- 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.
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.