DOJ sues Edward Snowden over new memoir

This past Tuesday, Metropolitan Books (an imprint of Macmillan) published Permanent Record, the memoir from former CIA and NSA intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. That same day the U.S. Department ofRead more »

Chicago Review Press acquires Amberjack Publishing

A fact of life in publishing is that big publishers will acquire small publishers and keep them open as an imprint, which builds a complex web of companies that existRead more »

Children’s book featuring a trans protagonist wins major prize

A picture book about a young boy dressing up as a mermaid has won The Klaus Flugge Prize. Founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, who set up Andersen Press in 1976 and discoveredRead more »

Our continued fascination with Sherlock Holmes continues to fascinate

According to the LA Times, two venerable institutions are throwing their energies behind a search for lost Sherlock Holmes films. Christi Carras writes: The UCLA Film & Television Archive andRead more »

James Patterson donating thousands of dollars to teachers

James Patterson is at it again: donating his money to worthwhile literary causes.  The mega-bestselling author’s latest charitable deeds benefit those who might just need it most—teachers and students. ReportedRead more »

Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to the publishing world

Perhaps the only thing that we here at MobyLives have in common with Jeffrey Epstein is that the man was once a blogger like us. Over at The Chronicle ofRead more »

Harry Potter books are removed from a Tennessee school for being Satanic

Don’t you just hate it when you’re innocently performing an Accio summoning spell or trying to cast a Patronus and an evil spirit turns up instead, ready to drag youRead more »

Publishers sue Audible over possible copyright infringement

Hello! We have returned from our August hiatus. Sun drunk and blissed out, we’re so relaxed that we have nothing to report about the conquering tide of Amazon washing into newRead more »

I used to hate facial hair. But then it grew on me: new book of Dad jokes, coming soon.

I don’t know about you, but I could do with a little light relief right now as the world turns to garbage. Boris “Piccaninny Watermelon Letterbox Cake Bumboys Vampires HaircutRead more »

How Moby-Dick became the Rosetta Stone of the American republic

In his own era, Melville’s work received at best a mixed reception.   Said the London Athenaeum of Moby-Dick, “This is an ill-compounded mixture of romance and matter-of-fact…The style of hisRead more »

Bookselling scams on the rise

We often write about downward trends in book buying–that folks just aren’t buying enough books. But maybe they are also buying the wrong books. Today, buying the wrong books isRead more »

Jakarta’s First Ever Literary Festival to Focus on Asian and African Writers

Nothing like a non-Western literary festival to reinvigorate contemporary literature. As the Jakarta Post points out, authors from Asia and Africa are to take center stage at the first-ever Jakarta InternationalRead more »

Library of Congress expands book festival with yearlong series of events

This year’s National Book Festival, a free annual event hosted by the Library of Congress, was already set to be a hit with big names like Ruth Bader Ginsberg andRead more »

East London Waterstones forced to close after huge fire

This Monday, July 22, a huge fire ripped through East London. Declared a major police incident, it broke out in The Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow, which contains 66 shops.Read more »

A Hemingway lookalike contest that would make Papa proud

Gentlemen, start growing out your beards now for next year’s Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest, hosted annually in Key West according to WPTV. This year, over 100 Hemingway fanatics participated in the lookalikeRead more »

Republican caucus wants gay conversion therapy books to be more widely available

In the past we have written about how breathtakingly homophobic the concept of gay conversion therapy is, and how it is bad science that must be stamped out wherever it seemsRead more »

Robert Mueller Testimony—Watch Party at Brooklyn Roasting in DUMBO

Come watch Robert Mueller testify before Congress! On Wednesday, July 24, starting at 8:30am and continuing until approximately 2:00pm, join Melville House Publishing at Brooklyn Roasting—25 Jay Street in DUMBO—forRead more »