- 2017 Sep 22
Amazon Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple
The online retail giant is hiring 2,000 more employees over the next three years at a new office in New York City.
U.K.'s PRH Enterprises to Close
The division admitted it has been unable to become a commercially sustainable business. Its director, Jo Edwards, will leave the company this month.
Authors Named for 'Black Mirror' Book
Showrunner Charlie Brooker, who won two Emmys for the show's last season, has announced the writers for its upcoming story collection.
How Marilynne Robinson Finds That Word
The author of 'Housekeeping' and 'Gilead' on the exploratory nature of writing and how to find the mot juste.
The Wildes Were Wild for Women in Slacks
How Constance and Oscar Wilde helped get women into trousers—one giant leap for womankind.
- 2017 Sep 21
How Self-Publishers Game Amazon
In a legal action demanding arbitration, Amazon has neatly summarized how its book rankings can be gamed.
Chad Harbach Hit with Plagiarism Suit
A former Division III college baseball player claims 'The Art of Fielding' rips off his unpublished work.
Lillian Ross Dies at 99
The literary journalism pioneer wrote in a tone that was acutely observant, intimate, and amused, which helped to shape the 'New Yorker' of today.
Booksellers More than Match Binc's Goal
ABA members, as well as publishers, have donated far more than the $5,000 needed to match Binc's hurricane relief efforts.
J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Hobbit' at 80
It was deemed "juvenile trash" when first published, but the book, much more than a childish prequel to 'The Lord of the Rings,' still shapes fantasy today.
- 2017 Sep 20
John Green's Brother Gets a Book Deal
Dutton will publish YouTube star Hank Green's debut novel, 'An Absolutely Remarkable Thing,' in fall 2018.
How Gucci Mane Wrote a Book
The rapper had been working on a memoire before he was released from jail in May of last year, he explains in an interview with 'Vulture.'
Indonesian Women's Feminist Zines
In the age of social media, zines have become a preferred medium of expression and communication for women in Indonesia.
How Mark Twain Hurt Palestine
Did 'The Innocents Abroad,' the most famous 19th-century account of Palestine, deal lasting damage to the region's reputation?
Truman Capote's Dirty Laundry
The surviving chapters of his lost last novel, 'Answered Prayers,' feature real people and real gossip—but what happened to the rest?
- 2017 Sep 19
Bill O'Reilly's Next 'Killing' Book
The disgraced former Fox News host's 'Killing England' releases today. Will it climb the charts despite the negative press?
What's Up With 'Good Omens'?
'Entertainment Weekly' lays out the ins and outs of Amazon's upcoming literary adaptation of the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett apocalypse satire.
Accessing Africa Through Sci-Fi
Author Deji Bryce Olukotun writes about making the shift to genre fiction and imagining the future of Nigeria.
Finally Reading Maxine Hong Kingston
Angela Chen on why she avoided the 'The Woman Warrior' for 26 years and what happened when she gave in.
30 Lost English Words
A team of linguists at the University of York has excavated 30 “lost” words from the English language.
- 2017 Sep 18
'The Handmaid's Tale' Takes the Emmy
Hulu took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the pilot of its Margaret Atwood novel adaptartion.
Dana Spiotta Wins $50K Prize
Dana Spiotta, author of four novels including 'Innocents and Others,' is the winner of this year's St. Francis College literary prize.
A Big 'NYT' Book Review Mix-Up
The 'Times' is taking heat over a correction for its review of Vanessa Grigoriadis's new book on campus sexual assault.
Jailed Turkish Writer's Pre-Trial Essay
On the eve of his trial, the novelist Ahmet Altan describes how his imagination has sustained him through his imprisonment.
Liu Xiaobo’s Last Text
The 'New York Review of Books' has published the last work by the Nobel Peace Prize–winning Chinese literary critic, poet, and human rights activist.
- 2017 Sep 15
Dahl's Charlie Was Meant to Be Black
In an interview, Roald Dahl’s widow said that his agent dissuaded him from making the 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' hero a black boy.
New GRMM Adaptation Is Flying Along
Things are looking very good for Syfy's upcoming TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's sci-fi horror tale 'Nightflyers.'
Hemingway, Cuban Capitalist Tool
The likeness of America's literary hero is being used to sell tourism in Havana, making him big business in a country most Americans can't visit.
Just Look At Danielle Steel's Desk
See the 71-year-old typewriter she used to write 163 books, along with her custom-made desk shaped like—what else—a few of her best-sellers.
Can We Speed-Read Our Way to Happiness?
Testing out a new app that promises to make you informed and intellectual in just 15 minutes per book.
- 2017 Sep 14
The NBA Nonfiction Longlist
Contenders for the National Book Award for Nonfiction include previous poetry category finalist Kevin Young and 'New Yorker' writer David Grann.
J.P. Donleavy Dies at 91
The expatriate American author, whose 1955 novel 'The Ginger Man' shook up the literary world, died on Monday at a hospital near his home in Ireland.
Booksellers Keep Up Harvey Relief
The bookselling industry continues its Hurricane Harvey relief efforts after Irma battered the Southeast U.S.
Eileen Myles Combats Capitalism with Art
With a new generation of fans from Twitter and 'Transparent,' the legendary artist is basking in her latest literary renaissance.
'What Happened' to the Reviews?
Amazon has deleted hundreds of one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book. It now holds a 4.9-star rating.
- 2017 Sep 13
The NBA Poetry Longlist
Contenders for the National Book Award for Poetry include a five-time nominee and three debut collections.
A Trump-Russia Connection Book Deal
In March, Twelve will release a book on Russia and Trump, tentatively titled 'The Russian Connection,' by Michael Isikoff and David Corn.
Houston's Still a Poet’s City
Before Hurricane Harvey and after, Texas's biggest metropolis is as much a poetry town as a petroleum town.
AMC Series on Black Lives Matter Book
AMC is developing a drama based on Wesley Lowery’s bestselling nonfiction book 'They Can’t Kill Us All.'
Danny Strong on His Salinger Biopic
Now that he's profiled the 'Catcher in the Rye' author in film form, the 'Buffy: The Vampire Slayer' veteran wants to write a Trump movie.
- 2017 Sep 12
Hillary Explains 'What Happened'
In her new book, Hillary Clinton opens up with candor, defiance, and dark humor, Jennifer Senior writes for the 'New York Times.'
'Handbook for Mortals' Author's Defense
Lani Sanem says she didn't game the 'New York Times' bestseller list—and believes all the steps she took are well within the rules.
Plagiarism and a Canadian Poet Laureate
Poetry sleuth Ira Lightman says the late Pierre DesRuisseaux’s 'Tranches de vie' plagiarized Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas, and Tupac.
Why No Sci-Fi Writer Predicted the Web
Game-changing real-world discoveries defy prediction, Lawrence Krauss writes for 'Slate.'
The Ascetic Insight of W. S. Merwin
After escaping the anxiety of influence, the poet discovered an elemental poetry that has deepened his art form by extracting its essence.
- 2017 Sep 11
Len Wein Dies at 69
The influential comic book writer and editor co-created characters including Swamp Thing and Wolverine.
Cats Ride Out Irma in Hemingway's Home
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, buffeted by Hurricane Irma, provides a sanctuary to 54 polydactyl cats.
‘Amazon Effect’ Goes Beyond Business
Huge e-commerce companies using the internet to sell things for cheap is likely to be one of the biggest forces in our lives.
Ten Years Without a Book Deal
A writer explains her dedication to becoming a published author—and how her approach has changed over the last decade.
10 Books That Were Written on a Bet
From 'Frankenstein' to 'Green Eggs and Ham,' books and stories that wouldn’t have existed without a wager.
- 2017 Sep 08
Regnery vs. the Bestseller Heavyweight
Is the conservative book publisher’s protest of the 'New York Times' bestsellers list just a stunt?
With DACA Rescinded, Poets Respond
24 poets answer the Trump administration's announcement about the proposed repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Clinton Kicks Off Book Tour in New York
Hillary Clinton's new memoir about the 2016 election, 'What Happened,' will launch on September 12 at the B&N in Union Square.
Toni Morrison's 'Beloved,' 30 Years On
Three decades later, the book still has the capacity to cut to the heart of the pain and pride of the black experience in America.
Authors and Their Modern Loves
Can placing a piece in the 'New York Times' Modern Love column—the aspiring memoirist's 'American Idol'—change a writer's life?
- 2017 Sep 07
YA for Fall
Upcoming YA books for Fall.
Best YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi for Fall
Fall YA sci-fi and fantasy.
Best Children's Books for Fall
Upcoming middle grade and children's books.
A Chat with E. Lockhart.
An interview with E. Lockhart.
Activist Picture Books
Books for activists.
E.B. White's Farm for Sale
E.B. White's farm is for sale for the first time since the author's death.
Libba Bray on 'Lord of the Flies'
Libba Bray weighs in on the new "Lord of the Flies" remake.
A look at upcoming movie adaptations of books.
The Restrictions of Reading Levels
An article argues against the labeling of books with reading levels.
Bilingual Children's Books
A look at bilingual children's books.
And the Finalists Are...
The Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards finalists are announced.
John Green Excerpt
An excerpt from John Green's new book.
Books and Games for Houston Kids
A look at the work Save the Children is doing to help kids in shelters after Harvey.
The Enduring 'Born Confused'
A look at the lasting impact of Tanuja Desai Hidier's "Born Confused."
An Ode to Louis Sachar
A writer praises the work of Louis Sachar.
Léna Roy on L'Engle Bio
Léna Roy on "Becoming Madeleine," which she wrote with her sister.
A Meeting of Minds
A conversation between Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson.
A look at the origins of Pooh.
'Goodnight Moon' Turns 70
An article on the legacy of "Goodnight Moon."
Social Media and Newbery
A Newbery Committee member has to step down after breaking a social media rule.
Twain Book Backstory
The backstory behind “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine."
Controversy Over Puberty Book
Remaining copies of "Growing Up for Boys" will be pulped after controversy.
A Gift from James Patterson
James Patterson donates to school libraries.
Amazon Looks for a Second Home
The e-tailer plans to open a second headquarters in North America, and is soliciting pitches from cities and states for what it calls HQ2.
Kate Millett Dies at 82
Kate Millett, whose 1970 book, 'Sexual Politics,' made her “the principal theoretician of the women’s liberation movement,” died on Wednesday in Paris.
Steinbeck Stepdaughter Wins $13M Suit
A federal jury in L.A. awarded John Steinbeck's stepdaughter the sum in a suit claiming the author's relatives impeded adaptations of his books.
Who Is Stealing Bukowski and Kerouac?
At Porter Square Books, volumes by the writers disappeared so often that the staff set up a display of the “Most Frequently Stolen Books.”
The Last Printer on Printers Row
Chicago was once the book manufacturing capital of the country. Then all the printers left—except for one, thanks to a single beer served in 1982.
- 2017 Sep 06
Video Game Writers Can Win the Nebula
Video game writers will henceforth be eligible for the Nebula Award, one of the highest honors in science fiction and fantasy writing.
Kobo Is Now Selling Audiobooks
Kobo has just launched an audiobook bookstore that sells audiobooks individually and also provides them on a subscription basis.
Casey Affleck to Star in 'Stoner'
Following an Oscar victory, Affleck is set to star in a film based on the novel of the same name by John Williams.
Frank Bidart’s Poetry of the Unsaid
In Bidart’s poetry—which meditates on the gay body, in childhood and adulthood—empathy, like hope, is an act of the imagination.
Reading Along with College Lit Courses
A roundup of ten of this year's best college courses focusing on literature and their reading lists.
- 2017 Sep 05
Naggar Calls for a Price Drop in Books
Amazon’s publishing chief, David Naggar, has said publishers should slash their e-book prices to sell more books.
John Ashbery’s Convex Mirror
Yes, the poet’s work was difficult. But he was great because everyone found his work just as difficult as you did, Katy Waldman writes for 'Slate.'
AbeBooks Is Back Online
The Amazon-owned rare and vintage bookseller is back online after a technical issue took down all of its sites and online services for two days.
The Ubiquitous Billy Bookcase
On the significance of the economy-shaping, library-defining IKEA bookcase and how it has changed the world of furniture.
Green Apple Books Turns 50
Tomorrow, the San Francisco bookselling mainstay will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
- 2017 Sep 04
An article takes a close look at the work of several famous children's book illustrators.
- 2017 Sep 01
Susand Vreeland Dies at 71
The author of a string of novels about artists, several of which became bestsellers, died in San Diego on August 23.
B&N Shares Surge Over Buyout Speculation
Shares of the brick and mortar bookseller soared nearly 7% Thursday on a report that it was mulling going private.
Twitter Boots Bourdain Book Imprint
Anthony Bourdain's account tweeted the title of one of its new releases—which contains a curse word.
Literary Detectives' Food Obsessions
From Hercule Poirot to Nero Wolfe, what it meant to be a “foodie” in a world of crime.
LeVar Burton Reads—to Adults
The podcast 'LeVar Burton Reads' was initially conceived as 'Reading Rainbow' for grownups.
Book-to-Film Adaptations Still to Come
From 'Murder on the Orient Express' to 'Tulip Fever,' browse the 18 page-to-screen outings to expect for the rest of the year.