- 2017 May 26
Manson Murders Book Due in 2019
The book's author, Tom O’Neill, spent 18 years researching (and interviewing) Charles Manson and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.
Summer Reads and Novelist-Booksellers
Six fiction writers who own bookstores, including Emma Straub and Louise Erdrich, recommend books to read this summer.
In Defense of Keeping a Journal
The personal and literary merit of cataloging one's life makes the difficulty of doing so consistently worth the effort.
10 Great Books of D.C. Intrigue
Once a swamp, always a swamp—which makes Washington the perfect setting for books about crooks, liars, and spies.
The Pleasures of Literary Pessimism
Why do we read writers who are profoundly pessimistic? And what sense are we to make of their work? Tim Parks investigates.
- 2017 May 25
New Sylvia Plath Poems Found
A carbon paper sheet in one of the poet's old notebook was examined by academics and yielded two unknown works.
Neil Gaiman Reads a Menu
The author of 'Sandman' and 'American Gods' will perform a dramatic reading of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu for charity.
Curating a Literary Museum
Who (and what) deserves to be in the literary canon enshrined in America’s first museum dedicated to writers?
Why Nixon Is Tricky for Novelists
In many ways an iconic and even exaggerated figure, Nixon has posed challenges to artistic representation from the beginning.
Richard Ford Hates Your Tweets
In an interview with 'Vice,' the novelist chats about 'Between Them,' his new memoir about his parents.
- 2017 May 24
B&N CEO Defends the Bookstore
Demos Parneros sees the new stores that Amazon.com is opening as proof there is still a need for brick-and-mortar book retailing.
Anthony Wiener Loses a Book Deal
The former congressman was working on a tell-all book, but his latest sexting scandal involving an underage girl sank the project.
French Literary Bad Boy Comes to U.S.
Michel Houellebecq is about to open his first exhibition in the U.S., a multimedia work titled 'French Bashing.'
A Literary Guide to 'Twin Peaks'
The original iteration of David Lunch and Mark Frost's beautiful, bonkers show was abundant with literary references. Here's the lowdown.
Elisabeth Moss's Next Adaption
The 'Handmaid’s Tale' star will star in, and executive produce, a series about Typhoid Mary, to be based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel 'Fever.'
- 2017 May 23
What Amazon Charts Means for You
Amazon’s new rating system for the book market is seeking to challenge the decades-long dominance of the 'New York Times' bestseller status.
Elizabeth Warren's Book Advance
Senator Warren banked a $200,000 advance for her latest book, according to her newly filed Senate financial disclosure forms.
Tales of the Mysterious Bookshop
Is Otto Penzler the most important figure in the history of mystery fiction who’s never written a mystery story?
Polish Poetry, American Resistance
After President Donald Trump was elected on November 8, many sought out poetry—and Polish poetry in particular.
One Hundred Years of Success
When Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous novel was published, it faced a difficult publishing climate and baffled reviews. 50 years later, it's a classic.
- 2017 May 22
io9 Cofounder Takes Home Nebula
Charlie Jane Anders took home the prize for best novel at this year's Nebula Awards for 'All The Birds In The Sky.'
Anne R. Dick Dies at 90
The former wife of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick, and a memoirist in her own right, died last month.
The Dangers of Reading in Bed
In 18th-century Europe, the practice was considered a menace to life and property, but mostly to morals.
More Margaret Atwood in Your TV
Netflix is hopping on the Atwood train started by Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' with its own miniseries based on 'Alias Grace.'
Indie Publishing Thrives in N.M.
Stalking Horse Press and Called Back Books are two new publishers that have recently joined the Santa Fe literary community.
- 2017 May 19
Elena Ferrante Brings Kids to TV
Children and parents gathered last week in Naples, Italy, for a casting call for the HBO adaptation of Ferrante’s novel 'My Brilliant Friend.'
How to Write Iranian America
Author Porochista Khakpour on growing up in America as an Iranian-American and working toward being a writer.
The Library of Books and Bombs
How a London borough turned a former insane asylum into a library that survived the German Blitz.
BBC Books Brings Poetry to 'Doctor Who'
The first 'Doctor Who' poetry collection will be written by James Goss and illustrated by former executive producer Russell T. Davies.
Reviving an Out of Print Book
One author's book went out of print, but he has a plan to revive it—without his publisher's help.
- 2017 May 18
Campus Sex Book Author Sued
A graduate student at Northwestern is suing Laura Kipnis and her publisher, HarperCollins, over her new book, 'Unwanted Advances.'
Canada Crowdfunds C$30K Indigenous Prize
The campaign to establish a literary prize for emerging Indigenous Canadian writers has raised more than three times its goal.
France's Book Industry Culture Minister
France’s newly elected president Emmanuel Macron has appointed Françoise Nyssen, CEO of Éditions Actes Sud, as culture minister.
The Great American Pop Star Novel
As the influence of pop stars and the music they make expands, they inevitably become subjects of our literary works.
Hollywood Is 'Lovecraft Country'
'Get Out' writer-director Jordan Peele's production company is teaming with J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot to adapt Matt Ruff's 2016 novel for HBO.
- 2017 May 17
News on the 'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs
George R.R. Martin says the four announced spinoffs of the popular HBO show will all be prequels, and announces a fifth.
Canada's 'Appropriation Prize' Fiasco
What can we learn from the small but fiery debate in the Canadian lit community over race, representation, and free speech?
An Amy Krouse Rosenthal Movie
Universal has bought the movie rights to the 'New York Times' column “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”
The Revolution Uniting African Lit
The Jalada literary collective has a radical mission: an ongoing translation effort to unite—and elevate—African literature.
Dragons Are for White Kids with Money
It's hard to be a geek—and when you are a geek who also happens to be a person of color, things only become more complicated.
- 2017 May 16
20 Years Later, Amazon Trumps Naysayers
Two decades ago this week, Amazon.com went public to much second-guessing—but Jeff Bezos has changed the way we live.
Marvel Cancel's 'Black Panther' Spinoff
Ta-Nehisi Coates's police brutality comic 'Black Panther and the Crew' will end after six issues due to "poor sales after two issues."
Queer Writing Roots in the Florida Keys
Throughout its history, America shunned homosexuality, but a small colony of queer writers staked out a residency in Key West.
Pamela Paul's Bookselling Days
The 'New York Times Book Review' editor recalls her time as a bookseller, which included "ripping the covers off books and other dodgy business."
The Twilight of the Late Book Fee
Libraries are dropping overdue fines, but can they afford to? The benefits may outweigh the losses.
- 2017 May 15
American Writers Museum Opens May 17
Seven years in the making, the museum purports to tell the story of centuries of American language.
How Amazon Came to Dominate Commerce
For Amazon, books were the beginning of a strategy to win the e-commerce game one retail category at a time.
A New U.K. Little, Brown Imprint
Dialogue Books will be led by Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting and literary editor at 'Elle,' and focus on "inclusivity."
Canada and Cultural Appropriation
The battle over appropriation in art and literature continues in Canada, and Giller Prize–winning author André Alexis weighs in.
Emily Gould's Parenting Book Addiction
When her son was born, Gould read 25 books about babies and sleep, but wound up only more confused.
- 2017 May 12
Editor Axed Over 'Appropriation' Piece
The Writers Union of Canada has apologized for a 'Write' magazine editorial defending cultural appropriation. Its author has resigned.
Burglars Purloin Potter Prequel
An untitled story set before the boy wizard’s birth and handwritten by J.K. Rowling on a postcard has been stolen from property in Birmingham.
The Bronx Fights Its Book Deserts
At a panel at the Bronx Book Fair, members of the literary community discussed the lack of Bronx bookstores and how the borough is responding.
Witherspoon to Adapt Two Novels
Reese Witherspoon’s new company Hello Sunshine has set up to produce 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine' and 'Something in the Water.'
Was Emily Dickinson Really That Shy?
A new exhibit at the Morgan Library reveals the poet to be far more socially engaged than we’ve believed her to be.
- 2017 May 11
Fiona McFarlane Wins Dylan Thomas Prize
The Australian author's short story collection 'The High Places,' which skips continents, eras, and genres, took the £30,000 award.
'Anne With An E' Succeeds
The new Netflix adaptation of 'Anne of Green Gables' is true to the spirit of the L.M. Montgomery novel, but it also reads between the lines.
Major Croation Bookstore Chain Shutters
Some of the largest bookstores in Croatia, operated as part of the Algoritam MK company, have closed their doors.
What Melville Knew About Trump
The author, if he were alive today, might know that what plagues us are America's past sins: tolerance of bigotry and blindness to our own faults.
The Young African Immigrant Artist
Novelist Yaa Gyasi and artist Toyin Ojih Odutola—born in Africa, raised in the same Ala. town—are two great observers of race in America.
- 2017 May 10
Entrekin Wins Maxwell E. Perkins Award
Morgan Entrekin, the CEO and publisher of Grove Atlantic, has won the Center for Fiction's prize for distinguished achievement in fiction.
Chatterjee to Penguin In Six-Way Auction
Penguin Life has acquired 'The Power of Balance' by resident BBC Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, at auction.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, Art Curator
The Norwegian novelist talks about his debut curating a new exhibition of obscure works by 'Scream' painter Edvard Munch.
Fake News About Agatha Christie
The writer’s brief disappearance in 1926 is unlikely ever to be explained, but people have been inventing solutions ever since—and still are.
Amazon Battles the Book Industry—Again
The recent change in the way the giant e-tailer sells books has publishers scrambling and furious.
- 2017 May 09
Baby-Sitters Club to the Rescue
A mother-to-be brushes up on baby knowledge by rereading the Baby-Sitters Club books.
Teens and Hybrid Publishing
Hybrid publishers are giving teenage readers a chance to become published authors.
Authors Reflect on Their Debut Years
Thirteen debut authors share what they have learned.
'Little Women' Miniseries
PBS will air a miniseries adaptation of "Little Women."
Oculus Story Studio to Close Shop
Facebook's Oculus to shut down its Story Studio division.
Kindergarteners Read a Milllion Words
A kindergarten class celebrated reading 1 million words in a year.
Branford Boase Shortlist
The shortlist is announced for the Branford Boase award.
The British Book Awards
Pan Macmillan and Waterstones were crowned publisher of the year and book retailer of the year respectively at this year's Nibbies.
The Cabbie Who Turned to Fiction
Osama Alomar drove a cab for years after leaving Syria for the U.S. But for now, at least, he's writing full time.
Digitizing a Mammoth Atlas
Archives and libraries often digitize old books. But how do you scan a 357-year-old atlas that's nearly six feet tall?
Colonel Sanders, Romance Novel Casanova
KFC has published a raunchy and bizarre romance novella starring a seductive Colonel Sanders.
Minette Walters Is Done with Crime
After a 10-year hiatus, the British author, famed for her psychological thrillers, is back with a new book—a historical novel about the Black Death.
- 2017 May 08
Amazon Books Store Headed to Georgetown
The e-tailer plans to open its own bookstore in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and has already leased a 10,000 sq. ft. location.
The Borrowed Words of Ivanka Trump
A writer wonders if the inspirational quotes in Trump's new book, 'Women Who Work,' function as their own versions of alternative facts.
Abducted Bookseller Fights Back
Hong Kong's Lam Wing-kee will open an offshoot of Causeway Bay Books in Taiwan as a "symbol of resistance" against Chinese censorship.
Make Contributors’ Notes Great Again
The final section in most literary magazines, filled with quasi-biographical statements, often contain some egregious proclamations.
Milo Readies S&S Lawsuit
Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has announced plans to sue Simon & Schuster for $10 million for the cancellation of his book deal.
- 2017 May 05
Tate Publishing Continues to Tumble
Charges have been filed against Ryan and Richard Tate for fraudulent business practices.
Amazon's Buy Box Sells Out
Third-party sellers can now “win” the buy box on Amazon. Here's what that means for authors.
The Obama Presidential Library
On Wednesday, Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled a first glimpse of the Barack Obama presidential library planned for Chicago.
The 'Cursed Child' Heads to Broadway
The smash-hit London play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will open on Broadway next April 22.
The Millennial's Oprah: SkimmReads
E-newsletter startup TheSkimm says its Friday book suggestions drive sales up an average of 3,000 spots in Amazon's rankings.
- 2017 May 04
Amazon and the E.U. Come to Terms
The European Commission has accepted commitments by Amazon to alter its e-book contracts with publishers, ending an investigation.
How the NEH Saved Tennessee Literature
As long as the NEH survives, Chapter 16 will support Tennessee readers and writers—and they need the support.
Tate Publishing Reopens
The Oklahoma-based publishing house facing at least $4 million in judgments from federal and state courts reopened for business this week.
Amazon and the Mall Developer
L.A. real estate developer Rob Caruso is talking to Amazon.com Inc. about opening retail stores for merchandise beyond books.
Dead 'NYT' Lists Are a Loss for Books
As best-seller lists are cut, a disaster looms for publishers and authors alike—and new authors may suffer the most.
- 2017 May 03
'13 Reasons' and a Trigger Warning
Netflix will add a warning to the start of '13 Reasons Why,' its series about a teenager’s suicide, as an extra precaution for viewers.
Charkin After His IPA Stint
Citing robust international publishing output and efforts to tackle problems, Bloomsbury’s Richard Charkin gives an overview at Abu Dhabi.
Chicago Cocktail Bar Kickstarts Cookbook
The team behind the Aviary—sister bar to Alinea, arguably Chicago’s most important restaurant—is raising money to self-publish.
The Books We Pretend to Read
Fleming, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are the authors that people most claim—falsely—to have read. But why?
What You Didn't Know About Publishing
From someone who is currently experiencing the publishing process in all of its insane, frustrating, beautiful glory.
- 2017 May 02
Amazon Japan Will Bypass Nippon
The e-tailer will partially suspend a deal with the major book distributor next month, challenging longtime industry distribution practices.
Barbershop Books Wins NBF Award
The National Book Foundation has named the community-based literacy foundation the winner of the 2017 Innovations In Reading Prize.
Bernie's Book for a Teen Revolution
The Vermont senator is coming out with a book this summer geared toward teaching young people political organizing.