- 2015 Aug 27
Pratchett Was Working on Discworld Books
Terry Pratchett was working on several new Discworld novels right up to his death in March, it has been revealed, as his 41st and final novel in the comic fantasy series is published.
$10M Set Aside in Fifty Shades Suit
Amanda Hayward has been ordered by a Fort Worth judge to set aside $10 million for Jennifer Pedroza, who says she was defrauded out of her share of the royalties for the steamy bestselling novel.
'Secret Garden' Sells 3M in China
Johanna Basford's adult coloring book has sold 3 million copies in China since the book was published there on June 1, the publisher revealed at Beijing International Book Fair.
New York Delays E-book Deal with Amazon
City education officials have shelved a $30 million deal to give students electronic books after advocates complained it would exclude the visually impaired.
Carter Bio Coming
Crown said it has acquired the rights to Kai Bird's biography of President Jimmy Carter, who announced earlier this month that he has metastatic melanoma.
- 2015 Aug 26
Julia Cheiffetz on Her Amazon Experience
In response to the 'New York Times' probe into Amazon's workplace, the former editorial director of Amazon Publishing urges Jeff Bezos to make the company "a more hospitable place for women and parents."
Book Covers of the Summer
Slate asks, why do so many of this year’s book covers have the same design style?
Self-Publishing is Good for All
'Wired' talks to self-published author Shannon Mayer about why the real beneficiary of the DIY book boom is the publishing industry itself.
Mariah Carey to Publish Children's Book
This fall, the singer will make her children's book debut with 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' a picture book inspired by Carey's hit song.
Shakespeare & Co.'s Self-Pub Machine
The Upper East Side bookstore is set to unveil its new look after undergoing a summer-long renovation, which included adding a new Espresso Book Machine.
Martin 'Relieved' After Hugos
George R.R. Martin said that the group of rightwing science fiction writers who tried to swing the results of this weekend’s Hugo awards to their own agenda were “routed” by the majority of fans who “did not like having their choices imposed on us."
- 2015 Aug 25
Teacher's Harry Potter Classroom
A teacher gives her classroom a Harry Potter makeover.
Best Required High School Reading
A list of some favorite books from the high school years.
Kadir Nelson's Cover
Kadir Nelson discusses his cover art for the August 24 issue of The New Yorker.
Chatting with Jason Reynolds
An interview with Jason Reynolds.
You Don't Need Kids to Write For Them
Maile Meloy discusses writing for kids without personally having children.
A 'Legacy of Kings' Adaptation In Works
Simon Helberg will adapt 'A Legacy of Kings.'
This is Your Brain on a Tablet
An article questions whether tablets are harming children's reading development.
Looking for Diversity in Sci-Fi/Fantasy
An author discusses his frustration with the lack of diversity in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.
Thurber Prize History
Nearly 20 years after its founding, the all-male winners' circle for the Thurber Prize for American Humor is finally changing—the three finalists up for the 2015 prize are all women.
Duke Students Reject 'Fun Home'
Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic novel was selected as a summer reading book for the Duke Class of 2019. But some students declined to read it because of its sexual themes and use of nudity.
The Path to This Year's Hugos
Flavorwire on how the 2015 Hugo Awards turned into a "battle over race, gender, and the soul of fandom."
Martin Talks 'GoT'
George R.R. Martin admitted that the 'Game of Thrones' TV show will probably finish before his books.
Vargas Llosa Hits Back
Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has been forced to deny that he sold a story to 'Hola!' magazine in Spain.
Ishiguro Archive Heads to Texas
The archive of award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is heading to the U.S. having been acquired by the University of Texas in Austin.
- 2015 Aug 24
YA for Grownups
Eleven YA books with adult appeal.
'65 Storey Treehouse' Hits Milestone
Andy Griffiths' 'The 65 Storey Treehouse' is the fastest selling Australian book in 10 years.
A Picture Book About Burning Man
Peter Armenia is self-publishing a picture book about Burning Man.
Upcoming Fall Picture Books
A look at 26 newly releasing picture books.
An Interview with John Green
John Green discusses teenagers and writing.
Why Books Are Still Alive and Well
A teenage writer reflects on why physical books persist.
Boy Apologizes for Torn Book
A little boy slips a note in his library book after accidentally tearing a page.
A Home Town Interview with Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen discusses writing and her life in Chapel Hill.
A Look at Illness in YA
An article explores the frequency of illness appearing in YA novels.
Revisiting Madeleine L'Engle
A writer reflects on Madeleine L'Engle's works.
A Conversation with R.L. Stine
An interview with R.L. Stine.
More on the Rabbit Book
Parents weigh in on whether 'The Rabbit Who Wanted to Fall Asleep' really does the trick.
Barber Gets Kids Reading
A barber in Iowa gives kids free haircuts in exchange for them reading to him.
Judy Blume Takes the Stage in L.A.
Judy Blume discusses writing and life in L.A.
'Sleep-Inducing' Rabbit Book Causes Stir
The self-published book 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' is a top-seller, but negative reviews abound.
Podcast 'The Yarn' is Launched
A new podcast is based on Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm's 'Sunny Side Up.'
Books for Haiti
A college French class creates custom books for a Haitian school.
Books and Toys En Route to South Africa
Kids at a Daycare center in Virginia raise funds to buy books and supplies for preschoolers in South Africa.
Pullman Defends the Arts in Schools
Philip Pullman speaks out about the importance of the arts in schools.
Children's Books Banned in Venice
The mayor of Venice sparks controversy over his attempts to ban books from preschool libraries.
Classical References in Children's Books
An article about the many references to the classical world in many children's books.
The Value of Reading Aloud to Kids
A study explores the benefits of reading to children.
Five 'No Awards' at Hugos
Cixin Liu has won the best novel prize at this year’s Hugo Awards, although no awards were given in five categories, reflecting recent controversy over how the prizes are given.
'End of the Tour' Nails a Profession
Rebecca Mead writes about the journalist-subject relationship in the film about David Foster Wallace and David Lipsky.
Kinokuniya to Buy Up Murakami Copies
To fight the emerging dominance of online retailers, major bookstore chain Kinokuniya Co. is ensuring that most customers wanting Haruki Murakami's upcoming essay book will have to visit a brick-and-mortar store.
Jonathan Franzen and Feminism
Mary Elizabeth Williams responds to the novelist's recent remarks on feminism, at Salon.
Morrissey to Release Debut Novel
Nearly two years after Morrissey penned his revealing 'Autobiography,' the singer's words will hit bookshelves again this fall with 'List of the Lost.'
- 2015 Aug 21
Authors Group Seeks DOJ Probe of Amazon
On Thursday, the Authors United group submitted a formal request to the DOJ’s top antitrust official.
The Rise of Phone Reading
How publishers are rethinking books for the small screen.
Hiking Memoirs Don't Go the Distance
Why are the three most famous accounts of hiking three of the world’s most famous long-distance trails written by people who did not hike the whole distance?
Ten Things I Learned as Debut Novelist
Victoria Namkung writes about her experience for the Huffington Post.
Do We Need the Lost Fitzgerald Story?
Writers of this stature often leave a sizable amount of unpublished work—usually for a good reason.
- 2015 Aug 20
Author Defends the Humanities
Philip Pullman attacks ‘barbarian’ downgrading of U.K. arts education.
Book Banning in Italy
Book Ban for Preschool Libraries in Venice Ignites a Gay Rights Battle.
It's All Greek (and Latin) to Kids
From Harry Potter to Hunger Games: the classical jokes hiding in your favorite children’s books.
Librarians Making a Difference
Fifty Pounds of Books, Paper, and Toys Delivered to South African Preschoolers.
Books by the Pound
A 50-pound suitcase of books was delivered to South African preschoolers care of some kind people.
In Support of Quiet Authors
The Independent argues in favor of authors like Elena Ferrante, who are only visible through their books.
Elisabeth Egan's Fictional Amazon
Editor-turned-novelist Elisabeth Egan has invented a fictional Amazon.com.
Novel Requires App
UK novelist Iain Pears's new novel is so complicated, you need an app to help you follow all its threads.
Authors React to Authonomy Closure
UK online writing community Authonomy is closing. Here are reactions from authors who use and read it.
- 2015 Aug 19
Venice Book Ban Sparks Gay Rights Battle
The city's mayor has ignited a lively debate about the right of educators to choose their teaching tools without political interference, and about Italy’s continuing struggle with broadening civil rights for gays.
Custom Books for Haiti School
Students in a college French class have helped fill the empty shelves of an underprivileged Haiti school by writing and illustrating 90 custom books.
The 'NYT' Portrayal of Amazon
The paper's public editor, Margaret Sullivan, writes about the recent takedown of Amazon's workplace in a 'New York Times' feature.
Jane Austen, the Rom Com
The life of Jane Austen is being dramatized yet again in an upcoming romantic comedy called 'Jane by the Sea,' based on the novel by Carolyn V. Murray.
A Conversation With James Wood
The 'New Yorker' critic talks with Slate about how technology is changing reading, how aging changes critics, and what he’d change about his David Foster Wallace review.
- 2015 Aug 18
Bedtime Stories for Young Brains
Two studies show the clear benefits of reading aloud to children.
'Drinkable Book' Filters Dirty Water
A new invention promises to make dirty drinking water potable by filtering it through the pages of a book.
UA Press Staffers Rehired
University of Akron President Scott Scarborough announced that the two staff members of the University of Akron Press will be rehired, two weeks after they and 159 other university employees were laid off.
Elton John Joins Protest
The singer has waded into a fight over the withdrawal of picture books about same-sex families from Venice’s schools.
Setting the Price for Your Novel
Careful pricing is one of the keys to success, writes the Huffington Post.
- 2015 Aug 17
'NYT' Goes Inside Amazon
The article that all of publishing is talking about: the 'New York Times' feature on the workplace environment at the online retail giant.
Bezos Defends His Company
Jeff Bezos sent a memo to Amazon employees this weekend, obtained by GeekWire, which says he doesn’t recognize the company described in the 'New York Times' article.
PubSlush to Close
The online community that specialized in connecting writers with potential funding and reading audiences is closing down on August 21.
A book that reportedly uses psychological techniques to send children to sleep quickly is topping Amazon's charts in the U.K.
100 of the Best Novels in English
After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English, at the 'Guardian.'
- 2015 Aug 14
Read Like the President
President Obama shares his six-book summer reading list.
Volumes of Murakami
Haruki Murakami's advice column has become an eight-volume book.
'Dune,' Climate Fiction Pioneer
The ecological lessons of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, which turns 50 this year, were ahead of its time.
'Super Thursday' in the U.K.
More than 500 titles will be published in the U.K. on October 8.
The E-book Effect
The BBC asks, did technology kill the book, or give it new life?
- 2015 Aug 13
Author Mark Haddon is "puzzled" as a high school in Tallahassee, Fla., withdraws 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ' from the school’s reading program amid concerns over swearing.
Oldest Multicolored Print Book
Cambridge University Library recently digitized the first multicolor printed book, a 17th-century artist manual that was so fragile in physical form that it had previously never even been opened.
FT & McKinsey 2015 Longlist
The promise and perils of technology dominate the longlist for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Garcia Marquez's Return Home
The ashes of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez are heading to the country of his birth, Colombia.
Textbooks Are Going Digital
But, 'Forbes' asks,' will that put college bookstores out of business?
- 2015 Aug 12
Angelina Jolie Pitt to Exec Produce Animated Film ‘The Breadwinner,’ based on Deborah Ellis’s YA novel.
How Do You Say ‘Wimpy Kid' in Latin?
Vatican official translates bestselling children’s book.
'Curious' Book Banning
'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' pulled from children's reading list.
Clinton's Book Tour
Chelsea Clinton will embark on a 20-city tour for her first book, 'It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going.'
Back in Black
Jack Black to narrate R.L. Stine & Marc Brown’s picture book, 'Little Shop of Monsters.'
'Just Kids' to the Small Screen
Showtime has acquired the rights to Patti Smith’s memoir, 'Just Kids,' for a limited series to be co-written and produced by Smith and John Logan.
Tolkien's First Fantasy Story Coming
The teenage J.R.R Tolkien’s dark retelling of a Finnish epic poem will be published later this month for the first time.
'Girl on the Train’ Tops 3 Million
The novel, which came out in January, recently reached three million in sales in the United States alone.
The Novel is Dead. Or Is It?
Liesl Schillinger and Benjamin Moser talk about why the novel’s demise so regularly looms, for the 'New York Times.'