- 2017 Dec 12
B&N Keeps Store Open Thanks to Kids
After third-graders in Daytona Beach, Fla. learned their local Barnes & Noble would close, they appealed to the company CEO. He listened.
Toronto's Real Estate Bubble Kills Store
Eliot’s Bookshop, a used bookstore in downtown Toronto, is closing after four decades. The culprit? Exorbitant property tax increases.
Persian Bookstore in US Persists Online
Ketab Corp, a Persian-language bookstore in Los Angeles, closed this summer after 36-years in business. But its online store remains open.
Canadian Booksellers' Top Books of 2017
The Quill & Quire surveyed booksellers to find out their favorite books of the year.
- 2017 Dec 11
'NYT' Scribes to Pen Sexual Abuse Book
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the 'Times' will publish a book about sexual abuse and harassment scandals for Penguin Press.
All Best Books Lists, Condensed
Determining the best books of 2017 by combining 21 Best Books of 2017 lists and mining them for data.
A Sequel to 'Ready Player One'
During a Facebook Live event, author Ernest Cline confirmed that he was working on a sequel to the bestselling book.
A New Chapter for U.K. Publishing
Authors, agents, activists, and publishers discuss their ideas for improving the prospects for writers of color in British publishing.
DFW's 'Derivative Sport' of Journalism
Editors and writers discuss the ways David Foster Wallace’s journalistic work influenced them and what it was like to work with him.
On the Resurgence of Indie Booksellers
The Boston Globe looks at the revival of independent bookselling in the region and its return to relevancy.
Historic Virginia Store Gets New Owner
Julia Kudravetz has taken over ownership of New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, the oldest independent bookstore in Virginia.
Lexington College Bookstore is Closing
Kennedy’s Wildcat Den, which sold textbooks to University of Kentucky students since 1950, is closing at the end of the year.
Bookstore Opens on the Edge of Detroit
Book Suey, a co-op bookstore, opened in Hamtramck, Mich. just outside the border of Detroit.
Minimum Wage to Impact NYC Booksellers
The co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore says the rise to a $15 minimum wage in New York in 2019 will likely affect her margins.
- 2017 Dec 08
William Gass Dead at 93
The leading 1960s and '70s experimental writer, who went on to become an award-winning essayist and translator, died on Wednesday.
When Bad Men Define Good Art
We talk about separating art from artist, but many of the accused abusers aren’t creators—they’re gatekeepers.
Texas Prisons Ban 10,000 Books
The nearly 150,000 inmates in Texas prisons are barred from reading titles including the pop-up edition of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.'
The 'Scandals' Around Women In Lit
The narrative that important, authoritative female novelists ultimately owe their brilliance to men refuses to die as we close out 2017.
Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Lecture
The most recent prizewinner prizes diversity in publishing—both in terms of who is being published and what we considered good literature.
New Wyoming Store Collabs with Winery
Sidekicks Bookbar, a collaboration with a bookstore and Jackson Hole Winery, will open in Rock Springs, Wyom. in January.
Used Bookstore opens in Minnesota
Against the Current, a used bookstore that takes its name from The Great Gatsby, has opened near Macalester College in Saint Paul.
University to Buy Bookstore for $2.4m
The regents of the University of Northern Iowa have given the go-ahead to buy the school's 80 year-old, privately-owned bookstore.
Nebraskan Runs Bookstore from Home
A retiree in Lincoln, Neb. has taken a second career as a bookseller, running Badger's Bookshop out of his apartment.
Bookstore's Motto: "Black Books Matter"
Mahogany Books, which opened in Washington, D.C., in November, is on a mission to promote African-American authors.
- 2017 Dec 07
Lorin Stein Resigns Amid Scandal
The editor of the 'Paris Review' left the company during an inquiry into allegations surrounding his conduct with women.
'Slaughterhouse-Five' Heads to TV
Universal Cable productions is developing a series based on Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, to be written and produced by Patrick Macmanus.
When An Algorithm Writes Sci-Fi
An author enlisted an algorithm to help him write the perfect piece of science fiction. Here's the tale, and how it got made.
Trouble at Scottish Publisher Freight
Freight authors are aghast as their former publisher sets up a new imprint while it goes into formal liquidation with writers still unpaid.
'Times' Critics' Top Books of 2017
The three daily critics at the 'New York Times' select some of their favorites of the year.
- 2017 Dec 06
A #MeToo Reckoning for Publishing
The book industry is a strange world with myriad subcultures and much behind-the-scenes dealing. So where is its sexual violence reckoning?
Book Publishing's Drinking Culture
Authors and publishers love to party. But what if we didn't drink at every single literary event—and never felt the pressure to?
Fox Taps New John Green for Film
Fox is back in the John Green business, optioning the rights to Green’s latest tween tale, 'Turtles All the Way Down.'
Asian American Writing's New Generation
This year has, finally, seen mainstream acclaim for an array of authors bringing the immigrant experience to English-language readers.
Readers Name Their Favorites of 2017
The 'New York Times' gives its readers a chance to name their favorite books published over this past year.
- 2017 Dec 05
Kids Books by Kids
A program called Rakanto is being used to teach children about storytelling in developing communities.
Morris Award Finalists
The 2018 Morris Award finalists are announced.
Best Book Picks
The Guardian unveils its best children's books of 2017 list.
'The Hate U Give' Ban in Texas
A Katy, Texas, school district bans "The Hate You Give."
A Peek at Winnie-the-Pooh Exhibition
A few highlights of the V&A Museum's Pooh exhibition.
James Mangold is adapting Katherine Applegate's "Crenshaw."
Lessons on Inequality
Writers look back on what children's books have taught them about inequality.
The Truth Behind 'Blue Dolphin'
An archaeological and historical look at the "Lone Woman" that "Island of the Blue Dolphins" is based on.
Amazon Australia Officially Launches
The e-tailer's store down under has officially launched, and is selling print books and 22 other product categories.
America’s Star Libraries
The tenth annual 'Library Journal' Index of Public Libraries has been announced. 7,409 U.S. public libraries were qualified to be rated this year.
Egypt's War on Books
How far will Abdel Fattah el-Sisi go to stifle dissent? The answer is becoming clearer every day, and libraries are telling the tale.
Sam Shephard's Last Work
The book, 'Spy of the First Person,' reveals the author's struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease before his death.
The Best Book Covers of 2017
People say you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but Bookish didn't get the memo and rounded up a number of the year's best.
- 2017 Dec 04
British Book Biz, By the Numbers
The British publishing industry contributed £3.2 billion gross value added to the wider UK economy in 2016.
A Year in Reading: 2017
'The Millions' kicks off its annual end-of-year feature with pieces by Louise Erdrich, Emily St. John Mandel, Edan Lepucki, Eugene Lim, and more.
Quad/Graphics to Close in Taunton
Up to 200 workers will be jobless by January's end, when the book manufacturer's facility in the Massachusetts town will close.
First Aspen Words Literary Prize List
The Aspen Institute has unveiled the nominees for its first-ever fiction prize, a potpourri of 20 works plucked from across the world.
How a Bookseller Became a Bag Seller
New York’s Strand Book Store has been making tote bags since the 1980s. Today, it boasts more than 100 designs.
Amanda Gorman Reflects on 2017
The first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, a 19-year-old author and activist, on her ambitions to become U.S. President.
- 2017 Dec 01
Playwright Israel Horovitz Accused
Nine women have come forward to accuse the playwright and Beastie Boys mentor of sexual assault and misconduct.
The Fall of Troll Hole
What the failures of a feminist bookstore-meets-sex-shop in Brooklyn can teach us about intersectionality.
A Small and Indie Press Gift Guide
Rounding up a number of books, old and new, from small and indie presses that would make great gifts this holiday season.
Ralph Ellison's Other Invisibles
On the othering of Caribbeans and Africans in America in the novel 'Invisible Man.'
Twitter's Best Icebox Plums Jokes
The platform's most literary meme remixes the famous William Carlos Williams poem to absurd effect.
- 2017 Nov 30
A Comics and Graphic Novel Guide
A few graphic novel and comics picks for kids.
Poetry Books for Kids
A look at books that introduce children to poetry.
Celebrating Black Princesses
A look at children's books featuring black princesses.
Illustrator Gift Guide
An A-Z gift guide to illustrated children's books.
Nancy Werlin's Continued Success
An interview with Nancy Werlin about sustaining a longtime writing career.
Fielding Gendered Book Requests
A bookseller discusses how to respond when shoppers ask for a book "for a boy."
The Gifts of 'The Box of Delights'
A writer who adapted "The Box of Delights" to stage writes in praise of John Masefield’s fantasy.
Read 'Harry Potter' in Scots
"Harry Potter" has been translated into Scots.
An obituary for Jill Barklem.
First Trailer for 'Love, Simon'
The first trailer for the film based on "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" has been released.
Pullman Waterstones Win
"La Belle Sauvage" named Waterstones book of the year.
'NYT' Picks Its 10 Best Books of 2017
The editors of the 'New York Times Book Review' have named their top ten books of the year—some much ballyhooed, some overlooked.
'The Girls' Go to Court
Emma Cline has countersued her ex after he claimed she used spyware to plagiarize his work for her bestselling novel.
2017's Word of the Year
Dictionary.com has selected "complicit" as its word of the year thanks to its importance in the news cycle surrounding the Trump administration.
Amazon Is Eating Seattle Whole
The company's footprint in Seattle could fill the Empire State Building five times over now that it has eclipsed its "12 million square feet by 2022" goal.
New Dashiell Hammett Found
A new story by the master of hardboiled detective fiction, "The Glass That Laughed," has been published.
- 2017 Nov 29
Gender Inequality in Literary Prizes
A VIDA report finds that women are still vastly overlooked for prizes in comparison to male authors.
Ferrante Is Working On a New Novel
The new work is reported to be separate from the TV screenplay the author is working on for the adaptation of her Neapolitan series.
A Pseudonym Scandal at Marvel
Editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski wrote multiple series for Marvel from 2004 to 2005 under a Japanese pseudonym to circumvent company policy.
Decent Men in Fiction
Hunting for a few good men in your reading life? They're harder to find in literature than you might think. Here are a few.
- 2017 Nov 28
Report Says SpringerNature Considers IPO
'Reuters' reports that the science book and magazine publisher is looking to put together a public offering in 2018.
James Baldwin's House to Be Demolished
The campaign to save Baldwin’s former home in the French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence seems to have failed.
The Only Dissident Novel in Turkey
'Madonna in a Fur Coat,' first published in 1942, is still available across Turkey in spite of severe censorship. Why?
Amazon Recruits Indian Merchants
Thousands of sellers from India are shipping items to Amazon warehouses to serve bargain-hunting Americans.
MI5 Kept Tabs on Kingsley Amis
British secret service agents kept watch on the author after an intercepted letter called him as a “very promising” member of the Communist Party.
- 2017 Nov 27
National Book Award Winner Accused
Former students at the University of Virginia have accused creative writing professor and 1989 NBA winner John Casey of sexual harassment.
Time Inc. Sells Itself to Meredith Corp.
The magazine and book publisher closed a deal last night, in part thanks to a private equity infusion from the Koch brothers.
Skyhorse Employees to Vote on Unionizing
For 16 years, no New York publishing house has voted to unionize—but that streak could end this week with Skyhorse Publishing.
The Year in Bestsellers
Sales are flat, or down. There have been no market-defining breakout hits and no hot new genres. How grim was 2017 for the book industry?
Authors Pick the Best Books of 2017
Writers from George Saunders to Ali Smith pick their favorite reads of the past year for the 'Guardian.'
- 2017 Nov 22
Amazon, Apple Cleared in 'Gronk' Case
A judge ruled in favor of Amazon, Apple, and B&N, which distributed an erotic novel featuring a photo of the NFL's Rob Gronkowski.
YA Sees More Queer Love Stories
A new era of young adult literature includes more LGBT romance stories than ever before, according to a new report.
Pitchfork Picks Year's Top Music Books
The magazine listed its "favorite" music books of 2017, including 'Personal Stereo' by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow.
A How-To on Author Photos
Check out a guide on what to wear and how to look in the all-important author photo that appears in book jackets.
Hand Turkeys by Famous Authors
What if Ernest Hemingway and Octavia Butler also made Thanksgiving-themed kindergarten holiday crafts? Here's one answer.
- 2017 Nov 21
The 2018 Tournament of Books Long List
The annual 'Morning News' March Madness feature has begun, rounding up 72 top English-language titles from 2017.
Mooch Snubbed by Book World
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has scrapped plans for a political memoir because no one wanted it.
Glenn Thrush Suspended
The 'NYT' reporter, who has a deal with Random House for a book on the Trump White House, has been suspended due to claims of inappropriate behavior.
What Do We Do With Their Art?
Some of the greatest male artists and entertainers have turned out to be monsters to women. Can we still love their work?
A Literary Resting Place to Visit
The Hōnen-in Temple in Kyoto cemetery houses the remains of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, one of Japan's most famous novelists.
- 2017 Nov 20
Clemmons Ditches Lenny Letter
Novelist Zinzi Clemmons has left Lenny Letter following a harassment scandal surrounding 'Girls' writer and executive producer Murray Miller.
'Watership Down' Author's Auction
Richard Adams’s books, going to auction in December, include a first edition Austen and Shakespeare’s Second Folio.