- 2015 May 29
Scalzi On His Monster Book Deal
The 'Washington Post' talks to John Scalzi about his $3.4 million, 13-book contract with Tor.
This Book Is Too Old For You
Maria Casale on choosing the right reading list for her 8-year-old daughter, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 May 28
Blume's New Novel Might Be Her Last
"I'm 77 and I've written a lot of books," Judy Blume told 'People' magazine. "I think I've said what I want to say, for the moment anyway."
- 2015 May 27
Flannery O'Connor Gets Forever Stamp
O'Connor will appear on a new postage stamp, to debut June 5, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.
Kaling Reveals Details of New Book
Mindy Kaling confirmed on Twitter that she and 'The Office' co-star B.J. Novak are working on a book, but warned that it will likely disappoint those looking for gossip.
Sen. Mitch McConnell Working on Memoir
The Kentucky Republican told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he planned to tell both his personal story, including overcoming polio as a child in Alabama, and the story of his long career in public life.
- 2015 May 26
Why Write a Collaborative Novel?
Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite say writing together has deepened their friendship, and cut the workload in half.
- 2015 May 22
Fitzgerald's Home on the Market
The Long Island home where F. Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have written 'The Great Gatsby' is for sale for $3.8 million.
- 2015 May 21
Bin Laden's Fixation on West
Michiko Kakutani at the 'New York Times' looks at the recently released list of English language books found in Osama Bin Laden's compound.
Unfinished Welles Bio Found
Archivists at the University of Michigan said this week that they have discovered extensive fragments of, and notes for, an Orson Welles autobiography in a trove of papers newly purchased from Welles’s companion in the years before he died in 1985.
Dante Turns 750
It’s hard to convey the importance of Dante’s place in Italian culture, but there are many possible explanations for the poet's enduring hold on the country.
- 2015 May 20
Bill Gates's Summer Reading Recs
The books are, says Gates, “on the lighter side," adding that each made him "think or laugh or, in some cases, do both.”
Former PRH Publicist Writing Book
Melissa Broder, a former assistant director of publicity and social media at Penguin Random House, is turning her viral Twitter account, @SoSadToday, into a book of personal essays for Grand Central.
'True Face' of Shakespeare?
A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert.
- 2015 May 19
Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets
After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults.
Why Authors Chose Their Fake Names
The Huffington Post takes a look at the stories behind the pseudonyms of some famous writers.
- 2015 May 18
'Freakonomics' 10 Years On
Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt on what they got right and wrong.
- 2015 May 14
How Can Poetry Change the World?
'The Washington Post' chats with poet Jane Hirshfield.
- 2015 May 13
How This Self-Pubbed Author Made $450K
In the second entry of a three-part series at 'Forbes,' an author explains how he cracked the self-publishing industry.
- 2015 May 12
Ten Authors Who Excel on the Internet
Writers are finding imaginative ways to negotiate the new era of electronic intimacy with readers. 'The Guardian' has some of the best.
- 2015 May 11
Book Lover's Loss
Saying goodbye to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
- 2015 May 08
Ferraro to Head Disney Publishing Unit
Disney said late Thursday that Leslie Ferraro would become president of Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately, which includes oversight of the company's large book publishing operation.
- 2015 May 07
Krakauer Faces Heckler in Missoula
A Missoula audience gave the bestselling author of a book about the city's mishandling of rape cases a standing ovation Wednesday, and then booed a heckler who had elbowed his way to the stage and called Jon Krakauer a liar.
- 2015 May 06
Fans Queue Up for 'Selfish'
Kim Kardashian promoted her book 'Selfish' at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in New York on Tuesday—but some rabid fans began lining up for the event Monday evening.
- 2015 May 04
Art Spiegelman Talks to NPR
The cartoonist says the purge of 'Maus' from Russian bookstores is "rather well-intentioned stupidity on many levels."
Why We’re Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo'
Andrew Solomon and Suzanne Nossel's opinion piece in the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 May 01
Rare Dylan Thomas Notebook to Be Opened
A lost notebook that belonged to the Welsh poet, rediscovered after lying forgotten in a drawer for decades, is to go on limited public display later this month.
- 2015 Apr 30
The Real Mr. Darcy?
A new book claims to reveal the true identity of the man who inspired Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' heartthrob.
- 2015 Apr 29
Why Anthony Trollope is still the novelist of the way we live now, according to Adam Gopnik at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2015 Apr 28
Rushdie Chastises 'Hebdo' Protestors
Salman Rushdie defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor 'Charlie Hebdo,' saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.
Coauthor Sues Courtney Love
Anthony Bozza says he wrote a manuscript for the singer's memoir and handed it over to Harper Collins in January, but that he has only received half of the $200,000 advance he is owed.
- 2015 Apr 27
The Future of Reading
Walter Mosley, bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series, has good news for those who love to read.
- 2015 Apr 24
French Author Who Has Happiness Down
Frederic Lenoir's 'Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide' was a bestseller when it was released in France last fall, and this month, it's been published here, in English, courtesy of Melville House.
- 2015 Apr 23
Blume's Star-Studded Book Tour
Judy Blume’s hotly anticipated new novel, 'In the Unlikely Event,' is becoming quite an event of its own.
Pulitzer Poetry Winner on Sudden Fame
Gregory Pardlo talks to the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Apr 22
The Difficulty of Being a Debut Writer
"It is a privilege and a gift and an honor to be a debut author, but it is, above all things, an existential test," writes Courtney Maum, at Buzzfeed.
Liz Thomson Looks Back
As she steps down from BookBrunch, the journalist reflects on three decades covering the book trade beat and explains the background to her new project.
- 2015 Apr 21
Toni Morrison, 'I Regret Everything'
The author looks back on her personal life, with NPR's Terry Gross.
Clinton 'Ready' for Attacks
Hillary Clinton dismissed an upcoming book that will reportedly outline favorable treatment from her State Department in exchange for foreign donations to her family foundation, saying it comes with the territory of running for president.
- 2015 Apr 17
Speaking to Diversity
Buzzfeed asked attendees at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference if they had any messages for the predominantly white publishing industry.
Too Many Books?
Tim Parks at the 'New York Review of Books' ponders if there is a relationship between the quantity of books available to us, the ease with which they can be written and published, and our reading experience.
- 2015 Apr 16
Cuomo Income Up from Book Deal
A large part of Gov. Cuomo's increase in 2014, according to his tax returns, came from a $376,667 payment for his memoir, which was published last fall by Harper.
- 2015 Apr 15
Reading Racist Literature
Elif Batuman confronts the racism in her favorite books.
- 2015 Apr 14
Veteran Comic Book Editor Joins Startup
Mike Marts, who has held posts at DC and Marvel, has signed on to serve as the editor-in-chief of AfterShock.
Cover Reveal for New Patti Smith Memoir
The National Book Award-winning author of 'Just Kids' is back with a new memoir.
- 2015 Apr 10
The Wacky Side of Copyediting
Salon talks to Mary Norris, the 'Between You and Me' author and copyeditor at the 'New Yorker,' about life in the grammar- and style-guide trenches.
- 2015 Apr 09
The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison
The 'New York Times' magazine profiles the legendary 84-year-old author.
Why Writers Love to Hate the MFA
Cecilia Capuzzi Simon on why a graduate writing degree turns out a lot of opinionated writing, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Apr 08
Defender of the Liberal Arts
Though Frederick Douglass believed vocational education was key to empowerment, the former slave's writings offer a reminder that subjects like literature and philosophy are still integral to social mobility.
- 2015 Apr 07
Writers on Motivation
Here’s a collection of words from writers, beyond the usual suspects, talking about the hard work of building habits, agonizing over the writing process, and wrestling with the muse.
Angelou Stamp Controversy
A Maya Angelou stamp that will be issued Tuesday features a quote attributed to her. But children’s book author named Joan Walsh Anglund says she wrote it first.
- 2015 Apr 06
Salman Rushdie Shares Taste in Books
The author accidentally shared his book tastes with the world, after reviewing books on a public forum he believed was private.
- 2015 Apr 03
Martin Teases Fans with New Chapter
George R.R. Martin has posted online a chapter from 'Winds of Winter,' the hotly anticipated next book in his Song of Fire and Ice series.
- 2015 Apr 02
Eliot's Old Home May Become Retreat
The seven-bedroom seaside house in Gloucester, Mass. where T.S. Eliot spent his summers will be turned into a center and writers’ retreat.
Romance Writers Raise Autism Awareness
This April, for National Autism Awareness Month, authors Kennedy Ryan and Ginger Scott have organized "Lift: Authors Raising Autism Awareness."
Novelists Who Debuted at 40
You don’t have to be a wunderkind to write an impressive first novel.
- 2015 Mar 31
Thomas Pynchon's Predictions
Did the author predict parallel universes, mini black holes, and the death of the big bang theory?
- 2015 Mar 30
Stieg Larsson's Partner Speaks Out
Eva Gabrielsson has publicly opposed plan to release a fourth installment in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series more than a decade after the Larsson's death— dismissing it as nothing more than a money-making scheme.
- 2015 Mar 26
Rowling Responds to Fan's Tweet
A reader asked the Harry Potter author, "Why is Dumbledore gay?"
- 2015 Mar 25
Coben: Treat It as a Job
"Every successful author I’ve ever known still has to treat it as a job," Harlan Coben told the 'Guardian.' "You have to get your butt in the chair and do the work."
Conroy Starts a New Chapter
After bad health habits nearly killed him, 'The Prince of Tides' author Pat Conroy said he is opening a fitness studio near his South Carolina home to help him stay healthy enough to write several more books.
- 2015 Mar 24
One Book Group, One Book, 18 Years
For nearly two decades, an eclectic group of readers has gathered for their book club devoted to a single novel: 'Finnegans Wake' by James Joyce.
- 2015 Mar 23
Stephen King Demands Apology
The author is calling on Maine Gov. Paul LePage to "man up and apologize" for accusing him of leaving the state to avoid paying income taxes.
- 2015 Mar 19
Doyle Victim of Police Conspiracy
Newly discovered documents show that police fabricated evidence to try to discredit Arthur Conan Doyle’s investigation into the case of a Birmingham solicitor accused of maiming horses and sending poison-pen letters at the turn of the 20th century.
A Week in the Life of a Novelist
Jessie Burton hails spring’s arrival, exiles a sleeping cat, and wrestles with her next book.
- 2015 Mar 18
George R.R. Martin Skipping Comic-Con
To finish his next (nearly done?) book.
Lee's Abandoned True Crime Novel
In 1978, Harper Lee travelled to Alexander City, Ala., to research a murder trial that she planned to turn into a book. The family of a lawyer involved in the case still hopes that a manuscript might materialize.
Gore Vidal's Bitter Feuds
As a Gore Vidal novel written under the pseudonym Cameron Kay is republished, here are some of the writer's memorably bitter feuds.
- 2015 Mar 17
The Women of Sci-Fi
Male science-fiction authors discuss the women writers who influenced them.
Searching for Cervantes
Scientists in Spain are looking for the remains of the 'Don Quixote' author.
- 2015 Mar 16
My Mother's Affair with Fitzgerald
A woman writes about how her mother's three-year fling with F. Scott Fitzgerald has shaped her life.
The Man Who Transformed Foyles
Sam Husain has fought off the threat of e-books and online retailers to make the bookstore chain profitable again.
If Famous Writers Had Snapchat
Snapchat just got literary.
- 2015 Mar 13
Terry Pratchett In Quotes
As the literary world mourns the death of the Discworld creator, here are some of his most inspiring and memorable quotes.
The Internet's MFA Wars
A former MFA instructor's takedown of MFA programs has ricocheted around the Internet ever since it was published in late February.
- 2015 Mar 12
Alabama Investigating Lee's Condition
After at least one complaint of elder abuse, the state of Alabama has been drawn into the debate about whether or not Harper Lee consented to publishing her second novel, 'Go Set a Watchman.'
The Middle Of Things
Andrew Solomon offers advice for young writers in the speech he delivered at the Whiting Writers’ Awards on March 5.
Short Is Sweet
Author Susie Day talks about the joys of writing short stories.
- 2015 Mar 10
Piketty Clarifies Findings in 'Capital'
French economist Thomas Piketty, author of 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century,' sought to clarify his findings on the causes of rising inequality in a new paper published in the 'American Economic Review.'
- 2015 Mar 09
Wait Until 35, Says Trollope
Joanna Trollope claims writers will only create best works after the age of 35, when life has "knocked them about a bit."
Kazuo Ishiguro rejects claims of genre snobbery.
PGA Golfer Fires Back at Publisher
Patrick Reed said that he plans to challenge Ballantine's publication of a new book that claims he stole from teammates and cheated during a qualifying round while attending the University of Georgia.
- 2015 Mar 06
New Rowling Novel Coming?
The Harry Potter author alluded in a tweet that she was starting her next novel in honor of World Book Day in the U.K. on Thursday.
Martin Donates First Edition 'Hobbit'
George R.R. Martin has donated one of only 1,500 first editions printed of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' to Texas A&M University.
Jonathan Galassi as Debut Novelist
The publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux talks to the 'Observer' about his first novel 'Muse,' to be released by Knopf in June.
- 2015 Mar 05
Harper Lee Appears 'Fully Lucid'
A reporter with the 'Birmingham News' describes the response he received after trying to contact the novelist. "Her acerbic, press-averse side is fully intact."
- 2015 Mar 04
Ishiguro on 'The Buried Giant'
Kazuo Ishiguro talks to the Huffington Post about the central themes of his latest novel, as well as his opinions on genre, Marcel Proust, and the way memory is illustrated in movies.
'Douglas Adams Made Me a Writer'
Paying tribute to his genius at the annual Douglas Adams lecture, Neil Gaiman explained how meeting the 'Hitchhiker’s Guide' author at 22 changed his life.
The Rise of the Nameless Narrator
Sam Sacks, at the 'New Yorker,' writes that "in recent years, a curious number of novelists have declined to avail themselves of that basic prerogative: naming their creations."
- 2015 Mar 03
Travels with My Censor
Author Peter Hessler writes about his Chinese book tour, at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2015 Mar 02
Knausgaard Talks to 'The Guardian'
The author of the bestselling 'My Struggle' tells the paper that "writing is a way of getting rid of shame."
The Art of Agenting
Literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb on gatekeeping, the truth behind big advances, and why Amazon neglects the “humanity to good books.”
Writers You Should be Reading
Buzzfeed has 22 contemporary authors that are not to be missed.
- 2015 Feb 27
Amazon Hires Jay Carney
The former press secretary to President Obama is joining Amazon as senior v-p for global corporate affairs, a new position, the retailer said Thursday.
New Bill Bryson Coming
Bill Bryson’s first travel book in 15 years will be published by Transworld in the U.K. in autumn.
Connecticut Town Pursues Sendak Museum
Three years after Maurice Sendak's death, his western Connecticut hometown of Ridgefield is pursuing a museum honoring the author of 'Where the Wild Things Are.'
- 2015 Feb 26
The First 'Real Book' Munro Read
In an essay originally printed in 1962, several years before Alice Munro’s first book was published, the author describes “the first real book” she ever read: Charles Dickens’s 'A Child’s History of England.'
- 2015 Feb 25
Former 'Times' Editor Writing a Book?
The 'New York Post' reports that former 'New York Times' executive editor Jill Abramson is shopping a book on the future of the news business.
- 2015 Feb 24
Maya Angelou 'Forever'
The iconic poet and author who died last year at 86 will be honored with a "Forever" stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.
Struggling Writer Gets Oprah Nod
First-time author Cynthia Bond speaks to NPR about 'Ruby' being picked as the next Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.