- 2014 Apr 15
First 'Gone Girl' Trailer Released
Fox has released the first trailer for the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller, which is directed by David Fincher and stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. The movie is set to release on October 3.
Tartt Surprised by Pulitzer
Donna Tartt told "USA Today" she was "very happy and very delighted," and "surprised," to win her first major literary prize.
Five Tips to Help You Write Your Novel
From Alice Hoffman.
A Literary Genius Hated by the Critics?
The BBC's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's "Jamaica Inn" is set to bring the Gothic imagination of the writer to a wider audience as critics continue to debate her literary merit.
The Death of Rizzoli
Jon Michaud reflects on the legendary Rizzoli Bookstore’s final hour of business at the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Apr 14
Students Reading E-books are Losing Out
Students who read conventional books have a higher reading comprehension than those reading digitally, according to a new study.
Six Thriving NYC Indies
And how they do it.
DFW Was Right, Irony is Ruining Us
David Foster Wallace long ago warned about the cultural snark that now defines popular culture. It's time to listen.
Marcus Books Misses Fundraising Mark
Nonetheless, community members remain hopeful that the country’s oldest black bookstore can still be preserved.
Giving an 'F'
Rewriting the history of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- 2014 Apr 11
Amazon Pays Staff $5k If They Quit
The intent of the program is to ensure that Amazon only retains people who really, really want to work at Amazon.
Beautiful Photos of Bygone Bookstores
Indulge in some literary nostalgia and appease your book-beauty tooth (you know you’ve got one) with these lovely photos of old bookstores.
Parting is Not-So-Sweet Sorrow
The current home of Shakespeare & Company, 716 Broadway, was listed for rent by Massey Knakal Realty Services yesterday morning.
Will Amazon Hurt Comic Shops?
What Amazon purchasing Comixology means for your local comic book store.
W.H. Smith to Operate Franchises
WH Smith is moving into operating franchise stores for other retailers including Marks & Spencer as the books to paperclips retailer develops a growing portfolio of brands.
- 2014 Apr 10
Sony Nearing Movie Deal on 'Flash Boys'
Sony Pictures is approaching a movie rights deal on Michael Lewis’ real-life financial drama “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush producing.
Two Editors, One Book
An interview between Emma Donoghue and her editors in the U.S. and Canada.
Mary Cheever Dies at 95
Mary Cheever, a central figure in a family of prominent American writers whose most notable member was her husband, John, with whom she had a relationship as complex as those he wrote about in his prizewinning short stories and novels, died on Monday at the home they had shared in Ossining, N.Y.
The Legend of Vera Nabokov
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.
Recipes for Hungry Bookworms
For when the words are so good that you need something more.
- 2014 Apr 09
Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
Is Audio the Next Big Thing in Self-Pub?
Writer Laura Caldwell on her experience self-publishing an audiobook.
Why Archie's Death Is So Sad
Alyssa Rosenberg reacts to the news that Riverdale's Archie Andrew's is going to die (at least temporarily), at the "Washington Post."
García Márquez Released from Hospital
The Nobel laureate's condition remains "delicate" as he recovers from lung and urinary tract infections.
Wattpad Raises $46M
The startup has raised a Series C round of funding worth $46 million, led by OMERS Ventures, and including August Capital, Raine Ventures and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, and all of the company’s existing investors.
- 2014 Apr 08
Children's Book Morals for Adults
It turns out, a lot of the lessons in children's books are still relevant throughout adulthood — and they're even clearer when you don't have to pause to sound out the words.
Fiction's Fantasy Dinner Dates
Mr. Darcy, Miss Havisham and Leopold and Molly Bloom supping together in the Count of Monte Cristo's cave with Tyrion Lannister of "Game of Thrones." Can you think of a more mouth-watering literary dinner party?
The Return of Paddington Bear
Michael Bond, the 88-year-old creator of Paddington, has written a new book about the bear from Darkest Peru.
Damien Hirst to Publish Tell-All
Damien Hirst is to publish his autobiography with Penguin Books, who acquired world rights, promising to lay bare the British modern art world.
Steimatzky Halts Payments to Publishers
There are grave fears in the publishing industry that Steimatzky, the largest bookstore chain in Israel, is suffering liquidity problems. The "Globes English" reports that the company has halted payments to publishers of the books that it has sold.
- 2014 Apr 07
'Doctor Zhivago' and the CIA
Declassified documents show that the CIA used copies of Boris Pasternak's epic novel spanning 20th century Russian history as a tool to try to provoke dissent in the Soviet Union.
Books, and Compassion, From Birth
Some experts on early education say efforts focused on 4- and even 3-year-olds come too late.
'Game of Thrones,' the Show and Books
In many respects, the "Game of Thrones" TV show ends up serving as an interpretive guide for the books, from the "Washington Post."
Weldon: Publishing Isn't in Trouble
Ahead of the London Book Fair, Tom Weldon, the U.K. head of Penguin Random House, insists his industry has coped with the digital revolution better than any other.
Frankel to Pen Children's Book
Former reality star Bethenny Frankel is taking a break from showbiz to focus on writing her first kids' book with the help of her 3-year-old daughter, Bryn.
- 2014 Apr 04
The Golden Age of the Second Novel?
If a first novel fails to become a blockbuster, publishers are less inclined to get behind the follow-up by a writer who has gained a dubious track record but has lost that most precious of all literary selling points: novelty. Writers get only one shot at becoming The Next Big Thing.
King: How I Wrote "Carrie"
Stephen King describes the inspirations for his first novel, and how the horror landmark – 40 years old this week – was very nearly destroyed.
Garcia Marquez Hospitalized
Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City with a lung and urinary tract infection that is responding to treatment, federal health officials said Thursday.
Ishiguro to Publish New Novel Next Year
Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade, "The Buried Giant," will be released next March, his U.K. publisher Faber & Faber has announced.
WBN Maps Author Events
World Book Night U.S. has finalized 23 author appearances at venues nationwide for the kickoff of its 2014 day of giving.
- 2014 Apr 03
Children's Book Quotes
A list of 10 familiar children's book quotes.
A Look at 'The Little Bookroom'
A look at the first recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Eleanor Farjeon, and 'The Little Bookroom.'
A Few Good Celebrities...
Celebrities that we wouldn't mind seeing write children's books.
Weighing In On Gender Debate
The author of 'The Daring Book For Girls' weighs in on the debate over gender-labeling of children's books.
SLJ speaks with the co-editors of 'Dear Nobody.'
A Long-Ago Collaboration
'Winston and George,' a picture book by John Miller and Giuliano Cucco, is being published 50 years after its creation.
'Real Girl's Kitchen' Heads to TV
Haylie Duff's 'Real Girl's Kitchen' blog and cookbook will be adapted to a Cooking Channel show.
Laurie Halse Anderson 'Speaks'
Laurie Halse Anderson on Ask Me Anything.
An article about adapting YA books into movies.
In Memory of John Rowe Townsend
An obituary for John Rowe Townsend.
Russell Brand Fairy Tale Series
Russell Brand will be releasing the first in a series of children's books based on fairy tales.
'Eleanor & Park' Heads to Screen
DreamWorks obtains rights to 'Eleanor & Park.'
Gauging Kindle Sales
"Forbes" estimates how much Amazon makes each year on e-book sales alone.
Efron to Adapt 'The Associate'
Zac Efron will produce and star in a new adaptation of John Grisham's "The Associate."
District Bans Alexie Book
Trustees of the Meridian school district in Idaho voted 2 to 1 to keep in place a hold on “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. The hold was put in place a few weeks ago after some parents objected to the book.
Bookplates for Reading in Style
The Huffington Post rounds up a gorgeous collection of one of the most literary accessories around.
Bates on His Hughes Bio
How the decision by the Ted Hughes estate to withdraw his access will change Jonathan Bates's biography of the poet.
- 2014 Apr 02
'Flash Boys' Riles Tempers on CNBC
The new book by Michael Lewis has inflamed passions across Wall Street, stoking a debate over the business of high-frequency trading. On Tuesday, it also made for some explosive TV.
Brand to Write Children's Book
The actor and comedian Russell Brand has a deal with Atria Books for a series called Russell Brand's Trickster Tales, retellings of classic fairy tales. The publisher announced Wednesday that the first of three planned books, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," will be out November 11.
Blockbuster Book Deal for Cruz
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to receive an advance close to $1.5 million after a four-day book auction last weekend, easily winning the authorship primary over several others penning pre-presidential primary books including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Cengage Emerges from Bankruptcy
Cengage Learning, the Stamford-based textbook publisher, announced on Tuesday that the company was emerging out of bankruptcy following the elimination of $4 billion in funded debt.
Flea to Publish Memoir
The 51-year-old bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers has a deal with Grand Central Publishing. The publisher announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, would be a window into Flea's "intense and dynamic life."
- 2014 Apr 01
Paper vs. Digital Debate is Exhausted
Tim Waterstone's claim that e-books are in decline isn't persuasive – and there are far more urgent matters for readers to discuss.
Pataki Sells 'Traitor's Wife' Rights
Allison Pataki — daughter of former New York Governor George Pataki — has sold the screen rights to her book, “The Traitor’s Wife,” to Princess Pictures, run by former Goldman Sachs executive David B. Ford, and Pamela Fielder.
Hughes Estate Withdraws Access
The Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, who began working on a biography of former poet laureate Ted Hughes in 2010, said he was surprised that the estate has barred him from private archives, asked that he return photocopies of privately held documents, and withdrew his right to quote extensively from the poet's work.
Amazon's Battle with German Union
On Monday, hundreds of workers at Amazon's warehouse facility in Leipzig, Germany went on strike. It was the latest protest in a nearly year-long conflict between German union Verdi and the online retailer.
Another Indigo Location to Close
Just one day after the closing of Toronto's World’s Biggest Bookstore, word emerged that the Indigo retail chain has given its 60-day notice to end the lease at another of its prominent downtown Toronto locations, the Chapters store at the intersection of John and Richmond.
- 2014 Mar 31
Yes, Book Editors Edit
"To enter the editorial vault of the publishing world is to join a population of overworked, underpaid, good-humored, vastly well-read craftspeople often spending huge amounts of time on other people’s writing. We do it for the pleasure of working with words and ideas and writers. We’re all on the same page." From Harper editor Barry Harbaugh at the "New Yorker."
This iPad Dad Won't Let Kid Read Books
Alborz Fallah doesn’t want his son Ari to have any books. It’s not that the Sydney father doesn’t want his two-and-a-half-year-old son to read at all, he feels books are so 20th Century and that reading on an iPad is better.
Orioles to Wear a Patch for Clancy
Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles will include a video tribute "will honor the 13 members of the Orioles family who passed away since last Opening Day," including club investor Tom Clancy. The team also announced that it will wear a name patch on the right jersey sleeve for Clancy throughout the 2014 season.
Copyright Laws Keep E-books Locked Up
Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price.
BOOK’em Mysteries to Close
The South Pasadena, Calif. shop will close shop April 30, after 24 years in business.
- 2014 Mar 28
Writers Who Hated Writing
Most writers, if not all, whether professional, recreational, or scholastic, hate writing at one point, or, in some cases, every point, in their careers, and their attestations to this can entertain, nonplus, horrify, and occasionally provide comfort to the writing-hating writer.
The Great E-book Royalty War
A backstage battle between publishers and authors over royalties may be limiting which e-books you can buy.
Authors Appeal to End Twitter Ban
A letter from Zadie Smith, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie and other writers says Turkey's social media ban is an "unacceptable violation of the right to freedom of speech."
Portland Bookstore to Close
Annie's Book Stop will close for good on Saturday after 30 years in business. Owner Alice Moisen says the book shop survived tough times and managed to stay open, while dozens of the similar shops closed.
Lost Illusions at the Local Bookstore
Rebecca Mead on New York bookstores, in the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Mar 27
Lies Children's Books Told Me
A list of 52 (harmless) 'lies' from children's books.
Harry Potter Surprise Facts
A list of 57 facts about Harry Potter.
A Look at the Moomin Series
An analysis of Tove Jansson's 'The Book About Moomin, Mymble, and Little My'.
45th Anniversary for 'Caterpillar'
An interview with Eric Carle on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
A Visit to the American Girl Cafe
Two diners recount eating at the American Girl Cafe.
Roth Snuck Into Theater
Veronica Roth secretly attended the film's L.A. premiere.
The Trouble With Modern Medicine
Modern medicine has cured many of the ailments featured in classic children's books.
A translator shares her picks for the 10 best children's books in translation.
When Books Become TV
Kass Morgan discusses the good, bad, and ugly of having your book adapted for television.
Winnie-the-Pooh Is Bad For You
A study suggests that books with realistic over anthropomorphized animals are more beneficial for kids' development.
Zoobean Launches Recommendation Service
The 'Netflix for children's books' is debuting a recommendation service.
'Eleanor & Park' Challenge
In the aftermath of a challenge to 'Eleanor & Park,' a Minnesota school revises policies.
'Gone With the Wind' Prequel Coming
More than 75 years after the publication of the epic novel by Margaret Mitchell, a prequel with Mammy at its center is set for release in October, said Atria, who acquired rights. The Mitchell estate has authorized the prequel, which was written by Donald McCaig, the author of one of two authorized “Gone With the Wind” sequels, “Rhett Butler’s People,” from 2007.
Poehler to Host WBN 2014
The comedian Amy Poehler has already sharpened her hosting chops at this year’s Golden Globes, and we can expect some big laughs on April 23 when the star joins a coalition of publishers, bookseller, librarians and 25,000 volunteers to give away 500,000 books as a part of World Book Night U.S.
Chief Inspector: Book Ban a 'Mistake'
The U.K.'s blanket ban on books being sent to prisoners is a “mistake” and the policy should be changed, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.
Harper Lee's Letters Going to Auction
A letter in which the publicity shy author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" explains that "I simply don't give interviews, because it takes great skill to ask meaningful questions and very few people in the media have it", is set to go up for auction.
A Novel Based on Hopper Painting
The story of Edward Hopper's "Office at Night," one version, anyway, dreamed up by a couple of fiction writers, will be serialized on the Walker Art Center’s website throughout April. The novella, also titled “Office at Night,” by Laird Hunt and Kate Bernheimer, is a joint project of the Walker and Coffee House Press, which will publish the work as an e-book in June.
- 2014 Mar 26
The Revolutionary Atavist
Inside the digital platform that, according to PolicyMic, is about to revolutionize book publishing.
Literary City, Bookstore Desert
Surging rents are forcing booksellers from Manhattan.
Iowa Weighs in on 'Girls'
Sunday’s season three finale of “Girls” concluded with one of the most literary cliffhangers in TV history: Hannah Horvath clutching her acceptance letter from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. On Monday, the episode received a stamp of approval from the real-life director of the prestigious program, novelist Samantha Chang.
Shteyngart to Pen Thriller
Gary Shteyngart, the author of “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook” and “Super Sad True Love Story,” is writing an “international thriller” for Random House, the publisher said on Tuesday.
Fairy Tale Illustrations from the 1920s
Long, long ago, things were really beautiful.
- 2014 Mar 25
Authors Against Prison Book Ban
Eminent writers and academics are campaigning against a Ministry of Justice regulation banning prisoners being sent books in the U.K.