COVID-19 forces Italian book fair to reschedule

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China is currently the top news story around the world as it continues to spread to other countries and the death toll rises. One countryRead more »

A six-year-old girl wrote a book to help other children accept themselves just the way they are

Do those “30 Under 30” lists of successful young people make you feel less than accomplished? Well, that’s nothing compared to Bri’Yonna Sealy in Blakely, Georgia, who has published herRead more »

Penguin Random House sets new targets for sustainable business

Bertelsmann, the gigantic German media conglomerate and parent company to Penguin Random House, announced earlier this week its plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. In his note to Bertelsmann’s employees,Read more »

Bookstores are trying to turn Arizona into a blue state

One of the biggest challenges of the upcoming 2020 election will be turning red states blue. In Arizona, bookstores want to help.  Changing Hands Bookstore, which has locations in PhoenixRead more »

Bespoke subscription book service? Sure, why not!

The Guardian wrote a piece about Heywood Hill bookshop, a posh-sounding British bookshop (I’m sure I didn’t use that word right—“posh” that is, not “bookshop”) that once employed Nancy MitfordRead more »

Books on prescription: successful reading scheme extended to include children’s books

One in 6 adults struggle to read and 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. These are the findings of TheRead more »

Torrent of Trump tomes tarnishes book biz; bonanza of “bad faith” books bemoaned

The political-insider book is hardly a new phenomenon—Tacitus’s Annals, which was named one of the ten best nonfiction books of 117 (AD) by The New York Times, is an early exampleRead more »

New Carol Shields Prize for Fiction will pay big for women and nonbinary authors

Like many of us, Canadian novelist Susan Swan was disheartened to learn that female writers continue to lag behind male writers in terms of coverage and literary prizes. Despite modestRead more »

Amazon has been quietly removing Nazi books from its listings

For The New York Times, David Streitfeld reports that the online super store has been taking down listings for Nazi books including two books by David Duke and several titlesRead more »

Barnes & Noble forced to cancel “diverse” book series amidst accusations of “literary blackface”

Since 1976, every February the United States has embraced Black History Month, celebrating the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality. The literaryRead more »

“C” is for “Censorship”; CIA deploys iron-fisted approval process: sycophants only, please!

The pending publication of moustachioed former national security adviser John Bolton’s book The Room Where It Happened has run into snags during the process of being vetted by the CentralRead more »

New bill threatens to jail Missouri librarians over “age-inappropriate” content

Remember when that library in China got caught burning books deemed subversive by the government? Well, Missouri has decided to throw its hat into the dystopian ring with a billRead more »

Philly literary scene is thriving, full of women, features something called The Claw

Philadelphia’s literary resurgence has everything: a groundswell of new independent bookstores, a thriving community of readers, MFA programs, independent presses, a growing coterie of prominent writers, a women’s writing groupRead more »

Britain’s foremost collector of LGBT literature posthumously donates important collection

Gay’s the Word bookshop is an institution and a pioneer. The UK’s first gay and lesbian bookstore (and one of only two LGBT bookshops currently in the UK), last yearRead more »

Font nerds spar online in profuse (digital) bloodletting

The Font Nerds are at it again. Few sub-populations of geek are as passionate or committed as that demographic who regard themselves as The People Who Know About Typography. (NeedlessRead more »

Ebook piracy is bad for everyone

Stealing is, for the most part, bad. That’s pretty much a universal value we all learn when we’re very young. But thanks to the Internet’s ability to provide us withRead more »

Gritty Nancy Drew update goes ahead and just kills off Nancy Drew

Dead girls. They’re everywhere. They’re in the window. They’re in the water. They’re in cabin 10. They on the beach—wrapped in plastic. They’re in red coats and in the snow.Read more »

First look at Hunger Games prequel sparks outrage

While the controversy over American Dirt is a-brewing right smack in the middle of mainstream book culture at the moment, the usually much-more-tumultuous YA publishing world has managed to kick upRead more »

Cairo controversy: Egyptian publisher banned from book fair as owner languishes in jail

The Cairo Book Fair, held annually every January, is one of the biggest book fairs in the world, and the oldest and largest of its kind in the Middle East.Read more »