- 2015 Feb 27
B&N Stock Soars
Barnes & Noble stock closed up nearly 7% Thursday following news that the 658-store book chain was going to keep its embattled Nook e-reader rather than spin it off.
Amazon Hires Jay Carney
The former press secretary to President Obama is joining Amazon as senior v-p for global corporate affairs, a new position, the retailer said Thursday.
New Bill Bryson Coming
Bill Bryson’s first travel book in 15 years will be published by Transworld in the U.K. in autumn.
The Few, the Proud, the Independent
Contending first with the chains and more recently with Amazon, independent booksellers find survival tough but not impossible and lately new stores are thriving.
Connecticut Town Pursues Sendak Museum
Three years after Maurice Sendak's death, his western Connecticut hometown of Ridgefield is pursuing a museum honoring the author of 'Where the Wild Things Are.'
- 2015 Feb 26
William Wondriska's "Puff" is being reissued.
Neil Gaiman Tweets
Funny tweets from Neil Gaiman.
Photos of Children Transformed
An artist creates art based on photos of kids.
Catching Up with M.T. Anderson
An interview with M.T. Anderson.
Female Sci-Fi Authors
A look at female science fiction authors.
'Crayons' Cover Reveal
The cover for "The Day the Crayons Came Home" is revealed.
A Maurice Sendak museum may open in his home town.
Jimmy Kimmel's Book Club
Jimmy Kimmel's Book Club returns.
How We Talk About YA
An article about how we categorize and discuss YA literature.
'Circus Mirandus' Heads to Screen
Cassie Beasley's "Circus Mirandus" has been optioned for film.
'What Kids Are Reading'
U.K. "What Kids Are Reading" report shows dystopia, comedies, and John Green top list.
Assessing the Health of Indies
The 'New York Times' takes a look at the trajectory of independent bookshops.
Publishers Stand By O'Reilly
Book publishers for Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly say they stand behind 'Killing Kennedy,' despite questions that have been raised about O'Reilly's reporting.
The First 'Real Book' Munro Read
In an essay originally printed in 1962, several years before Alice Munro’s first book was published, the author describes “the first real book” she ever read: Charles Dickens’s 'A Child’s History of England.'
Bonnie Slotnick Opens In New Space
The cookbook store began a new chapter Wednesday afternoon by debuting its new East Village location.
German Publisher to Go Subscription
Bastei Lübbe bought the German e-bookstore Beam last September, and has now revealed plans to launch an e-book subscription service next year.
- 2015 Feb 25
Borderlands to Stay in Business
Less less than 48 hours after the San Francisco bookstore posted a potential solution to its demise Thursday, it reached its own goal to avoid closure. More than 300 people signed up for $100 annual sponsorships, meaning the shop will stay afloat for at least the next year.
Former 'Times' Editor Writing a Book?
The 'New York Post' reports that former 'New York Times' executive editor Jill Abramson is shopping a book on the future of the news business.
Germany Preps for 'Mein Kampf' Printing
The country is getting ready for the first new run of Adolf Hitler's autobiographical manifesto since the end of World War II.
The U.K.'s Favorite Opening Line
J.M. Barrie's classic 'Peter Pan' is the book with the U.K.'s favorite opening line, according to a new poll.
'I Was Here' Gets Optioned
New Line is reuniting with Gayle Forman, the author behind the company’s adaptation of 'If I Stay,' optioning the movie rights to Forman’s latest bestseller, the mystery romance 'I Was Here.'
- 2015 Feb 24
Celebrating Black History
Twenty-six children's books about black figures throughout history.
Items to Find after Lost 'Suess'
A tongue-in-cheek list of items to discover now that the lost Suess book has been found.
'Bea Catcher Chronicles' Adapted
ABC Family is adapting Oliva Samm's "The Bea Catcher Chronicles" for television.
Nebula Award Nominees
Nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards are announced.
The Finnish National Opera presents a Moomin ballet.
Celebrating Bank Street
A celebration for Bank Street Book Store's new location.
Cover reveals for upcoming YA books.
YA Movie Adaptations
A roundup of upcoming YA movie adaptations.
On Trying to Do Too Much
An author and her agent discuss the nitty-gritty of finding a book's identity.
'Huck Finn' Misreadings
An essay about the complexity of "Huckleberry Finn" and Twain's intentions in writing it.
Teen authors discuss the pros and cons of publishing so early in their careers.
Old Fairy Tales Made New
An editor and translator discusses her new collection of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth's fairy tales.
Goodbye to Horrid Henry
"Horrid Henry's Cannibal Curse" will be the last book in Francesca Simon's series.
A History of YA
A look at YA over the last several decades.
Why Young Adults are Reading Print
An article discusses how many young adults prefer to read in print.
Why Do Adults Read YA? An Answer.
Chuck Wendig responds to The Guardian's question about why so many adults read YA.
Why Do Adults Read YA?
An article about why so many adults are reading YA books.
Maya Angelou 'Forever'
The iconic poet and author who died last year at 86 will be honored with a "Forever" stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.
Carver, the Baleful Star of 'Birdman'
How the director of 'Birdman' drew inspiration from the short story writer Raymond Carver.
S&S Faces Unpaid Intern Suits
Simon & Schuster is one of the latest companies to face proposed class actions in New York state court, accusing them of misclassifying their interns as ineligible for minimum wages, according to Friday filings.
Struggling Writer Gets Oprah Nod
First-time author Cynthia Bond speaks to NPR about 'Ruby' being picked as the next Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.
Adults Reading YA
'The Guardian' asks, why have YA books appealed to so many people beyond their target audience?
- 2015 Feb 23
Waterstones Boss on Taking on Amazon
James Daunt, the chief exec of the U.K.'s only national book chain, has finally stemmed years of losses. So what's he going to do about his online rivals?
Deal Reached in Dockworker Dispute
Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports, which included books imported from Asia.
'Fifty Shades' Tops the Box Office Again
With a worldwide total of $413 million.
Can Sponsorship Save Small Bookstores?
The 'New Yorker' on Borderlands' attempt to keep its doors open.
A Guide to the Books Behind the Oscars
An infographic about the nominated films and their source material.
- 2015 Feb 20
The Caldecott Winner Who Gave Back
Ed Emberley won children’s books' highest honor, then he taught us all to draw.
Thanhha Lai on NPR
The NBA-winning author talks about her new book, 'Listen, Slowly.'
New Kids TV Adaptations
Amazon greenlights series based on the I Stink! books by Kate and Jim McMullan.
The Best Is Yet to Come
An Early 2015 Picture Book Preview.
Kids Books Are Never Just For Kids
Many adults re-read books that had a big impact in childhood. So why are children’s books not considered worthy of major awards?
Sherlock Holmes Story Found in Attic
An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years.
E-book of Malcolm X Autobiography Coming
One of the last major digital holdouts, 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X,' should soon be available as an e-book, according to the attorney for the late activist's estate.
The Best of Murakami’s Advice Column
Vulture has collected (and translated) some of the Japanese author's best responses to reader-submitted questions.
Story Behind the 'First Edition' 'Iliad'
The propmaster on the film 'The Boy Next Door' reveals the secret of the "first edition" of 'The Iliad.'
It's A Woman's Universe
The ladies of science fiction.
- 2015 Feb 19
From Page to Screen
The 'American Sniper' screenwriter on the challenges of adapting a book into a movie.
Blacklisted from Birth
A Letter from Langston Hughes.
Where Can Amazon Fly Its Drones?
The FAA's proposed drone rules clip the wings of Amazon’s Prime Air delivery service in the U.S., but the online retailer could be eyeing other countries for testing to keep momentum going.
Turning Books Into Visual Art
A Russian artist buys old books in bulk, flings open their pages then paints them with old-fashioned surrealist scenes.
Fire Chief Files Suit
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired after self-publishing a book criticizing homosexuality, has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed.
- 2015 Feb 18
Amazon's Drone Plans Nixed By Regulators
The retailer's drone delivery plans appear to have been shot down by U.S. regulators, who have proposed new rules that would require operators to keep the flying machines in their line of sight.
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood
The last days of a genius.
Mailer Set for the Big Screen
Norman Mailer‘s historical fact-based novel 'The Armies of the Night' has been optioned for big screen adaptation by RadicalMedia, the company announced Tuesday.
E-books Up in the Air
Digital resources in the form of e-books, audiobooks, and other media are beginning to take flight across the country by way of airport library branches.
'LA Times,' Award-Winning Journo Team Up
The 'Los Angeles Times' has announced a venture with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to establish #EmergingUS, a multimedia platform which will explore the evolving American identity in the 21st century.
- 2015 Feb 17
Why 'Mockingbird' Won't Die
Sam Tanenhaus on why Harper Lee's first book continues to occupy the exalted place it does.
Britain's Dream Jobs
The three most desirable jobs in Britain are an author, a librarian and an academic, according to a new study that suggests the country is increasingly bookish in its career aspirations.
Princeton Gifted $300M in Rare Books
A Princeton University alum has bequeathed to the school his collection of 2,500 rare books worth an estimated worth of $300 million - the largest single donation in the school's history, officials said.
Confessions of a Comma Queen
A 'New Yorker' copy editor’s life in grammar.
Pharrell Gets Happier
Grammy Award-winning performer Pharrell Williams has an agreement with Putnam Books for Young Readers for four picture books, starting with one inspired by his hit song, 'Happy.'
- 2015 Feb 13
Your YA BFF
A quiz to find out your best friend from YA.
Anti-Vaccine Picture Book Causes Stir
An anti-vaccine children's book on Amazon draws attention.
Dana Schwartz making fun of YA dystopian books via Twitter.
Funny Takes on Classic Books
A father writes a tongue-in-cheek critique of classic children's books.
Theatre Company Premieres
Minneapolis’ Children's Theatre Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with five premieres.
Anne Tyler on 'The Little House'
Anne Tyler was profoundly influenced by Virginia Lee Burton's "The Little House."
Niven Credits Woolf for Inspiration
Jennifer Niven was inspired by Virginia Woolf when writing the love song between characters in "All the Bright Places."
'I Am Malala' Grammy Win
"I Am Malala" wins a Grammy for best children's album.
A Review of 'Tuck Everlasting'
A review of the new musical adaptation of "Tuck Everlasting."
Weinstein 'Sunshine Girl' Prediction
Harvey Weinstein thinks that Paige McKenzie's "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl" will be next big YA property.
Lauren Oliver to Adapt 'Panic'
Universal has hired Lauren Oliver to write the screenplay for her novel "Panic."
'The Terrible Two' Heads to Big Screen
Universal options Mac Barnett and Jory John's "The Terrible Two."
Carnegie and Greenaway Longlists
The longlists for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals are announced.
Waterstones Prize Shortlist
Louise O’Neill, Robin Stevens, Steve Antony, and Sally Green are among the authors shortlisted for the Waterstones children's book prize.
'NYT' Critic and Author David Carr Dies
David Carr, media columnist at the 'New York Times' and author of 'The Night of the Gun' died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.
Amazon is Killing Your Mailman
A postal worker on why the online retailer's Sunday service is a labor travesty.
Telling Letter From Hemingway's Widow
The mystery of whether Ernest Hemingway’s widow volunteered or was coerced into leaving their Cuban house to the nation has come a step closer to being solved.
Franco to Star in King Adaptation
James Franco will star as Jake Epping in the Hulu original series '11/22/63,' based on Stephen King's bestselling 2011 novel of the same name.
KU Launches in Canada
Continuing the roll-out of the e-book subscription service which launched in the U.S. last summer, Kindle Unlimited has now been established in Canada, with over 750,000 titles available to readers.
- 2015 Feb 12
Who Will Miss Jon Stewart the Most?
Joan Rivers's Daughter Penning Book
Melissa Rivers, the only child of late comedian Joan Rivers, will write about their relationship in a book to be published later this year by Crown.
'50 Shades,' Not the End of Civilization
"Mommy porn" brings romance-novel fantasies to mass culture for the first time, and everyone is freaking out, says Salon's Laura Miller.