- 2014 Oct 31
Springsteen, By the Book
The musician and author of the new picture book 'Outlaw Pete' reveals what books are on his night stand.
To Write and Die in L.A.
Charles Bukowski, Iceberg Slim, Octavia Butler and Truman Capote are among the writers buried in L.A.
'Kitteridge' Hits the Small Screen
The 'New York Times' reviews HBO's adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, 'Olive Kitteridge.'
The Bookery to Close
The Pueblo, Colo. store that that first opened more than 60 years ago, will close after today, current owner Faith Bent said.
Bonnier Buys Igloo Books
Bonnier says the acquisition makes the publisher a "dominant force" in children's mass market publishing.
- 2014 Oct 30
Would You Pay $5K For This Book?
Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of 'Rolling Stones,' which officially goes on sale in December.
Galway Kinnell Dies At 87
The poet, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vt.
New York Times Best Illustrated Books
Every year since 1952, the 'Book Review' has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. Here are the 2014 winners.
Florida Bookstore Seeks Nonprofit Status
The owners of Wild Iris Books, the last feminist bookstore in Florida, are pursuing a nonprofit status in order to keep the store open.
Trick? Or Treat?
Favorite books reimagined as candy wrappers.
- 2014 Oct 29
Why the Amazon, Publishing Fight Matters
At his blog, Dr. Syntax, former Bloomsbury Press publisher Peter Ginna responds to Matt Yglesias' piece on why "Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers."
Stine Writes a Short Story on Twitter
Prolific author R.L. Stine is celebrating Halloween a little early this year by publishing his latest story entirely on Twitter.
E-book Prices May Rise As VAT Kicks In
Publishers and retailers will aim to prevent e-book prices from soaring when a new European-wide VAT law on digital products is introduced on January 1, 2015.
10 Tolkien Facts You Might Not Know
Mental Floss offers a list of things even the most ardent fans don't know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
'The Blank Screen Is the Enemy'
The Millions interviews David Mitchell.
- 2014 Oct 28
What Book Should You Read Next?
More and more, computer-generated recommendations run our lives. But are they really the best way to expand your cultural horizons?
A.S. Byatt Siding with Amazon
“I can’t speak against Amazon,” said the Booker winner. “As a writer I wouldn’t be who I am without them sending the right books out, and not only that, but sending them tomorrow."
A Band of Her Own
Tapes from Anne Sexton's little known musical side project.
Rakuten Launches New U.K. Website
The Japanese e-commerce company will sell physical titles and audiobooks via third party retailers through the new site, and plans to “focus on empowering more independent retailers to sell online in the U.K.”
Sale anticipated for Germany's Thalia
The dismantling of German retailing group Douglas by its American owners Advent International is gathering pace, and with it speculation that a sale of the Douglas-owned book chain Thalia is imminent, possibly even this year.
- 2014 Oct 27
From 'Fifty Shades' to 'After'
Why publishers want fan fiction to go mainstream.
Copyright Law and Amazon
"Ill-conceived" copyright regulations give Amazon excessive power, to the detriment of publishers, authors, and the reading public, by locking consumers into Kindle's book platform, making it hard for new e-book platforms to gain traction, says Timothy B. Lee at Vox.
Lost Malcolm Lowry Novel Published
A novel by British-born author Malcolm Lowry is being published 70 years after its manuscript was thought to have been destroyed in a fire.
Closing a Chapter of a Literary Life
“I felt that I had one more book in me that could be special and sincere and extraordinary,” Michel Faber tells the 'New York Times.' Faber says his new novel, 'The Book of Strange Things,' will be his last.
How Archie Went From Dull to Daring
Archie used to be the safest, squarest comic book franchise out there. But in the past few years, something changed.
- 2014 Oct 24
Pottermore to Release Story on Halloween
J.K. Rowling’s pottermore.com will post a new original story about a key character from the Harry Potter books on Halloween.
Didion Doc Kickstarter Raises $80k
Joan Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct a documentary about his aunt, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 roughly 24 hours later.
Do Book Prizes Matter?
Winning the Man Booker really, really changed Richard Flanagan's life.
Dashner's Page to Screen Picks
'The Maze Runner' author James Dashner offers a list of his favorite adaptations.
A 21st Century Literary Movement
It’s not science fiction, it’s not realism, but hovers in the unsettling zone in between. From Philip K. Dick to Stephen King, Damien Walter takes a tour through transrealism, the emerging genre aiming to kill off "consensus reality."
- 2014 Oct 23
A 'Milestone' for Stone
Tanya Stone to publish 100th book.
On the interwoven "Seven" series of YA books.
Gevinson's 'Rookie's Yearbook Three'
An article about Tavi Gevinson and "Rookie's Yearbook Three."
Lessons from 'The Giving Tree'
An article on the sometimes uncomfortable content in "The Giving Tree."
On 'Rock and Roll Highway'
Sebastian Robertson on his picture book "Rock and Roll Highway," about his father Robbie Robertson.
'Marcel the Shell' and Jenny Slate
An article about Jenny Slate, creator of "Marcel the Shell."
'We Need Books' Launches
Pearson and First Book to spearhead "We Need Books" digital platform.
On Successful YA Authors
YA authors discuss writing winning YA.
Rowling Tweets On Writing and Drinking
J.K. Rowling dispels rumors via Twitter.
Does It Matter What Kids Read?
An article addressing the question of whether all reading is good reading.
Gould on Amazon vs. Publishers
"Publishers aren't perfect," writes Emily Gould at Salon. "But no one who cares about a diverse literary marketplace can actually side with Amazon."
Final Days of the Bronx B&N
The 'New York Times' profiles the Bronx's last, and about-to-leave, bookstore, examining the Barnes & Noble that opened in the borough in 1999.
44 Great American Bookstores
Shops that every bibliophile should visit, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
Amazon Takes Top Retail Spot in France
A consumer panel showed that the retail giant has ousted Casino’s site Cdiscount to second place.
Habits of Highly Successful YA Authors
Bestselling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.
- 2014 Oct 22
The Bronx to Go Bookless
The only bookseller left in a borough of 1.4 million residents will soon be shutting down for good.
Fantasizing on the Famous
A billion Wattpad views, and a six-figure, four book deal for Anna Todd for her fan fiction starring One Direction's Harry Styles.
Poverty & Class, in Banned Book Debate
Sex and religion have long vexed self-appointed guardians of U.S. school and library reading habits, but now objectors are trying to add social inequality to their list of unacceptable topics, writes Mary O'Hara at the 'Guardian.'
Estate Regains John Carter Rights
The movie rights to the John Carter of Mars series have reverted from Disney back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, which will be "seeking a new studio to continue this seminal sci-fi adventure."
Do Readers Really Prefer Paperbacks?
The e-book industry by the numbers, in an infographic.
- 2014 Oct 21
Dr. Seuss Challenge
A test to name the 50 words in "Green Eggs and Ham."
Where's the Diversity?
Another article joins the discussion about lack of diversity in YA books.
Stories Under Threat?
Frank Cottrell Boyce argues that stories are being undermined in modern school systems.
Alexander Viorst: All Grown Up
An article about Alexander Viorst and the picture book character he inspired.
Predicting the YA trends for 2015.
An Editor Scopes Out YA Pub. Scene
Australian editor Susannah Chambers' reflections on American YA publishing.
YA and Beyond
The growing appeal of children's and YA literature for adults.
A Call For More Reality-Based Heroines
Author Cate Sampson on creating positive female role models in fiction.
Celebrity Children's Books
More celebrities authoring children's books.
Celebrity Authors Rush In
More and more celebrities are writing children's books.
Potential Revisions for Carnegie
The Carnegie and Kate Greenway awards may revise criteria following Sarah McIntyre's objection.
New Literacy Tools from Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is teaming with Toy Talk for research project concerning conversational technology in preschool classrooms.
Illustrators and Carnegie Awards
Illustrator Sarah McIntyre feels that illustrators should be recognized by the Carnegie Awards.
Meg Wolitzer weighs in on debate over adults reading YA.
Handler Reaches Out to Indie Bookstores
Daniel Handler launches Upstream, an initiative to promote independent bookstores.
The Great Amazon Debate
A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground.
Sleep Over at Waterstones
Waterstones is offering 10 competition winners the chance to stay overnight in one of its shops, after a U.S. tourist found himself locked inside the Trafalgar Square branch of the bookstore last Thursday.
In a Bookstore in Paris
Bruce Handy takes a look inside the history and legacy of Shakespeare and Company for 'Vanity Fair.'
Jimmy Fallon to Pen Children's Book
The host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show' has a deal with Feiwel and Friends for the picture book 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada,' inspired by his daughter.
How Martin Got His 'Game' On
George R.R. Martin gets personal with the 'New York Post.'
- 2014 Oct 20
Authors vs. 'Citizen Critics'
Novelist Jennifer Weiner takes a look at the writer's relationship with Amazon reviewers, for the 'New Republic.'
The Endangered Bookstores of New York
A new set of drawings and stories from Bob Eckstein at the 'New Yorker.'
U.K. Names First Comics Laureate
Graphic novelist Dave Gibbons will become the U.K.’s first comics laureate, a position that will now be appointed biennially.
'Twin Peaks' Novel Coming
The show's co-creator Mark Frost announced that he has written a novel titled 'The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,' which will be released by Flatiron Books next year.
Going Nonprofit is Good
Claire Fallon at the Huffington Post on why the McSweeney's decision to become a nonprofit is "great for publishing."
- 2014 Oct 17
What a 'Dahl'
Amy Corcoran reflects on writing to Roald Dahl when she was 7 and getting a letter back.
Where Are the Disabled Characters?
A blogger discusses her concern over a lack of disabled characters in children's books.
'Loukoumi' Makes TV Debut
''Make a Difference With Loukoumi," based on Nick Katsoris's books, makes its television premiere.
The Debate Over E-Reading to Toddlers
An article addressing whether e-reading to toddlers helps or hinders development.
The Birth of YA
An article that traces the roots of YA literature.
What's Next in YA?
An article about next possible trends in YA books.
Sherlock Holmes Hits Museum of London
'The Telegraph' looks at the new exhibit featuring the iconic detective.
Flanagan On the Writer's Life
Recent Booker winner Richard Flanagan talks the writer's life to the 'WSJ.'
31 Life Lessons from Romance Novels
Maya Rodale delivers them in the Huffington Post.
AmazonFresh Debuts in Brooklyn
The company's grocery-delivery service is arriving in the New York City borough today.
Is Jeff Bezos the Bad Guy?
Alex Beam, in the 'Boston Globe,' asks.
- 2014 Oct 16
'Baby-Sitters Club' Rankings
Members of the Baby-Sitters Club are ranked.
Jeffers's Quantum Leaps
A look at the many creative feats of Oliver Jeffers.
The Story of Jon Klassen
An in-depth look at Jon Klassen's rise to becoming a prominent author and illustrator.
'Gone Girl' Actress Picture Book Ties
"Gone Girl" actress Amy Dunne's parents wrote children's books starring "Amazing Amy."
'Goosebumps' For Adults
What if "Goosebumps" was written for adults?
Diversity in Names
Author Sita Brahmachari discusses the importance of showing diversity through character names.
Videos of illustrators doodling.
Culturally Diverse Children's Books
A list of 50 culturally diverse picture books.
Favorite Books Across 6 Countries
A Facebook poll about favorite books internationally, places "Harry Potter" in the lead.
Jeff Kinney Talks 'Wimpy Kid'
An interview with Jeff Kinney.
'SNL' YA Parody
Saturday Night Live parodies YA movie adaptations by combining them all into one movie.
Happy Returns for 'Reading Rainbow'
Levar Burton's picture book debut and the return of "Reading Rainbow" online.
'Mortal Instruments' Heads to TV
'The Mortal Instruments' will be adapted for TV.
Video Games Help Build Literacy Skills?
An article argues that videogames like "Minecraft" help kids learn to read.