I used to hate facial hair. But then it grew on me: new book of Dad jokes, coming soon.

I don’t know about you, but I could do with a little light relief right now as the world turns to garbage. Boris “Piccaninny Watermelon Letterbox Cake Bumboys Vampires HaircutRead more »

How Moby-Dick became the Rosetta Stone of the American republic

In his own era, Melville’s work received at best a mixed reception.   Said the London Athenaeum of Moby-Dick, “This is an ill-compounded mixture of romance and matter-of-fact…The style of hisRead more »

Bookselling scams on the rise

We often write about downward trends in book buying–that folks just aren’t buying enough books. But maybe they are also buying the wrong books. Today, buying the wrong books isRead more »

Jakarta’s First Ever Literary Festival to Focus on Asian and African Writers

Nothing like a non-Western literary festival to reinvigorate contemporary literature. As the Jakarta Post points out, authors from Asia and Africa are to take center stage at the first-ever Jakarta InternationalRead more »

Library of Congress expands book festival with yearlong series of events

This year’s National Book Festival, a free annual event hosted by the Library of Congress, was already set to be a hit with big names like Ruth Bader Ginsberg andRead more »

East London Waterstones forced to close after huge fire

This Monday, July 22, a huge fire ripped through East London. Declared a major police incident, it broke out in The Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow, which contains 66 shops.Read more »

A Hemingway lookalike contest that would make Papa proud

Gentlemen, start growing out your beards now for next year’s Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest, hosted annually in Key West according to WPTV. This year, over 100 Hemingway fanatics participated in the lookalikeRead more »

Republican caucus wants gay conversion therapy books to be more widely available

In the past we have written about how breathtakingly homophobic the concept of gay conversion therapy is, and how it is bad science that must be stamped out wherever it seemsRead more »

Robert Mueller Testimony—Watch Party at Brooklyn Roasting in DUMBO

Come watch Robert Mueller testify before Congress! On Wednesday, July 24, starting at 8:30am and continuing until approximately 2:00pm, join Melville House Publishing at Brooklyn Roasting—25 Jay Street in DUMBO—forRead more »

Boris Johnson’s novel highlights why he is unfit to be the UK’s next Prime Minister

In true X Factor style, the UK has spent the last few weeks watching ten MPs battle against each other to become the next Prime Minister. Subject to various TV andRead more »

Christian university fires new professor for contents of his novel

In a Facebook post two weeks ago (which you really ought to read in full), author T.J. Martinson revealed why, before even beginning his new position as an Assistant Professor ofRead more »

Hail and Farewell: Jim Bouton

Hello sportsfans. It is our sad duty to report the passing of Jim Bouton—former New York Yankee All-Star pitcher, and perhaps the most famous literary chronicler of life in MajorRead more »

Old Yellow: new book celebrates 100 years of the Tour de France’s maillot jaune

Cycling around France all summer sounds just wonderful, right? The wind in your hair. The breathtaking landscapes. The picture-perfect villages, with the tantalising aroma of freshly-baked baguettes wafting over from the boulangerieRead more »

Amazon employees plan strike for Prime Day

July 15th. The high noon of summer. And it seems like we’re itching for a showdown. On that day, workers in Amazon’s Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center plan to strike in protest ofRead more »

Will this year’s Women’s World Cup spark a memoir frenzy?

Recent sports news has borne a strange resemblance to certain events last year. England fans, once again buoyed by the sight of a talented, forward-thinking, likeable set of players giving their all,Read more »

Ending the book famine in Africa

Books for Africa, an organization that works to end the book famine in Africa, has been collecting and donating books to African students of all ages since its founding inRead more »

Wisconsin bookstore to donate a percentage of Fourth of July sales to RAICES

A Room of One’s Own—an indie bookstore in Madison, WI that has been at it since the 70s—will be celebrating the long Fourth of July weekend by donating a portionRead more »