- 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.
- 2015 Feb 23
Waterstones Boss on Taking on Amazon
James Daunt, the chief exec of the U.K.'s only national book chain, has finally stemmed years of losses. So what's he going to do about his online rivals?
- 2015 Feb 20
Sherlock Holmes Story Found in Attic
An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years.
The Best of Murakami’s Advice Column
Vulture has collected (and translated) some of the Japanese author's best responses to reader-submitted questions.
It's A Woman's Universe
The ladies of science fiction.
- 2015 Feb 19
Blacklisted from Birth
A Letter from Langston Hughes.
Turning Books Into Visual Art
A Russian artist buys old books in bulk, flings open their pages then paints them with old-fashioned surrealist scenes.
Fire Chief Files Suit
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired after self-publishing a book criticizing homosexuality, has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed.
- 2015 Feb 18
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood
The last days of a genius.
- 2015 Feb 17
Why 'Mockingbird' Won't Die
Sam Tanenhaus on why Harper Lee's first book continues to occupy the exalted place it does.
Confessions of a Comma Queen
A 'New Yorker' copy editor’s life in grammar.
- 2015 Feb 13
Telling Letter From Hemingway's Widow
The mystery of whether Ernest Hemingway’s widow volunteered or was coerced into leaving their Cuban house to the nation has come a step closer to being solved.
- 2015 Feb 12
Who Will Miss Jon Stewart the Most?
Correcting An 'American Legacy'
It's never too late to make a correction, especially when fraud may be involved.
- 2015 Feb 11
'GoT' Actor Calls Martin Abuse 'Ugly'
Kit Harington, who stars on HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, has spoken out against the fan pressure directed towards the author.
- 2015 Feb 10
David Duchovny's Debut Novel
Salon talked to the 'X-Files' actor about becoming a novelist.
- 2015 Feb 09
After Lee's Novel Surfaces, Plots Arise
Lawyers offer more details on the new book by Harper Lee, who was reportedly “extremely hurt and humiliated” at the suggestion that she had been duped.
All the World's a Page
One woman's year-long quest to read a book from every country.
Judith Regan is Back
The CEO of Regan Arts is profiled in the 'New York Times.'
Next A Song of Ice and Fire Book
George R.R. Martin clears up the rumors about 'The Winds of Winter' publishing in 2015.
Margaret Atwood Visits West Point
The celebrated author speaks to a class of military academy cadets about her dystopian novel 'The Handmaid's Tale.'
- 2015 Feb 06
Lee Backs New Novel
Harper Lee has issued a new statement expressing her happiness with the publication of her second novel, 'Go Set a Watchman,' amid growing speculation that the fiercely private novelist may have been pressured into signing over publication rights for the book.
Hilary Mantel Receives Damehood
The 62-year-old 'Wolf Hall' author was honored during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
- 2015 Feb 05
Trust Fund Awaits Detainee
'Guantanamo Diary,' the first account published by a current detainee at America’s infamous prison in Cuba, is also unique in the way it will compensate its author, Mohamedou Ould Slahi.
- 2015 Feb 04
Doubts Over Second Lee Novel?
The 'New York Times' asked Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham about some public concerns over Harper Lee's involvement in the new book deal.
Lee's Editor, it's 'Absolutely Stunning'
Hugh Van Dusen, Harper Lee’s editor at HarperCollins, talked to Vulture about the new book, the author’s current life, and whether or not she’s been able to put some recent legal skirmishes behind her.
- 2015 Feb 03
Green Garners (Very) Early Rave Reviews
A Goodreads page for a novel John Green is reportedly working on doesn't have a title or description. And yet, the site's users have already rated it 4.19 stars.
New Milan Kundera Coming
The Czech author of 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' and perennial candidate for the Nobel prize in literature will publish his first novel in 13 years this summer.
- 2015 Feb 02
Comparing What Men and Women Read
Market Watch breaks down a new survey from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tess Gerritsen on 'Gravity'
The author took to her blog to write about how her lawsuit against Warner Bros "affects every writer who sells to Hollywood."
Google Doodles for Hughes
On Sunday, Google celebrated what would have been the 113th birthday of famed African-American poet and social activist Langston Hughes through a powerful tribute on its home page.
- 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.