- 2018 Nov 19
William Goldman Dies at 87
The author wrote 'The Princess Bride' and the Oscar-winning screenplays for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men.”
Junot Diaz Cleared by Pulitzer Board
Author Junot Díaz will stay on the Pulitzer Board after a law firm's investigation of sexual misconduct “did not find evidence warranting removal.”
D&D Sold Big In 2017
Dungeons & Dragons has had its best sales year since it was acquired by game publisher Wizards of the Coast in 1997.
The Fleeting Scholastic Book Fair
Years later, many adults still pine for the days their school libraries, auditoriums, and gyms transformed into pop-up bookstores.
'My Brilliant Friend' Comes to HBO
The adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novel "understands its source material, but its diligence feels misspent," critic Katy Waldman writes.
The Daily Life of a Kansas Bookseller
The owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence walks us through his day.
Alaska Bookstore Sold and Renamed
The Babbling Book and the Dragon's Nook bookstore in Haines is becoming the Moosterius Emporium.
Florida Bookstore to Close
Book Bank in Largo will close at the end of the month, blaming a steep loss in sales over the past two years.
Massachusetts Bookstore is Up for Sale
White Square Books in Easthampton, Massachusetts, open for eight years, is up for sale.
- 2018 Nov 16
What Critics Said About 'Becoming'
Book critics didn’t sweat Michelle Obama's prose style. They were just thirsty for "No-Drama Obama."
Netflix Will Adapt 'Rebecca'
Netflix has announced that they will adapt Daphne Du Mauier’s classic gothic novel, with Armie Hammer and Lily James set to star.
70 Philosophy Books Everyone Should Read
From Ancient Greece to postmodernism, this list has you covered.
The Long-Lived 'Gashlycrumb Tinies'
E is for Edward Gorey, who wrote a gory masterpiece. Here's how it became recognized as just that.
In Defense of Puns
From the beginning, punning has been considered the lowest form of wit—when, in fact, it is among the highest.
Texas Booksellers Vote to Unionize
Some 80 employees at BookPeople in Austin have voted to unionize with OPEIU Local 277. They are seeking more benefits.
B&N Opens Prototype Store in New Jersey
Barnes & Noble has opened another prototype store, this time in Hackensack.
Boston Bookstore Aids In-Need Youth
More Than Words bookstore employs people who are homeless, in foster care, or involved in the court system.
Beijing's Boom in Bookstore Openings
October Time Bookstore is the latest of 80 new bookstores that have opened in the city in the past decade.
La Hune Bookstore Reopens in Paris
The famous Left Bank bookstore has reopened after a year of refurbishment following a fire a year ago.
- 2018 Nov 15
ABA Responds to Amazon's HQ2
The American Booksellers Association has protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to the mega-corporation.
Books On How to Deal With Wildfires
Three books to read for more information on what is being done to stop wildfires and what it takes to fight them.
Champaneri Wins Immigrant Writing Prize
This year's Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing goes to Priyanka Champaneri for 'The City of Good Death.'
Dostoevsky Banned In Kuwait
The country's information ministry has blacklisted 'The Brothers Karamazov' and other titles from entering a book festival.
Aaron Sorkin's 'Mockingbird'
How the prolific screenwriter behind 'The West Wing' came to bring Harper Lee's classic American novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' to Broadway.
- 2018 Nov 14
Milan Kundera May Regain Czech Passport
The Czech prime minister has proposed renewing the exiled writer’s citizenship decades after the communist regime removed it.
Advice from 5 Under 35
The National Book Award's 5 Under 35 honorees give out some free advice about how to write your second book.
Hemingway's Fishing Trip Letter Sells
The author’s account of the giant marlin he caught in 1935—believed to have inspired 'The Old Man and the Sea'—sold for $28,000.
The History of Irish Publishing
The vibrant Irish publishing industry has weathered many storms over the centuries, including piracy and censorship.
Ursula K. Le Guin, Matron of Music
From pop to metal, bands cite the author's themes as an influence. But why has she inspired so many musicians?
Montana Used Bookstore for Sale
Bozeman, Montana's Used Book Emporium, open for five years, is up for sale.
Fashionistas Get a New Paris Bookstore
The Association Azzedine Alaïa has opened a bookstore named for the late designer in the Marais neighborhood of Paris.
New Hampshire Bookstore Unites Community
The Bookery in Manchester, N.H., open for a year, has become a focal point and favorite gathering spot for locals.
Bookstore Wins U.K.'s Best Small Shop
The Mainstreet Trading Company in St. Boswells was named Britain's Best Small Shop of 2018.
- 2018 Nov 13
Books for Raising Non-Jerky Kids
A look at 2018 books that help raise good humans.
To Read or Not to Read Classics
An article suggests that leaving behind certain children's classics might be a good idea.
Read it Again!
An author's tips for parents tired of reading the same picture book over and over.
From Fan Fic to Fame
An article about how Anna Todd's novel "After" began as One Direction fan fiction.
Keeping Kids Reading
An article offers tips for keeping readers interested in reading.
'The Grinch' Big at Box Office
"The Grinch" movie is a hit.
Returning to YA
A writer discusses healing by reading YA as an adult.
Progressive Children's Books
A look at the trend toward political children's books.
Remembering Stan Lee
An article reflects on the life of Stan Lee.
Radical Bedtime Books
An article looks at the trend of politically charged children's books.
Why We Need Difficult Books
This year’s Man Booker winner, 'Milkman,' has been criticized for being challenging. But are we confusing readability with literary value?
The Appalachian Prison Book Project
Since 2004, this nonprofit has distributed approximately 25,000 books to inmates in Appalachia.
The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club
Meet the women behind the Brooklyn-based literary community by and for African-American women.
A Farewell to 'Glimmer Train'
After 30 years, the literary journal will print its last issue next autumn, and the eulogies are already rolling in.
Maintain Your Little Free Library
Tips and tricks for keeping people coming back to your box of books include keeping works for all ages inside, diverse offerings, and more.
Barbara's Bookstore Adds New Location
Barbara's Bookstore, which runs five stores in Chicagoland and one in Boston, is adding a new location in Illinois.
Former Oregon Bookstore Up for Sale
The home of Longfellow's Books and Music in Portland, whose owner died earlier this year, is up for sale for $1.5 million.
Virginia Gets a New Pop-up Bookstore
Old Town Books is a new six-month pop-up store that is opening in Alexandria in time for the holidays.
A New Hampshire Bookstore's New Ideas
RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, N.H., has expanded into publishing and opened a typewriter repair business.
LVMH Gets into the Pop-up Bookstore Game
Louis Vuitton ran a luxury pop-up bookstore at Le Gran Palais in Paris to celebrate the annual photography fair.
- 2018 Nov 12
Juris Jurjevics Dies at 75
The cofounder, with Laura Chapman Hruska and her husband, Alan, of independent publisher Soho Press, died on Wednesday in the Bronx.
2018 Baillie Gifford Shortlist Announced
The £30,000 prize, celebrating the “very best in high quality non-fiction” published in English in the past year, has found its finalists.
D.C. Commission Ceases Censorship
A Washington, D.C. mayoral commission has reversed its course after attempting to censor artists.
The Power of Climate-Change Fiction
An online collection of speculative short stories explores and gently transfigures the incomprehensible realities of climate change.
Margaret Atwood Comes to the Arab World
Rewayat Reads debuted the first Arabic translation of 'The Handmaid's Tale' at this year's Sharjah International Book Fair.
- 2018 Nov 09
A Reissue for Our Times
A 1965 novel about an unhinged president, Fletcher Knebel's 'Night of Camp David,' will be re-released this fall by Vintage Books.
Julie Chen's Book Tour Cancelled
The longtime CBS star was set to promote her new book on the network's news shows, but husband Les Moonves's firing has put a stop to it.
Is Hong Kong Still a Free Speech Refuge?
A Hong Kong cultural venue abruptly canceled two events featuring an exiled Chinese writer, but will now hold them after all.
The Russian 'New Yorker'?
An ambitious new Russian media company aims to push back against government pressure on media with its online outlet 'Batenka, da vy transformer.'
Can a Non-Reader Ask Her Kids to Read?
A former 'Cosmopolitan' editor on knowing the importance of reading to your children—and how few books she's read herself in recent years.
- 2018 Nov 08
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Dies at 84
The former literary critic for the 'New York Times,' who wrote some 4,000 reviews and essays over 31 years, died yesterday in Manhattan.
Another One Bites the Nobel Dust
Another member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said yesterday she is leaving the body.
Booksellers Win Their Abebooks Strike
A worldwide strike by antiquarian booksellers has forced Amazon's subsidiary to reverse its decision to cut off stores in five countries.
J.K. Rowling Sues Former Employee
The author has launched a £24,000 legal claim against a former personal assistant for allegedly using her money to go on shopping sprees.
'Rebel Girls' Story Censored In Russia
A story written by transgender activist Coy Mathis is missing from the Russian edition of 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.'
- 2018 Nov 07
Booksellers Continue Protests of Amazon
Hundreds of booksellers keep severing ties with Abebooks due to it dropping sellers from a number of countries.
Quinn to Exit PSA Next Year
The Poetry Society of America has announced that Alice Quinn will be stepping down as executive director in June.
Writers: No More Detained Children
Margaret Atwood, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Valeria Luiselli, and others pen an open letter decrying "concentration camps for kids."
MCD, 'EL' Start Storytelling Newsletter
Electric Eel, new weekly newsletter published by MCD x FSG and 'Electric Literature,' has launched.
Comics Breathe Diverse Life Into Canon
How a new wave of graphic novels is revitalizing classics and pushing diversity.
- 2018 Nov 06
Best Toddler Books
Book selections for toddlers.
Books to Reread
A look at middle school books that deserve to be revisited.
Natasha Ngan Book Picks
Natasha Ngan recommends sci-fi and fantasy books with Asian characters.
Remembering 'Little Bookroom' Founder
An obituary for Albert Ullin.
An article looks at Anastasia Higginbotham and her Ordinary Terrible Things series.
Looking Back on 'All-of-a-Kind Family'
An article on the publishing history of "All-of-a-Kind Family."
'The Hunger Games' Today
A look back at the political influences in "The Hunger Games."
Soviet Children's Book
An article about Russian illustrator Natalia Chelpanova.
A Reader Speaks Her Mind
A blog post discusses the ways that YA can isolate teens.
Murakami Finds His Library
Haruki Murakami is planning an archive at his Japanese alma mater that will include drafts, translation work, and his collection of music.
Baudelaire Letter Sells High
The French poet’s letter to his mistress, ahead of an unsuccessful attempt to kill himself at age 24, has sold for €234,000.
Lifetime to Adapt Austen, Trigiani
'Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta,' a modern take on Jane Austen classic, and an adaptation of Adriana Trigiani’s 'Very Valentine' will premiere next year.
Closing the Children's Literacy Gap
Blogger Charnaie Gordon has sent 500 children's books to community organizations in 10 states—and that's just for starters.
The Late Rise of Berlin
How Lucia Berlin became a literary superstar 11 years after her death (and is about to posthumously publish a new collection).
Beloved Minneapolis Bookseller Dies
Tom Braun, co-founder of The Wild Rumpus bookstore in Minneapolis, has died.
- 2018 Nov 05
Judith Kazantzis Dies at 78
In a career that spanned nearly four decades, feminist poet Kazantzis, who died on September 18, published 12 collections, numerous essays, and a novel.
Publishers Detained By TSA Over Book
Extended Play Press says they were harassed by airport TSA returning from a New York book fair for carrying copies of a controversial book.
Learning About Genocide Through Comics
A compilation of comics made in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s spotlights works that taught a generation of American teens about the Holocaust.
Don DeLillo Doubts America Can Recover
The novelist, who has spent half a century dissecting America's dreams and nightmares, is working on fiction set three years from now.
What to Read When the World Is Ending
A list of books the editors of 'The Rumpus' think are especially appropriate to read in this fraught political moment.
Booksellers Protest ABEbooks Sales Ban
Antiquarian book dealers have pulled their books from Amazon and ABEbooks to protest the end of sales from four countries.
Michigan LGBT Store to Close
Ann Arbor's Common Language Bookstore will close. It has been open since 1991.
Wisconsin to Get a New Indie Store
A new indie bookstore is in the works for a former Book World location in Beaver Dam, Wisc.
Tennessee Bookstore Changes Hands
Reading Rock Books in Dickson, Tenn., has a new owner.
Nepalese Online Bookstore Opens
Kitab Yatra, translated as 'Book Journey' in English, is a new online bookstore and the first of its kind in Nepal.
- 2018 Nov 02
Transgender Lit Finds Footing
Transgender novels that are both genre-bending and gender-bending are gaining critical acclaim.
Looking Back at Bygone Lit Magazines
Read about five defunct literary journals and why they mattered, including the most recently closed 'Black Clock.'