Dammit, Barbara Ehrenreich, did you tweet something racist?

Racism has a habit of rearing its ugly head when you least expect it, and sometimes that can mean from the people you least expect. Usually when that happens, itRead more »

Refugee wins Australia’s most prestigious literary prize—isn’t allowed to enter the country

One of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes was just awarded to Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani. According to NPR’s Colin Dwyer however, due to the country’s immigration system, Boochani was notRead more »

A true tale of Holocaust survival wins the Costa Book of the Year Award

Prizes. They really matter in the UK. Win a prize and a book can go from selling a couple of thousand copies to tens of thousands in a matter ofRead more »

Chris Christie’s new book joins the throng of post-Trump tell-alls

Remember Chris Christie? Former governor of New Jersey? Ran for president? Was head of the transition team for Donald Trump? Not ringing any bells? Well, now you can get aRead more »

The Unmanning of the Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is no more! …in name at least. Before I launch into some thoughts about that, first the remedial info. As reported by the Guardian’s Caroline Davies,Read more »

PRH “shutters” progressive imprint Spiegel & Grau

First reported by Rachel Deahl for Publishers Weekly, Penguin Random House announced last Friday its imprint Spiegel & Grau “is being shuttered” after 14 years of publishing such bestselling authors asRead more »

The PEN America Literary Awards shortlist has been announced! Here’s a totally unbiased look at it—especially the biography category

It’s that time of year again: time for book nerds to ululate up to the heavens in praiseful happiness, for—yea, verily—the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards finalists have been announced. [There’sRead more »

Celebrated editor and author Diana Athill dies, age 101

I first came across Diana Athill when I worked at Granta in the early noughties. Shortly after the publication of Stet: An Editor’s Life, and as a publishing newbie, IRead more »

D.C. bookstores feeling effects of government shutdown

Last week, Alex Green of Publishers Weekly reported that the government shutdown was beginning to affect D.C. bookstores. While some are seeing an uptick in daytime traffic and there are discounts aplentyRead more »

30% off our most tragic romances

Celebrate—or protest—Valentine’s Day with a Melville House romance … wherein the protagonists usually die. Whether you want to celebrate love or your singularity, now through Valentines Day, we’re offering aRead more »

You can help get books to incarcerated people this season

Getting books to incarcerated people, and the many hurdles in the way, was perhaps the MobyLives topic of 2018. As I put it in a previous post: “We’ve written almostRead more »

Let the bidding war for John Kelly’s tell-all memoir begin!

There are days when you look at your bank account and think to yourself, maybe I’ll go work in the Trump administration for a year, get fired, and write aRead more »

FTC reviewing possible acquisition of Baker and Taylor by Ingram Content Group

According to reports in Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the USA’s preeminent trust-busting agency, is conducting preliminary research into the possible acquisition of book andRead more »

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