- 2018 Aug 15
One City One Story Canceled in Boston
Boston Book Festival has canceled its One City One Story event amid a controversy ignited by plagiarism allegations.
- 2018 Aug 14
Lit Agent Takes Author to Court
Selwa Anthony, the agent suing author Kate Morton over a breached agreement, didn't "believe in contracts," an Australian court has heard.
Visa Refusals In U.K. Hamstring Author
The Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout is being blocked from getting to the Edinburgh book festival, her publisher has said.
The Enigma of V.S. Naipaul
Gabrielle Bellot comes to terms with the "bigoted, violent" side of the Nobel Laureate, a man "swirling with contradictions."
A Latin American Reading List
A list of nine works to read as an alternative to the typical literary canon, including books by Julio Cortázar and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
An Emily Dickinson Reading List
A reading list drawn from some of the writers and books Dickinson mentioned most in her letters.
A Eulogy for a Malaysian Bookstore
An editorial at Malaysia's 'New Straits Times' laments the closing of a popular branch of MPH bookstore.
California Bookstore Gets a New Owner
Timeless Pages used bookstore in Yucaipa has re-opened under new ownership.
Vermont's Biggest Used Bookstore
Monroe Street Books in Middlebury offers 100,000 titles for sale, with another 60,000 more in storage.
Perhaps Texas's Hippest Bookstore
The blog of Urban Outfitters profiles Austin's Farewell Books, which offers a quirky selection of hipster titles.
- 2018 Aug 13
Anya Krugovoy Silver Dies at 49
The poet, after receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer in 2004, wrote powerful lyrical verse on illness and mortality.
What Amazon Does for Literature
The e-tailer offers a peek at its literary donations programs, which are a major source of financial support for several organizations.
Instagram Star's Cookbook Is Recalled
Rodale Books has recalled 'Tales From a Forager's Kitchen' by Johnna Holmgren after critics warned of the dangers of some of its recipes.
The Librarian Who Turned Grifter
The disgraced former head of the Queens Library still collects six figures each in state pension and his salary from a Long Island school district.
A Look at Omarosa's Trump Book
Will Omarosa Manigault Newman’s book change anything in terms of President Trump's influence, policy, or public perception?
B&N Founder Under Fire
Len Riggio, founder of Barnes & Nobel, is weathering criticism for the company's revolving C-suite.
Socialist U.K. Store Rallies Supporters
Some 500 Londoners came out to show solidarity with Bookmarks Bookshop, the socialist store that was attacked last week.
South Africa's Used Book Emporium
Collectors Treasury in Johannesburg offers two million books and is the largest used store in the Souther hemisphere.
A Bucket List of Global Used Bookstores
'Ozy' serves up a list of nine quirky used bookstores to visit around the world, starting in Bogota, Colombia.
- 2018 Aug 10
Burt Britton Dies at 84
The former Strand bookseller, book collector, and idiosyncratic New York personality died at his apartment in Manhattan late last month.
The Fabulist Trend In Women's Writing
How a queer fabulism has come to dominate contemporary women’s writing, from Aimee Bender to Carmen Maria Machado.
No Reservations Goes to Narnia
'New Yorker' food writer Helen Rosner recommends a work of fanfiction in which the late Anthony Bourdain goes to Narnia.
Who Gets to Claim Kafka?
A court battle between German and Israeli archives over his manuscripts raised literary, not just legal, questions.
Brooklyn's DIY Literary Spaces
An oral history of how Brooklyn readings, events, and literary festivals came together with nothing but can-do spirit.
Michigan Bookstore Discusses Survival
The owners of Book Beat in Oak Park look back on what it has taken to remain open these past 36 years.
U.K.'s Rossiter Books Opens a New Branch
Rossiter Books is opening a third store in Leominster, Herefordshire, in the U.K.
A List of Brooklyn's Best Bookstores
The 'Brokelyn' web site offers its list of the seven best bookstores in Brooklyn.
- 2018 Aug 09
Edinburgh Book Festival Visa Trouble
The U.K. is refusing visas for authors invited to the Edinburgh book festival.
The Comedy Women in Print Award
U.K. stand-up star Helen Lederer has launched a prize celebrating funny female authors.
Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older
How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet’s birth and early years.
Thomas Lennon Moves to YA
Actor Thomas Lennon is working on a blockbuster middle-grade series called Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.
Slithering Library Guests
A D.C. public library branch was briefly closed upon the discovery of some uninvited guests: snakes.
Washington, D.C., Store to Move
Busboys and Poets, at Fifth and K streets NW in the nation's capital, is moving across the street.
Five Bookstores to Visit in India
The 'Hindustan Times' offers a list of five bookstores to visit across India.
The Top Bookstores in Central Florida
The 'Orlando Sentinel' offers a list of five bookstores to shop.
- 2018 Aug 08
'Pachinko' Heads to TV
Apple has landed rights to develop the project based on Min Jin Lee's best-selling novel 'Pachinko.'
'Bel Canto' Gets a Trailer
Watch the first trailer for the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Ann Patchett’s 2001 novel.
Books in the Age of Peak TV
Here’s what it looks like when you write a book as if it’s a TV show.
Yellow is the New Pink
Rounding up 11 new yellow book covers that just might give the "Millennial pink" trend a run for its money.
Readers Forget, But Librarians Remember
A crack squad of librarians works to reunite stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.
The Dangers of Victorian Librarianship
In the late 19th century, more women were becoming librarians. Experts predicted they would suffer ill health, strain, and breakdowns.
The Best Bookstores in Sacramento
'Hoodline' ranks the best stores in California's capitol, with Time Tested Books coming out on top.
Bookstore Helps Revive Chinese City
In Xi'an, the new outpost of the Zhongshou bookstore chain has kickstarted an urban revival.
How Bookstores in Denver Battle Amazon
Independent booksellers in the city are offering the community books and experiences unavailable online.
Flagship Store in Malaysia Closes
The MPH Bookstore branch in Petaling Jaya has closed after 15 years in business.
- 2018 Aug 07
A Request from Judy Blume
Judy Blume is asking her fans to tell her which books they would most want adapted to screen.
Happy Birthday, Harry!
A look at Happy Birthday cards for Harry Potter.
A writer wants comic books to get the credit they have long deserved.
A few YA recommendations.
In Praise of 'Pooh'
A writer sings the praises of the famed character.
'Sweetest Fig' Adaptation
Paul Feig is set to direct an adaptation of Allsburg's "The Sweetest Fig."
Poehler Options 'Vanderbeekers'
Amy Poehler has optioned "The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street" for her production company.
Aftermath of Socialist Bookstore Attack
The U.K. Independence Party has suspended three party members after the incident in central London on Saturday.
Kevin Kwan Goes to Amazon
The 'Crazy Rich Asians' author will develop an original drama series for the e-tailer's streaming service.
'Passing' Heads to the Screen
Rebecca Hall will adapt Nella Larsen's 1920s Harlem Renaissance novel, with Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson set to star.
The Draconian Dictionary Is Back
Since the 1960s, the reference book has cataloged how people actually use language, not how they should. That might be changing.
Henry James’s Final Curtain Call
Concerned about diminishing royalties from his novels, Henry James began to write plays in his mid-40s, leading to more than five years of failure.
In Dallas, Interabang Books Dominates
'Texas Highways' magazine dubs Interabang Books the "hub" of the literary scene in Dallas, Tex.
Bargain Book Hunting in Indy
A columnist at the 'Indianapolis Star' newspaper picks Indy Reads Books as the best place to find bargains books.
Beijing Concept Store Caters to Women
Momicafe in Beijing is a concept bookstore catering primarily to "white collar working women" age 18-35.
Top Independent Stores in Indianapolis
The 'Indianapolis Business Journal' offers a list of the best independent bookstores in Indiana's capital.
- 2018 Aug 06
Amazon Pays Little on U.K. Property
A 'Daily Mail' investigation found that the e-tailer pays just £38 million in business rates in the U.K. It made £9 billion there last year.
BAME Short Story Shortlist Revealed
The six finalists for the 'Guardian' and Fourth Estate award offer compelling pictures of the contemporary world.
The Mystery of the Amazon HQ2 Tributes
Cities' offers for the e-tailer's next home base remain secret—even to many city leaders.
Japanese Publishers Hit By Piracy
Figures showing the damage caused by Japanese manga-pirating websites to publishers have been released.
The Way We Read Now
'The Great American Read' shows that storytelling moves us far more than literary quality, Adam Kirsch argues in the 'Wall Street Journal.'
Montreal Store Marks First Year
Librarie Racines, which sells books exclusively by black or racialized authors, celebrates its one-year anniversary.
London Socialist Bookstore Attacked
Bookmarks, a socialist bookstore in London, was attacked by masked members of right-wing political parties.
The Top Indie Stores in Atlanta
The 'Atlanta Journal-Constitution' offered a survey of local independent bookstores.
- 2018 Aug 03
Papa's Unearthed War Story
A newly-published short story by Ernest Hemingway, "A Room on the Garden Side," takes place in Paris shortly after the liberation.
Canadian Paper Tariffs Modified
The Trump Administration has reduced percentages from those initially planned, but the tariffs will still hurt a struggling newspaper industry.
Jenkins Drops 'Beale Street' Trailer
Barry Jenkins has released the first trailer for his 'Moonlight' follow-up, 'If Beale Street Could Talk,' based on the book by James Baldwin.
Norah Lange Has Her Day
The groundbreaking poet and novelist has been reduced to a decorative footnote in the career of Jorge Luis Borges. Until now.
Read Ancient Poetry Right Now
There is nothing like ancient poetry for making you reassess your priorities. It is surprisingly adept at cutting through the noise of modern life.
Chicagoland Bookstore Expands
The Book Table in Oak Park, Illinois, has completed its expansion into a 2,800-sq.-ft. storefront.
Chinese Stores Open All Day for Summer
In Beijing, 11 bookstores will stay open 24 hours a day as part of the Summer Reading Nights celebration.
Georgia to Lose a Bookstore
Bookmiser New & Used Books will close its Roswell location this September.
Belletrist to Promote Indies on Insta
Belletrist, the online book club curated by actress Emma Roberts, is inviting indie bookstores to be featured on Instagram.
- 2018 Aug 02
Anxiety Book Sales Are Growing
Sales of books related to anxiety are up more than 25 percent through this past June from a year ago, according to Barnes & Noble.
Crime Author Sentenced for Murder
A Chinese crime writer who allegedly used murders he committed as inspiration for his novels has been sentenced to death.
Clinton, Spielberg to Adapt Weiss
Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television will bring Elaine Weiss's 'The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote' to TV.
A New Trend is Blooming at Bookstores
How publishing’s floral-print book cover trend came to rule the world’s bookshelves and turn bookstores into flower shops.
Literary FOMO at Goodreads
The website induces a specific kind of fear of missing out—an envy that makes the internet feel like a maelstrom of other people's intellectual prowess.
A List of Top Toronto Indie Stores
'NOW' magazine offers a list of the best independent bookstores in Toronto.
West Virginia Store is Sold
Empire Books & News in Huntington has been acquired by Geek. Inc., which owns several stores in the region.
Florida Store Expands to Second Location
MacIntosh Books & Paper in Sanibel has opened a smaller outlet in nearby Fort Myers.
- 2018 Aug 01
'Everyone Talked with Woodward'
Unlike previous administrations, this White House had no process for making officials available to the reporter, who is working on a new book.
YouTube Stars Turn Viewers Into Readers
A look at the BookTubers making big waves at VidCon, a yearly conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Ancient Public Library Found in Germany
Remains of a grand building that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls has been uncovered in central Cologne.
Is Bigfoot Erotica the Next Big Trend?
The heretofore obscure literary genre has become an unexpected issue in a congressional race. Will bestseller lists be next?
A Graphic Novel for the Undocumented
'The Strange' understands how immigration for those without papers can be frightening, isolating, and rarely straightforward.
Bookstore Helps to Feed Local Community
The Pan African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center in Dallas doubles as a food bank.
Indie Bookstore in California is Closing
After failing to find a buyer, the Larkspur outlet of the California indie chain DIESEL: A Bookstore is closing.
The Texas Panhandle Gets a New Store
An outlet of 2nd and Charles, a media store that sells used books and more, is opening in Lubbock, Texas.
'Today' Show Profiles Brooklyn Indie
Brooklyn bookstore Books are Magic got the star treatment from NBC's flagship morning show.
U.K. Store Uses Special Events as a Lure
The Hayling Island Bookshop in the U.K. town of Portsmouth is drawing customers with its Summer Reading Challenge.
Unique Store Design Reflects the Mind
Sinan Books: Shanghai Sanctum in China has been designed to reflect the "labyrinthine human psyche."
- 2018 Jul 31
LGBT Children's Books
A writer shares some favorite LGBT children's book titles.
Hogwarts and History
A look at the upcoming New York Historical Society exhibition "Harry Potter: A History of Magic."
A look at 21 YA authors.