- 2017 Jun 23
Why Hollywood Loves Stephen King
It’s a particularly fruitful year for the bestselling author—but what makes his work so consistently popular?
Millennials Aren't Killing Libraries
According to a Pew Research Center report, Millennials frequents public libraries more often than members of any other age group.
Memoirs of Black Mourning
Mychal Denzel Smith argues that memoirs on death in black families are both an outlet for grief and a public obligation to mourn.
The Invisibility of the Translator
How a translation can affect the meaning of a text, and a "sliding scale" between author, text, and reader.
Writers Looking for Forever Home
These various types of writers need homes. Browse their adoption listings and see if this is the writer for you!
- 2017 Jun 22
Five Modern Day Shakespeares
With the Bard’s influence as relevant as ever, 'Vulture' considers which of today’s storytellers are on track to leave their own lasting legacies.
Fifty Shades of Cuts and Bruises
E.L. James’s battles with director Sam Taylor-Johnson are part of a long tradition of Hollywood's conflicts with authors of works being adapted.
How to Raise a Reader
The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding, and relatively easy. Here's how.
A Patriot Signs with Scholastic
New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell has a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher told 'AP' on Thursday.
Book Club Made Me Gay
When most people think about queer identity, they think about sex, or how to come out to their parents. Author M. Milks thinks about book clubs.
- 2017 Jun 21
Amazon Bites Off More Monopoly Power
Antitrust officials would be naïve to view the Amazon-Whole Foods deal as simply about groceries, Lina M. Khan writes.
Derek Walcott Museum Closes
The St. Lucia National Trust says a funding cut forced the closure, which came during a dispute over Caribbean tourist developments.
Sexism in the Beach Read
Why did publishers decide that only women take books on vacation, and why are totally normal books about girls billed as "beach reads?"
75 Agents to Follow on Twitter
A list of the most active and insightful literary agents to add to your feed for upcoming pub dates, reading recommendations, and more.
The Big Money Is in Kids’ Comics
Abruptly, the most important sector in the world of sequential art has become graphic novels for young people, Abe Reisman writes.
How 'Ms.' Made Wonder Woman Feminist
Nearly 45 years after Wonder Woman graced the cover of 'Ms.' magazine's first issue, those behind the decision look back.
- 2017 Jun 20
Tattoos inspired by children's, middle grade, and YA novels.
Favorite Obscure Kids' Books
Readers remember the books they wish others knew about.
An Adult's YA Obsession
A reader is tired of being judged for shopping in the YA section.
Typos in Famous Books
A look at literary misprints.
The Story of the Curious George Store
A look at the history and uncertain future of the Curious George Store.
Wizarding World Book Club
The Wizarding World Book Club launches on Pottermore.
Twenty Years of Harry Potter
If anything, the influence of Harry Potter has only grown stronger.
Auction to Benefit Grenfell Victims
Authors, agents, and editors are joining together for an online auction to benefit victims of Grenfell Tower fire.
Rowling Made Companion of Honour
J.K. Rowling has been named a Companion of Honour by the Queen.
Amazon Is the New Conglomerate
The conglomerate was supposed to be dead, a relic of a bygone of era of corporate America. And yet there is Amazon.
Top German Prize Goes to Poet-Translator
This year's Georg Büchner Prize has been wone by poet Jan Wagner, who is also a translator of poetry in English.
Two Writers, One Marriage
How do two writers live and write together? Julie Buntin and 'PW' deputy reviews editor Gabe Habash on marriage and each other's work.
Revisiting 'The Nixon Poems'
Four years before Watergate, the poet Eve Merriam published an eerily prescient collection dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.
Why Publishing Seeks A.I.
On the potential for artificial intelligence in the book publishing world—especially in marketing and book discovery.
The Might of Children's Graphic Novels
An article addresses the rise of kids' comics.
- 2017 Jun 19
Richard K. McCullough Dies at 67
The longtime publishing executive, including with Millbrook Press, died at home on June 15.
Barry Nabs a Second Walter Scott
Sebastian Barry's 'Days Without End' takes the £25,000 prize, marking the second time the author has won the award.
Obama's Dad's Books Go to Auction
Original copies of books written by Barack Obama Sr. have surfaced after more than half a century.
U.K. Book World Helps Grenfell Victims
Authors, together with agents and editors, are coming together for an online auction to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
'1984' Comes to Broadway
Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge headline a 'volatile town hall meeting' of a stage adaptation of Orwell's classic novel.
- 2017 Jun 16
Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods
The $13.7 billion deal marks the biggest transaction ever for the e-commerce giant as it pushes deeper into groceries.
Amazon's Preventative Patent
Amazon has locked down a patent on technology to prevent people from comparing prices in its bookstores to online prices from other retailers.
A Milo Draft Emerges
A leaked manuscript suggests that “the most controversial book of the decade” could actually be the most boring book of the year, 'Buzzfeed' reports.
Belmont Books Opens Its Doors
Owned by a local husband and wife team, the first bookstore in Belmont, Mass., for seven years hopes to become a neighborhood staple.
Soviet Children’s Literature
In 1920s Russia, children read propagandistic books about sugar beets, hydroelectric plants, and five-year plans.
Joyce Would Have Hated Bloomsday
James Joyce, whose 'Ulysses' gave birth to a whole literary holiday, would probably hate being memorialized every June 16.
- 2017 Jun 15
Chat Fiction Apps
A look at popular chat fiction apps.
Learning from 'The Hunger Games'
A 12-year-old performs the first aid she learned from "The Hunger Games."
In Praise of 'Redwall'
A writer reflects on the formative influence of the Redwall series.
The original endings of famous books.
New LGBTQ YA
Ten new LGBTQ books.
A Sarah Dessen Upbringing
A fan reflects on coming of age with Sarah Dessen's books.
Choose Your Own Adventure Maps
Maps show the internal structures of Choose Your Own Adventure books.
Twenty questions for Cassandra Clare.
A Big Book Giveaway
A Maryland school gives away 2,000 books to students.
Taking the Form to Another Level
An article on Jillian Tamaki and how she's using the graphic novel form in enterprising ways.
MGM Rights to 'Every Day'
David Levithan's "Every Day" is heading to the big screen.
'Wishing Spell' Movie
Chris Colfer is writing and directing the movie adaptation of "The Wishing Spell."
Why We Need Diverse Books
An article addresses the importance of diverse books for young people.
Review Sparks Outrage
A Kirkus review of Jennifer Mathieu's "Moxie" has angered a lot of fans.
Kids' Publishing Goes International
Southeast Asian editors travel to Germany.
'Chocolate' On Top
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is the UK's favorite children's book, according to a poll.
Grossman Scoops Man Booker International
Israeli author David Grossman's 'A Horse Walks Into a Bar,' about a standup comedian’s public breakdown, has won the £50,000 prize.
Did Dylan Use SparkNotes?
Parts of Bob Dylan’s Nobel speech bear striking resemblances to similar passages in the SparkNotes summary of 'Moby-Dick.'
The Land of Stories Goes to Hollywood
Twentieth Century Fox and 21 Laps are teaming with Chris Colfer to adapt his best-selling fantasy series for the big screen.
How to Live With Critics
Whether you're an artist or the president, disdain for critics is perennially popular. There's a danger in that, writes Adam Kirsch.
Just Wait Until It's Published!
Working on a book? Great, says Nick Ripatrazone—but don't ruin it for yourself by talking about it before it's finished.
- 2017 Jun 14
James Galton Dies at 92
The former president and CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group has been credited with saving the company from bankruptcy in the 1970s.
It's Mallory Ortberg's Internet
The cofounder of bygone literary feminist site 'The Toast' is instrumental to making the internet a better place.
The Trite Poet of Instagram
Pushcart Prize–nominated poet Thom Young, having noticed the successes of vapid poetry on the platform, has started a social experiment.
Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries
In Florence, Rome and beyond, these buildings are a feast not only for book lovers, but for art and architecture enthusiasts as well.
21 Maori and Pasifika Authors
Not enough diversity in your reading diet? Here are 21 reasons to read books by indigenous New Zealand writers.
- 2017 Jun 13
'LA Times' to Release Anti-Trump Book
The paper's editorial board will publish 'Our Dishonest President' on July 5 with Berkeley-based nonprofit publisher Heyday.
Revolution-Haunted Russian Lit
How much time does it take to change a government, a society, or a person? The great Russian writers differed on this question.
Prototyping a Better Tomorrow
Consuming dystopian fiction has quickly become a popular coping mechanism—but can sci-fi help create a better future?
Flash Fiction's Advantages
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it’s not intrinsic to good storytelling. So why does the shortest fiction work so well?
Where Sci-Fi and Feminism Meet
A visit to WisCon, the world’s preeminent feminist speculative fiction convention.
- 2017 Jun 12
Former Warehouse Manager Sues Amazon
A lawsuit, filed this month by a former shift manager for Amazon, accuses the company of failing to pay overtime wages.
Edith Shiffert Dies at 101
An American poet whose work was profoundly influenced by the half-century she spent in Japan died on March 1 in Kyoto.
When a Publisher Changes Hands
A look at the making of a recent history of the esteemed Canadian publishing house McClelland & Stewart.
Printers Row Lit Fest Wraps
Summing up the 33rd annual Printers Row Lit Fest, held this weekend in Chicago's historic neighborhood of the same name.
The Reticence of Elizabeth Bishop
The poet was reserved and private in an age of confession. Now, a new biography tries to reveal her secrets.
Book Industry Courts James Comey
Publishers are reportedly offering big sums of money to sign a book deal with the former FBI director.
- 2017 Jun 09
Meet Self-Publishing's Hidden Authors
They sell millions of books, but you rarely see them in bookshops.
50 Indie Bookstores to Visit
Across the U.S., independent bookstores are having a comeback. Here are 50 that are worth a trip.
Books on Badgers in Platemail
On Brian Jacques's Redwall series, which quietly had powerful things to say about inclusion and representation.
A Whodunit Within a Whodunit
Anthony Horowitz, who has written his first murder mystery, has a secret room hidden by bookcases in his London home.
A 14-Person Poem
Weaving a poem from the works of Geoffrey Nutter, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Tracy K. Smith, Monica Youn, and more.
- 2017 Jun 08
Middle Grade Books for Summer
A list of 100 middle grade books to read this summer.
Amazon Studios Has Big Plans
Amazon Studios has several new children's projects in the works.
New Zealand Book Award Finalists
The finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are announced.
All About Pooh
Francesca Segal writes about her affection for A.A. Milne.
Rowling's First Agent
J.K. Rowling's first agent knew Harry Potter was magical.
All the Children's Laureates
A photo essay features the first 10 children's laureates.
New Books of Wonder Location
Books of Wonder is opening another store on the Upper West Side.
Lauren Child Responds to Honor
Lauren Child is surprised and honored by being named the next Waterstones Children's Laureate.
Alderman Wins 2017 Baileys Prize
Naomi Alderman has won the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her science-fiction novel 'The Power.'
Charles Simmons Dies at 92
Simmons, whose five acclaimed novels included a savage sendup of 'The New York Times Book Review,' died on June 1 in Manhattan.
How '1984' Almost Didn't Happen
Today marks the 68th anniversary of the publication of a book that George Orwell almost didn’t manage to write—and that almost killed him.
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gay Poet Priest
Wrestling with desire while committed to Jesuit celibacy made poetry the only outlet for Hopkins’s sexuality, which rings with pent-up passion.
The NYPL, a Writer's Haven
The main branch of the public library, Joe Kanon insists, is the perfect place to write—making it the most beautiful office in New York City.
- 2017 Jun 07
Lee Estate Endorses 'Mockingbird' GN
The new graphic novel is the latest in a number of posthumous projects based on the work of the notoriously publicity-shy Harper Lee.
Freight Books Prepares Sell-Offs
Dozens of authors face deepening uncertainty over their future after Scottish publisher Freight Books revealed plans to sell the company.
The Well-Read Black Girl Festival Is On
The online community is riding a wave of support straight to Brooklyn in time for book festival season.