neruda Poems Discovered
More than 20 unpublished poems by Pablo Neruda – works of "extraordinary quality" according to his publisher – have been unearthed among the papers of the late Nobel laureate in his native Chile.
Book Wilde Gave to Prison Governor Sold
An edition of "The Importance Of Being Earnest" given by its author Oscar Wilde to the governor of the prison in which he was held has been sold for £55,000.
Cranston Reveals Tentative Memoir Title
You’ll love the "Breaking Bad"–inspired title of actor Bryan Cranston’s forthcoming memoir.
- 2014 Jun 18
Where's the Working-Class Fiction?
Everyone is the poorer for publishers' widespread assumption that nobody wants to read about this part of society, says Kevin Duffy at the "Guardian."
The Way We Speak
How authors from Dickens to Dr. Seuss invented the words we use every day.
- 2014 Jun 17
Book Your Trip
NPR has put together reading lists for different modes of transportation.
How to Get Published
Four debut novelists on elevator pitches, getting an agent, and writing your first book.
Holmes Belongs to the Public, Says Court
A U.S. appeals court said 50 Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, and others may refer freely to them without paying licensing fees to the Scottish writer's estate.
- 2014 Jun 16
How An Iraqi Poet Translated 'Ulysses'
On Bloomsday, June 16, readers celebrate "Ulysses," one of the greatest - and most demanding - novels in English. How much more challenging is it to translate James Joyce's masterpiece into Arabic?
- 2014 Jun 12
From Stephen King to Slenderman
Why the horror genre is particularly horrible for women, via Salon.
Top Ten Books for Father's Day
As Father's Day approaches, the "Telegraph" rounds up a selection of the best histories, biographies and fiction books to give as presents.
'The Silkworm': 10 Things to Know
Why did J.K. Rowling disguise herself as Robert Galbraith? And what's the significance of the new novel's title?
- 2014 Jun 11
It’s Tartt—But Is It Art?
No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize. But some of the self-appointed high priests of literary criticism—at "The New Yorker," "The New York Review of Books," and "The Paris Review"—are deeply dismayed by "The Goldfinch" and its success.
Fans Wait Hours to See Clinton
Hillary Clinton arrived just after 11 a.m. at Union Square's Barnes & Noble for her first book signing on a nationwide tour to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” She waved and thanked the crowd of more than 1,000 people, many of whom had slept outside the store.
- 2014 Jun 10
Books to Scratch Your 'TFIOS' Itch
All seven of these books here have the same elements as John Green’s story: a star-crossed romance; a shared obsession; the ability to make you cry at the end (and maybe the middle, and maybe the beginning); and crossover appeal.
Books With Memorable Dads
Just in time for Father's Day.
Feud Over T&F's Handling of Critique
The editorial board of a journal published by academic publisher Taylor & Francis is said to have threatened to resign after the publisher asked for changes to an article criticizing the publishing industry.
- 2014 Jun 09
What the Amazon/Hachette Debate Ignores
Independent writers, "unlike the rich, famous ones long held in the warm embrace of the Big 5, view this debate through a very different filter. We are celebrating Amazon's open doors."
Kakutani Reviews 'Hard Choices'
Calling Hillary Clinton's book a "subtle, finely calibrated work that provides a portrait of the former secretary of state and former first lady as a heavy-duty policy wonk."
- 2014 Jun 05
What We Know About Rowling's New Novel
Writing as Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling's next crime novel "The Silkworm" hits stores on June 19, but there are a few things we've already learned from a new excerpt of the book in "USA Today."
Harvard Confirms Skin-Crawling Story
Harvard's rare-book library reported Wednesday that a 19th-century volume about the soul and an afterlife is indeed bound in human flesh.
- 2014 Jun 04
Amazon's Power Play
An opinion piece from the "New York Times" on the Amazon/Hachette battle.
- 2014 Jun 03
Why Books Have That Smell
As with all aromas, the origins can be traced back to a number of chemical constituents, so we can examine the processes and compounds that can contribute to both new and old books.
Editor Hints at Eighth Martin Book
George R.R. Martin's editor Anne Groell has said in a Q&A that the presence of an eighth kingdom in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga might indicate an eighth book in the series.
- 2014 Jun 02
Amazon Absorbing Price Fight Punches
David Carr on the Amazon/Hachette tussle.
How the Book Biz Dug Its Own Grave
As assessed by Michael Wolff at "USA Today."
- 2014 May 31
Bringing Down Hachette
Publishers could have thwarted the latest Amazon power grab. They didn’t, and books will suffer for it, says Evan Hughes, at Slate.
- 2014 May 30
'Reading Rainbow' Campaign Hits $2M
Instead of slowing down after hitting its stated $1 million goal in less than one day, LeVar Burton‘s Kickstarter campaign to bring back "Reading Rainbow" as a web series seems to be picking up steam — hitting $2 million on May 29.
- 2014 May 29
Amazon's Last Defenders?
Despite the e-tailer's bigfooting, some nonprofits still view taking Amazon's money as a necessary evil.
Poehler's Cover Reveal
A glimpse at the cover of Amy Poehler's "Yes Please," out on October 28 from Dey Street Books.
Clinton's Book Tour May Preview Campaign
Whether Clinton intends it as such or not, every aspect of the upcoming book launch is being evaluated as possible strategy in a yet-undeclared presidential campaign.
- 2014 May 28
Why I'm Ditching My Amazon Account
An opinion piece from Jack Shafer at Reuters.
- 2014 May 27
What the Battle Means for Indies
Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on how the outcome of this dispute between Amazon and Hachette will have permanent ramifications for publishers and indie authors alike.
Eight Literary Homes You Can Buy Now
From Rudyard Kipling's estate to Norman Mailer's place on the beach, the houses of famous writers that you can purchase right now.
- 2014 May 23
Judge Reinstates Lee's Suit
A federal judge has reinstated a lawsuit that "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee filed against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.
- 2014 May 22
Atria Launches Imprint for YouTube Stars
The Atria Publishing Group has teamed with Hollywood’s United Talent Agency to create Keywords Press, a new imprint to publish books by Internet entertainers.
Ideal Characters Who Should be Real
Ten ideal fictional book characters who should exist within our world.
- 2014 May 21
How HC Kept Zodiac Book a Secret
HarperCollins’ publicity campaign for "The Most Dangerous Animal of All," a book published this month by Gary L. Stewart, has been one of the most elaborate in recent memory: near total silence.
The Demands of Book Promotion
James Parker and Anna Holmes discuss whether they find book promoting — author photos, media campaigns, Twitter feeds — frivolous or necessary.
- 2014 May 20
Rep. Says Common Core Has Agenda
Common Core standards are a divisive topic in education circles, but one lawmaker is taking his anti-Common Core message to a new level.
MH370 Book Angers Victims' Families
In what appears to be the first book about the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines flight, London-based author Nigel Cawthorne offers a new theory on the missing plane.
Retiring Artists Who Can't Say Goodbye
Philip Roth's halting withdrawal from the world's stage proves that, in showbiz, retirement is a flexible concept.
Must Haves vs. Must Reads
A good number of people will push through and read all 698 pages of "Capital." Given its size and subject matter, however, Piketty’s book seems destined to land on many never-read piles. It raises the question: Why are so many people buying it in the first place?
- 2014 May 19
All Blurbed Out
Jennifer Weiner's take on the literary endorsement.
The Irresistible Rise of the Short Story
Why the short story is the perfect literary form for the 21st century.
Snug and Stylish Ways to Read
Bookmark these comfortable, literary furniture pieces and design objects for those moments when you’re ready to be whisked away for a weekend of books and bliss.
- 2014 May 16
So You're Over Dystopian Fiction?
Recommendations for the best non-magical books that have been (or will shortly be) published in 2014.
Amazon vs. Hachette
When does discouragement become misrepresentation?
Classics Hilariously Slammed on Amazon
16 comically negative Amazon reviews for classic books, rounded up at the Huffington Post.
'Women's Fiction' is Sexist
Author Joanne Harris says the book industry is sexist. "Why else are there categories for 'women writers' and no equivalents for writers who happen to be men?"
Chipotle Cup Author Wish List
The chain got George Saunders and Michael Lewis. But what about Milan Kundera, H. P. Lovecraft, and Donna Tartt?
- 2014 May 15
A Drink, and a Story
Chipotle cups will now feature stories by Jonathan Safran Foer, Toni Morrison, and other authors.
The Judge that Apple Hates
Last year, federal judge Denise Cote leveled unprecedented sanctions against Apple and major publishing houses for e-book price-fixing. "Vanity Fair" on how an old-school jurist upended the industry with a landmark decision.
- 2014 May 14
Johansson Sues Novelist
Actress Scarlett Johansson has demanded damages over a bestselling novel whose character, described in the book as being her double, amounts to the "illicit use of her name, fame and image."
Why You Should Avoid Bestsellers
If you read what everyone else reads, soon you'll start thinking like everyone else.
Kids Don't Read, Because Parents Don't
There is a cultural narrative about how electronic devices are pulling children away from books. But what are adults actually reading?
Cover Concepts for Books About Africa
Why the jacket art for every book set in Africa, or written by an African writer, is the same.