Stop copying and start working on your craft

Every time self-publishing inches closer to becoming a more acceptable and viable choice for writers, something like this happens. In fact, it keeps happening. The idea of self-publishing affords a degreeRead more »

After being pulled, Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is available again at Whitcoulls in New Zealand

About ten days ago we wrote that Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life was being pulled from a major New Zealand bookstore chain in the wake the anti-Muslim attacks in Christchurch. On aRead more »

The RSL Ondaatje Prize longlist is revealed and includes Melville House author S.K. Perry

Let Me Be Like Water by our very own British author, S.K. Perry, is a beautifully moving, poignant, and lyrical debut novel set in Brighton, a seaside town in England.Read more »

Nearly ten years in the making, Chelsea Green Publishing completes transition to employee ownership model

As reported by Alex Green in Publishers Weekly, Chelsea Green Publishing has completed their transition to employee ownership. The employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) was conceived by founders Ian and Margot Baldwin inRead more »

This year’s Story Prize goes to Groff’s Florida, honors Brinkley and Eisenberg

If you’ve got a good story to tell, then there may be a lot of money to make off it. No, I’m not talking about that Cut interview with JessicaRead more »

Robot authors trying to compete with Orwell

A non-profit lab called Open AI has announced that they’ve trained a machine to read, write, translate, and summarize text unsupervised. According to Open AI’s blog post, the objective isRead more »

Major New Zealand bookstore chain removes Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life from its shelves

New Zealand’s response to the horrific string of deadly shootings in mosques on March 15 is one worth studying. Most notably, the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced in no uncertainRead more »

An online petition to stop Brexit crashes government website due to sheer number of supporters.

You know that feeling before an exam, of sheer panic and anxiety in the pit of your stomach? The dread of realising your coursework is due in and it’s nowhereRead more »

Alaa al-Aswany, Egyptian author and activist, is being sued by the Egyptian military for insulting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Alaa al-Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building and critic of the political regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will face a lawsuit filed by the military authority of Egypt. According to reportingRead more »

Facebook local news aggregator can’t find enough local news to work with

Today, a riddle: How can I live in a cool to semi-arid part of the United States and still live in a desert? Well my friend, that’s because you probablyRead more »

“Civilization backup” on its way to the moon

Corey Powell of NBC News reports that the Arch Mission Foundation is designing a “civilization backup” that will be sent to other planets and last at least 6 billion years. TheRead more »

Hail and Farewell: Jake Phelps of Thrasher magazine

As our man on the skateboard-publishing beat, it is my unfortunate duty today to report some sad news from one of the raddest corners of the publishing world: Jake Phelps, editor of ThrasherRead more »

Scholastic Harry Potter editor launching an independent publishing company

We all know J.K Rowling (a.k.a Mother Potter) to be the source of all things Hogwarts and Harry, and rightfully so. But what about the man behind the scenes responsibleRead more »

Amazon removes from the marketplace books promoting dangerous and false “cures” for autism

One week after concerns regarding Amazon’s algorithmic promotion of whack-o conspiracy theory garbage made headlines, the company is back in the news for removing a different breed of insane andRead more »