- 2015 Jul 31
Happy Birthday, J.K. Rowling
Seventeen Harry Potter stars wish the author a happy birthday.
Remembering James Salter, and His Commas
Mary Norris in the 'New Yorker.'
Amazon Prime Gains on Improved Retention
The service now has 44 million U.S. members, spending on average about $1,200 per year, compared to about $700 per year for non-members.
Blume to the Rescue
After a Brooklyn man accidentally gave away his wife's signed copy of Judy Blume's 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret,' the author vowed to send the husband another signed copy of her book for his heartbroken wife.
How to Write a Novel in the Dark
Writing fiction while sharing a tiny New York apartment with a husband and child, Siobhan Adcock discovered that the enforced intimacy was good for all, even the novel.
'Infinite Jest' Book Club
On the advice of a local bookstore owner, actor Jason Segel joined a book club to help him research his role as David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour.'
- 2015 Jul 30
New TV Series
The CW orders a dystopian series based on 'Little Women.'
The search for lead actors for 'Looking for Alaska' narrows down.
Beyond 'Green Eggs and Ham'
What other children's books or authors are worthy of a nod?
Big Red Historical Site
The childhood home of Clifford the Big Red Dog creator Norman Bridwell becomes a historic site.
NYC to Sign $30M Contract with Amazon
The Department of Education is about to approve a $30 million contract with Amazon to create an e-book marketplace for New York City's 1,800 public schools.
CW Orders 'Little Women' Adaptation
The network is taking on a literary classic in one of its first script buys of the 2015/2016 development season.
A Triumph of the New and Diverse
A bracingly varied Man Booker prize longlist suggests that complaints about the whiteness of the literary world are finally being listened to, and addressed, writes the 'Guardian.'
Amazon Dash Buttons Now On Sale
The gadget, which costs $4.99, allows customers to reorder products with the push of a button.
Austen Prose Used by Hackers
Hackers have started to use passages of Jane Austen’s 1811 debut novel 'Sense and Sensibility' to trick firewalls.
- 2015 Jul 29
Writers Tweet What Not to Say
Author Joanne Harris's hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter took the literary Twitterverse by storm, with authors far and wide weighing in on the most cringeworthy things they’ve heard.
Reading Habits and Health
Reading doesn’t just improve your knowledge, it can help fight depression, make you more confident, empathetic, and a better decision maker.
Airbnb Reviews for Famous Lit Homes
Buzzfeed imagines the responses to the Cabin on Walden Pond, and others.
A Prize for Books on Brooklyn
The first Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize will recognize novels that "reflect Brooklyn’s spirit."
Amazon's Drone Highway
During a conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Amazon's v-p of Amazon Prime Air laid out the online retailer’s vision for how unmanned aerial vehicles would be able to fly while avoiding planes, buildings and other obstacles.
- 2015 Jul 28
The State of Contemporary YA
Birth, bullying, and death: why YA books aren't afraid to tackle dark subjects.
The Poet and the President
Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion, and Rights.
Interview with John Green
The YA author tries "to take teenagers seriously and credit them with the intelligence and curiosity I’ve seen in them.”
'Wimpy Kid' Author Turned Bookseller
Jeff Kinney on his newly opened bookstore:
“I’m shocked at how well it’s doing. The parking lot is always full.”
Ann Rule Dies at Age 83
The true-crime writer, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died.
Mailman's Book Plea Answered
When 12-year-old Mathew Flores asked his mail carrier for spare reading material, Ron Lynch took to Facebook in a call that's now gone viral.
Read It Before Seeing It
'Paper Towns' and 21 other books to read before you see the movie.
From California to France
Two bookstores with Bay Area roots help literary life thrive in Paris.
'Watchman' Sells for £988
In the U.K., a copy of Harper Lee’s book, which contains printing errors, has sold for almost £1,000 on AbeBooks.co.uk.
- 2015 Jul 27
A cache of newly rediscovered poems by Nobel-winner Pablo Neruda will be translated and published.
Amazon may be planning brick-and-mortar grocery stores.
Haruki Murakami recalls the moment he knew he would be a novelist.
The Horror, the Horror
A roundup of must-read horror books.
A look at Jeff Kinney's dream bookstore.
Crowdsourcing Women's Comics
Authors are turning to the Web to spread the word about new, woman-focused comics.
The Age of YA
Does the author's age matter when writing YA?
- 2015 Jul 24
Product Hunt Goes After Books
On Thursday, the startup launched the third vertical of its online leaderboard and community, and this one is focused on books.
Franco Co-Writing Lana Del Rey Book
In March, James Franco will release a 100-page book on his friend and muse.
Writing 'Satanic Verses' Now
Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today.
Martin on Marvel's 'Villain Problem'
In his review of 'Ant-Man,' George R.R. Martin expressed a certain level of boredom with the villains in Marvel films.
André Leon Talley Dresses Rizzoli
The longtime 'Vogue' editor on his experience assembling the window book displays of the new Rizzoli store.
- 2015 Jul 23
Final Trailer for Hunger Games
Lionsgate unveils first full-length trailer for the final chapter of the 'Hunger Games.'
John Green to Produce Next Adaptation
The YA Author Seals First-Look Deal With Fox 2000.
From Page to Stage
'Tuck Everlasting' Musical to Debut on Broadway Next Spring.
Literary Landmark for Sale
Old Thatch, where Enid Blyton set the first books in her Mystery series, is on sale for £1.85 million.
Wild Children's Books
A librarian selects some of the "wildest" books of the last year.
A Blogger Frustrated with YA
A blogger expresses frustration with formulaic qualities she sees in some YA.
Green Gets Producing Deal
John Green is given a first-look producing deal with Fox 2000 Pictures.
'Tuck' to Premiere
'Tuck Everlasting' is on its way to being a musical stage production.
Blyton's Home for Sale
Enid Blyton's home is for sale.
'Mockingjay' Trailer Reveal
A full-length trailer for 'Mockingjay' premieres.
No Future Editions of Cosby Bio
Simon & Schuster has no plans for revisions or future editions for its disparaged Bill Cosby biography. The publisher also pulled blurbs from Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore and other celebrities from dedicated web pages on Amazon.
Lisbeth Salander is Back
The first plot details of 'The Girl in the Spider's Web,' the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium Trilogy, have been revealed.
Archie Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies
Moore, an illustrious cartoonist who was known for his work on the beloved Archie comics, died in his hometown of El Paso, Tex. on Monday at the age of 86.
Penguin Slashes Cookbook Division
Penguin’s Lantern imprint will cut the books it publishes in 2016, and its publishing director, Julie Gibbs, will depart at the end of the year.
John Green Secures First Look Deal
'The Fault In Our Stars' and 'Paper Towns' author has been given a first-look producing deal by Fox 2000 Pictures President Elizabeth Gabler.
- 2015 Jul 22
E.L. Doctorow in the 'New Yorker'
Some of the late author's many published pieces in the magazine.
Eighty years after the release of 'Green Hills of Africa,' the son and grandson of Ernest Hemingway are urging a fresh look at a work critics have often set aside.
Jim Obergefell Gets Book Deal
William Morrow will publish book by a plaintiff in the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
'Friday Night Lights' Anniversary
Next month, a 25th anniversary revision of the 'Friday Night Lights' is being published —and author H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger will follow that up in September with a long-postponed book tour to Texas.
Jet Needs More Than Low Prices
'Wired' on the new e-commerce site's challenge in facing down Amazon.
- 2015 Jul 21
Leaving No Child Left Behind, Behind
Everyone wants to, but decision makers are at a loss on how to fix it.
The Week in Dangerous Kids' Books
Melville House's blog rounds up the latest international news regarding children's book censorship.
New YA Adaptation in the Works
Movie based on 'Dumplin,' the YA novel by Julie Murphy, is in the works at Disney.
Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, wants to direct another.
How Jet Plans to Make Money
Marc Lore, Jet.com founder and CEO, shares his mission of powering the e-commerce retailer to $20 billion in revenue and approximately 15 million users by 2020.
Martin Urges Fans to Vote on Hugos
George R.R. Martin has urged “every true fan” of science fiction and fantasy to vote for this year’s Hugo Awards to “help protect the integrity of the rocket."
Are There Literary Uses for Boredom?
Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch discuss whether boring books might serve an interesting purpose, at the 'New York Times.'
Library's Self-Pub Machine a Hit
The Espresso Book Machine at Windsor Public Library in Canada has produced 10,699 books in three years.
'Dumplin'' for Disney
Disney is developing the dramedy movie 'Dumplin'' based on the upcoming Julie Murphy young adult novel.
- 2015 Jul 20
Taking Stock (for Once)
A self-styled hoarder makes a lucrative deal to close his Brooklyn bookstore.
'American Psycho' Pulled from Shelves
Bret Easton Ellis’s divisive novel has become the subject of a police raid, after a shop in Australia was asked to remove copies of the book from shelves when it was discovered to be on sale without the required plastic wrapping.
The 'Grave-Robbing' Larsson Sequel
Controversy surrounds 'The Girl in the Spider’s Web' and David Lagercrantz, the author hired to continue the bestselling series.
Qantas Blocks Tell-All
The airline has reached a settlement with the author of a tell-all book about one of the company's most turbulent periods.
Online Startup Ready to Rival Amazon
The Hoboken-based startup, Jet.com, launches today as a plucky challenge to Jeff Bezos’s retail giant.
- 2015 Jul 17
What's the Next 'Watchman'?
The lost works of Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson, and other great writers.
Amazon's Biggest Bets
The retailer has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.
What the Atticus Debate Means
Slate takes a look at what the two Atticuses reveals about our literary culture.
Clinton Swings by the Strand
Bill Clinton—perhaps looking for some reading material for the campaign trail—made an unannounced stop at the Strand bookstore near Union Square Thursday afternoon.
King's 'It' Has New Director
New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s 'It' has gained a new director — Andy Muschietti, who directed 2013’s 'Mama.'
- 2015 Jul 16
The Guardian's Children's Fiction Award
The committee released the 2015 children's fiction longlist.
Summer Reading Initiative
Free Book Vending Machines Bring Summer Reading To Kids In Need.
What's hot in YA right now?
Authors of teen novels including Cassandra Clare and Derek Landy speak out.
Atticus Finch and Southern Politics
An opinion piece from the 'New York Times.'
Amazon Defends Prime Day
Amid some criticism, the retailer got defensive, uncharacteristically releasing an update during the sale to partially illustrate Prime Day’s impact.
Ted Cruz Makes 'New York Times' List
Five days after accusing the 'New York Times' of bias, secrecy and foul play, Cruz landed a spot on the paper's bestseller list.
Hachette Australia has pulled its "tatvertising campaign," in which it searched for a woman willing to “donate” her back ahead of the August launch of 'The Girl In The Spider’s Web.'
'Twilight' Director Taking on 'Stargirl'
Catherine Hardwicke is on board to direct an adaptation of the bestselling YA novel by Jerry Spinelli.
- 2015 Jul 15
The Question of Atticus, in Schools
For many teachers, the revelation that Atticus Finch is a racist presents a conundrum in how the fictional character is taught in classrooms.
Once Upon a Crime on the Market
The owners of the beloved Minneapolis mystery bookstore are putting it up for sale.
Could Lee Have Written a Fourth?
A friend of the author, who is also a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama, spoke to CNN about a possible fourth book from Harper Lee.
The People You See in Every Bookstore
From "The Aisle-Sitter" to "The Guy Who’s Only There For Coffee," Bustle lists the types of people found in bookshops.
Carly Simon Writing Memoir
The musician's long-awaited memoir, 'The Boys in the Trees,' will be published in November by Flatiron Books.
- 2015 Jul 14
'Watchman' on the Radio
On the July 13 episode of NPR's 'Here & Now,' PW news director Rachel Deahl talked about the path to publication for 'Go Set a Watchman.'
The Suspicious Story Behind 'Watchman'
The first in a three-part series the 'New Republic' will be publishing on Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and Lee’s new novel, 'Go Set a Watchman.'
Vending Machine for Children's Books
To help close the literacy gap, JetBlue airlines has launched a pilot program in Washington, D.C. that aims to provide about 100,000 books this summer to children up to 14 years old.
'Fight Club,' the Rock Opera
Novelist Chuck Palahniuk tweeted news that his novel is being made into a rock opera by — if his tweet doesn’t deceive — Julie Taymor and David Fincher.
Lawrence Signs on to 'Rosie Project'
Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in 'The Rosie Project,' a romantic dramedy based on the novel by Graeme Simsion.
- 2015 Jul 13
The Invisible Hand Behind 'Mockingbird'
'The New York Times' takes a look at Tay Hohoff, Harper Lee's editor on 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Girl on the Train...in New York
The film version of 'The Girl on the Train' will reportedly be set in New York as opposed to London.