- 2015 Oct 13
Critics Sound Off on 'City of Fire'
The reviews of Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel 'City on Fire' (Knopf) are in, and the coverage is extensive.
'Amazing Grace' in Pictures
Caroline Binch displays original sketches and paintings for Mary Hoffman's 'Amazing Grace' to celebrate 25 years of a pioneering book.
Marvel Comics Embraces Female-Led Titles
With 17 female-led titles today, the women of Marvel are growing with every passing year.
Brazenhead Bookstore Takes A New Shape
Michael Seidenberg's secret New York City bookstore closed for a third time in July, but the shop is showing signs of new life.
A Guide to Frankfurt
Where to go and what to do while working (and playing) in Frankfurt for the 67th annual Frankfurt Book Fair this week.
- 2015 Oct 09
Meyer Explains Gender-Flipped 'Twilight'
At the Twilight 10th-anniversary panel at New York Comic-Con, Stephenie Meyer spilled the beans on 'Life and Death,' her brand-new gender-flipped rewrite of the YA classic.
Iran confirms FBF boycott
Iran’s cultural ministry has confirmed its Iranian representatives will not attend the Frankfurt Book Fair next week - and has urged other Islamic countries to boycott in protest about Salman Rushdie's presence there.
The Impact of Svetlana Alexievich's Win
The writer's Nobel sends a stern message to Putin, according to the 'Telegraph.'
DFW Is No Saint
To "venerate" David Foster Wallace as "literature’s 'good guy’ is to miss the point," says the 'Guardian.'
Stolen Darwin Returned to Canada
Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia will be getting back its first edition copy of Darwin’s 'On the Origin of Species' after it was stolen from the university’s library three years ago.
- 2015 Oct 08
Etsy Added to Amazon's Competitors
Amazon has stepped into the handcrafted-goods ring , opening an arts-and-crafts bazaar that squarely takes aim at the Brooklyn-based Etsy.
Apple Enhancing 'Harry Potter' E-books
The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices.
Feminist Comic Book Finds Devoted Fans
When comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick got the opportunity to reimagine Captain Marvel as a blonde, blue-eyed fighter pilot named Carol, she made changes to the character that some fans didn't like.
Quvenzhané Wallis to Write Four Books
The 12-year-old 'Annie' star and Oscar nominee has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster that'll have her publish four books in just over a year.
Amazon Rival Jet Shifts Model
Just three months after launching, e-commerce startup Jet is already shifting its business model as it attempts to grab just a bit of Amazon's market share.
- 2015 Oct 07
Iran Threatens Frankfurt Boycott
The country is threatening to boycott the forthcoming fair because organizers have invited Salman Rushdie to deliver the keynote address at the opening press conference.
The Instagram Novel
Author and photographer Rachel Hulin is releasing her new novel on a most unexpected platform.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of her bestselling vampire romance, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has written a reimagining of the novel that made her a publishing sensation. This time around, she’s switched the genders of her protagonists.
The Latest from Martin
It’s okay George R. R. Martin’s new book isn't a Song of Ice and Fire sequel, writes 'Wired.'
Too Many Books?
What "Super Thursday" in the U.K. tells us about publishing.
- 2015 Oct 06
What in the Wonderland!
Little-known facts about 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.'
A Visit to the Kerlan Collection
A reporter takes a visit to the Kerlan Collection of children's classic books.
'Goosebumps' At Comic Con
A look at 'Goosebumps' events at Comic Con.
Phllip Pullman On Drawing
Pullman discusses how drawing has changed his life.
A 'Class' of Its Own
A Doctor Who spin-off from Patrick Ness is heading to BBC Three.
A Chat With Gene Luen Yang
An article on graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang.
Rowling Debunks Myths on Twitter
J.K. Rowling responds to Harry Potter fans on Twitter concerning erroneous theories.
YA Authors Race
Maggie Stiefvater and John Green are racing cars to raise money for Driver's Edge.
'Nancy Drew' TV Series Planned
A 'Nancy Drew' TV series is coming to CBS.
'Twilight' Gender Swap
Stephenie Meyer switches the genders of the main characters in 'Twilight' for the book's tenth anniversary.
In Literary Limbo
Carmen Balcells's death has plunged her agency — which represents the estate of Gabriel García Márquez— into uncertainty, setting the stage for a land grab involving some of the biggest personalities in world publishing.
Waterstones Pulling the Kindle
The bookseller is removing Amazon’s Kindle devices from many of it stores as sales “continue to be pitiful."
An Update on Shakespeare
Hogarth asks contemporary writers to reimagine Shakespeare’s plays.
Two years ago, Uli Beutter Cohen started asking people what they were reading on the New York subway and documenting it—now she’s taking the project to other cities.
Sloane Crosley Talks to the 'WaPo'
The author on book trailers, book clubs, and her new novel, ‘The Clasp.’
- 2015 Oct 05
Henning Mankell Dies at 67
The internationally renowned Swedish crime writer, whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, died early Monday.
RCS Sells Book Unit to Mondadori
Italian publisher RCS MediaGroup has agreed to sell its book division to Arnoldo Mondadori Editore in a 130 million euro deal that will cut its debt and cement its rival's market leadership.
Nobel Prize for Lit on Thursday
The winner of this year’s Nobel prize for literature will be announced on October 8, the Swedish Academy has revealed.
Patti Smith at the New Yorker Festival
To promote her latest memoir, 'M Train,' Smith spoke with David Remnick at the 'New Yorker' festival this weekend about a colorful blend of literary and nonliterary topics.
Why One Librarian Banned a Book
"I wanted to show how arbitrary bans could be—and why we need to protect free speech."
- 2015 Oct 02
Amazon Retools Plan for NYC Schools
Amazon Ebook Deal With NYC Schools Not Dead Yet.
Hunger Games Movie Preview
A look inside Mockingjay Part 2.
Can children's books help build a better world?
Banned Books Week
A look at which books are really being banned.
NOLA Store to Close
The Maple Street Book Shop, the independent bookstore that’s been a destination for well-read New Orleans residents and tourists for a half-century, will close the doors to its shotgun cottage at the end of the year.
Lionsgate Wins 'Kingkiller Chronicle'
The entertainment company has closed a complex multiplatform rights deal to pick up the bestselling fantasy book series by Patrick Rothfuss.
Looking at Banned Books
How comics are fighting a hail of critical fire.
'Wired' on 'The Martian'
Angela Watercutter writes that the film adaptation of Andy Weir's novel "proves movies are now better than their books."
Amazon Bans Apple, Google Streaming
The retailer will stop selling media-streaming devices from Google and Apple that aren’t easily compatible with its video service.
- 2015 Oct 01
Amy Schumer's Deal Was All in the Timing
In 2013, the comedian received a $1 million advance from HarperCollins, only to cancel the contract. Last week, she signed a deal with Simon & Schuster in a high-seven-figure deal.
Handler Gives $1M to Planned Parenthood
Daniel Handler, author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events novels, and his wife, artist Lisa Brown, announced they will be donating $1 million to the reproductive health provider.
George R.R. Martin Looks to Mars
The author spent his childhood reading stories about Mars and hoping to write one—as new discoveries on the red planet capture the world’s attention, he surveys a rich Martian literature.
Not the Time for Realistic Fiction
Margaret Atwood talks to NPR about her latest, 'The Heart Goes Last.'
The Writer I Was
Six authors look back on their first novels.
- 2015 Sep 30
Apple Launches iBooks in China
The company has taken Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks to China, and said the cloud-based music streaming service will roll out on Android phones this fall.
Folio Prize to Skip 2016
The prize will not run in March 2016, following the conclusion of its two-year title sponsorship by The Folio Society with this year's award.
Remembering Carmen Balcells
The 'New Yorker' on the agent behind Latin America's literary boom.
Claudia Rankine Wins Forward Prize
The Jamaica-born writer has won Britain’s most prestigious poetry award, worth £10,000.
The Legacy of 'Confessional Mode'
Leslie Jamison and Charles McGrath discuss whether, 50 years after Sylvia Plath’s 'Ariel' was published, the confessional mode has been co-opted by the memoir, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Sep 29
New Class of Geniuses
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Ben Lerner are among this year's MacArthur Fellows.
Dropping Reader's Digest
Reader's Digest Association is changing its name to Trusted Media Brands in order to battle the common assumption in the marketplace that it is a one-title publisher.
Krakauer Weighs in on Everest Movie
Jon Krakauer, the journalist who survived the catastrophic 1996 expedition on Everest that resulted in multiple fatalities, and whose 'Into Thin Air' became a bestselling account of it, has criticized the recently released film of the disaster as “total bull."
Nothing But the Truth
On lying and memoir writing.
Eleven Unusual Bookstores
Mental Floss lists unique bookstores that are filled with as much charm as they are books.
- 2015 Sep 28
U.K. Authors Unite for Syria
A host of the U.K.’s bestselling authors are coming together to raise money for Syrian refugees, as writers including Hilary Mantel, Salman Rushdie, and David Nicholls sign up to forgo earnings from their bestselling books to raise £1m.
Amazon to Open Detroit Hub
The company already has about 100 full-time employees in its existing offices in the city, and plans to expand its leased office space further in early 2016.
Judging a Book by Its Cover
NPR considers the blurb, one of the most pervasive, longest-running — and, at times, controversial — tools in the publishing industry.
Mary Karr Talks to Salon
The author chatted about David Foster Wallace's "Eddie Haskell" side and her new book 'The Art of Memoir.'
Literary Looks for Halloween
Buzzfeed has 49 costumes all book lovers will appreciate.
- 2015 Sep 25
Some Kids’ Books Are Worth the Wait
‘They Do Take Time,’ Says author-illustrator Kevin Henkes.
How Much for Invisbility?
Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak Gets an Origin Story and May Soon Exist in Real Life.
Hachette U.K. Absorbs Quercus Children's
Quercus Children’s Books integrates into Hachette in the U.K.
Barefoot Trims Operations
Barefoot Books cuts its U.K. operations, reducing its number of titles.
What's Ahead for the Subscription Model?
Oyster's shut down adds to the growing sense that the all-you-can-read subscription model for e-books is not succeeding — at least in its current form, writes 'Forbes.'
Women on Memoir
Twenty-five famous women on writing their own stories.
Hemingway Was a Pack Rat
What the author's mementos reveal.
Nine authors who hated their successful books, even though you probably loved them, rounded up at Bustle.
Two-Part Potter Play
J.K. Rowling has revealed that the play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will be staged in two parts.
- 2015 Sep 24
Amy Schumer Lands Big Deal at Gallery
The Emmy Award winner has a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint for a memoir scheduled to come out in late 2016. Financial terms haven't been disclosed, although the deal is believed to be worth well into seven figures.
Link Between Curiosity and Creativity
'New York' magazine talks to 'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear' author Elizabeth Gilbert.
From Books to E-books and Back
The future of literary consumption is unwritten, says Flavorwire.
Inside Gisele's Very Expensive Book
Limited to a total of 1,000 numbered copies signed by Gisele Bündchen, Taschen is publishing a collector's edition of the coffee table book which will retail at $700.
The Psychology of Voldemort
J.K. Rowling’s investigation of her villain’s mind echoes the intrigue of a true-crime serial-killer profile.
- 2015 Sep 23
'NYT' Weighs in on E-book Slowdown
The digital apocalypse never arrived, or at least not on schedule, writes the paper.
Oyster Founders Head to Google
'Fortune' reports that Google has acquired some of Oyster’s core IP assets, and most of the 27-person Oyster team will be working out of a Google Books development center in New York.
Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Marvel Comic
The recently named nominee for this year's National Book Award for Nonfiction has been approached to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring.
Burger and a Book
In the U.K., McDonald's will offer extracts of Roald Dahl titles with its Happy Meals.
How to Launch a Book on Amazon
Nine tips from one successful author, at 'Forbes.'
- 2015 Sep 22
New Zealand Book Banning
The Author of New Zealand’s First Banned Book in 22 Years Speaks Out.
YA Adaptation Rocks Box Office
'Maze Runner' Sequel Races to No. 1 at the Box Office.
Super Sized Peach
McDonald’s in the U.K. will distribute 14 million books featuring extracts from Roald Dahl stories.
J.K. Rowling Releases New Backstory on the Potter Family Along With The Redesigned Pottermore.
Stephen Savage Goes to Camp
Stephen Savage writes about visiting Scotch Hill Farm on a Sendak scholarship.
A cover reveal for Kate DiCamillo's 'Raymie Nightingale.'
Harry Potter fans are leaving notes in library and used copies of the books for future readers.
YA Fiction and the Real
Marina Budhos discusses the intersection of truth and fiction in her YA books.
A writer reasons that the Hufflepuff Hogwarts house and its members deserve more credit.
Favorite Banned Books
Authors are discussing their favorite banned books on Teenreads.
An opera based on Tintin has been released in Brussels.
HMH Unveils New Platforms
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's new programs include a new Curious World website and app and a 'Gossie & Friends' TV show.