Northern Ireland libraries “amnesty” sees 87,000 overdue fines wiped

Earlier this week, readers in Northern Ireland were offered a remarkable reprieve from overdue library fines, with over 87,000 wiped from the Libraries NI system. As reported in The Belfast Telegraph andRead more »

David Walliams story to be removed from bestselling children’s book due to accusations of racism

English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality, David Walliams, turned his hand to authoring children’s books in 2008 and has never looked back. His meteoric success has seen his stories embracedRead more »

A.A. Milne’s “Poohsticks” bridge goes under the hammer

It may not look like much—a wooden bridge across a stream in Ashdown Forest, near Tunbridge Wells, UK, measuring around 30ft across. But it holds a special place in theRead more »

A note to librarians, from author Gregory Galloway

Dear Librarians, Many of you might already know how important libraries have been in my life—I grew up in a town that didn’t have a bookstore until I was aRead more »

Library lovers live longer! Startling study cited

We were lazing about our pied a terre on a weekend day, stunned by overconsumption of The Anatomy of Melancholy—or was it pro football?—scrolling through what a former world leaderRead more »

Bond returns to our screens in 2021 … and our shelves in 2022

Remember “going to the movies”? No, me neither. But it seems like it’s a thing again, and following a Covid-plagued release schedule, James Bond is finally, finally back on our screens in NoRead more »

UK school children to receive a free ‘patriotic’ book from the government on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Ascending to the throne on 6 February 1952, her 70 years of service is nearing theRead more »

New Richard Osman novel set to be one of the UK’s fastest-selling books of all time

How to explain Richard Osman to an American audience? This could be, ahem, pointless… Here goes: having grown up in Essex and studied at Cambridge University, Osman, a devoted discipleRead more »

Paper problems plague publishing, part II

We have written in this space before about the supply chain issues that threaten all of manufacturing, merchandising, and retail—very much including books! The element of the current manufacturing landscapeRead more »

New Somerset-based press caters for dyslexic adults

“Dyslexia, as I can attest to, does not go away. You don’t grow out of it.” So says Alistair Sims, founder of the newly-created BOTH Press, which has just publishedRead more »

Paper problems plague publishing: scary shortfalls seen soon

The coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath continue to create problems across American industry—of which book publishing is very much a part. The latest bad news, as reported in the WashingtonRead more »

Salman Rushdie to serialise his new book with controversial online platform Substack

It seems serialisation could be making a come back. Widely popular in the Victoria era, writers including Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Henry James often saw their novels first appearRead more »

Spring 2022 Catalog

    The Marauders: Standing Up to Vigilantes in the American Borderlands Patrick Strickland | 9781612199269 | Hardcover | 1/25/2022 | $27.99  This real-life Western tells the story of howRead more »

Continued Covid crisis catalyzes e-book sales; fallout feared

As the coronavirus returns to center stage, like the killer in a teen horror movie, except a lot less fun, an unsurprising rise in e-book sales has followed. According toRead more »

1911 NYT nugget suggests fiction-divorce connection; “rose-color books” cited

We confess that we don’t always play super-close attention to the “Gray Lady’s” weekly “Books in Brief” missive—so many e-mails! triage! triage! Our fancies were tickled, though, by the inclusionRead more »

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library opens thanks to years of activism

In 2011 Scott Sherman wrote the first of a series of powerful Nation articles which disclosed that the trustees of the New York Public Library had hatched a covert plan to flog offRead more »

New Edinburgh book shop focusing on women’s writing opens this summer

Heartening news from north of the border this week, as a new book shop opens in Edinburgh dedicated to women’s writing. As reported in Edinburgh News, Rare Bird Books will sell “booksRead more »

Prince Harry to release tell-all memoir in 2022

Are you a royal fanatic? Do you defend Meghan and Harry against anyone who speaks ill about them? Are you dying to know more about the Duke of Sussex afterRead more »

Death threats and bookshop fines: Hungary faces scrutiny over anti-LGBTQ ruling

In 2020, Hungary passed a law preventing citizens from legally changing their gender. Later that year, they decided to ban same-sex couples from adopting children. Only last month, a law was passed in parliamentRead more »

Sales of Rashford book soar following England’s Euro 2020 run

Four inches. 10.16cm. The minimum width of a standard football goalpost. In global terms: an incredibly small distance. At Wembley Stadium on Sunday night, as the Euro 2020 final betweenRead more »

Libel litigations loses; publishers’ precarious prerogative protected

We here at John Street don’t tend to pay super-close attention to courts and laws and the like—can you spell boooooring?—but news of a recent Supreme Court decision did penetrateRead more »

Huge collection of rare books left to Devon charity shop

Charity shops are often where we make our greatest literary discoveries—those rare, old, or otherwise difficult-to-trace volumes; those unknown authors; those old classics that spark young minds. Now, a collectorRead more »

Boris Johnson willing to pay for expert to help write “his” new biography

Back in May we wrote about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s long overdue biography making headlines, amidst accusations the PM missed important COVID meetings to put pen to paper. The pendingRead more »

Stormzy’s #Merky imprint to publish first children’s book

“There’s nothing more gangster than being well-read.” So said UK grime superstar Stormzy, 27, in 2018 as he announced the first wave of books to be published under his newly-launchedRead more »

Understanding QAnon; highlights from Mike Rothschild’s Reddit AMA:

    Its messaging can seem cryptic, even nonsensical, yet for tens of thousands of people, it explains everything. What is QAnon, where did it come from, and is theRead more »

New press caters to “silenced” conservative voices; free speech confusion reigns

We were both startled and delighted to read in the Wall Street Journal, natch, that our nation’s long-suffering right-wing scribes have finally found people brave enough to bear the witheringRead more »

Aesop transforms three North American stores into Queer Libraries

Here, then, is how you do the work. Instead of blithely turning their logo rainbow-coloured and making vague noises about inclusivity, skin, hair and body care company Aesop are puttingRead more »

Meghan Markle’s kid’s book is finally out… and yup, the Brits hate it

Last month we wrote about Meghan Markle’s forthcoming children’s book The Bench and how before it had even hit the shelves, it was being panned by the British tabloids. Well nowRead more »

Golf pros call for controversial ‘green reading books’ to be red-flagged

We’re interested in books of all kinds here at Melville House, and this story from the world of golf features one of the most unusual. Green-reading books help golfers toRead more »

The world’s largest university press to close its only remaining printing arm

The city of Oxford has a rich literary history. The University of Oxford was established as early as 1095 and the first book printed in the city was in 1478,Read more »