- 2017 Oct 18
Marian Cannon Schlesinger Dies at 105
The artist, author, and eyewitness to history in the Kennedy White House died on Saturday at her home in Cambridge, Mass.
A New Hamlet for Netflix?
Fresh from his Emmy win for HBO’s 'The Night Of,' Riz Ahmed is setting up a feature role, and it will be one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters.
Ruining Great Books with Technology
Here’s how 25 of the world’s greatest tales would be destroyed by dastardly tech. (Could you imagine James Joyce's 'Ulysses' with autocorrect?)
Lit Camp Looks for a New Home
Mayacamas Ranch, which hosted the writers' conference, was among the properties destroyed in the Wine Country wildfires.
Ten Black Poets Share Their Favorites
Poets including Danez Smith and Yrsa Daley-Ward share their favorite works of poetry that either inspired or changed them for the better.
- 2017 Oct 17
YA Novel Provokes Online Backlash
'American Heart' is the subject of the latest skirmish over representation and diversity in the world of YA literature.
America's Most Popular Playwright
Lauren Gunderson, at 35, has had more than 20 works produced, and is currently the most produced playwright in the U.S.
When David Met Rushdie
How 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' landed Salman Rushdie for a storyline on fatwas.
Asian-American Women Writer Summit
V.V. Ganeshananthan, Porochista Khakpour, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Esmé Weijun Wang discuss writing, activism, and community.
NBC to Reboot ‘Nancy Drew’
A TV series based on the iconic novel series is once again in the works, after CBS attempted such a project last season.
- 2017 Oct 16
Richard Wilbur Dies at 96
The poet, who won two Pulitzer Prizes and served as the national poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass.
Miss. Schools Kill 'Mockingbird'
The Biloxi school district in Mississippi has decided to remove the "uncomfortable" book 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from its junior-high reading list.
Guinness vs. Scholastic
Guinness World Records has claimed that the publisher is trying to steal its business with a 'Book of World Records' similar to Guinness’s books.
Potter Exhibit Sells 30K in Advance
The British Library has revealed that its Harry Potter exhibition has sold more than 30,000 tickets, the most ever for an event of its kind.
On Homelessness at Libraries
What's a library to do about homelessness in what is a decidedly public space?
- 2017 Oct 13
Digital Book World Heads South
Score Publishing, which holds the iBA Conference, has acquired DBW from F+W Media, and will hold its first conference in Nashville in October 2018.
Authors for Indies Returns—With a Twist
The three-year-old event that brought writers into Canadian bookshops to handsell titles for a day will look a lot different next year.
CreateSpace Closes Online Bookstore
The Amazon-owned self-publishing service had let indie authors sell titles through its own store.
An Experimental Computer Poet
Allison Parrish, Twitter bot creater, discusses @everyword, which Tweeted each word in the English language over the course of seven years.
The Cabinet of Dr. Jekyll
This creepy piece of furniture from Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood home inspired 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' years later.
Where the Writers Went to Drink
A list of 12 bars where you can drink your way to literary greatness in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkein, Yukio Mishima, and Dorothy Parker.
- 2017 Oct 12
Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World
After 17 years, the author of the trilogy “His Dark Materials” carries on the story of one of literature’s most indelible heroines.
Toni Morrison’s Vision of Otherness
The history of racism and exclusion in the United States is the history of whiteness, the 'Beloved' author writes in a new book.
The Book That Inspired Woolf's 'Orlando'
Vita Sackville-West’s book about a sprite who meets famous fairytale figures was written in 1922 but will be published now for the first time.
How Stevens Helped Me Understand Brexit
Hidden within Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel 'The Remains of the Day' is a powerful critique of neoliberalism, Alexandra d'Abbadie writes.
Writing On War in Iraq
Author Helen Benedict recommends six important contemporary Iraqi literary voices whose work examines war.
- 2017 Oct 11
Ward and Nguyen, Certified 'Geniuses'
Novelists Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward are among 2017’s recipients of the $625,000 MacArthur Grants.
Alleged Bookstore Killer Arrested in OKC
Oklahoma City police have made an arrest in the killing of the owner of 30 Penn Books.
Shops Offer California Refuge
California bookstores have stepped in to help those affected by the deadly Wine Country wildfires that have forced thousands from their homes.
African Literature and Western Presses
Lately, literary works from and about Africa have achieved commercial prominence in Western markets.
Nancy Perot Opens a Bookstore
With Interabang Books, a story that began 25 years ago gets a happy ending.
- 2017 Oct 10
Great Writers Forgotten By History
Ever heard of Alexander Baron or Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They’re just some of the overlooked authors we need to rediscover.
Fifty Shades of Xi
Scores of books praising President Xi Jinping are being published in China ahead of next week’s political summit.
Nnedi Okorafor is Redefining Fantasy
Some readers have labeled her YA series, Akata, the "Nigerian Harry Potter," as it pushes African-influenced fantasy into the spotlight.
'Walden' Wasn’t Thoreau’s Masterpiece
In his 2-million-word journal, the author discovered how to balance poetic wonder and scientific rigor as he explored the natural world.
Sex and the Single Librarian
One of the frustrations of being a librarian is the occupational stereotyping—even from those who should know better.
- 2017 Oct 06
What’s So “Inscrutable” About Ishiguro?
The author has now won the Nobel Prize. But critics are still struggling to understand him.
Romance Publishing's Diversity Problem
According to a new report, only 7.8 in every 100 books from leading romance publishers in 2016 were written by people of color.
Rupi Kaur Is Kicking Down the Doors
The author of 'Milk and Honey' and 'The Sun and Her Flowers' has used Instagram to beat the publishing industry at its own game.
IBPA on Amazon Buy Buttons
The IBPA has issued a letter laying out its policies and endeavors relating to Amazon's new buy button policy.
The Case for Quebec's Reclusive Author
Réjean Ducharme was brilliant, influential, and mostly invisible to English Canada.
- 2017 Oct 05
On Fairy Tales
Anna-Marie McLemore talks about the importance of reading and creating fairy tales.
The Harry Potter Influence
Ways that Harry Potter has forever changed the world.
Andrew Clements on Writing
Andrew Clements collects buttons and has a copy of "The Wind in the Willows" on his desk.
Rereading Childhood Favorites
A list of 21 favorite children's books to reread as an adult.
Chris Grabenstein Talks Libraries
An interview with author Chris Grabenstein.
Author Adriana Mather on writing about her family's past.
Remembering 'Gay Neck'
On article on Dhan Gopal Mukerji, the first author of color to win the Newbery Medal.
Snowy Day Stamps
New postal stamps feature images from "The Snowy Day."
A Librarian Without a Library
A librarian begins her career in Nigeria.
John Green Party Time!
Booksellers are planning midnight release parties for "Turtles All the Way Down."
Storm Reid on Playing Meg Murry
Actress Storm Reid discusses the significance of starring in the movie adaptation of "A Wrinkle in Time."
History Book Draws Outrage
A Canadian educational workbook has been accused of whitewashing and been removed.
Jill Bialosky Faces Plagiarism Charges
The poet, essayist, and W.W. Norton editor is being accused of plagiarized passages in her new memoir, 'Poetry Will Save Your Life.'
Merkel and Macron to Open Frankfurt
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 10.
'Exorcist' Writer's Home for Sale
Author William Peter Blatty's house is on the market—just in time for Halloween.
Ocean Vuong, War Baby
The fascinating, moving, and war-torn story of the Vietnamese-American former refugee and prize-winning poet.
The Lessons of a Botched Book Review
On Michelle Goldberg's September review of 'Blurred Lines,' a meticulous and complex analysis of sexual assault, for the 'New York Times.'
- 2017 Oct 04
Who Will Win the Nobel Prize in Lit?
Might it be Japanese spaghetti enthusiast Haruki Murakami? Norwegian cigarette smoker Karl Ove Knausgaard? The possibilities are endless.
E.U. to Amazon: Pay Up
The e-tailer has been ordered to repay $295 million in Luxembourg back taxes as the result of a crackdown on unfair tax deals.
Publisher to Recall History Textbook
A Canadian publisher will recall a textbook that claimed that indigenous peoples happily agreed to move for European settlers.
Jeff VanderMeer Lands Two-Book Deal
The 'Annihilation' author, who just signed a new deal with FSG, discusses how his next novel is inspired by our dystopian present.
The Instagram Poet Outselling Homer
Rupi Kaur, author of 'Milk and Honey' and new collection 'The Sun and Her Flowers,' beats out the next-best-selling work of poetry 10 to 1.
- 2017 Oct 03
A selection of witch-focused children's and YA titles.
Philip Pullman's Books
Philip Pullman shares "the books that made me."
R.L. Stine at Home
An interview with R.L. Stine.
Podcasts for Kids
A look at the growing number of podcasts for kids.
NYPL Children's Illustrations
A look at the New York Public Library's collection of children's book illustrations.
Anne Frank Cold Case
A retired FBI agent has opened a cold case review into who facilitated Anne Frank's capture.
An Alarmingly Relevant Read
M.T. Anderson discusses how "Landscape with Invisible Hand" has so eerily captured the current political culture.
World Book Day Celebs
Children's book authors are criticizing World Book Day event lineup for featuring celebrities.
Thank You, But No
A librarian rejects Melania Trump's book donations.
A Rapid Rise and Fall
The story behind the "Handbook for Mortals."
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners
The only international literary peace prize awarded in the U.S. has selected books by Patricia Engel and David Wood as this year's honorees.
Drama Book Shop—a Late Centennial?
The store is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but its owners recently discovered the store may be a year older than they had thought.
Betting Odds on Nobel Prize Shift
The literary betting public have pushed Don DeLillo's odds from 66/1 to 14/1, to rival favorites Haruki Murakami and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.
Seattle's Rep As a Book Town
In the wake of a local closure, independent bookstores are thriving against the odds. But is Seattle still as bookish as it once was?
A Friendship with Philip Larkin
Andrew Motion first came across the poet's work as a schoolboy in the late 1960s—then ended up teaching with him.
- 2017 Oct 02
Nobel Prize in Lit Is Coming
The Swedish Academy says this year’s winner will be announced on Thursday, October 5
S.I. Newhouse Dies at 89
The Condé Nast chairman and former owner of Random House died on Sunday.
Germany’s Bookwire Acquires Brazil’s DLD
Making good on its plans for a Latin American expansion, the e-book distributor has announced a major acquisition.
Donkey-Powered Mobile Libraries
A Zimbabwe nonprofit program is using specially-designed donkey carts to carry books to remote areas.
My 150 Writing Mentors and Me
What interviewing an author a week for several years has taught writer Joe Fassler about finishing his novel.
- 2017 Sep 29
Kit Reed Dies at 85
The prolific novelist and short-story writer of science fiction, fantasy, Southern Gothic, paranormal, and mystery novels, died on Sunday in L.A.
In Search of Lost Bribes
Marcel Proust paid for flattering reviews of 'Swann's Way' to hit the front pages of French newspapers.
The Mind of John McPhee
A deeply private writer reveals his obsessive process in a 'New York Times Magazine' profile.
Kanye West, the New John Donne
On similiarities in the work of West, the "first metaphysical rapper," and the 16th Century poet Donne.
Trump Era: An Accidental Novella
M.T. Anderson, the National Book Award–winning author, talks to 'EW' about his prescient new book, 'Landscape with Invisible Hand.'
- 2017 Sep 28
Books Make Better Gifts
A list of occasions for book-giving.
YA for 'Gossip Girl' Fans
Ten books for readers who love Gossip Girl.
Transgender YA Characters
A look at YA books featuring transgender main characters.
Peter Rabbit Origins
A first look at the upcoming "Peter Rabbit" movie.
The Evolution of 'The Antlered Ship'
A look at the early stages of Dashka Slater's "The Antlered Ship," illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan.
'Goodnight Moon' Lessons
Celeste Ng on how "Goodnight Moon" informs her writing.
Best Banned Books
Authors share memorable banned or challenged books.
Banned Books Week Picks
A selection of challenged children's books.
Let's Talk About Sex
A look at sex in YA.
A look at the top banned and challenged books of 2016.
The Steads discuss "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine."
Children's Book Scene Controversy
A scene from a Biff, Chip, and Kipper book causes a twitter storm.