- 2018 Oct 16
'Her Body and Other Parties' Heads to TV
FX is developing an anthology series based on the book by Carmen Maria Machado.
Authors Laud the Libraries They Love
12 authors wax poetic on their local public library or share a memory of a library from their past.
A New Language is Born Down Under
Millennial aboriginal Australians have developed their own language, spoken only by Warlpiri under 35.
Kiese Laymon Knows His Book is Raw
A profile of the Southern writer on the occasion of the publication of his painful new memoir, 'Heavy.'
A Century of Books: The 1910s
Ten books that defined the second decade of the 20th Century, the second entry in a new series from 'Literary Hub.'
Taiwan's Estlite Expands to Japan
Eslite bookstore chain in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China will open a new store in Tokyo next year.
Canada's Oldest Kids Store Turns 40
Woozles children's bookstore in Halifax is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Wisconsin Store Hosts Rock Opera
'Antiology,' a new rock opera by author Dana Spiotta, debuted at Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company last week.
W.H. Smith to Close Six Shops
The British retailer with more than 600 locations is closing six underperforming stores.
B&N to Close a Store in Seattle
The West Seattle location of Barnes & Noble, the largest store in the neighborhood, is closing this January.
- 2018 Oct 15
'Up-lit' Gives Publishers Hope
A "hopeful" novel about an elderly woman who adopts a dog heralded a flood of feelgood fiction at Frankfurt.
World Editions Scoops Two by Condé
The indie publisher has snapped up two books by Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé, newly crowned winner of the "Alternative Nobel."
From Wattpad Novel to Hulu Show
The path Zoe Aarsen's 'Light As a Feather' took to TV wasn't quite the normal route—though if Wattpad gets its way, it might soon be.
A Century of Books: The 1900s
Ten books that defined the first decade of the 20th Century, the first entry in a new series from 'Literary Hub.'
Haruki Murakami once became a DJ on a Japanese radio station for one night. Here's the music he played for listeners.
London Travel Bookstore to Move
London's iconic travel bookstore, Stanfords, is moving for the first time in 117 years.
Fundraising Saves an Oregon Bookstore
Tsunami Books in Eugene, Ore., raised more than $300,000 to secure a new lease after its rent was doubled.
Bookstore in a Bus Tours Japan
Value Books, an online used bookstore, is touring a "Book Bus" around Japan.
Oklahoma Bookstore to Close
Another Chapter in Owasso, Okla., is closing after two years in business.
Philly's New Shakespeare & Co. Impresses
The Shakespeare & Co. bookstore that opened in Philadelphia last week features impressive amenities.
- 2018 Oct 12
'Shitty Media Men' List Creator Sued
Writer Stephen Elliott leveled a $1.5 million suit against Moira Donegan for creating the list, which names him as an alleged rapist.
TV Writers Who Began as Novelists
Megan Abbott, Amelia Gray, and Charles Yu are now part of the crews creating, respectively, 'The Deuce,' 'Maniac,' and 'Westworld.'
How Indigo Plans to Compete with Amazon
The Canadian bookstore chain thinks it can make headway in the U.S. with its exclusive products and its "store within a store" model.
Why Are Wizards Addicted to Academia?
The best fantasy debut of 2018 has a problem: It was also the best fantasy debut of 2009. (And 2007. And 1997, 1985, 1982, and 1968.)
Cohen Criticizes West From the Grave
Before he died, Leonard Cohen wrote a poem called "Kanye West Is Not Picasso," which is included in Cohen's new posthumous collection.
- 2018 Oct 11
Whitehead Turns to Jim Crow
Colson Whitehead will explore the dark history of a boys' reform school under Jim Crow in his next book, 'The Nickel Boys.'
Literary "He Said, She Said"
'New Yorker' writer Katy Waldman takes a look at one year of the #MeToo movement in the book world.
Why Pickup Artists Are Reading Ovid
The “Red Pill” community online frequently appropriates ancient classic literature as justification for their beliefs.
Buying Books Won't Save the Indies
An independent bookshop owner explains why purchases alone can’t keep small stores afloat—and what to do instead.
Behind the Author’s Photo
Beowulf Sheehan, the master of the literary portrait, shares moments from photographing Margaret Atwood, Elie Wiesel, and more.
- 2018 Oct 10
Pa. Prison E-Book Policy Turns Heads
Pennsylvania prisons sell inmates e-books via private contractor...but they can be expensive.
The Rise of Feminist Dystopian Fiction
A growing wave of female-centered sci-fi is raising uncomfortable questions about pervasive gender inequality.
Home Libraries Confer Long-Term Benefits
A large new study finds people who grew up in book-filled homes have higher reading, math, and technological skills.
Some Sartre With Your Kids' Lit?
This classic children's fantasy series secretly brought existentialist philosophy into American homes.
A Taste of Pastry Murder Mysteries
Inside bestselling author Joanne Fluke’s addictive book series, where food is the main character.
- 2018 Oct 09
Swedish Academy Adds Two After Scandal
The body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature has expanded as part of efforts to rebuild the institution.
Indigo Makes U.S. Debut
The largest bookstore chain in Canada has opened its first-ever store in the United States
U.K. Library Hours Slashed
New research reveals that British libraries that avoided closure after funding cuts have significantly reduced their public opening times.
Gyllenhal to Adapt Ferrante
Golden Globe winner Maggie Gyllenhaal has acquired film rights to author Elena Ferrante’s novel 'The Lost Daughter.'
New Words for Film Freaks
The Oxford English Dictionary has added a bunch of nerdy words for film critics, from "diegetic" to "Kubrickian."
- 2018 Oct 05
Super Thursday Gets Bigger
The first Thursday in October is now a publishing touchstone in the U.K., where 544 new books hoping to be Christmas hits were released yesterday.
NYC Reading Lists Are Very White
Roughly 90% of stories and books commonly used in New York City public schools were written by white authors, a new report has found.
The Rise of the Feminist Dystopia
A spate of women-authored speculative fiction imagines detailed worlds of widespread infertility, criminalized abortion, and flipped power dynamics.
John Wray’s Clubhouse
The novelist made his Brooklyn brownstone into a genuine writers’ colony. Then he wrote a book about a female American Taliban.
Shakespeare Play As Personality Test
Figure out your personality problems according to the DSM (Diagnostic Shakespeare Manual).
Queens Bookstore Reaches Milestone
Kew & Willow Books in Kew Gardens, opened by a former B&N manager, is celebrating its first anniversary.
A Chicago Bookstore Cocktail Kickstarter
Athenaeum, a new membership bookstore and library in Chicago, launched a Kickstarter to fund a cocktail book.
San Fran Store's Second Half of Century
Green Apple Books in San Francisco is turning 51 this month and celebrating.
Publisher Promotions for Indies First
Publishers announce special promotions for Indies First on Small Business Saturday, to be held on November 24.
Alaskans Appreciate Their New Bookstore
'Bookselling This Week' profiles The Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe, which opened in Anchorage in January.
- 2018 Oct 04
Amazon Raise Comes With a Catch
The e-tailer's warehouse workers will lose bonuses and stock awards in order to receive $15-per-hour wages. Will they actually see gains?
The Price of Springer's Chinese Bargain
Editors of the book series Transcultural Research part ways with Springer Nature over concerns about censorship in China.
Netflix Opens C.S. Lewis's Wardrobe
The streaming giant will develop a new series and other film projects based on the Chronicles of Narnia.
Oscar Wilde, Late Hotelier
The writer's former London pied-à-terre will reopen in December as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel. (Perhaps guests will find a portrait in the attic.)
John Ashbery's Penchant for Bricolage
Over the course of his life, the giant of 20th-century American poetry won nearly every major literary award. He also made lots of collages.
Louisiana Bookstore is Being Sold
Alexander Books in Lafayette, La., is for sale. The store has been open for 29 years.
California to Lose a Bookstore
Books Inc. in Burlingame, Calif., is closing after 17 years in business.
Oregon Bookstore Changes Hands
A new owner is taking over the Paulina Springs Books store in Sisters, Ore., which has been open for more than 25 years.
Indie Bookstore Opens in San Diego
Run for Cover, a new independent bookstore, has opened in Ocean Beach, Calif.
Specialty Bookstore Opens in Ontario
King West Books, a store specializing in art, design, and children's books, has opened in Hamilton, Ontario.
- 2018 Oct 03
The Cost of the Nobel's Ugly Descent
What the dissolution of the Nobel Prize in Literature will cost publishers, authors, and readers in 2018.
Amazon Ramps Up Genre Adaptations
The e-tailer's streaming arm has signed a big deal with Neil Gaiman and commissioned an adaptation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
BBC National Short Story Award Winner
Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud’s story “The Sweet Sop” has been chosen from an all-female shortlist.
Diane Williams’s Goes Big
One of the prevailing masters of the very short story has a very big new book coming out.
Reading to Be a Good Man
What a Swedish professor learned from a month spent reading the feminist classics.
B&N's Latest Concept Opens in Illinois
Barnes & Noble has opened another of its new prototype stores in Vernon Hills, Ill., with updated fixtures and layout.
Accessibility Adds to Store Profits
Author Nicola Griffiths argues that increasing accessibility at bookstores can boost profits by as much as 25%.
Pop-up Kids Store Opening in N. Carolina
Wonderland Bookshop, a new popup childrens bookstore, will open in Greensboro, N.C., on October 18.
Connecticut Loses a Rare Book Store
On the Road Bookshop, a used and rare store in Canton, Ct., is closing after 42 years in business.
Montana Store Hits Two Year Milestone
This House of Books, a cooperative bookstore in Billings, Mt., is celebrating its second anniversary.
- 2018 Oct 02
Amazon Raises Minimum Wage
The e-tailer, which has faced pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its U.S. minimum wage to $15 per hour next month.
Gifford Prize Shortlist Announced
Four American and two British authors are in the running for the 2018 Ballie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.
A YA GN's Hard Look at Addiction
Author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka's graphic novel 'Hey, Kiddo,' aimed at young adults, takes a personal look at the opioid crisis.
An AI Goes Full Jack Kerouac
A computer has written a “novel” narrating its own cross-country road trip.
R.L. Stine to Pen New GN Series
The 'Goosebumps' author, a comic book creator in his early years, will debut an original graphic novel series, 'Just Beyond,' for Boom! Studios.
Kentucky Store to Stay Open, Go Co-op
A fundraiser has saved the Wild Fig bookstore in Lexington, Ky., from closing. It will now transition into a cooperative.
German Chain Expands in Berlin
Hugendubel will open a new store on the posh Ttauentzienstrasse in Berlin, a street it had abandoned some years ago.
Former Chicago Store Owner Seeks Buyer
Iris Yipp, who sold the Magic Tree Bookstore in 2015, hopes for "someone who has the dedication" to buy the store, again up for sale.
Some of the Best Stores South of L.A.
A Los Angeles television station lists three of the top bookstores in Orange, Calif.
- 2018 Oct 01
Nobel Predator Sentenced to Two Years
Jean-Claude Arnault, the man at the center of the Nobel Prize in Literature sex-abuse scandal, has been convicted of rape in Sweden.
Kuwait Steps Up Book Banning
The country's recent literary censors include an encyclopedia with a photo of Michelangelo’s David and Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' tie-in.
Leonard Cohen’s Son on the Final Poems
Almost two years after the musician and poet’s death, Adam Cohen discusses his father’s efforts to finish his last collection, 'The Flame.'
'What If It's Us' Film Rights Nabbed
The young-adult novel, which has attracted a lot of buzz in advance of its publication next month, has already been optioned for the big screen.
How Doctors Use Poetry
A Harvard medical student describes how poetry helps him fulfill his Hippocratic oath.
- 2018 Sep 28
The Backlash to the 'NYRB' Backlash
The fall of 'New York Review of Books' editor-in-chief Ian Buruma over the publication of a controversial #MeToo essay remains polarizing.
Batman Artist Norm Breyfogle Dies
Breyfogle, 58, defined the look of the Caped Crusader in a post–Frank Miller era.
'We Were Never Here' Goes to Hollywood
The Ink Factory and Marc Platt have scooped up rights to the Cold War thriller 'We Were Never Here,' which will be adapted to film or TV.
Pullman Loses His Golden, Subtle Pen
Author Philip Pullman has misplaced a beloved pen with which he handwrote the acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy.
Read Before You Watch
Of the various book-to-film adaptations, these eight titles—including 'If Beale Street Could Talk, and 'The Hate U Give'—are worth reading before watching.
New Hampshire College Store to Close
The bookstore at Dartmouth College, run by Barnes & Noble, will close after its lease was not renewed.
New Bookstore Opens in West Virginia
A New Chapter bookstore has opened in Lewisburg, W.V.
- 2018 Sep 27
Amazon's Anti-Union Tactics Revealed
The e-tailer has made a 45-minute union-busting training video, which was sent to team leaders of its Whole Foods subsidiary last week.
Do We Need Banned Books Week?
'Washington Post' book critic Ron Charles asks if the "shrill and inaccurate" annual celebration still needs to exist.
Wolitzer Heads to Hollywood
Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to 'The Female Persuasion,' an acclaimed best-seller by Meg Wolitzer.
Eric Idle Discusses His New Memoir
For the former Monty Python troupe member, life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true. He still wrote a book about his, though.
Where Maurice Sendak Made His Magic
Sendak died six years ago, but his spirit lingers in every corner of the rambling retreat where he lived and worked for nearly 40 years.
North Carolina to Get a New Store
Wonderland Bookshop, a new store for children's and young adult books, will open in Greensboro in October.
Amazon's Latest Concept Opens in NYC
Amazon has opened a new store in SoHo in Manhattan that sells only items rated highly on its website, including books.
Thai Bookstore Wins Award for Beauty
Open House in Bangkok was selected as the most beautiful bookstore of 2017 at the Asian Bookstore Forum in Chengdu, China.
Chicagoland Children's Bookstore Opens
Booked, a new store for children, has opened in Evanston, Ill.