Benefits of bad books? Young reader weighs in

Casting a wide net, our omnivorous marketing director came across an interesting essay written by a high-school student named Daniel Ma and published in something called the Post Bulletin. YoungRead more »

Two Chicago bookstores symbolize what’s at stake this holiday shopping season

Last week we wrote about the American Bookseller Association’s #BoxedOut campaign in which select indie storefronts were covered in the familiar drab of Amazon boxes carrying slogans like “Anyone else feel weirdRead more »


Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Instagram… although we may not be celebrating many parties in-person this year because of our lovely virus friend, weRead more »

“BoxedOut” campaign to warn customers of costs of shopping on Amazon this season

For the last couple of days, Americans stopped squabbling, put aside their differences, and gathered ’round the table as family for the harvest of Amazon Prime. Prime Day–as the annual eventRead more »

One partnership sending books to prisons

One thing many people have learned during the various stages of coronavirus lockdown is that books make for excellent escapes. For incarcerated people this has long been a truth, butRead more »

Jenny Holzer drops art app: lit refs abound

Famed postmodernist artist Jenny Holzer is releasing a mobile app on Monday that will allow quotes from selected Great Books to be projected, Holzer-style, onto nearby surfaces. The project—or whateverRead more »

The late Riley Gale, singer of Power Trip, to have Dallas library named for him

Riley Gale, the singer of Dallas, TX, thrash heroes Power Trip, died unexpectedly this August at the simply tragic age of 34. He was one of the best frontmen in theRead more »

Raymond Chandler once tried his hands at jokes…

Raymond Chandler, author of hardboiled detective classics The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye among many others, isn’t exactly known for his silly side. But apparently, he once wrote aRead more »

Writers and publishers stand in support of trans and non-binary people

I’m sure we all remember earlier this summer when J.K. Rowling squashed all of our tween Harry Potter hearts when she publicly offered her criticism on transgender ideology. Soon afterRead more »

Barack Obama’s memoir crowds in on Booker Prize announcement, everything else

If you’re wondering why we haven’t exactly reported on one of the biggest publishing stories of the year–the nuclear blast to the publishing landscape that is Barack Obama’s A PromisedRead more »

Indie bookstores are nervous about the holiday season

This year has been a garbage fire for everyone, but in the publishing industry, indie booksellers have had a particularly rough go of it. For many indies their business modelRead more »

Tintin Artwork to Fetch 2.5 Million Euros; Belated Bonanza for Belgian

  The original cover for The Blue Lotus, a novel in cartoons by the Belgian artist Hergé, has re-surfaced and will be going to auction in November. Hergé, whose realRead more »

It’s a busy season for the Justice Department seeking forfeitures from ex-government authors

In perhaps the most high-profile bit of book-related court intrigue of the season, last week the Justice Department subpoenaed John Bolton’s literary agent and publisher as part of its investigation intoRead more »

Here comes “Get Back” do do do do

It’s hard to believe that nearly twenty years have passed since The Beatles Anthology was published by UK publisher Cassell & Co. For anyone unfamiliar with The Beatles Anthology 11+ hour television documentary,Read more »

Booker Prize moves online; digital tomes abound

The famed Booker Prize, like everything else, has moved online this year. The prestigious award, which has a long history of skulduggery, controversy, and fractiousness, has been a relatively sedateRead more »

What are the other options for those who think GoodReads “sucks” and is “just shy of unbearable”?

Harsh! But Sarah Manavis at The New Statesman is asking the important question for those readers out there who feel that the platform “has become a monster,” “a purgatory” orRead more »

Northwestern University Press names new director

Late last week Parneshia Jones was named director of Northwestern University Press. She was formerly editorial director for trade and engagement and is succeeding Jane Bunker. Jones is the firstRead more »

Will the screen adaptation of “Dune” live up to readers’ expectations?

If you’re a fan of science fiction, then you’re probably counting down the days until the 2020 film adaptation of author Frank Herbert’s 1965 best-selling novel Dune hits theaters. DenisRead more »

New book about Joe Biden slated to publish week before presidential election

It’s not exactly an October surprise, but after a busy season in the Trump book game Simon & Schuster will be getting in the Biden business before the election rolls around.Read more » revises 15,000+ definitions in “largest ever update”

Last week released its “largest ever update,” with alterations to more than 15,000 entries, according to Allison Flood at The Guardian. Jennifer Steeves-Kiss, chief executive of, explains: “2020 has been aRead more »

Celebrating Independent Bookstore Day

Welp, Independent Bookstore Day looks a little different this year for everyone—not just for us at the Melville House Bookshop. But that doesn’t make it any less important. While peopleRead more »

Interview with Emily Powell (Powell’s) & Craig Popelars (Tin House)

Melville House co-publisher Dennis Johnson speaks with Portland, Oregon’s indie stalwarts Emily Powell, owner of Powell’s Books, and Tin House publisher Craig Popelars, about how their businesses have been impactedRead more »