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 »

Forthcoming book chronicles the story of Qandeel Baloch

This past Sunday, the Guardian featured a piece by Rachel Cooke on fellow journalist Sanam Maher and her book A Woman Like Her: The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch, which is outRead more »

Local DC bookstore gets one step closer to gov’t support; can other stores follow suit?

A win for bookstores everywhere! In last week’s Publishers Weekly, Ed Nawotka reported on a local DC bookstore whose proposed tax break with local government is gaining momentum. Sankofa VideoRead more »

Do soaring audiobook sales mean the physical book’s days are numbered?

The good news: audiobooks are doing well! Sales rose by 43% in the UK last year according to The Publishers Association (PA) Publishing Yearbook, and 37% in the US accordingRead more »

Los Angeles shows off its literary plumage with a new book fair

Watch out, New York. Los Angeles is once again stepping on your literary dominance. According to the Los Angeles Times’s Michael Schaub, the esteemed literary journal Los Angeles Review of Book andRead more »

New York’s Book Culture stores seek help . . . but this isn’t a fundraiser

Book Culture—the popular New York City bookstore with three locations in Manhattan and one in Long Island City, Queens—is in need of some financial relief. In a recent Facebook post addressed toRead more »

Summer picks: Feminists, super heroes, mythical seals and FBI investigations

Trainwreck: Sady Doyle offers an essential, timely, feminist anatomy of the female trainwreck. (Think Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack.” Where did these women come from? What are theirRead more »

Bored Christians petition wrong company to cancel Good Omens adaptation

Amazon Prime’s release of the show adaptation of “Good Omens,” one of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s well-known collaborations, has been receiving pretty good reviews but there’s one group whoRead more »

Packaging tampons as books: the subversive new way to avoid a sexist tax

Let’s talk periods. Around 49.6% of the world’s population is female, and 26% are of reproductive age, and therefore likely to menstruate. It’s a biological fact. It is a precursorRead more »

Leonard Cohen letters to his sweetheart sold for over $800,000

Some may say love letters are priceless, others say love letters are worth $876,000. The latter was the case for singer-song writer Leonard Cohen’s letters to his sweetheart Marianne IhlenRead more »

The terms they are a’changing for ebooks in libraries

Since its debut, the ebook has come with a fair amount of philosophical baggage. Is it even a book? Is it the death of the book? Introduce the concepts ofRead more »

New open-mic space in Dubai offers city a creative outlet for poetry, music, and the arts

The United Arab Emirates literary scene has been blossoming these last few years with new festivals and book fairs, and most recently, a new poetry collective is taking root in Dubai.Read more »