- 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.
- 2014 Nov 18
The Habits of Highly Productive Writers
There are no tricks to make writing easier, just practices you can develop to get it done, from the 'Chronicle of Higher Education.'
75 Reasons to Love Margaret Atwood
In honor of her 75th birthday, Book Riot has compiled 75 reasons why the writer is "awesome."
- 2014 Nov 14
The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
The Daily Beast interviews Maira Kalman.
- 2014 Nov 12
Franklin to Sue Over Unauthorized Bio
Aretha Franklin is threatening legal action over a new unauthorized biography, 'Respect,' by her former ghostwriter David Ritz — which makes claims about her sexual promiscuity on the 1950s gospel circuit.
Watch Springsteen Talk 'Outlaw Pete'
On Monday, Bruce Springsteen sat down with Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' to promote his new book.
- 2014 Nov 11
Sendak Estate Hit with Lawsuit
The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia has sued the estate of Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, claiming that the estate is withholding a collection of rare books that Sendak promised to the library in his will.
Writers on the Books that Shaped Them
Nine authors share the books they're inspired and comforted by, at Mashable.
- 2014 Nov 10
A Setback for Amazon Publishing
Ed Park is leaving his Little A imprint to join Penguin Press as an executive editor, a departure that reflects the challenges Amazon faces in a publishing ecosystem that largely views the online retailer as a rapacious competitor.
- 2014 Nov 07
Chatting with Cory Doctorow
The novelist talks with Salon's Laura Miller about Amazon, the totalitarian perils of copyright law, and how the Internet is changing art.
17 Writers on the Importance of Reading
Pulled together at Buzzfeed.
- 2014 Nov 04
Take a Class with DFW
Salon has David Foster Wallace's syllabus, reading list, rules -- and even footnotes
- 2014 Nov 03
Dunham Cancels Book Tour Stops
Lena Dunham has cancelled two dates of her European book tour following recent allegations that she abused her younger sister.
- 2014 Oct 31
Springsteen, By the Book
The musician and author of the new picture book 'Outlaw Pete' reveals what books are on his night stand.
To Write and Die in L.A.
Charles Bukowski, Iceberg Slim, Octavia Butler and Truman Capote are among the writers buried in L.A.
- 2014 Oct 29
Stine Writes a Short Story on Twitter
Prolific author R.L. Stine is celebrating Halloween a little early this year by publishing his latest story entirely on Twitter.
10 Tolkien Facts You Might Not Know
Mental Floss offers a list of things even the most ardent fans don't know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
'The Blank Screen Is the Enemy'
The Millions interviews David Mitchell.
- 2014 Oct 28
A.S. Byatt Siding with Amazon
“I can’t speak against Amazon,” said the Booker winner. “As a writer I wouldn’t be who I am without them sending the right books out, and not only that, but sending them tomorrow."
A Band of Her Own
Tapes from Anne Sexton's little known musical side project.
- 2014 Oct 27
Lost Malcolm Lowry Novel Published
A novel by British-born author Malcolm Lowry is being published 70 years after its manuscript was thought to have been destroyed in a fire.
Closing a Chapter of a Literary Life
“I felt that I had one more book in me that could be special and sincere and extraordinary,” Michel Faber tells the 'New York Times.' Faber says his new novel, 'The Book of Strange Things,' will be his last.
- 2014 Oct 24
Didion Doc Kickstarter Raises $80k
Joan Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct a documentary about his aunt, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 roughly 24 hours later.
Do Book Prizes Matter?
Winning the Man Booker really, really changed Richard Flanagan's life.
- 2014 Oct 23
Gould on Amazon vs. Publishers
"Publishers aren't perfect," writes Emily Gould at Salon. "But no one who cares about a diverse literary marketplace can actually side with Amazon."
Habits of Highly Successful YA Authors
Bestselling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.
- 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.