- 2014 Oct 22
Fantasizing on the Famous
A billion Wattpad views, and a six-figure, four book deal for Anna Todd for her fan fiction starring One Direction's Harry Styles.
- 2014 Oct 21
The Great Amazon Debate
A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground.
How Martin Got His 'Game' On
George R.R. Martin gets personal with the 'New York Post.'
- 2014 Oct 20
Authors vs. 'Citizen Critics'
Novelist Jennifer Weiner takes a look at the writer's relationship with Amazon reviewers, for the 'New Republic.'
- 2014 Oct 16
Leonard Archive Heads to South Carolina
On Wednesday, the University of South Carolina announced that it has acquired the archives of crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died in 2013.
- 2014 Oct 15
Poehler's Author Photo Delivers
Amy Poehler‘s highly-anticipated memoir, 'Yes Please' comes out in two weeks. It’s garnering a lot of hype, and if the back flap is any indication, it will live up to expectations.
S.E. Hinton, and the YA Debate
Hinton, who almost single-handedly brought YA into being, talks about transgenerational full-circle return of the genre, at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2014 Oct 14
Steve Jobs's Reading List
Nine books that the revolutionary cofounder of Apple thought everybody should read.
- 2014 Oct 10
Patrick Modiano's Postwar World
Who is this writer, and what are the ungraspable human destinies he has uncovered?
- 2014 Oct 09
Rowling Explains Tweet Riddle
J.K. Rowling has unraveled the meaning behind a cryptic tweet sent earlier this week, dashing hopes that it referred to a new Harry Potter story.
Lost Capote Stories Published
Four of the stories appear in German in the publication ZEITmagazin, a year ahead of Random House's scheduled release of the full collection, a dozen poems and roughly 20 stories, in English.
- 2014 Oct 08
Ex-Aides' Claws Are Out
Leon Panetta joins Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton in putting out books critical of President Obama—and disparaging, tell-all books from former advisors to a sitting president reflect a change in Washington norms.
Emory Receives O’Connor Archive
A trove of Flannery O’Connor’s literary drafts, journals, letters and personal effects, long hidden from all but a few scholars, has been acquired by Emory University, and will soon be made available to the public, shedding new light on one of the most influential American writers of the postwar era.
- 2014 Oct 07
Rowling Drops Potter Hints on Twitter
The Harry Potter author had fans speculating feverishly over the last 24 hours over a series of cryptic tweets sent to her 3.74 million followers.
- 2014 Oct 03
Ex-Headmaster Sues Sparks
The former headmaster of a private school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks says the author and other school leaders forced him out when he tried to recruit black students and faculty and supported a bullied group of gay students, and on Thursday he sued for damages.
Heaney's Last Poem
Seamus Heaney’s last poem, which he completed 10 days before his death, will be published in a National Gallery of Ireland anthology.
- 2014 Oct 02
Talking About the 'Colbert' Bump
Edan Lepucki, author of 'California,' and Stephan Eirik Clark, author of 'Sweetness #9,' reflect on being supported by Stephen Colbert and other surprises in publishing.
- 2014 Oct 01
Dunham to Pay Her Opening Acts
Lena Dunham has reversed her stance on not paying the opening acts on her upcoming tour to promote her new memoir, 'Not That Kind of Girl,' following an Internet backlash.
- 2014 Sep 30
NBF Names 5 Under 35
The National Book Foundation has revealed the class of its 9th annual 5 Under 35 list, chosen by past winners and finalists of the National Book Awards.
Mitchell Picks His Favs
An avid fan of Japanese literature, David Mitchell sat down with The A.V. Club to give a list of five of his favorite Japanese novels.
Breaking the Potter Record
A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of Harry Potter paraphernalia was named the world’s largest.
- 2014 Sep 29
Literary Lions Unite Against Amazon
Hundreds of writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, are joining the coalition against Amazon. Few if any are published by Hachette. And they have goals far broader than freeing up the Hachette titles.
When a Book Tour Becomes a Circus
In an era when author tours and splashy book parties have grown increasingly rare, Lena Dunham has organized a traveling circus of sorts that seems more like a roving Burning Man festival than a sober, meet-the-author literary event.
Student Authors Who Pubbed Blockbusters
These authors wrote bestsellers before getting their bachelor’s degree — so prepare to feel either inspired or very, very lazy.
- 2014 Sep 26
As part of the London Art Book Fair, the the city's Whitechapel Gallery asked the U.K.’s best artists, including Damien Hirst, to share their "shelfies."
- 2014 Sep 25
The New Amtrak Writers-in-Residence
Over the next year, these 24 writers will work on projects in the workspace of a long-distance train, as a part of Amtrak's first ever residency program.
- 2014 Sep 24
D’Souza Avoids Prison
The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws.
Former S&S CEO Sues Hedge Funder
A townhouse battle on the Upper East Side spilled into court Tuesday when retired publishing exec Richard Snyder slammed his hedge fund neighbor with a $20 million suit over a three-year renovation.
- 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."