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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 »

On David Graeber

Brooklyn, September 2, 2020 — We are sad to announce the passing of our author David Graeber. He was 59 years old, and died yesterday in a hospital in Venice,Read 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 »

A Message from John Dean

How did America end up with a leader who acts so crudely and despotically, and counter to our democratic principles? Why do his followers stick with him, even when heRead 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 »

Internet Archive vs. Publishers feud intensifies; court ruling will settle kerfuffle

The battle between the nonprofit Internet Archive and the publishing industry, which has accused the former of digital piracy, took a definitive turn when the publishers filed a copyright infringementRead more »

Science Fiction writers protest Saudi Arabia as possible conference site

We last checked in on Saudi Arabia’s relationship to the greater literary world a little over a year ago. In that story, the mega-talent-agency, Endeavor, had returned the $400 million dollar investmentRead more »

Interview with Portland booksellers Katherine Morgan and Kevin Sampsell

Melville House co-publisher Dennis Johnson interviews Portland booksellers Katherine Morgan, who works at Powell’s Books and, and Kevin Sampsell, the small press buyer at Powell’s, and the publisher ofRead more »

Hong Kong booksellers face an uncertain future under new national security law

It’s been about a month since China passed the wide-ranging and vaguely worded national security law in Hong Kong in an effort to end the pro-democracy protests that have embroiledRead more »

Bluestockings NYC seeks a new location

You may know Bluestockings–New York City’s beloved radical bookstore–as a Lower East Side icon of 21 years. You may frequent it as a cafe or community resource center. Or you mayRead more »

A Gatsby sequel in the Nick of time

As we wrote a good while back, 2019 was to be big year for iconic works making their way into the public domain. But even from that faraway vantage weRead more »

Engineering nerds build replica of Renaissance book-reading wheel; internet agog

Among the many devices designed by the 16th-century scientist and gentleman scholar Agostino Ramelli was an ingenious, if essentially useless, machine: a rotating wheel with small shelves for books, allowingRead more »

MacDowell Colony to re-brand without the “colony”

In our collective push for a more just and equitable world we must, of course, look to our language for its biases, exclusions, and oppressions. This can take the formRead more »

Will the retroactive reckoning deshelve books?

After a massive, popular outcry about the indiscriminate and unchecked violence of police officers towards Black people across America seized the attention of the nation earlier this summer, a certainRead more »

Simon & Schuster announce new publisher

On Monday Simon & Schuster announced Dana Canedy as the new executive vice president and publisher of their namesake imprint to start on July 27. Canedy replaces Jonathan Karp whoRead more »

Mary Trump’s tell-all on Donald Trump receives expedited release

Mary Trump’s earthshaking new tell-all fittingly titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, despite Donald Trump’s attempts to impede its release, isRead more »

Week 16: Ebook Sale

Ways to Hide in Winter Sarah St. Vincent Deep in Pennsylvania’s Blue Ridge Mountains, a woman befriends a mysterious newcomer from Uzbekistan, setting in motion this suspenseful, atmospheric, politically chargedRead more »