- 2014 Sep 22
'Perfectly Normal,' Often Banned
Banned Books Week kicks off Sunday: Each year, the American Library Association takes this week to sponsor events all over the country to talk about the books that shock, offend and generally make Americans uncomfortable.
Vintage to Release Márquez E-books
Six months after his death at 87, Gabriel García Márquez is finally getting a digital makeover.
Mantel Fires Back
Hilary Mantel has delivered a defiant response to criticism of her imagined account of the killing of Margaret Thatcher by an IRA sniper.
First 'Gone Girl' Reviews In
The film is coming out on October 3, and should basically kick off Oscar season, and if the trade reviews are any indication, it’ll make money and generate awards buzz for its lead actors.
Amazon Workers Walk Out in Germany
For at least the third time in 2014, Amazon has been hit by a walkout at its German warehouses.
- 2014 Sep 19
Clancy's Estate Prompts Dispute
When Tom Clancy died in 2013, he left behind an estate worth $83 million. Lawyers for his widow are arguing in court that she shouldn't have to pay $6 million in taxes, and that instead, the burden should be shifted to the four children from his first marriage.
'Fault in Our Stars' Crosses $300M
The modestly-budgeted film will gross over $300 million worldwide by week’s end for Fox. If ever there was a perfect storm in releasing a film, this was it.
Amazon Carrier Billing
Germans can now pay for digital purchases in their monthly phone bill.
Chast Talks NBA Longlist
Roz Chast finds herself right at the center of conversation in the publishing world as the only woman to make the National Book Award’s 2014 nonfiction longlist.
Bookstore Battle Comes to an End
Fired Book Culture employees returned to work with higher wages and health benefits following a summer showdown with the management.
- 2014 Sep 18
Jon Scieszka Speaks Up
An interview with Jon Scieszka.
Radcliffe On Space Travel, Etc.
An interview with Daniel Radcliffe.
What's In a Name?
Unraveling the mystery behind J.K. Rowling's name.
Maas on the 'Throne.'
An interview with Sarah J. Maas on the Throne of Glass series.
Roald Dahl Confections
Roald Dahl Cakes.
Elizabeth Banks Reads 'Mockingjay'
Elizabeth Banks demonstrates the 6 stages of reading "Mockingjay."
Jazz Jennings on Her Picture Book
Jazz Jennings discusses her picture book, "I Am Jazz."
Before Drones Were Cool
The children's book "Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy," published 40 years ago, envisioned a world with drones.
Terry Pratchett Shares Writing Process
Terry Pratchett on writing 'Dragons At Crumbling Castle.'
Kids' Books Meet Contemporary Novels
Classic children's book and contemporary novel mashups.
Picture Book Bios of Black Women
Eighteen picture books about black women who made history.
The Minimalist Oz
A look at "Classics Reimagined: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli.
Lessons From 'Lord of the Flies'
What "Lord of the Flies" teaches us about boys.
Scary Stories Are Good For Kids
Actor Ben Miller believes that scary stories help kids grapple with real life anxieties.
Kids Do Read the Book First
A study shows that kids are reading the books that the movies are based on.
'The Pushcart War' Still Resonates
A reflection on Jean Merrill's "The Pushcart War."
The Harry Potter Effect
A look at the impact of Harry Potter on the world.
Women Dominate Short Story Award
Yesterday, the BBC announced an all-female author shortlist for its National Short Story Award.
Bechdel to Write New Graphic Memoir
Alison Bechdel, one of the new "Genius Grant" winners, has sold her next book, 'The Secret to Superhuman Strength,' to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for publication in 2017.
A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books, but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobiographies.
Dahl Takes the Cake
Amazing Roald Dahl cakes that Wonka himself would be proud of.
Rivers Intro in New Book
Joan Rivers, who died September 4, is the opening act for 'Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food,' set to be published in December by powerHouse Books.
- 2014 Sep 17
2014 MacArthur Fellows Named
The artists among this year’s winners include cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel.
As Big as the Ritz
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald live on in inspiring new books.
Austen Fans Set New World Record
This past weekend, hundreds of Jane Austen devotees descended upon the British city of Bath to celebrate the author’s work at the annual Jane Austen Festival—and they set a Guinness World Record in the process.
The Strand Evacuated
Tuesday afternoon, an irritant, possibly pepper spray, was released in The Strand Bookstore in New York City. The bookstore was evacuated, and those who inhaled the irritant were treated on the scene.
Kerouac Letters on the Block
Skinner Inc. is auctioning a newly discovered cache of letters by Jack Kerouac, dating back to 1939.
- 2014 Sep 16
Patterson Donates to the Troops
The author and his publisher Little, Brown, are giving away 180,000 copies of his hardcovers to the U.S. armed forces.
'The Power Broker' Turns Forty
Forty years ago today, Robert Caro’s magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses rewrote the rules of biography.
My Ugly Inner Battle
How jealousy poisoned one writer's friendship with 'Fault in Our Stars' author John Green.
Pistorius's Agent Denies Memoir
Oscar Pistorius' manager, Peet van Zyl, is walking back suggestions that Pistorius was planning to write a memoir about his shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Gorey’s Vintage Paperback Covers
Writer, illustrator, spooky legend of the macabre Edward Gorey spent the 1950s as the art editor for Doubleday’s new editions of Anchor paperbacks.
- 2014 Sep 15
Hachette Writers Target Amazon Board
Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and their allies, is appealing directly to Amazon’s board. It is warning the board that the reputation of the retailer, and of the directors themselves, is at risk.
Penguin Beats Nine to Parker Book
In the U.K., Penguin Press has signed a new book from comedian and mathematician Matt Parker after a nine-publisher auction, where all bids were made in prime numbers, numbers derived from pi, and other mathematical figures.
An 'Outcast' of Japan's Literary World
Haruki Murakami talks to Steven Poole about mystery and music in his fiction, and how his presence in the Japanese literary scene is a "touchy topic."
Line by Line, E-books Go Poetry Friendly
More than a decade into the e-book revolution, poetry publishers are scrambling to carve out a place in the digital market.
Audible Loophole, Free Downloads
A teenager in India has discovered a major loophole in Amazon-owned audio book retailer Audible that allows anyone to download an unlimited amount of audio books for free.
- 2014 Sep 12
Pubs Have 'Rolled Over,' Says Carey
Novelist Peter Carey has said that publishers historically “have just rolled over for Amazon," and need to take some responsibility for the online retailer’s current dominance.
Queens Library Chief Placed on Leave
Thomas Galante has been put on indefinite leave from the library, pending the results of a full financial audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and the outcome of a probe of the library’s construction projects by the FBI and the city’s Department of Investigation.
Why Indies Are On the Rise Again
Borders and B&N tried to compete with Amazon, and failed. Independent stores can’t even try—nor do they have to.
Crowdfunding for Blake's Cottage
A campaign to crowdfund the £520,000 needed to buy the cottage on the Sussex coast where William Blake hymned "England’s green and pleasant land" is due to launch next week.
Amazon Expanding in Seattle
The online-retail giant submitted two different proposals to build two additional towers, in different configurations, across from the three blocks already designated for 37- or 38-story buildings at its future high-rise campus in Denny Triangle.
- 2014 Sep 11
Amazon to Triple Its London Workforce
The e-commerce giant will relocate from its current base in Slough to a 15-storey Principal Place in Shoreditch in 2017.
'NYT' Remembers Lottman
The 'New York Times' obituary for Herbert R. Lottman, biographer and longtime European correspondent for 'Publishers Weekly.'
Publishers Gave Away 122M Books in WWII
In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles.
Why 'Gatsby' Is the Greatest of All
Maureen Corrigan spoke with 'USA Today' about her new book, 'So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures.'
Lena Dunham is Not Done Confessing
A profile of Lena Dunham, ahead of the September 30 publication of her essay collection, 'Not That Kind of Girl.'
- 2014 Sep 10
Author Says Novel Was Plagiarized
A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own.
Amazon vs Hachette, Wait for Audiobooks
Cory Doctorow writes it is "profoundly, heartbreakingly naive to expect that Amazon will be any less ruthless in exploiting the advantage it is being handed over audiobooks than it has been in its exploitation of e-books."
Rebooting Christie’s Poirot
Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s fastidious Belgian detective, is resurrected in Sophie Hannah’s new mystery, 'The Monogram Murders,' the first new Poirot story since Christie’s death in 1976.
Magic Building Where English Majors Work
Making sense of creative writing’s job problem, in an essay from the Millions.
Has the Internet killed thoughtful, prolonged engagement with a text—or are we nostalgic for a reading Eden that never existed?
- 2014 Sep 09
The World's Top Earning Authors
Watch out Danielle Steel and Stephen King - the kids are coming. The world’s top-earning authors list includes three newcomers who made more than $9 million each in the last year - and were born after 1970.
Most Loved Books, According to Facebook
Twenty of the most beloved books according to Facebook users.
Gatsby's Success Story
How F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic went from a moldering flop to a great American novel.
Richards Talks New Book
Keith Richards talks about writing books, new music, touring with the Stones in 2015, and social media.
Celebrating Tolstoy's Birthday
Google has created an interactive doodle to commemorate the 186th birthday of Leo Tolstoy.
- 2014 Sep 08
Are Women Today's Best Crime Writers?
The hard-boiled detective tradition is getting tired, says Salon's Laura Miller, who offers some "genre- and gender-bending alternatives."
Amazon 'Actively Pursuing Destruction'
Former Atlantic Books chief executive Toby Mundy has warned that Amazon’s goal to take half of publishers’ profits is driving companies “to the wall.”
Checking Out America's Libraries
Infographics with factoids about the more than 120,000 libraries in the U.S.
Identifying Jack the Ripper?
A new book out this week called 'Naming Jack The Ripper' claims to have uncovered the serial killer's identity with the help of DNA analysis.
Kelly Lands Book Deal
Former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has inked a book deal with Hachette for an untitled memoir to be published in fall 2015.
- 2014 Sep 05
Atwood's New Work, Next Century
Margaret Atwood will never know what readers think of the piece of fiction she is currently working on, because the unpublished, unread manuscript from the novelist will be locked away for the next 100 years.
Should Writers Be Paid to Read?
As Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton creates a grant allowing authors paid reading time, Ben Travis at the 'Guardian' argues for the importance of the investment.
Amazon's Long-Term Strategy
NPR's Laura Sydell reports the company is willing to risk upsetting some customers and authors temporarily as it pursues a long-term strategy for books.
Online Booksellers vs. Campus Stores
The rise of online textbook retailers such as Chegg, Amazon, and Half.com, has put official college and university bookstores on the defensive.
'Gone Girl' Film Cuts Close to the Book?
The forthcoming movie may adhere to Gillian Flynn's mega bestseller more than may have been previously suggested.
- 2014 Sep 04
Clooney to Direct 'Hack Attack' Film
George Clooney is set to direct an adaptation of the book 'Hack Attack' by 'Guardian' journalist Nick Davies, an account of Davies’ investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire which uncovered the phone-hacking scandal that rocked the British establishment and resulted in the closure of the 'News of the World.'
Sleep Like a Literary Legend
These rentals were once the apartments, writing studios and educational institutions of icons, including Charles Dickens, James Joyce and John Steinbeck.
'USA Today' Books Reporter Among Layoffs
The paper cut around 70 positions yesterday, including that of Bob Minzesheimer, who had been the books reporter for 17 years.
Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking
Readers might think nonfiction books are the most reliable media sources there are, but "accuracy scandals haven't reformed an industry that faces no big repercussions for errors," says Kate Newman at the 'Atlantic.'
Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Found
The first 10 pages of an unpublished and untitled Tennessee Williams play about D. H. Lawrence; his wife, Frieda; Katherine Mansfield; and her husband, John Middleton Murr, were found in an archive at the Harry Ransom Center.
- 2014 Sep 03
Seven Famous Author Feuds
No matter which popular author you disdain, you're bound to find yourself in good company: There's no love lost between these writers.
Unusual and Beautiful Libraries
Photographer Robert Dawson spent 18 years traveling across the United States to capture hundreds of public libraries.
Visible Voice to Shutter
The Cleveland independent bookstore will be closing its doors on September 27.
The Start of a New Genre?
'The Right Sort,' by David Mitchell, was written entirely in tweets, but he wasn’t the first author to experiment with ultra-short storytelling.
Weinstein Buys 'Esio Trot'
The Weinstein Co. has secured all U.S. rights, except theatrical, to 'Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,' starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. The 90-minute T.V. adaptation was originally commissioned by BBC One.
- 2014 Sep 02
Nick Cannon, Author
The singer and TV personality has a book of children's poems scheduled to bow in March.
Libraries: A place for authors?
Increasingly one of the library's services is helping authors.
Common Core, State by State
The AP offers a 50-state look at how Common Core is playing out across the country.
Ten of the Worst Jobs in Literature
In honor of Labor Day, Flavorwire counted them down.
How We Can Fix Scientific Publishing
TechCrunch tells us how the digital revolution can change scientific publishing.
- 2014 Aug 29
Greer: E-books 'Should Cost Pennies'
Writer Germaine Greer has said that e-books should “cost pennies” and accused people of having an “irrational attachment to the [printed] book."
Two guys, Two Books
Sipped drinks, berry tarts and the new literary book tour.
World's Most Expensive New Book
'Cosmetic Surgeon Marketing Motto: The Secret Recipe To Grow Referrals' includes a $10,000 Consultation Certificate which entitles each buyer of the book to eight one hour one-on-one consultation telephone calls with the authors.
Please Do Not Disturb
Ten things that happen when you can't put down a good book, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
Best Pinterest Boards for Bookish Types
There’s a big, wonderful world of bookish websites out there. Book Riot points you to some of its favorites.
- 2014 Aug 28
Classic Children's Books for Adults
Books for kids that adults also love.
Horrifying Moments in Children's Lit.
Disturbing and memorable moments in children's literature.
Best Seller List Descriptions
Recognizing YA books by "New York Times" bestsellers lists.