- 2016 Sep 01
Dennis Cooper's Blog Re-Launched
The artist and author writes that Google will provide all data, which he will upload to a new domain post by post.
Hersey's 'Hiroshima' at 70
In 1946, the 'New Yorker' devoted its entire contents to a 30,000-word article on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The Octavia Project
Jeff VanderMeer and Chana Porter discuss the program dedicated to 13–18 year-old girls from Brooklyn who love sci-fi and fantasy.
Rescue Cat Takes to the Page
Margaret Atwood reimagines the everyday feline as a comic-book superhero.
- 2016 Aug 31
Balancing the Books at Yale UP in London
The departure of highly respected editors has led to a "sense of shock" at the restructuring of Yale University Press in London.
Lena Dunham's New Story Collection
The 'Girls' star and 'Not That Kind of Girl' author is working on 'Best and Always,' to be published by Random House next year.
The Punk Rock Gilmore Girls Book Group
Cookies and wine at WORD bookstore with Legs McNeil, the author of the punk rock classic 'Please Kill Me.'
A Treasure Trove of Kids' Lit
Enter an archive of 6,000 historical children’s books, all digitized and free to read online.
About That Ouija Board
How James Merrill biographer Langdon Hammer summoned the poet's metaphorical spirit in his home.
- 2016 Aug 30
Egyptian Author's Jail Term Upheld
Ahmed Naji must continue a two-year sentence handed down for writing a scene that "violated public modesty."
Some of Us Read Hard
In defense of the ratty paperback, the torn dust jacket, and everyone who beats up their books with love.
Seth Grahame-Smith Sued
Hatchette Book Group has sued the 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' novelist for $500,000.
It's the Brooklyn Book Festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival has announced its 2016 schedule and author lineup.
How I Helped Elmore Leonard
Gregg Sutter on helping the famed crime novelist write his "Hollywood novel," 'Get Shorty.'
- 2016 Aug 29
Ursula Goes to the Library
Ursula K. Le Guin will get the Library of America treatment—a rare honor for any living author, let alone one pigeonholed as a "genre writer."
Langston's New Harlem Renaissance
Will poet Langston Hughes's brownstone on 127th Street in Harlem have a second life as an arts center?
Camille Rankine's Ambivalence
An interview with the author of 'Incorrect Merciful Impulses' on what she sees when she looks at the work she has made.
The Game That Turns Players to Poets
A new video game, 'Elegy for a Dead World,' takes inspiration from Romantic poetry—and asks its players to write their own poems.
What's In a Rare Book?
A humorously sardonic take on the rare book market rounds up some hypothetical titles.
- 2016 Aug 26
W. G. Sebald and the Immigrants
How a friendship with two elderly Jewish refugees inspired the German novelist.
The Medium is the Message
Have e-books failed to live up to their potential? On how we read and how it affects us.
Remembering Max Ritvo
The poet died on Tuesday after succumbing to a rare cancer, and is remembered here by Milkweed publisher and CEO Daniel Slager.
Suzanne Koller's New Book
The fashion director of French 'Vogue' will publish a collection of her work—and the printing is limited to 500 copies.
An examination of the flâneuse, or aimlessly wandering female author, in a contemporary context.
- 2016 Aug 25
Bob Odenkirk to Publish Memoir
The 'Better Call Saul' star will publish his first book of personal essays through Random House.
Bonnie R. Crown Dies at 88
The agent, writer, and lecturer who shepherded the translation of books from Asia died of natural causes on Aug. 17.
N. K. Jemisin Dreams of Sci-Fi
An interview with the author of 'The Fifth Season,' the first black writer to win a Hugo Award for best novel.
The Writing on the Wall
On the best new writing that is blurring the line between literature and visual art.
Welcome to Planet Havana
Cuban science-fiction redefines the future in the ruins of a socialist utopia.
- 2016 Aug 24
True to Brand, Trump Buys Own Book
Donald Trump used campaign donations to buy $55,000 of his own book—which could be illegal.
Supreme Court Looks to Steinbeck
The court will consider a legal standard drawn from ‘Of Mice and Men’ in Moore v. Texas.
The Bookseller Who Became Mayor
Bookseller Karin Wilson is the unlikely mayor-elect of one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama.
'A Little Life' on Television
Hanya Yanagihara's 'A Little Life' has been optioned as a limited series by Scott Rudin.
How Patti Smith Recommends Books
The musician, author, and 'The Killing' cameo actor on how she recommends books.
Truman Capote's Ashes Go to Auction
The ashes belonging to the man behind 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s' and 'In Cold Blood' have a starting price of $2,000.
- 2016 Aug 23
A Novelist, Self-Censored
Perumal Murugan's retreated from the public eye after his novel was attacked in his home state—and now he's back.
Redshelf Shakes Up Textbooks
The e-textbook company has raised $4 million to drive new product development.
The Fall Entertainment Generator
An experiment in media suggestions at 'Vulture' will generate reading and watching suggestions.
The Ancient Book Debate
The debate about e-books versus paper books dovetails with a similar debate in ancient Rome.
Neil Gaiman on Why We Read
In a lecture for an English charity, Neil Gaiman makes the case for what books do for the human experience.
- 2016 Aug 22
The Book No One Can Read
A small Spanish publisher has secured rights to clone the centuries-old Voynich manuscript, written in a language—or code—no one has cracked.
Navy SEAL to Pay Big
The soldier who wrote the book on the Osama bin Laden raid must pay the U.S. government at least $6.8 million.
The Battle for Langston's Home
Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes's $3 million home in Harlem—a rare reminder of a bygone New York.
The Art of the Catalog
Bulky, heavy, pricey, and yet still flourishing. Can art catalogs keep print alive in the digital era?
The Brooklyn Book Festival Kick-Off
Electric Literature, Catapult, Literary Hub, PEN America, and Tumblr will co-host a festival bookend event on September 12.
- 2016 Aug 19
A Year Without Oliver Sacks
Orrin Devinsky remembers his best friend, the writer and psychologist Oliver Sacks, a year after his death.
Corbyn Backs National Libraries
The U.K. Labour leader has pledged his “100% support” to a demonstration highlighting the struggles of Britain's public library service.
How 'H Is for Hawk' Got Made
Ten years ago, a confusing encounter changed Helen Macdonald’s understanding of the connection between humans and nature.
A Letter to Ted Hughes's Daughter
A Letter of advice on how to be a writer from Hughes to his 18-year-old daughter Frieda.
The Archives of Elizabeth Bishop
The discovery of letters Bishop wrote to her psychiatrist has raised questions about “the ethics of archival reconnaissance.”
- 2016 Aug 18
An open letter to the next commander in chief from 50 American poets and writers including Tina Chang and T. C. Boyle.
The Magic Mansion
Thomas Mann's Pacific Palisades home is for sale, and it's become a huge deal in his native Germany.
The Birth of Black Dog Books
A former nurse from Wyoming brings a bookstore to the small town of Newton, N.J.
The Activist Changing Book Publishing
Is Leena Norms, the U.L. vlogger and co-founder of the 'Banging Bookclub,' representative of the changing face of publishing?
Canadian Literature and Video Games
On 'The Long Dark,' a new video game rife with the legacy of Canadian literature.
- 2016 Aug 17
'When We Was Fierce' Gets Pulled
Controversy around author E.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s use of a made-up dialect and stereotypical characters has delayed its publication.
The #Women_Writers Manifesto
The call to arms is intended to foster collaboration "rejecting traditional models of publishing."
100-Year-Old 'Reading is Dead' Pieces
"Think-piece" might be a new term, but articles worrying about the state of American literary taste are as old as the country itself.
The Ultimate Literary Ten-Course Meal
Want to put together a literary feast? Here’s one formulation of an indulgent, nostalgic, delicious literature-inspired meal.
Teffi who? Once a Russian literary superstar, Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya had been long forgotten...until recently.
- 2016 Aug 16
New Voices Award Longlist
PEN International has released the longlist for its 2016 New Voices Award for young writers.
The Underground Railroad's Perilous Lure
The history of the literature of the Underground Railroad provides us with moral comfort—and white heroes.
Clothes in Books
Done right, a character's clothes are everything—a way of describing class, affluence, taste, self-presentation, mental health, and body image.
Harry Potter and the Gay Romance
J.K. Rowling's 'Cursed Child' has drawn fire over its story of male friendship, which some readers feel flirts coyly with gay romance.
The Return of Hemingway's Antlers
Hunter S. Thompson's widow has returned a pair of elk antlers her late partner stole from Ernest Hemingway’s estate in 1964.
- 2016 Aug 15
What Obama Is Reading This Summer
The president is in Martha’s Vineyard for his annual vacation, and he’s packed a hearty and diverse book bag for the beach.
Publishing and Pokémon Go Together
On the evolution of publishing treasure hunts and the future of telling stories digitally in the wake of Pokémon Go.
Read to Understand the Race
Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, David Hare, and more choose books to make sense of the U.S. election.
Interview With a Bookstore
In New Hope, Pa., the iconic Farley's Bookshop, built with help from James Michener and Mr. Rogers, is about to turn 50.
Leaving Home to Go Home
Yaa Gyasi’s ideas about fiction are suffused with her lifelong attention to the fluctuating shadows that race casts on American life.
- 2016 Aug 12
The Enduring Power of 'Watership Down'
With news of a new "Watership Down" animated series, a writer discusses the book's merits.
PEN/Nabokov Award Relaunched
The $50,000 prize will honor a living international author whose work is "of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship."
Six Questions for Colson Whitehead
The author of 'The Underground Railroad,' Oprah's new book-club pick, talks about making fiction from history's great atrocity.
Elena Ferrante's Run-ons
Ferrante’s signature tic is the run-on sentence, a style more obvious in English translation than in Italian.
Adapting 'Le Petit Prince'
Pity the person who tries to adapt Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'Le Petit Prince.' Just ask Orson Welles.
British Humiliation and Harry Potter
On 'Cursed Child,' British literature, and the formative properties of humiliation.
- 2016 Aug 11
Teachers in Children's Literature
A look at favorite teachers appearing in children's books.
Vintage Children's Book Photos
A look at Ellen Cantor's photographs of her children's books.
Gene Luen Yang's Superman
An article on Gene Luen Yang's "New Superman."
Depictions of Female Adolescence
An article discusses depictions of "femaleness" in literature.
'Gilly Hopkins' on Screen
"The Great Gilly Hopkins" will release on October 7.
Getting Books to Black Male Students
An article discusses what can be done to get more books in the hands of black males in schools.
Woodson Talks About Her New Book
An interview with Jacqueline Woodson.
Trump Tower Climber's Book Reference
The Trump Tower climber has referenced Obert Skye's Leven Thumps series.
Scottish Children's Lit. Award Launched
The Significant Contribution to Scottish Children’s Literature Award will be awarded annually.
Ugandan School Pulls Book
Copies of Jacqueline Wilson's "Love Lessons" have been removed from a school in Uganda.
Amy Schumer, By the Book
The comedian, actress, producer and author of “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” reads everything by Elena Ferrante.
The Limitlessness of International Lit
The founders of nonprofit publisher Transit Books on the power of literary translation to bridge cultural divides.
Poems—Memes, But Less Popular
Poems, like Internet memes, are memorable, portable, reproducible variations on a theme.
Writing Female Adolescence
Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality as a strange, feverish thing? Two recent novels redress the balance.
The First Trans Woman in Western Fiction
Dr. Matthew O’Connor of Djuna Barnes's 'Nightwood' was gender dysphoric—in 1936.
- 2016 Aug 10
Make Book Marketing Diverse
Diversity in book publishing isn't just about the writers—its marketing arm matters, too.
Black Science Fiction Writers
Less than 2% of science fiction stories published in 2015 were by black writers, a study has found.
Richard Krinsley Dies at 86
The longtime Scholastic and Random House executive died on July 28 after a brief illness.
Is It Story That Makes Us Read?
The history of plot, literature's very worst endings, and more in a deep dive into story.
New Scottish Children’s Literature Award
The Scottish Book Trust has launched an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to Scottish children’s literature.
Chattanooga 'Readers and wRiters Fair'
The City of Chattanooga is holding its first "Readers and wRiters Fair" to celebrate reading, writing, local authors, and storytellers.
- 2016 Aug 09
Seuss at Midnight
"The Art of Dr. Seuss Exhibition" is now on display in Vancouver, BC.
Harry Potter Comes to Broadway?
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" may be headed to Broadway.
Grace Lin on 'Multicultural' Dilemma
An article by Grace Lin about being named a "multicultural" author and illustrator.