- 2015 Oct 06
In Literary Limbo
Carmen Balcells's death has plunged her agency — which represents the estate of Gabriel García Márquez— into uncertainty, setting the stage for a land grab involving some of the biggest personalities in world publishing.
Sloane Crosley Talks to the 'WaPo'
The author on book trailers, book clubs, and her new novel, ‘The Clasp.’
- 2015 Oct 05
Patti Smith at the New Yorker Festival
To promote her latest memoir, 'M Train,' Smith spoke with David Remnick at the 'New Yorker' festival this weekend about a colorful blend of literary and nonliterary topics.
- 2015 Oct 01
Amy Schumer's Deal Was All in the Timing
In 2013, the comedian received a $1 million advance from HarperCollins, only to cancel the contract. Last week, she signed a deal with Simon & Schuster in a high-seven-figure deal.
Handler Gives $1M to Planned Parenthood
Daniel Handler, author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events novels, and his wife, artist Lisa Brown, announced they will be donating $1 million to the reproductive health provider.
George R.R. Martin Looks to Mars
The author spent his childhood reading stories about Mars and hoping to write one—as new discoveries on the red planet capture the world’s attention, he surveys a rich Martian literature.
Not the Time for Realistic Fiction
Margaret Atwood talks to NPR about her latest, 'The Heart Goes Last.'
The Writer I Was
Six authors look back on their first novels.
- 2015 Sep 30
Remembering Carmen Balcells
The 'New Yorker' on the agent behind Latin America's literary boom.
- 2015 Sep 28
U.K. Authors Unite for Syria
A host of the U.K.’s bestselling authors are coming together to raise money for Syrian refugees, as writers including Hilary Mantel, Salman Rushdie, and David Nicholls sign up to forgo earnings from their bestselling books to raise £1m.
Mary Karr Talks to Salon
The author chatted about David Foster Wallace's "Eddie Haskell" side and her new book 'The Art of Memoir.'
- 2015 Sep 25
Women on Memoir
Twenty-five famous women on writing their own stories.
Hemingway Was a Pack Rat
What the author's mementos reveal.
- 2015 Sep 24
Link Between Curiosity and Creativity
'New York' magazine talks to 'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear' author Elizabeth Gilbert.
- 2015 Sep 21
For Jackie, the Show Always Went On
Mark Lawson remembers the late Jackie Collins, at the 'Guardian.'
HMH Writes a New Future for Itself
The 'Boston Globe' takes a look at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Linda Zecher's initiatives.
Lessons from Self-Publishing
One author writes about her experience, at the Huffington Post.
- 2015 Sep 18
Salon Sits Down with Ursula K. Le Guin
The literary legend talked about her new craft book, and why sci-fi writers should read Virginia Woolf.
Hawkins Coming Stateside
Paula Hawkins, author of the runaway bestseller 'The Girl on The Train,' is planning a rare U.S. visit to five cities.
- 2015 Sep 17
Strayed 2015 Indies First Spokesperson
Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of 'Wild,' and the forthcoming 'Brave Enough,' will be this year’s official spokesperson for the national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores.
Salman Rushdie, by the Book
The author, most recently, of 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' tells the 'NYT' that more or less everything by Christopher Hitchens makes him laugh.
- 2015 Sep 16
Sonny Mehta in 'Vanity Fair'
The Knopf editor-in-chief tells the magazine that he still has "the best job in the world."
Bezos to Reach Orbit
Blue Origin, a secretive rocket company started by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, made a splashy public announcement on Tuesday.
- 2015 Sep 15
Boyd Advises Budding Authors
William Boyd's insights into what it takes to be a novelist.
- 2015 Sep 14
The Rise of Twitter Fiction
Authors are turning social media into a literary genre, 140 characters at a time.
- 2015 Sep 11
Family Protests Poet's Pen Name
The family of a woman with the same name as the Chinese pseudonym adopted by poet Michael Derrick Hudson, who attended the same high school as Hudson, has stepped forward, demanding that he immediately stop using it.
Skloot Responds to Book Banning
Rebecca Skloot, author of 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,' accused a parent who tried to ban the book from schools of "confusing gynecology with pornography."
A Storied Past
Bill Shinker talks about his career in publishing.
10 Famous Authors’ Favorite TV Shows
Lorrie Moore and 'Friday Night Lights,' Stephen King and 'The Americans,' and other writers' favorite shows, listed at Flavorwire.
- 2015 Sep 10
The Fiction Atop the Fiction
Did Thomas Pynchon publish a novel under the pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson?
- 2015 Sep 09
Details from New Trump Book
In 'Never Enough,' out September 22, Donald Trump said his experience at the New York Military Academy gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”
DFW and the Perils of 'Litchat'
"[David Foster] Wallace’s death, and the private suffering that it revealed, has led to the formation of an iconic posthumous public image that some of his friends have taken to calling 'Saint Dave,'" writes Laura Miller, at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2015 Sep 02
Louise O'Neill Explains 'Asking For It'
The author, who explores rape culture in her new book, discusses the reasons why women often take the blame for being assaulted.
- 2015 Sep 01
Harper Lee's Early Drafts Identified
A rare books expert revealed findings that indicate Harper Lee's mysterious pages of text found in a safety deposit box are not a third novel, but drafts of "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Go Set A Watchman."
- 2015 Aug 28
Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?
Stephen King on prolific writers.
The Mysterious, Anonymous Author
Elena Ferrante talks to 'Vanity Fair' about the conclusion of her Neapolitan novels.
- 2015 Aug 26
Julia Cheiffetz on Her Amazon Experience
In response to the 'New York Times' probe into Amazon's workplace, the former editorial director of Amazon Publishing urges Jeff Bezos to make the company "a more hospitable place for women and parents."
- 2015 Aug 25
Vargas Llosa Hits Back
Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has been forced to deny that he sold a story to 'Hola!' magazine in Spain.
Ishiguro Archive Heads to Texas
The archive of award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is heading to the U.S. having been acquired by the University of Texas in Austin.
- 2015 Aug 24
Jonathan Franzen and Feminism
Mary Elizabeth Williams responds to the novelist's recent remarks on feminism, at Salon.
- 2015 Aug 21
Authors Group Seeks DOJ Probe of Amazon
On Thursday, the Authors United group submitted a formal request to the DOJ’s top antitrust official.
Ten Things I Learned as Debut Novelist
Victoria Namkung writes about her experience for the Huffington Post.
- 2015 Aug 19
A Conversation With James Wood
The 'New Yorker' critic talks with Slate about how technology is changing reading, how aging changes critics, and what he’d change about his David Foster Wallace review.
- 2015 Aug 17
Bezos Defends His Company
Jeff Bezos sent a memo to Amazon employees this weekend, obtained by GeekWire, which says he doesn’t recognize the company described in the 'New York Times' article.
- 2015 Aug 14
Read Like the President
President Obama shares his six-book summer reading list.
- 2015 Aug 13
Garcia Marquez's Return Home
The ashes of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez are heading to the country of his birth, Colombia.
- 2015 Aug 12
The Novel is Dead. Or Is It?
Liesl Schillinger and Benjamin Moser talk about why the novel’s demise so regularly looms, for the 'New York Times.'
Put Didion on the $10 Bill, Says Store
With an image of a woman officially slated to join Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, an L.A. bookstore has launched a social media campaign in the hopes the U.S. Department of the Treasury will select Joan Didion.
- 2015 Aug 11
State of a Genre Title
John Scalzi breaks down the sales of his book 'Lock In' on his blog.
- 2015 Aug 10
Meet the Kindlepreneurs
More people are choosing to self-publish e-books than ever, but are these the bestselling authors you've never heard of?
- 2015 Aug 07
How Powerful is a Jon Stewart Plug?
Ask his wife—before departing the 'Daily Show,' Stewart gave one final plug to a book close to his heart.
- 2015 Aug 06
Bezos Sells More Than $500M in Shares
Amazon's soaring stock price helped to boost proceeds from the sale of 1 million shares by CEO Jeff Bezos this week, helping him reap more than $500 million.
- 2015 Aug 05
Book Deal Boosts Ted Cruz
The Texas senator is worth between $2 million and $4.5 million, a total aided by the roughly $319,000 advance the Republican presidential candidate received to write his memoir, according to a financial disclosure report released Monday.
- 2015 Aug 04
Can a Virtuous Character Be Interesting?
Thomas Mallon and Alice Gregory debate whether morally upstanding characters necessarily make for dull fiction, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Jul 31
Remembering James Salter, and His Commas
Mary Norris in the 'New Yorker.'
Blume to the Rescue
After a Brooklyn man accidentally gave away his wife's signed copy of Judy Blume's 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret,' the author vowed to send the husband another signed copy of her book for his heartbroken wife.
How to Write a Novel in the Dark
Writing fiction while sharing a tiny New York apartment with a husband and child, Siobhan Adcock discovered that the enforced intimacy was good for all, even the novel.
- 2015 Jul 29
Writers Tweet What Not to Say
Author Joanne Harris's hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter took the literary Twitterverse by storm, with authors far and wide weighing in on the most cringeworthy things they’ve heard.
- 2015 Jul 24
Writing 'Satanic Verses' Now
Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today.
Martin on Marvel's 'Villain Problem'
In his review of 'Ant-Man,' George R.R. Martin expressed a certain level of boredom with the villains in Marvel films.
- 2015 Jul 22
E.L. Doctorow in the 'New Yorker'
Some of the late author's many published pieces in the magazine.
Eighty years after the release of 'Green Hills of Africa,' the son and grandson of Ernest Hemingway are urging a fresh look at a work critics have often set aside.
- 2015 Jul 21
Are There Literary Uses for Boredom?
Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch discuss whether boring books might serve an interesting purpose, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Jul 17
What's the Next 'Watchman'?
The lost works of Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson, and other great writers.
What the Atticus Debate Means
Slate takes a look at what the two Atticuses reveals about our literary culture.
- 2015 Jul 15
The Question of Atticus, in Schools
For many teachers, the revelation that Atticus Finch is a racist presents a conundrum in how the fictional character is taught in classrooms.
Could Lee Have Written a Fourth?
A friend of the author, who is also a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama, spoke to CNN about a possible fourth book from Harper Lee.
- 2015 Jul 14
'Watchman' on the Radio
On the July 13 episode of NPR's 'Here & Now,' PW news director Rachel Deahl talked about the path to publication for 'Go Set a Watchman.'
- 2015 Jul 13
The Invisible Hand Behind 'Mockingbird'
'The New York Times' takes a look at Tay Hohoff, Harper Lee's editor on 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
- 2015 Jul 07
The 'Tennessean' talks to Ingram Content Group's president and chief operating officer Shawn Morin about the company's journey from a book supplier to a technology services company.
- 2015 Jul 01
Salon Talks to Jonathan Galassi
The FSG publisher on his new novel—plus, Jennifer Weiner and why Jonathan Franzen is a feminist.
- 2015 Jun 30
Another Fifty Shades of Grey?
E.L. James revealed she has written new book and is already onto another romance.
The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace
Vulture writes how the author of 'Infinite Jest' became the center of a self-help cult.
- 2015 Jun 29
Bradbury's Home Turned Into Bookends
Parts of his house, demolished earlier this year, were turned into bookends and sold to support Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.
- 2015 Jun 26
Why Green Hasn't Had a Book Since TFIOS
John Green explained in a candid Reddit AMA how 'The Fault In Our Stars' success has impacted his writing.
- 2015 Jun 23
New Librarian of Congress, and Copyright
The federal government’s librarian has sweeping powers to change law. Will he or she use them?
Reading a Bad Book, by a Great Author
What do we make of a bad book, written late-career, by an acclaimed author?
- 2015 Jun 17
Teacher Resigns Amid Book Controversy
A North Carolina elementary school teacher has resigned after his decision to read a gay-themed children's book to his third-grade class led to controversy in the small town of Efland.
- 2015 Jun 16
Places to Get Inspired
Flavorwire asked 13 fiction writers with books either coming soon or just published to send a photo of their favorite places to work.
- 2015 Jun 15
Living Like Salinger
Adam Langer traveled to Cornish, N.H. with the intention of buying J.D. Salinger’s house.
From Ulysses S. Grant to Barack Obama
U.S. politicians can’t stop writing books.
The Facts vs. David Brooks
Salon says factual discrepancies in the 'NYT' columnist's new book raise some alarming questions about his research and methods.
Bezos Shut Down My Hometown Paper
Brian Stelter on his hometown newspaper, the 'Damascus Gazette,' being axed by one of Jeff Bezos's companies.
- 2015 Jun 12
Cervantes Reburied in Spain
Researchers announced that they had found what they assume are Cervantes’ remains, in the Church of the Trinity in Madrid, in March.
Jane Austen in a Writing Workshop
Buzzfeed imagines the scenario.
Don't Blame Amazon for Dumbing Down Lit
"We did it to ourselves," says Stephen L. Carter at 'Bloomberg View.'
- 2015 Jun 11
No New Discworld, Says Daughter
Terry Pratchett’s daughter has said she does not intend to write any Discworld novels, or give “anyone else permission to do so."
Paulo Coelho Goes 'Pay as You Wish'
The bestselling author of 'The Alchemist' put free e-copies of two of his books on his blog this week, and asked readers to decide later whether the works were worth purchasing, and if so, to name their price.
- 2015 Jun 10
From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate
The Library of Congress is announcing today that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.
- 2015 Jun 08
Fantasy and Literary Fiction
Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro discuss genre snobbery, education, and why books are still important.
- 2015 Jun 05
Harper Lee Letters Up for Auction
An "exceptionally rare" correspondence with the author's old friend Harold Caufield will be sold next week in New York.
Famous Authors' Favorite Books
Mental Floss lists the favorite reads of 21 writers.
R.L. Stine on the New 'Goosebumps' Movie
Stine talks about the film, set to open just before Halloween.
Seven homes of famous authors you can visit.
- 2015 Jun 04
Everything from 'Nancy Drew' to 'Psycho'
Stephen King, by the book.
- 2015 Jun 03
Stories Stephen King Refuses to Publish
Legendary horror writer Stephen King has sold over 300 million books, and while his prolific output might lead you to believe he publishes every page he produces, that’s not exactly true. Here are seven tales that King fans are highly unlikely to ever see.
Mitchell on YA Authors
According to 'Cloud Atlas' author David Mitchell, the Harry Potter and Twilight books are like “crack” in that they’re getting kids hooked on reading. And, in his view, that’s creating lifelong readers.
Propelling James to Millions More
E.L. James’ fortunes could be on the up with the publication of 'Grey.'
- 2015 Jun 02
What Judy Blume's Books Meant
What six writers learned about sex, puberty, and writing from Judy Blume.
Reasons Why You Need to Read More
Buzzfeed asked attendees at BEA why they think people should read more books. Here are their answers.