BookBar in Denver targeted by hate groups, but didn’t back down from Drag Queen Storytime

This is life in 2019: One of our favorite indie bookstores, Denver’s BookBar, was targeted by an alt-right group last week. The group, who we are not naming here inRead 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 »

Children’s books in the UK remain biased against BAME and female characters for yet another year

Back in July 2018 we reported that only 1% of children’s books in the UK depict Black And Minority Ethnic main characters (BAME), and almost a year later, it seemsRead more »

Who can annex a gazelle?

Animals, with the exception of some humans, do not listen to election promises. But the successful campaign of Benyamin Netanyahu for his fifth term as Prime Minister of Israel heldRead more »

The plot thickens in the bid to buy Barnes & Noble

Early this week, we wrote that “Elliott Management, has purchased the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain for ‘roughly $683 million, including debt,’ according to Lauren Hirsch for CNBC.” Elliott Management, most notably, isRead more »

Waterstone’s owners swoop in to buy B&N at the last minute

The monopolization of the publishing industry continues, this time with the recent announcement that international hedge fund, Elliott Management, has purchased the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain for “roughly $683 million, includingRead more »

Mueller Report reading groups are popping up everywhere

Over the past few weeks, reading groups to get citizens studying the Mueller Report have begun popping up all over the country. The folks over at launched an initiative (not unlikeRead more »

BBC Books drops transphobic author from Doctor Who anthology

Would you call causal transphobia “cheerful vulgarity” or inexcusable discrimination? Writer Gareth Roberts has discovered the consequences of oversharing on social media when tweets he made back in September 2017Read more »

Rudolph Herzog has a new book and a new film, what about you?

Veteran Melville House author Rudolph Herzog sure knows how to spin plates. In addition to making his English fiction debut this October with the spooktacular story collection Ghosts of Berlin,Read more »

Turkish writer Elif Shafak speaks against Turkish censorship

Turkish writers and academics are being persecuted for their work at an alarming rate, thanks to the current turmoil in the country. One writer, Elif Shafak, is speaking out againstRead more »