- 2018 Feb 21
Mamet Turns to Crime
In his first crime novel, David Mamet resurrects a vanished version of his hometown, Chicago.
Victorian Literature Had More Women
A study finds that the proportion of female authors and characters both fell after 19th century.
The Nine Circles of Linguistic Hell
A list of Dante's nine circles of hell, reimagined for linguistic transgressions. (Autocorrect? That's Limbo.)
An Ode to the Personal Writing Outlet
Why so many writers are choosing to share some work for free, and how writing for yourself can be both joyful and intimate.
In Praise of Unfinished Novels
Some novels left unfinished by authorial death are also some of those writers' most interesting works.
Penguin Plans Women-only Pop-up Shop
Penguin in the UK is launching a pop-up bookshop in March stocked exclusively with books by women authors.
Michigan Store Moves and Takes New Name
Battle Creek Books in Michigan is moving to the town of Marshall and renaming itself to Mitten Word Bookshop.
Ohio Bookstore to Move and Expand
Raven Books in Springfield, Ohio, which sells new and used books, is moving to a new location five times larger.
Connecticut Bookstore Finds New Owners
The Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford, Conn., which was on the verge of closing, has been sold.
Cruise Ship Bookstore Steams into Mexico
MV Logos Hope, a cruise ship that hosts a Christian bookstore, continues its world tour.
- 2018 Feb 20
'The E-Book Is a Stupid Product'
Hachette Group CEO Arnaud Nourry maligns the e-book in an interview about the future of digital publishing.
Sarajevo Slights Orhan Pamuk
The Nobel laureate was to be named an honorary citizen of the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital, but the decision was reversed suddenly.
The War on Black-Owned Bookstores
At the height of the Black Power movement, the FBI targeted the unlikeliest of public enemies: black indie booksellers.
On Curating Rare Books
In his 47 years at the Boston Atheneum, Stanley Cushing has handled every kind of book imaginable—including one bound with its author's skin.
How to Grow a Reading Series
The founder of Orlando's Functionally Literate reading program shares its history and some thoughts.
- 2018 Feb 16
All Men, All the Time
A former literary editor for 'Esquire' remembers the publishing and media worlds before the #metoo movement.
'Mockingbird' Comes to Broadway
Jeff Daniels has been cast as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway-bound adaptation of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Literary Feuds, Ranked
Rounding up 25 showdowns between authors, from Colson Whitehead versus Richard Ford to Hemingway versus, well, everybody.
The Bright Future of Queer Lit
Sure, 'A Little Life' is popular, but if you’re looking for nuance and depth and even a little hope, don’t snub a good YA novel.
The Best Finds in Old Books
'Atlas Obscura' readers shared hundreds of stories about their surprising discoveries found between the pages of books.
- 2018 Feb 15
James Dashner Dropped by Literary Agent
Maze Runner series author James Dashner, facing allegations of sexual misconduct, has been dropped by Michael Bourret.
Dohle Believes in Literary Fiction
The CEO of Penguin Random House believes that literary fiction has a bright future, just like publishing.
'Seuss' Comes to the Big Screen
The life of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss will be coming to theaters, with Stephen Chbosky set to direct the film as his follow-up to 'Wonder.'
And Other Stories Goes Full Feminist
The publishing company from Sheffield, England, is only publishing female authors in 2018.
A Romance Writer's Guide to Hot Consent
The debate within romance over how to handle the question of consent is much more nuanced than outsiders ever seem to grasp.
New Bookstore Opens in Florida
Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro opened in Fernandina Beach, Fla., this week.
American Turns New Page in Hong Kong
An Atlanta lawyer moved to Hong Kong and opened a used bookstore, Bleak House Books.
- 2018 Feb 14
Samuel French Reopens in London
Theatre bookshop Samuel French has found a new home in London's Royal Court theatre a year after rent hikes forced it to close.
What to Do With Those Books
Suggestions for how to deal with books written by authors who have been accused of assault, racism, or other inappropriate or illegal behaviors.
Make a Book Fort of Your Life
Why you should surround yourself with more books than you'll ever have time to read. (An overstuffed bookcase says good things about your mind.)
Drizzt Do'Urden Returns to the Page
Author R.A. Salvatore is continuing his now-classic 'Dungeons & Dragons' spinoff story about a renegade dark elf with 'Timeless.'
Literature's 30 Worst Couples
For Valentine's Day, a list of the worst lovers in all of literature. (Oedipus and Jocasta, shocking approximately no one, make the cut.)
- 2018 Feb 13
New Foucault Published in France
'Confessions of the Flesh,' published against the late Michel Foucault's wishes, turns its attention to medieval Europe.
A New James Bond Novel
'Forever and a Day' is Anthony Horowitz’s second venture, authorized by the Fleming estate, into 007 terrain—and it's a prequel.
Amanda Palmer on Judy Blume
The musician explains the story behind her new video celebrating Blume’s 80th birthday.
Young Women's Love Stories Are Serious
Why do young women continue to feel embarrassed about writing “feminine” fiction? It's time we take their stories seriously.
A Guide to Speed-Dating Romance Novels
How to find the perfect romance novel for you, whether you're a history nerd or a reality TV buff.
Brooklyn's McNally Jackson is Now Open
McNally Jackson's outpost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn covers two floors and stocks more than 35,000 titles.
Raleigh Store is a Community Hub
North Carolina children's bookstore Read With Me is an important gathering place for local artists and authors.
- 2018 Feb 12
Sexual Harassment in Kids' Lit
Twitter lit up this past weekend with a conversation surrounding abuse in the children's book community—which this piece helped to set off.
Will People Buy E-Books from Walmart?
Walmart is part of a new strategic alliance with Kobo that will bring Kobo's e-books and audiobooks to the mass merchant. Will it work?
Judy Blume's Advice for Aspiring Writers
On her 80th birthday, some tips from the Queen of Kid Lit on how to keep on writing.
A Brilliant Batch of Black Books
These new and upcoming works by African-American authors will give you life in these perilous times.
Márquez Down South
On Gabriel García Márquez’s 1960s family road trip through the Southern states of the union, from Maryland all the way to Louisiana.
- 2018 Feb 09
ABA Announces 2018 Board Candidates
The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors has approved the nominations of four new potential board members.
Sebastian Barry, Irish Fiction Laureate
The novelist succeeds Anne Enright in the three-year role promoting Irish literature and its formidable generations of writers.
Lorraine Hansberry, Radical
A new documentary highlights how the playwright took full advantage of her talents to advance mid-century civil rights.
Under the Covers
From Ovid and Baudelaire to Nabokov and Roth, some of the most seminal texts in literary history are among its most erotic—and their covers are now iconic.
Literary Bars and Cafés Worldwide
Rounding up 35 literary watering holes in 35 cities across the world. Which one would you visit?
Illinois Store Adds Second Location
Books on the Square in Virden, Ill., has opened a new store in Springfield.
Austin's Anarchist, Activist Bookstores
Monkeywrench Books and Brave New Books in Austin, Tex., which focus on anti-establishment titles, are thriving.
Indiana Christian Store Chain is Growing
Indiana-based Tree of Life Bookstores, which runs 20 Christian university bookstores, is investing and adding jobs.
Oregon Store Seeking Funds for Revival
The new owners of North by Northwest Books in Lincoln City, Ore., are raising funds on Kickstarter to renovate.
- 2018 Feb 08
Software Uncovers the Bard's Source
Plagiarism software has unveiled an unpublished manuscript researchers believe Shakespeare consulted for 11 of his plays.
A New Director for the ABFE
The American Booksellers Association has promoted David Grogan to director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression.
Comey's Memoir Is Coming Sooner
Flatiron Books, which will publish former FBI Director James Comey's memoir, has moved up the book's release date to April 17.
Diversifying Your Book Shelf
Is your reading list looking a little monochrome? Here's a list of 15 books to help you broaden your horizons.
Women Writers You’ve Been Overlooking
The YA shelves of every bookstore in America piled high and bright with novels that tell the stories of teenage girlhood.
Denver Children's Store is Growing
Second Star from the Right bookstore in Denver is moving and tripling in size.
Popular London Jewish Bookstore Closes
Joseph’s Bookstore and Café in Barnet is closing at the end of March after 25 years in business.
Chicago Store is Crowdfunding Capital
Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago is trying to raise $60,000 on Indiegogo to pay off debt and cover expenses.
- 2018 Feb 07
Claribel Alegría Dies at 93
The poet, who wrote of the harsh realities of Central American life and the search for identity and hope, died on January 25 in the Nicaraguan capital.
University Presses Deserve Protection
University presses have seen shrinking sales to libraries and are under threat of losing state subsidies. That's a bad thing.
Famous Readers’ Borrowing Records
Taking a peek at records from a private New York library, which show, for instance, when Alexander Hamilton checked out Goethe.
In Praise of the Small Town Library
In rural Pennsylvania, four bookshelves may prove to be a passport to the rest of the world.
An Education Through Earthsea
Ursula Le Guin’s fiction explored the ultimate fantasy—of self-discovery and the power that comes with it.
Chinese Bookstore Offers Bibliotherapy
JIC Books in Shanghai is promoting the concept of therapy through reading and hosts live bibliotherapy sessions.
New Bookstore Opens in Georgia
Another Chapter has opened in Cumming, Ga., where Humpus Bumpus bookstore closed last year.
America's Only Romance-Only Bookstore
Ripped Bodice bookstore in Los Angeles is thriving nearly two years after opening with $91,000 raised on Kickstarter.
Texas Bookstore Mines a Rich Niche
Resistencia Bookstore in Austin has focused on Latino, Chicano, and Native American literature since 1983.
Michigan Store Emphasizes Community
Literati Bookstore, open since 2013, has become an important part of Ann Arbor's literary scene.
- 2018 Feb 06
Amazon's Audiobook Shake-Up
Audible’s pursuit of more audiobook publishing rights could squeeze traditional book publishers in the fastest-growing segment of the market.
'Silent Invasion' to Finally Hit Shelves
Rejected three times due to fear of Beijing, a controversial book on China's secret influence will finally be published.
Are Amazon Warehouses Helping Anyone?
A study has found that counties home to the e-tailer's warehouses don't show broad job growth in the two years after their opening.
Exhuming the "Shitty Media Men" List
How a crowdsourced list of alleged predators in the media and publishing industries set off months of #MeToo debate.
A DACA Poet Speaks Out
The story behind one Dreamer's life in America and the poetry he has produced.
China Confirms Arrest of H.K. Bookseller
China has arrested Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong bookseller critical of the government.
Bratislava Expat Bookstore Survives
Next Apache bookstore has survived 13 years selling English-language books in Bratislava.
Shanghai Indie Store Ends 20 Year Run
Jifeng Bookstore, one of the most beloved independent bookstores in Shanghai, has closed.
New Jersey Store Celebrates Opening
The Book House, a new bookstore in Millburn, N.J., celebrated its soft opening last week.
Downtown Los Angeles Bookstore to Close
Caravan Book Store, an antiquarian bookstore in Los Angeles, is closing after 64 years in business.
- 2018 Feb 05
EBRD Prize Reveals Inaugural Shortlist
The €20,000 literature prize's first finalists including titles from Turkey, Croatia, Russia, Albania, and Lebanon.
Updike's Rabbit Novels Optioned for TV
BBC Worldwide–backed producer Lookout Point has secured the rights to John Updike’s Rabbit novels.
Lisa Halliday—The Next Philip Roth?
The author's debut novel is drawing comparisons to Roth's work, though not for the reasons you might think.
The Strange Life of 'Frankenstein'
After 200 years, are we ready for the twisted truth about Mary Shelley’s novel?
Don DeLillo’s Nuclear Football
No novel nails the omnipresent violence of football better than 'End Zone,' Don DeLillo’s second novel, published in 1972.
Wisconsin Town Wants a Bookstore
The mayor of Beaver Dam, Wis., is looking for an entrepreneur to open a bookstore in her town.
Actress Cancels Bookstore Appearances
Rose McGowan has cancelled all readings for her new book 'Brave' after a confrontation in a Manhattan Barnes & Noble.
Ng is Indie Bookstore Day Ambassador
Celeste Ng is the official author ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day 2018, taking place April 28.
Quebec Indie to Add New Location
La Librarie de Verdun, outside Montreal, is opening a second location in nearby Lachine.
Japanese Chain Expands in Texas
Kinokuniya is opening a bookstore in the Houston suburb of Katy. It will be the company's fourth store in Texas.
- 2018 Feb 02
Hubbub Over New Man Booker Rule
Publishers have signed a letter urging the Man Booker Prize organizers to reverse the decision allowing U.S. authors to enter.
Bezos Joins the Health Care Game
Amazon is partnering with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase on health care. Can it do for that sector what it did to books?
A Writer’s Ever-Controversial Past
Peter Matthiessen's nephew writes of the author's notorious relationship with the 'Paris Review' and the C.I.A.
The Art of Unpacking a Library
How to pack and unpack one's books, which, "because it is essentially chaotic, is a creative act," writes Alberto Manguel.
A Psychic Tells Publishing's Future
What's the future of books? A psychic at Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice tells us straight.
- 2018 Feb 01
Existential Children's Books
A look at picture books that ask existential questions.
TV Series That Were Kids' Books
Five TV series that are based on children's books.
YA Fantasies of 2018
A look at upcoming YA fantasies.
Best 2017 LGBTQ YA
A look at LGBTQ YA books.