- 2015 Jan 29
Guitarist Sued Over Rascals Book
A writer who says he made a deal with Steven Van Zandt, longtime guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, to produce a picture book about a 1960s rock group, is now claiming he never got a dime.
- 2015 Jan 28
Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling?
Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition, at the 'New York Times.'
Taunton President Steps Down
Taunton Press President Tim Rahr announced to the company last week that he's leaving the company and that longtime industry executive Dan McCarthy is taking over as interim CEO.
In Memory of Primo Levi
Eileen Battersby recalls the day she met the author and Auschwitz survivor, and assesses his career.
- 2015 Jan 27
New Writers Pen for Chipotle
Eight months after author Jonathan Safran Foer turned his mid-burrito boredom into a series of stories for Chipotle cups and to-go bags (by the likes of himself, Toni Morrison, Michael Lewis, and George Saunders), he’s at it again.
- 2015 Jan 26
'Sponsored' By My Husband
Novelist Ann Bauer on why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from, at Salon.
- 2015 Jan 22
Zuckerberg's Quest for Literary Meaning
The Facebook founder's book club choices are a useful (and kind of touching!) window into his inner life, says Salon's Laura Miller.
- 2015 Jan 21
Guantánamo Detainee Turned Author
On Tuesday, the family of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, used the publication of his book 'Guantánamo Diary,' the first and, so far, the only account of life at the American military prison written by someone still detained, to campaign for his release.
- 2015 Jan 20
Patterson's Expensive, Exploding Book
For just under $300,000, one super (rich) fan of James Patterson will have the opportunity to purchase the author’s next book and watch it explode a day after opening it.
50 Books to Make You More Interesting
Flavorwire has a list of books that will make you smarter, funnier, deeper, and yes, more interesting — at least to some people.
Is Amazon a Hero or a Monster?
A passionate New York debate interrogates Amazon’s dominance in the book market—is it delivering well-priced books efficiently, or a greedy, rapacious behemoth?
- 2015 Jan 16
Things No One Tells You About Publishing
Ten years ago, Curtis Sittenfeld's first novel 'Prep' came out. Here’s what she's learned about the publishing industry and writing since then.
Garner on Criticism
'Poets & Writers' talks to 'New York Times' book critic Dwight Garner.
How a Lit-Loving Fam Saved a Bookstore
Facing closure, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks got help from an unexpected source.
Bill O'Reilly Heads West
The Fox News host and bestselling author is finishing 'Legends & Lies: Into the West,' stories about Jesse James, Davy Crockett and other outlaws and good guys that will include a multiparty television docudrama and a companion book.
- 2015 Jan 15
Rushdie on 'Charlie Hebdo'
Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book 'The Satanic Verses' drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, has spoken of his anger that the slain 'Charlie Hebdo' employees have been “vilified and called racists."
Rendell 'Critical' Following Stroke
Crime writer Ruth Rendell has suffered a serious stroke and is in a "critical but stable" condition in the hospital.
- 2015 Jan 14
Bradbury's House to Be Leveled
Ray Bradbury's home, which was purchased in June 2014 for $1.765 million, is being demolished.
- 2015 Jan 12
Art Spiegelman Calls U.S. 'Hypocritical'
The author and cartoonist has characterized the U.S. press as hypocritical for not publishing the 'Charlie Hebdo' cartoons.
Rowling Attacks Murdoch
J.K. Rowling has condemned and mocked the tweet from Rupert Murdoch which insisted that even peaceful Muslims must bear responsibilities for jihadi attacks.
- 2015 Jan 09
Longtime book editor Daniel Menaker on Amazon, Authors United, and the future of publishing.
A Debt to Sylvia Plath
When novelist Meg Wolitzer began writing 'Belzhar,' her first book for a YA audience, she turned to 'The Bell Jar.'
- 2015 Jan 08
Joan Didion Models for Céline
The 80 year-old author lends her effortless style to the latest campaign from the French fashion house.
- 2015 Jan 07
Fire Chief Terminated Over Book
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran returned to work on Tuesday after a month-long suspension over the content of his self-published religious book. Hours later, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that Cochran was out of a job.
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is to offer words of wisdom to troubled readers in an advice column on his website, his publisher said Tuesday.
Mag Editors Pick Writers on the Rise
The Huffington Post has gathered together to-read lists from a handful of esteemed literary magazine editors.
Why Do We Hate Cliché?
Writers Rivka Galchen and Leslie Jamison discuss why we react so strongly against clichés, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2014 Dec 23
How to Write
A year in advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and more.
- 2014 Dec 22
Wood's Picks for 2014
James Wood at the 'New Yorker' highlights his favorite books of the year.
Zoella's Fall From Grace
Teen fans feel betrayed by a YouTube star whose bestselling novel was revealed to be ghostwritten.
- 2014 Dec 19
Martin Says He'll Screen 'The Interview'
'The Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, N.M., and announced he'd be happy to screen the North Korea-skewering comedy any time, no matter if it's actually any good or not.
Late Night's Most Passionate Book Nerd
In addition to everything else the 'Colbert Report' has accomplished since launching in 2005, it might have been TV’s most effective servant of books, says Boris Kachka at Vulture.
The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand
Wil S. Hylton talks to the author about her career, 'Unbroken,' and her struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Galante Fired for 'Wild Spending'
The Queens Public Library's board of trustees axed director Thomas Galante on Wednesday after reviewing his expense accounts.
- 2014 Dec 17
Celebs Donate Books
Stars like Jimmy Kimmel and Maggie Gyllenhaal are giving signed books, with a note about what the title meant to its famous former owner, to an online bookseller. Proceeds will go toward supporting literacy education.
- 2014 Dec 16
Ventura Sues HarperCollins
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura filed suit Monday against HarperCollins, publisher of the book that a federal jury in St. Paul said had defamed him.
- 2014 Dec 15
The Creation of Shakespeare
Shakespeare wasn't always a literary icon — or even the most popular writer of his era. Then how did he get so big?
Talking with the Editor of the 'NYTBR'
In celebration of her new book, 'By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review,' Buzzfeed asked Pamela Paul to answer the questions she’s usually asking some of the world’s most talented writers.
- 2014 Dec 12
The Henry Ford of Books
Exploring the contradictions of a one-man publishing conglomerate, Todd S. Purdum at 'Vanity Fair' learns how James Patterson’s childhood and advertising career made him the ultimate storyteller.
- 2014 Dec 11
Kerouac Estate Claims Lost Letter
Plans to auction the letter that inspired Jack Kerouac to turn 'On The Road' into a literary classic have been put on hold after Kerouac's estate laid claim to the 16,000-word missive from the author's friend and literary muse, Neal Cassady.
The Bestselling, Reclusive Authors
The BBC explores the infamous literary recluses whose work sells like hot cakes.
- 2014 Dec 10
Scant Clues to a Secret Identity
Elena Ferrante, author of the Naples novels, stays mysterious.
Lost Dylan Thomas Notebook Auctioned
A notebook which shows the early work of poet Dylan Thomas has been bought by Swansea University for £104,500.
- 2014 Dec 09
Gates's Favorite Books of 2014
In between running one of the world’s largest charitable agencies and acting as Microsoft’s technology advisor, Bill Gates manages to find a significant chunk of time to read books, both long and short.
Lessing's Library Heads to Zimbabwe
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who died last year, spent her early years in Zimbabwe. She is still giving back to the country whose former white rulers banished her for speaking against racial discrimination.
- 2014 Dec 08
Koons Lends a Hand for Book Design
Artist Jeff Koons designed the jacket for producer Brian Grazer’s upcoming book 'A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.'
- 2014 Dec 05
Wieseltier Out at 'TNR'
'The New Republic' announced major changes Thursday afternoon, including the departure of Leon Wieseltier, a top lieutenant and the magazine's literary editor.
George Orwell's Jail Time Confirmed?
The author's willful arrest for drunkenness in order to experience prison while researching 'Down and Out in Paris and London' had been questioned, but unseen court records may reveal the truth.
- 2014 Dec 04
Meet a Record-Breaking Blogger
Zoe Sugg, the 24-year-old YouTube and blogging sensation who goes by the online name Zoella, has achieved record sales with her first novel 'Girl Online.'
Why 'Wild' Works
Vulture talked to author Cheryl Strayed about what made her memoir succeed.
- 2014 Dec 03
Authors in Their Own Fiction
Mental Floss has seven examples of fictional characters literally meeting their makers.
- 2014 Dec 02
'In Cold Blood' Case Files to Go Public
The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired Truman Capote's book can publish his father's field notes that he says substantially contradict Capote's account.
Debating Sendak's Estate
Maurice Sendak's longtime caretaker, and executor of his estate, defends her decisions to withdraw more than 10,000 original artworks Sendak had lent over decades to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
- 2014 Dec 01
DFW's Importance of Being Earnest
David Foster Wallace was exceptional in so many ways—and the root of his distinction might be his sense of Americanness, says Adam Kirsch at Salon.
The Pain of the Watermelon Joke
In an opinion piece at the 'New York Times,' 'Brown Girl Dreaming' author and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson responded to comments made by emcee Daniel Handler at the NBA ceremony.
From Fan Fiction to Six Figures
Anna Todd, author of the Wattpad series After, picked up by Simon & Schuster, talks to CBC Radio.
- 2014 Nov 26
Shakespeare 'First Folio' Found
A rare and valuable William Shakespeare 'First Folio,' the collection of plays credited with being the reason his literary legacy survived, has been discovered in a provincial town in France.
- 2014 Nov 25
Fire Chief Suspended for Publishing Book
Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for publishing and distributing a faith-based book to his subordinates.
- 2014 Nov 19
Colbert's Best Shots at Amazon
A history of the Stephen Colbert vs. Amazon war.
Iain Banks’s Culture lives on
'Strange Horizons' magazine has just published some unseen interviews with the late and much-missed author.
- 2014 Nov 18
The Habits of Highly Productive Writers
There are no tricks to make writing easier, just practices you can develop to get it done, from the 'Chronicle of Higher Education.'
75 Reasons to Love Margaret Atwood
In honor of her 75th birthday, Book Riot has compiled 75 reasons why the writer is "awesome."
- 2014 Nov 14
The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
The Daily Beast interviews Maira Kalman.
- 2014 Nov 12
Franklin to Sue Over Unauthorized Bio
Aretha Franklin is threatening legal action over a new unauthorized biography, 'Respect,' by her former ghostwriter David Ritz — which makes claims about her sexual promiscuity on the 1950s gospel circuit.
Watch Springsteen Talk 'Outlaw Pete'
On Monday, Bruce Springsteen sat down with Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' to promote his new book.
- 2014 Nov 11
Sendak Estate Hit with Lawsuit
The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia has sued the estate of Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, claiming that the estate is withholding a collection of rare books that Sendak promised to the library in his will.
Writers on the Books that Shaped Them
Nine authors share the books they're inspired and comforted by, at Mashable.
- 2014 Nov 10
A Setback for Amazon Publishing
Ed Park is leaving his Little A imprint to join Penguin Press as an executive editor, a departure that reflects the challenges Amazon faces in a publishing ecosystem that largely views the online retailer as a rapacious competitor.
- 2014 Nov 07
Chatting with Cory Doctorow
The novelist talks with Salon's Laura Miller about Amazon, the totalitarian perils of copyright law, and how the Internet is changing art.
17 Writers on the Importance of Reading
Pulled together at Buzzfeed.
- 2014 Nov 04
Take a Class with DFW
Salon has David Foster Wallace's syllabus, reading list, rules -- and even footnotes
- 2014 Nov 03
Dunham Cancels Book Tour Stops
Lena Dunham has cancelled two dates of her European book tour following recent allegations that she abused her younger sister.
- 2014 Oct 31
Springsteen, By the Book
The musician and author of the new picture book 'Outlaw Pete' reveals what books are on his night stand.
To Write and Die in L.A.
Charles Bukowski, Iceberg Slim, Octavia Butler and Truman Capote are among the writers buried in L.A.
- 2014 Oct 29
Stine Writes a Short Story on Twitter
Prolific author R.L. Stine is celebrating Halloween a little early this year by publishing his latest story entirely on Twitter.
10 Tolkien Facts You Might Not Know
Mental Floss offers a list of things even the most ardent fans don't know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
'The Blank Screen Is the Enemy'
The Millions interviews David Mitchell.
- 2014 Oct 28
A.S. Byatt Siding with Amazon
“I can’t speak against Amazon,” said the Booker winner. “As a writer I wouldn’t be who I am without them sending the right books out, and not only that, but sending them tomorrow."
A Band of Her Own
Tapes from Anne Sexton's little known musical side project.
- 2014 Oct 27
Lost Malcolm Lowry Novel Published
A novel by British-born author Malcolm Lowry is being published 70 years after its manuscript was thought to have been destroyed in a fire.
Closing a Chapter of a Literary Life
“I felt that I had one more book in me that could be special and sincere and extraordinary,” Michel Faber tells the 'New York Times.' Faber says his new novel, 'The Book of Strange Things,' will be his last.
- 2014 Oct 24
Didion Doc Kickstarter Raises $80k
Joan Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct a documentary about his aunt, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 roughly 24 hours later.
Do Book Prizes Matter?
Winning the Man Booker really, really changed Richard Flanagan's life.
- 2014 Oct 23
Gould on Amazon vs. Publishers
"Publishers aren't perfect," writes Emily Gould at Salon. "But no one who cares about a diverse literary marketplace can actually side with Amazon."
Habits of Highly Successful YA Authors
Bestselling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.
- 2014 Oct 22
Fantasizing on the Famous
A billion Wattpad views, and a six-figure, four book deal for Anna Todd for her fan fiction starring One Direction's Harry Styles.
- 2014 Oct 21
The Great Amazon Debate
A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground.
How Martin Got His 'Game' On
George R.R. Martin gets personal with the 'New York Post.'
- 2014 Oct 20
Authors vs. 'Citizen Critics'
Novelist Jennifer Weiner takes a look at the writer's relationship with Amazon reviewers, for the 'New Republic.'
- 2014 Oct 16
Leonard Archive Heads to South Carolina
On Wednesday, the University of South Carolina announced that it has acquired the archives of crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died in 2013.
- 2014 Oct 15
Poehler's Author Photo Delivers
Amy Poehler‘s highly-anticipated memoir, 'Yes Please' comes out in two weeks. It’s garnering a lot of hype, and if the back flap is any indication, it will live up to expectations.
S.E. Hinton, and the YA Debate
Hinton, who almost single-handedly brought YA into being, talks about transgenerational full-circle return of the genre, at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2014 Oct 14
Steve Jobs's Reading List
Nine books that the revolutionary cofounder of Apple thought everybody should read.
- 2014 Oct 10
Patrick Modiano's Postwar World
Who is this writer, and what are the ungraspable human destinies he has uncovered?
- 2014 Oct 09
Rowling Explains Tweet Riddle
J.K. Rowling has unraveled the meaning behind a cryptic tweet sent earlier this week, dashing hopes that it referred to a new Harry Potter story.
Lost Capote Stories Published
Four of the stories appear in German in the publication ZEITmagazin, a year ahead of Random House's scheduled release of the full collection, a dozen poems and roughly 20 stories, in English.
- 2014 Oct 08
Ex-Aides' Claws Are Out
Leon Panetta joins Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton in putting out books critical of President Obama—and disparaging, tell-all books from former advisors to a sitting president reflect a change in Washington norms.
Emory Receives O’Connor Archive
A trove of Flannery O’Connor’s literary drafts, journals, letters and personal effects, long hidden from all but a few scholars, has been acquired by Emory University, and will soon be made available to the public, shedding new light on one of the most influential American writers of the postwar era.
- 2014 Oct 07
Rowling Drops Potter Hints on Twitter
The Harry Potter author had fans speculating feverishly over the last 24 hours over a series of cryptic tweets sent to her 3.74 million followers.
- 2014 Oct 03
Ex-Headmaster Sues Sparks
The former headmaster of a private school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks says the author and other school leaders forced him out when he tried to recruit black students and faculty and supported a bullied group of gay students, and on Thursday he sued for damages.