- 2014 Sep 22
Mantel Fires Back
Hilary Mantel has delivered a defiant response to criticism of her imagined account of the killing of Margaret Thatcher by an IRA sniper.
- 2014 Sep 19
Clancy's Estate Prompts Dispute
When Tom Clancy died in 2013, he left behind an estate worth $83 million. Lawyers for his widow are arguing in court that she shouldn't have to pay $6 million in taxes, and that instead, the burden should be shifted to the four children from his first marriage.
Chast Talks NBA Longlist
Roz Chast finds herself right at the center of conversation in the publishing world as the only woman to make the National Book Award’s 2014 nonfiction longlist.
- 2014 Sep 18
A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books, but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobiographies.
- 2014 Sep 17
Austen Fans Set New World Record
This past weekend, hundreds of Jane Austen devotees descended upon the British city of Bath to celebrate the author’s work at the annual Jane Austen Festival—and they set a Guinness World Record in the process.
- 2014 Sep 16
Patterson Donates to the Troops
The author and his publisher Little, Brown, are giving away 180,000 copies of his hardcovers to the U.S. armed forces.
'The Power Broker' Turns Forty
Forty years ago today, Robert Caro’s magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses rewrote the rules of biography.
My Ugly Inner Battle
How jealousy poisoned one writer's friendship with 'Fault in Our Stars' author John Green.
Pistorius's Agent Denies Memoir
Oscar Pistorius' manager, Peet van Zyl, is walking back suggestions that Pistorius was planning to write a memoir about his shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
- 2014 Sep 15
An 'Outcast' of Japan's Literary World
Haruki Murakami talks to Steven Poole about mystery and music in his fiction, and how his presence in the Japanese literary scene is a "touchy topic."
- 2014 Sep 12
Pubs Have 'Rolled Over,' Says Carey
Novelist Peter Carey has said that publishers historically “have just rolled over for Amazon," and need to take some responsibility for the online retailer’s current dominance.
Queens Library Chief Placed on Leave
Thomas Galante has been put on indefinite leave from the library, pending the results of a full financial audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and the outcome of a probe of the library’s construction projects by the FBI and the city’s Department of Investigation.
- 2014 Sep 11
'NYT' Remembers Lottman
The 'New York Times' obituary for Herbert R. Lottman, biographer and longtime European correspondent for 'Publishers Weekly.'
Why 'Gatsby' Is the Greatest of All
Maureen Corrigan spoke with 'USA Today' about her new book, 'So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures.'
Lena Dunham is Not Done Confessing
A profile of Lena Dunham, ahead of the September 30 publication of her essay collection, 'Not That Kind of Girl.'
- 2014 Sep 10
Rebooting Christie’s Poirot
Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s fastidious Belgian detective, is resurrected in Sophie Hannah’s new mystery, 'The Monogram Murders,' the first new Poirot story since Christie’s death in 1976.
- 2014 Sep 09
The World's Top Earning Authors
Watch out Danielle Steel and Stephen King - the kids are coming. The world’s top-earning authors list includes three newcomers who made more than $9 million each in the last year - and were born after 1970.
Richards Talks New Book
Keith Richards talks about writing books, new music, touring with the Stones in 2015, and social media.
Celebrating Tolstoy's Birthday
Google has created an interactive doodle to commemorate the 186th birthday of Leo Tolstoy.
- 2014 Sep 05
Atwood's New Work, Next Century
Margaret Atwood will never know what readers think of the piece of fiction she is currently working on, because the unpublished, unread manuscript from the novelist will be locked away for the next 100 years.
- 2014 Sep 04
Sleep Like a Literary Legend
These rentals were once the apartments, writing studios and educational institutions of icons, including Charles Dickens, James Joyce and John Steinbeck.
'USA Today' Books Reporter Among Layoffs
The paper cut around 70 positions yesterday, including that of Bob Minzesheimer, who had been the books reporter for 17 years.
- 2014 Sep 03
Seven Famous Author Feuds
No matter which popular author you disdain, you're bound to find yourself in good company: There's no love lost between these writers.
- 2014 Sep 02
Ten of the Worst Jobs in Literature
In honor of Labor Day, Flavorwire counted them down.
- 2014 Aug 27
Why Female Writers Get Trolled the Most
With the exception of Piers Morgan, a study finds that female writers face disproportionate negativity online.
What's Your Murakami IQ?
The 'Guardian' has pulled together a quiz to test your knowledge of the 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' author.
Geography and Writing
Mohsin Hamid and Thomas Mallon discuss how where they’ve lived has affected their work, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2014 Aug 22
King Doused in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Stephen King has joined the ranks of the soaked in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In an Internet video, the bestselling author stands on a deck and allows himself to be doused with ice water -- leaving the ice in a freezer tray to prove it is, indeed, ice -- and manages not to swear, but just barely.
- 2014 Aug 19
Rowling Turns to Other Potter Characters
J.K. Rowling has written a bio for one of her favorite “offstage” characters, Celestina Warbeck.
- 2014 Aug 18
Amazon's Kindle Champion
A profile of Amazon's senior v-p, Russell Grandinetti.
- 2014 Aug 15
Oh Captain, My Captain
How Robin Williams brought moments of poetry and literature to life for a generation, instilling them in the popular culture.
- 2014 Aug 13
Lee Child Weighs in on Readers United
Amazon is using “authors as collateral damage and using customers as pawns,” says the author.
- 2014 Aug 12
Martin Warned Sci-Fi Would Rot His Brain
'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin told an audience at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival that his teachers said sci-fi would rot his mind.
True Tales from Today’s DIY Book Tour
Author Bill Morris on his current book tour, via the Daily Beast.
- 2014 Aug 11
Warming Creative Fires in Vt.
The 'Boston Globe' talks to writer Yannick Murphy.
- 2014 Aug 08
The Amazon Plot Thickens
Douglas Preston talks to the 'New York Times' about leading the charge against Amazon.
- 2014 Aug 07
Portrait of a Cover Artist
The 'New Yorker' interviews associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and the art director of Pantheon Books, Peter Mendelsund.
- 2014 Aug 04
Lowry on Giving Up 'The Giver'
The author talks about all the ways young adult fiction has changed since she published “The Giver” two decades ago, and the upcoming film adaptation.
- 2014 Jul 30
Ventura Wins $1.8M in Defamation Case
A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
- 2014 Jul 28
Martin Sitting Out Season Five
George R.R. Martin will essentially be sitting out the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones" to finish up "The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in his best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire saga, the author told Vulture at Comic-Con.
- 2014 Jul 25
Rowling to Appear as Galbraith
The Harrogate Crime Writing festival steps up security as besuited Rowling/Galbraith takes the stage to answer questions about her/his mystery novels.
- 2014 Jul 24
Martin Donates $10k to Wolf Charity
The "Game of Thrones" author, who is holding an online auction for a wolf charity, responded to a 13-year-old's fan letter asking that Martin kill him off in his next novel.
- 2014 Jul 22
The Decline of Harper Lee
At 88, the author finds her life and legacy in disarray, a sad state of litigious chaos brought on by ill health and, in no small part, the very community she always believed, for all its flaws, would ultimately protect her.
- 2014 Jul 17
Dunham's Tour a Hot Ticket
Lena Dunham’s coming tour to promote her book “Not That Kind of Girl,” is already partly sold out, nearly three months before it kicks off in New York City on September 30, and only a day after Dunham announced her itinerary on Twitter.
- 2014 Jul 16
Stewart Cuts to the Chase
Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to talk "Hard Choices." Stewart briefly discussed the 656-page tome about Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and then asked exactly what everyone is wondering.
- 2014 Jul 02
Hachette Australia CEO Dies in Accident
Matt Richell, CEO of Hachette Australia and chairman of Hachette New Zealand, died today in a surfing accident, the publisher has confirmed.
- 2014 Jul 01
Reading Salinger's Fan Mail
Memoirist Joanna Rakoff discusses her first job at a time-warp literary agency and the reclusive author who restored her faith.
Writing Yourself a Pen Name
Authors reveal the different reasons they have adopted alternative literary identities.
- 2014 Jun 27
Glitterati Profiles Reid
An in-depth profile of PW senior news editor and co-editor of PW Comics World, Calvin Reid.
- 2014 Jun 12
Wright Named America’s Poet Laureate
The Library of Congress is to announce on Thursday that the next poet laureate will be Charles Wright, the author of nearly two dozen collections of verse that fuse the legacy of European modernism with mystical evocations of the landscape of the American South.
- 2014 Jun 10
Hillary Kicks Off Book Tour
Hillary Clinton launched her "Hard Choices" book tour on Monday by doing what most high-profile politicians considering a presidential run do: Sit down for a sweeping interview to talk about well known issues
- 2014 Jun 09
Alter Heads to the 'New York Times'
Alexandra Alter, of the "Wall Street Journal," is joining the "New York Times" to cover publishing at the beginning of July.
- 2014 Jun 06
Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Rises $1.4B
There’s nothing like rumors about new products to give a floundering technology stock a shot in the arm.
- 2014 Jun 05
Stephen Colbert Takes on Amazon
The host paired up with author Sherman Alexie on the "Colbert Report" on June 4 to talk about Amazon/Hachette.
- 2014 Jun 04
Angelou Memorial to be Live-Streamed
The private memorial service for Maya Angelou will take place this weekend, and will be live-streamed for the general public by Wake Forest University, where Angelou had taught for more than 30 years.
- 2014 Jun 03
Green Bashes Amazon
"Fault in Our Stars" author John Green is the latest writer lashing out at Amazon during its dispute with Hachette.
- 2014 Jun 02
Books as a Lifeline
Once forbidden, books saved a young migrant worker, who talks about her journey with StoryCorps.
- 2014 May 31
Gladwell 'Surprised' by Amazon's Actions
In his first interview on the clash, Malcolm Gladwell did not quite say he felt betrayed by Amazon, but said he was “surprised and puzzled” by its actions.
The Year of 'The Goldfinch'
Following a Pulitzer last month, Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" is a favorite to win the Baileys women's prize for fiction and is already tipped for the Booker. Laura Miller on the enigmatic author.
- 2014 May 30
America's Next Decider
Hillary Clinton’s new book is about many things—but mostly why she is ready to be president.
Piketty Issues 4,400-Word Defense
French economist Thomas Piketty published a detailed 4,400-word defense of "Capital," his best-selling book on income inequality, against allegations that he relied on faulty data.
The World of Joshua Ferris
Author Joshua Ferris talks to Edie Greaves at the "Telegraph" about his childhood, Pakistan and Saul Bellow.
- 2014 May 28
13 of Maya Angelou's Best Quotes
She was known for her inspiring words that shed light onto the beauty and injustices of the world. "USA Today" rounds up her best quotes.
- 2014 May 23
How One Novel Derailed Gore Vidal
A new movie paints a loving portrait of the ruling-class rebel—but the great critic's real legacy is complicated.
Novelists Can't Kill off Their Careers
Philip Roth is far from alone in taking a very long time to stop writing after having announced that he is retiring.
McMurtry on Fiction, Womanizing, Old Age
Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of "Lonesome Dove," chats with Michael Hoinski at Grantland.
- 2014 May 22
Novelist Sam Greenlee Dies at 83
Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee died in Chicago on May 19. He was best known for his 1969 novel “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” which was later adapted into a political drama movie.
- 2014 May 15
Roth May Have Given Last Talk
In what may be his last remarks at a public gathering, Philip Roth accepted Yaddo's first ever Artist Medal and spoke gratefully of his time at the venerable retreat in the summer of 1964.
- 2014 Apr 23
García Márquez Left Manuscript
The novelist left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer's compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.
- 2014 Apr 09
García Márquez Released from Hospital
The Nobel laureate's condition remains "delicate" as he recovers from lung and urinary tract infections.
- 2014 Apr 04
Garcia Marquez Hospitalized
Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City with a lung and urinary tract infection that is responding to treatment, federal health officials said Thursday.
- 2014 Mar 11
Harrison Smith Kicks off 'Real Talk'
Sarah Harrison Smith, children's book editor at the "New York Times," talks about her job, books she read as a child, and advice for those hoping to break into the business, in a new Teen Reads feature called "Real Talk Publishing: The People Behind the Books."
- 2014 Mar 06
First Editions at Leonard Estate Sale
An estate sale at the Detroit home of Elmore Leonard, who died in August, includes first edition and signed books.
- 2014 Feb 20
Pullman's Latest Literary Endeavor
Instead of indulging in mindless 140 character twitterings and arguments with trolls, author Philip Pullman is currently devoting his Twitter timeline to telling the story of a housefly called Jeffrey.
Harper Lee Settles Museum Suit
"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book.
- 2014 Feb 13
French Way of Cancer Treatment
Anya Schiffrin on the final days of her father, writer and editor Andre Schiffrin, as he battled pancreatic cancer.
- 2014 Feb 07
Bestselling Author Faces Financial Mess
“Zane,” the renowned Prince George’s County author who has sold millions of steamy novels, has been chased for years by creditors, including the IRS and the state of Maryland, according to court records and state officials.
- 2014 Jan 31
Weyandt Steps Down at Micawber’s
Hans Weyandt—who has co-owned Micawber’s Books in St. Paul, Minn, with Tom Bielenberg since 2003— is quitting the book business to stay home and care for his three sons.
- 2014 Jan 21
Collins Archive Goes to Texas
Billy Collins, a former United States poet laureate and the rare poet to send books onto the bestseller list, can now claim another feather in his cap: a sale of his archive to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where his papers will sit beside collections of such greats as e.e. cummings and T. S. Eliot.
- 2014 Jan 17
Penn State Acquires Kidd Archives
Penn State’s University Libraries have acquired the archives of graphic designer and writer Chip Kidd, who studied at Penn State before starting work at Alfred A. Knopf in 1986.
- 2013 Dec 03
Farewell, André the Giant
D.D. Guttenplan pays tribute to his former boss, André Schiffrin, who died on December 1.
- 2013 Nov 18
Ebershoff Named to Out 100
Random House editor and author of The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff, was named one of Out magazine's 2013 Out 100, the publication's list of top LGBT people of the year.
- 2013 Feb 28
Art, Subversion, and Subtlety
Highlights of illustrator Sophie Blackall's work.
- 2013 Feb 21
Ender's Game Just Beginning
First look at Hailee Steinfeld playing Petra Arkanian in the upcoming film adaptation of Ender's Game.
- 2013 Jan 03
Hunger Games Star Opens Up
Jennifer Lawrence on acting, fandom, and wielding a bow and arrow.
- 2012 Dec 07
Robert Lescher Dies at 83
Robert Lescher, a literary agent and steward to the works of a wide array of distinguished 20th-century authors, including Robert Frost, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Alice B. Toklas, died on Nov. 28 in New Milford, Conn. He was 83.
- 2012 Nov 12
T.S. Eliot's Widow Dies at 86
"After TS Eliot's death in 1965, Valerie Eliot became his devoted executor, editing his poems and letters for publication and steadfastly refusing to cooperate with would-be biographers, in keeping with the poet's last wishes."
- 2012 Oct 26
Barzun Dies at 104
He published "From Dawn to Decadence" at the age of 92.
- 2012 Oct 14
Publishing Vet Elizabeth Geiser Dies
Founder of the Denver Publishing Institute, and a 40-year veteran of the New York publishing industry, Elizabeth Geiser was remembered in the Denver Post over the weekend.
- 2012 Sep 26
Burtenshaw Heads to Booktrust
Alistair Burtenshaw, who stepped down from his post as London Book Fair director earlier this month, is to take over as chair of book charity Booktrust.
- 2012 Aug 07
Robert Hughes Dies at 74
The art critic and historian was behind "The Shock of the New."
- 2012 Aug 01
Gore Vidal Dies
The writer has passed away at 86.
- 2012 Jul 31
Maeve Binchy Dies
The author of "Circle of Friends" and "Tara Road" has died at 72.
- 2012 Jun 27
Nora Ephron's List
Here is how she closed her book, 'I Remember Nothing.'
- 2012 May 30
Kathi Goldmark Dies
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, a San Francisco literary impresario and country-rock singer, died May 24 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 63.
- 2012 May 15
Literary Hoaxer Dies
Mike McGrady, author of "Naked Came the Stranger," has died at 78.
- 2012 Apr 04
Frances L. Hackett Obituary
Hackett, the founder of Hackett Publishing Company, has died at 82.
- 2012 Apr 02
Patchett Nominated for 'Time' List
Along with Oprah and the Obamas, Ann Patchett has been nominated for Time's 100 most influential people of 2012 list.
- 2012 Mar 29
Obituary: Adrienne Rich
The legendary feminist poet has died at 82.
- 2012 Mar 26
Obituary: Irving Louis Horowitz
The founder of Transaction Publisher has died at 82.