- 2018 Jan 12
Local Gov'ts Mum On Amazon Bids
Many state and local governments will not disclose financial incentives they've offered the e-tailer to move to their region.
U.S. Printers Up in Arms
Newspaper and book printers that rely on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood are furious at an impending tariff.
Patty Hearst Slams Upcoming Adaptations
The heiress condemns unauthorized biographer Jeffrey Toobin, CNN, and others for two new page-to-screen projects.
How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet
Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky, whose Twitter feed of astrological musings launched in 2016, have become a sensation.
Colleges Jump On 'Hillbilly Elegy'
Why is J.D. Vance's memoir popping up on so many college syllabi?
Historic Storefront Not to Be a Museum
Efforts to turn the building that previously housed the Old Corner Bookshop in Boston into a museum are likely to be thwarted.
Toronto Bookstore Thwarts Development
Alternative Thinking, a bookstore and health and wellness shop in Toronto, is refusing to move despite everything around it being torn down.
DC Bookstore Owners Garner Annual Honor
The owners of Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C. have been honored as "Washingtonians of the Year."
Iowa Bookstore Vandalism Accuses Abuse
Graffiti appearing on the Haunted Bookstore in Iowa City accuses an employee at the store of sexual abuse.
- 2018 Jan 11
The Media Men List Creator
The maker of a Google spreadsheet called "Shitty Media Men," which named alleged sexual abusers in publishing and media, has come forward.
Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayers
The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks. The government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers.
Black, Bookish, and Beautiful
Meet Jack Jones Literary Arts, the all-African-American, all-female publishing team ensuring that authors of color get their time in the spotlight.
Women Writing About the Wild
A primer on 25 essential women nature writers to start reading, who you've probably been overlooking for too long.
Why Is the 'Fire and Fury' Cover Bad?
An artist offers a solution to Michael Wolff's explosive book’s "egregious" graphic design.
U.K. Bookstore Focuses on Women Writers
A Waterstones branch in Norwich, England will only offer women writers as "staff picks" throughout 2018.
B&N to Relocate, Not Close, Maui Store
Barnes & Noble will relocate its store on the island of Maui, despite earlier reports that the company would close the location instead.
Chinese Bookstore Opens in Jakarta
A bookstore opened in Jakarta last year offering 30,000 books in Chinese, a language once banned in the country but growing in popularity.
Virginia Bookstore Bought by Employees
Book People in Richmond, Va. is being purchased by its employees after the current owner decided to retire.
- 2018 Jan 10
The Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive
Miller’s archive has just been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. It was a long time coming.
Bethany House Drops Andy Savage's Book
The Christian publisher has canceled a book by a pastor who admitted to engaging in a 'sexual incident' with a teenager.
Staging Octavia Butler in Abu Dhabi
The NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center hosted the world premiere of 'Parable of the Sower,' an opera based on Butler's novel of the same name.
The Other 'Fire and Fury'
A 2008 book by a Canadian professor about Allied bombing in Germany is seeing a surge in sales thanks to its title.
The Complexity of Translation
The English-language versions of Han Kang’s work have won wide acclaim. But are they faithful to the original?
New York City's Specialty Bookstores
The website 6sqft lists a dozen unique bookstores in New York, including cookbook, poetry and travel specialty stores.
Feminist Bookstore Fights Trolls
Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant in Bridgeport, Conn., which houses a feminist bookstore, defends itself from accusations of transphobia.
Connecticut Bookstore Seeks Buyer
Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford, Conn. will close in February if a buyer cannot be found.
Oregon Store May Close After Rent Hike
Tsunami Books in Eugene has seen its rent double in the past year and may close if it cannot raise nearly $300,0000.
- 2018 Jan 09
J.K. Rowling Pub
A Scottish pub has transformed into "The J.K. Rowling" for a month.
Remembering Malt Shop Novels
A writer is nostalgic for the frothy novels she read as a kid.
Rooms by Book Design
Six nursery rooms are inspired by children's books.
Scary 'Very Hungry Caterpillar'
A funny reboot of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
A program has striving readers read to shelter cats.
By the Book
A look at how children's books differ cross culturally.
Fertile Territory for YA
A look at the many YA authors who come from Utah.
Graphic Novels on Hard Topics
A look at several graphic novels that address challenging issues.
Rundell on Writing, Reading, Childhood
Katherine Rundell talks about her writing.
Authors and book professionals discuss children's and YA trends.
On Not Shielding Kids
Matt de la Peña writes about how much darkness authors should reveal to children.
A Sensitivity Reader Responds
Dhonielle Clayton shares her experience of being a sensitivity reader.
'The New Jim Crow' Is Back in N.J.
New Jersey said it had lifted a prison ban on the book about mass incarceration after the ACLU called the decision censorship.
Graham Greene's Lost Nobel Prize
The Swedish Academy has revealed that the British novelist was backed by the chairman before losing the 1967 prize.
Milo Is His Own Lawyer Now
Milo Yiannopoulos's lawyers have withdrawn as counsel, and the pundit will represent his own case against S&S in court.
The Great 2018 Book Preview
The Millions puts together its annual first-half preview of all the books to read this year.
Type, Ink, Paper, Art
Lone Goose Press owner Sandy Tilcock’s intimate printing process brings out the beauty in words.
Experts Ask if Indigo Can Win in U.S.
With Canada's Indigo Books and Music chain opening its first store in the US this summer, Quill & Quire considered its potential for success.
Asia Bookstore CEO Focused on Future
The octogenarian founder of The Popular Bookstore chain in Singapore defends bricks-and-mortar in the age of digital.
Cairo Press Opens Bookstore in Museum
The American University in Cairo Press (AUC Press) recently opened a bookstore in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Indies May Profit After Chain Shutters
The closing of Book World chain in the midwest could lead to the opening of more independent bookstores in the region.
New York Village is Bookstore Heaven
The small town of Hobart, N.Y., is the unlikely home of five independent bookstores.
- 2018 Jan 08
Michael Wolff: The Boswell We Deserve?
Wolff's brand of reporting might be ugly—prioritizing access over accountability—but it may be the perfect match for the Trump era.
The Guts Behind 'Fire and Fury'
Why is Michael Wolff's book having such an impact? Because Wolff had the gumption to throw decorum away and torch his access.
Milo's Lawyer Runs for the Hills
An attorney for the right-wing pundit asked Friday to withdraw from Yiannopoulos's breach of contract case against Simon & Schuster.
What Being a Sensitivity Reader Is Like
Dhonielle Clayton—a We Need Diverse Books chief executive, sensitivity reader, and author of 'The Belles'—on what her job really is.
A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain
A majority of recent or upcoming books about the memory are nonfiction works that take a prescriptive approach to memory loss.
Bookseller Caters to Dinner Parties
Dinner party hosts in the Hamptons are asking Harbor Books in Sag Harbor, NY to suggest titles suitable for gift bags and tailored to guests.
Denver's Book Bar to Host Theater Events
This October and November, the shop will host a series of short plays in conjunction with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Illinois Loses a Bookstore
Stone Alley Books and Collectibles, a new and used store opened in 2009 in Galesburg, Ill, closed at the end of last year.
New Shanghai Store for Night Owls
A new outlet of Dayin Bookmall has opened in the Knowledge and Innovation Community in Shanghai. It closes at 2 a.m., a first for the city.
Culinary Specialty Store Shifts Strategy
Rabelais, a bookstore in Biddeford, Maine, will furthermore focus exclusively on rare and antiquarian cookbooks.
- 2018 Jan 07
How Chinese Stores Compete with Online
Hosting author readings and community events are important to helping bookstores in China battle online competitors.
- 2018 Jan 05
Sands Named English PEN President
Prominent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands is to be the new president of English PEN, taking over from Maureen Freely.
Readers, Booksellers Remember Bass
The Strand bookstore owner passed away this week at the age of 89, and online, many posted to remember his legacy.
J.K. Rowling Has Her Own Pub in Scotland
The 'Harry Potter' author is being honored with a month-long tribute at a bar that usually sports the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A Troubling Book Endorsement
David Williams writes about his experience with a book banning campaign that tried to replace 'Farenheit 451' with his own book.
The Largest Dog Library in London
The canine-themed book collection at the Kennel Club Library claims to be Europe's largest dog library.
Hemingway Inspires New Kansas City Store
Our Daily Nada, named for Hemingway's story 'A Clean, Well-lighted Place,' will sell books and booze and opens later this summer.
Brooklyn Store Recovering from Accident
The Prospect Lefferts Gardens location of Greenlight Bookstore is cleaning up after a frozen pipe burst there earlier this week.
Kentucky Community College Opens Store
Madisonville Community College in Kentucky opened a new campus bookstore just after new years.
Oklahoma Town Awaits Store Opening
A New Chapter Bookstore and Cafe, opening later this year, will be a welcome addition after Hastings closed its local franchise in 2017.
Baltimore Gets a New Bookstore This Feb
Greedy Reads, a new independent bookstore, will open in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore next month.
- 2018 Jan 04
A look at upcoming YA anthologies.
YA Books on the Horizon
A list of anticipated YA titles.
The Harry Potter Prescription
A study shows that kids who read Harry Potter are more accepting towards others.
Queer YA in 2018
A look at upcoming queer YA titles.
Sir Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has been knighted.
Censorship and Fairy Tales
A writer argues against impulses to ban fairy tales.
Writing in Changing Times
M.T. Anderson writes about writing fiction in an era of rapid change.
Sensitivity Readers Debate
The contentious conversation about sensitivity readers continues.
Long Resonating 'Wrinkle in Time'
An article looks at the enduring influence of "A Wrinkle in Time."
Reckoning with Sexual Harassment
An article addresses claims of sexual harassment within the children's publishing industry.
Harassment in Children's Publishing
The kids' sector of the book business reckons with sexual abuse and harassment in its ranks.
When Breath Becomes the Bright Hour
Two dying memoirists wrote bestsellers about their final days. Then their spouses fell in love.
The Most Scathing Reviews of 2017
Fifteen of the most brutally entertaining critical takedowns of books written last year.
Bestsellers That Almost Didn't Make It
Stephen King and Beatrix Potter, among others, are authors whose books were initially rejected by publishers. Here are some more.
The Self-Loathing Woman Writer
Did authors like Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf hate themselves, or did they write about a world that hated them?
- 2018 Jan 03
Dunmore Wins Posthumous Costa
The late Helen Dunmore has won the Costa award for poetry and Jon McGregor and Gail Honeyman have won for novel and first novel.
A is for Appreciation
How the late Sue Grafton helped to transform the mystery genre with her Alphabet series.
Words of the Year
What language can possibly be used to capture the upside-down world of 2017? (Hint: think hashtags.)
Poets Pay to Play
On submission fees in poetry publishing, and the irony of charging the group of writers that is likely to earn the least.
Steinbeck Goes to Russia
In 1947, John Steinbeck and Robert Capa set out to introduce America to Soviet life. Seventy years later, two journalists retraced their steps.
Powell's Staff Set Reading Resolutions
Booksellers at the Portland-based bookstore chain are pursuing a wide variety of reading goals in 2018.
Visiting the World's Oldest Bookstore
Livraria Bertrand in Lisbon, Portugal was established in 1732 and is still open today. It remains a portal to another time.
How a Bookstore Supports a Local Library
The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library in Berkeley, Calif. sells donated books and returns $100,000 annually to the library.
Austen-inspired Bookstore Opens in 'Bama
Shades of Pemberley, a new and used bookstore named for 'Pride and Prejudice,' has opened in Albertville, Ala.
Chicago Spanish-language Store Closes
Chicago's Libreria Giron, a Spanish-language bookstore, is closing its main branch after 45 years due to a tax hike.
- 2018 Jan 02
Sue Grafton Dies at 77
The crime novelist, whose popular “alphabet” mysteries sold millions of copies worldwide, died in Santa Barbara on December 28.
States Pay the Price When You Buy Online
An op-ed in the 'New York Times' argues for legally requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes on transactions.
Bowie's Son Launches a Book Club
Bowie's son, the director and screenwriter Duncan Jones, has launched a book club in tribute to his late father.
The Book That Tried to Predict 2018
For every wrong prediction in the 1968 book “Toward the Year 2018,” there’s one unnervingly close to the mark.
SF Children's Store Windows Tell a Story
Charlie’s Corner, a children's bookstore in San Francisco, has developed a reputation for thoughtful window displays that send a message.