- 2015 Jul 29
Writers Tweet What Not to Say
Author Joanne Harris's hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter took the literary Twitterverse by storm, with authors far and wide weighing in on the most cringeworthy things they’ve heard.
- 2015 Jul 24
Writing 'Satanic Verses' Now
Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today.
Martin on Marvel's 'Villain Problem'
In his review of 'Ant-Man,' George R.R. Martin expressed a certain level of boredom with the villains in Marvel films.
- 2015 Jul 22
E.L. Doctorow in the 'New Yorker'
Some of the late author's many published pieces in the magazine.
Eighty years after the release of 'Green Hills of Africa,' the son and grandson of Ernest Hemingway are urging a fresh look at a work critics have often set aside.
- 2015 Jul 21
Are There Literary Uses for Boredom?
Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch discuss whether boring books might serve an interesting purpose, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Jul 17
What's the Next 'Watchman'?
The lost works of Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson, and other great writers.
What the Atticus Debate Means
Slate takes a look at what the two Atticuses reveals about our literary culture.
- 2015 Jul 15
The Question of Atticus, in Schools
For many teachers, the revelation that Atticus Finch is a racist presents a conundrum in how the fictional character is taught in classrooms.
Could Lee Have Written a Fourth?
A friend of the author, who is also a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama, spoke to CNN about a possible fourth book from Harper Lee.
- 2015 Jul 14
'Watchman' on the Radio
On the July 13 episode of NPR's 'Here & Now,' PW news director Rachel Deahl talked about the path to publication for 'Go Set a Watchman.'
- 2015 Jul 13
The Invisible Hand Behind 'Mockingbird'
'The New York Times' takes a look at Tay Hohoff, Harper Lee's editor on 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
- 2015 Jul 07
The 'Tennessean' talks to Ingram Content Group's president and chief operating officer Shawn Morin about the company's journey from a book supplier to a technology services company.
- 2015 Jul 01
Salon Talks to Jonathan Galassi
The FSG publisher on his new novel—plus, Jennifer Weiner and why Jonathan Franzen is a feminist.
- 2015 Jun 30
Another Fifty Shades of Grey?
E.L. James revealed she has written new book and is already onto another romance.
The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace
Vulture writes how the author of 'Infinite Jest' became the center of a self-help cult.
- 2015 Jun 29
Bradbury's Home Turned Into Bookends
Parts of his house, demolished earlier this year, were turned into bookends and sold to support Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.
- 2015 Jun 26
Why Green Hasn't Had a Book Since TFIOS
John Green explained in a candid Reddit AMA how 'The Fault In Our Stars' success has impacted his writing.
- 2015 Jun 23
New Librarian of Congress, and Copyright
The federal government’s librarian has sweeping powers to change law. Will he or she use them?
Reading a Bad Book, by a Great Author
What do we make of a bad book, written late-career, by an acclaimed author?
- 2015 Jun 17
Teacher Resigns Amid Book Controversy
A North Carolina elementary school teacher has resigned after his decision to read a gay-themed children's book to his third-grade class led to controversy in the small town of Efland.
- 2015 Jun 16
Places to Get Inspired
Flavorwire asked 13 fiction writers with books either coming soon or just published to send a photo of their favorite places to work.
- 2015 Jun 15
Living Like Salinger
Adam Langer traveled to Cornish, N.H. with the intention of buying J.D. Salinger’s house.
From Ulysses S. Grant to Barack Obama
U.S. politicians can’t stop writing books.
The Facts vs. David Brooks
Salon says factual discrepancies in the 'NYT' columnist's new book raise some alarming questions about his research and methods.
Bezos Shut Down My Hometown Paper
Brian Stelter on his hometown newspaper, the 'Damascus Gazette,' being axed by one of Jeff Bezos's companies.
- 2015 Jun 12
Cervantes Reburied in Spain
Researchers announced that they had found what they assume are Cervantes’ remains, in the Church of the Trinity in Madrid, in March.
Jane Austen in a Writing Workshop
Buzzfeed imagines the scenario.
Don't Blame Amazon for Dumbing Down Lit
"We did it to ourselves," says Stephen L. Carter at 'Bloomberg View.'
- 2015 Jun 11
No New Discworld, Says Daughter
Terry Pratchett’s daughter has said she does not intend to write any Discworld novels, or give “anyone else permission to do so."
Paulo Coelho Goes 'Pay as You Wish'
The bestselling author of 'The Alchemist' put free e-copies of two of his books on his blog this week, and asked readers to decide later whether the works were worth purchasing, and if so, to name their price.
- 2015 Jun 10
From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate
The Library of Congress is announcing today that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.
- 2015 Jun 08
Fantasy and Literary Fiction
Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro discuss genre snobbery, education, and why books are still important.
- 2015 Jun 05
Harper Lee Letters Up for Auction
An "exceptionally rare" correspondence with the author's old friend Harold Caufield will be sold next week in New York.
Famous Authors' Favorite Books
Mental Floss lists the favorite reads of 21 writers.
R.L. Stine on the New 'Goosebumps' Movie
Stine talks about the film, set to open just before Halloween.
Seven homes of famous authors you can visit.
- 2015 Jun 04
Everything from 'Nancy Drew' to 'Psycho'
Stephen King, by the book.
- 2015 Jun 03
Stories Stephen King Refuses to Publish
Legendary horror writer Stephen King has sold over 300 million books, and while his prolific output might lead you to believe he publishes every page he produces, that’s not exactly true. Here are seven tales that King fans are highly unlikely to ever see.
Mitchell on YA Authors
According to 'Cloud Atlas' author David Mitchell, the Harry Potter and Twilight books are like “crack” in that they’re getting kids hooked on reading. And, in his view, that’s creating lifelong readers.
Propelling James to Millions More
E.L. James’ fortunes could be on the up with the publication of 'Grey.'
- 2015 Jun 02
What Judy Blume's Books Meant
What six writers learned about sex, puberty, and writing from Judy Blume.
Reasons Why You Need to Read More
Buzzfeed asked attendees at BEA why they think people should read more books. Here are their answers.
Size of a Book, and Significance
Mohsin Hamid and James Parker debate whether more is necessarily more, at the 'New York Times.'
Novelist Retracts PEN Award Opposition
Jennifer Cody Epstein says it was a mistake to question the freedom of speech honor, and that the 'Charlie Hebdo' articles "sprang from satire, not hate."
- 2015 Jun 01
The Next Literary Sensation?
At 21, native New Yorker Rebecca Dinerstein took off for the Arctic to seek inspiration. Now 27, her debut novel sparked a bidding war—and praise from Jonathan Safran Foer.
- 2015 May 29
Scalzi On His Monster Book Deal
The 'Washington Post' talks to John Scalzi about his $3.4 million, 13-book contract with Tor.
This Book Is Too Old For You
Maria Casale on choosing the right reading list for her 8-year-old daughter, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 May 28
Blume's New Novel Might Be Her Last
"I'm 77 and I've written a lot of books," Judy Blume told 'People' magazine. "I think I've said what I want to say, for the moment anyway."
- 2015 May 27
Flannery O'Connor Gets Forever Stamp
O'Connor will appear on a new postage stamp, to debut June 5, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.
Kaling Reveals Details of New Book
Mindy Kaling confirmed on Twitter that she and 'The Office' co-star B.J. Novak are working on a book, but warned that it will likely disappoint those looking for gossip.
Sen. Mitch McConnell Working on Memoir
The Kentucky Republican told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he planned to tell both his personal story, including overcoming polio as a child in Alabama, and the story of his long career in public life.
- 2015 May 26
Why Write a Collaborative Novel?
Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite say writing together has deepened their friendship, and cut the workload in half.
- 2015 May 22
Fitzgerald's Home on the Market
The Long Island home where F. Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have written 'The Great Gatsby' is for sale for $3.8 million.
- 2015 May 21
Bin Laden's Fixation on West
Michiko Kakutani at the 'New York Times' looks at the recently released list of English language books found in Osama Bin Laden's compound.
Unfinished Welles Bio Found
Archivists at the University of Michigan said this week that they have discovered extensive fragments of, and notes for, an Orson Welles autobiography in a trove of papers newly purchased from Welles’s companion in the years before he died in 1985.
Dante Turns 750
It’s hard to convey the importance of Dante’s place in Italian culture, but there are many possible explanations for the poet's enduring hold on the country.
- 2015 May 20
Bill Gates's Summer Reading Recs
The books are, says Gates, “on the lighter side," adding that each made him "think or laugh or, in some cases, do both.”
Former PRH Publicist Writing Book
Melissa Broder, a former assistant director of publicity and social media at Penguin Random House, is turning her viral Twitter account, @SoSadToday, into a book of personal essays for Grand Central.
'True Face' of Shakespeare?
A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert.
- 2015 May 19
Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets
After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults.
Why Authors Chose Their Fake Names
The Huffington Post takes a look at the stories behind the pseudonyms of some famous writers.
- 2015 May 18
'Freakonomics' 10 Years On
Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt on what they got right and wrong.
- 2015 May 14
How Can Poetry Change the World?
'The Washington Post' chats with poet Jane Hirshfield.
- 2015 May 13
How This Self-Pubbed Author Made $450K
In the second entry of a three-part series at 'Forbes,' an author explains how he cracked the self-publishing industry.
- 2015 May 12
Ten Authors Who Excel on the Internet
Writers are finding imaginative ways to negotiate the new era of electronic intimacy with readers. 'The Guardian' has some of the best.
- 2015 May 11
Book Lover's Loss
Saying goodbye to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
- 2015 May 08
Ferraro to Head Disney Publishing Unit
Disney said late Thursday that Leslie Ferraro would become president of Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately, which includes oversight of the company's large book publishing operation.
- 2015 May 07
Krakauer Faces Heckler in Missoula
A Missoula audience gave the bestselling author of a book about the city's mishandling of rape cases a standing ovation Wednesday, and then booed a heckler who had elbowed his way to the stage and called Jon Krakauer a liar.
- 2015 May 06
Fans Queue Up for 'Selfish'
Kim Kardashian promoted her book 'Selfish' at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in New York on Tuesday—but some rabid fans began lining up for the event Monday evening.
- 2015 May 04
Art Spiegelman Talks to NPR
The cartoonist says the purge of 'Maus' from Russian bookstores is "rather well-intentioned stupidity on many levels."
Why We’re Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo'
Andrew Solomon and Suzanne Nossel's opinion piece in the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 May 01
Rare Dylan Thomas Notebook to Be Opened
A lost notebook that belonged to the Welsh poet, rediscovered after lying forgotten in a drawer for decades, is to go on limited public display later this month.
- 2015 Apr 30
The Real Mr. Darcy?
A new book claims to reveal the true identity of the man who inspired Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' heartthrob.
- 2015 Apr 29
Why Anthony Trollope is still the novelist of the way we live now, according to Adam Gopnik at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2015 Apr 28
Rushdie Chastises 'Hebdo' Protestors
Salman Rushdie defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor 'Charlie Hebdo,' saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.
Coauthor Sues Courtney Love
Anthony Bozza says he wrote a manuscript for the singer's memoir and handed it over to Harper Collins in January, but that he has only received half of the $200,000 advance he is owed.
- 2015 Apr 27
The Future of Reading
Walter Mosley, bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series, has good news for those who love to read.
- 2015 Apr 24
French Author Who Has Happiness Down
Frederic Lenoir's 'Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide' was a bestseller when it was released in France last fall, and this month, it's been published here, in English, courtesy of Melville House.
- 2015 Apr 23
Blume's Star-Studded Book Tour
Judy Blume’s hotly anticipated new novel, 'In the Unlikely Event,' is becoming quite an event of its own.
Pulitzer Poetry Winner on Sudden Fame
Gregory Pardlo talks to the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Apr 22
The Difficulty of Being a Debut Writer
"It is a privilege and a gift and an honor to be a debut author, but it is, above all things, an existential test," writes Courtney Maum, at Buzzfeed.
Liz Thomson Looks Back
As she steps down from BookBrunch, the journalist reflects on three decades covering the book trade beat and explains the background to her new project.
- 2015 Apr 21
Toni Morrison, 'I Regret Everything'
The author looks back on her personal life, with NPR's Terry Gross.
Clinton 'Ready' for Attacks
Hillary Clinton dismissed an upcoming book that will reportedly outline favorable treatment from her State Department in exchange for foreign donations to her family foundation, saying it comes with the territory of running for president.
- 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.