Plymouth’s RESPECT festival will see people become ‘books’ for Human Library

They say everyone has a book inside them—now a Devon arts festival is looking for people to become a “book” in partnership with the Human Library project. Plymouth’s RESPECT FestivalRead more »

Simon & Schuster refuse to distribute book written by cop who shot Breonna Taylor

Simon & Schuster is making headlines again, although this time not about the impending Penguin Random House Simon & Schuster mega-merger-to-dwarf-all-other-mergers. As well as publishing their own titles, S&S distribute books forRead more »


(Brooklyn, NY) Melville House Publishing is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of THE STORM IS UPON US: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything byRead more »

Watch our authors in conversation at the Penguin Random House Spring Book Festival

Last week we had the privilege of participating in the Penguin Random House Spring Festival for librarians (thanks to everyone who stopped by!). Three of our authors joined us inRead more »

At last! Bibliophiles rejoice as bookshops finally reopen across England

It has been a long, cold, hard winter with much of the high street closed in England, but finally, this week, non-essential shops reopened for the first time since theRead more »

Close to the veg: Headline acquire Grandad’s gardening tips

For those lucky enough to have access to a garden or outdoor space during the pandemic, they have provided more than just an escape from the no-so-great indoors. And withRead more »

Librarians Lobby Leaders on Infrastructure Initiative

If there is one thing we have learned over the years, it is that librarians are fierce! So it came as no surprise when the American Library Association (ALA) sentRead more »

Boris Johnson is labeled an “embarrassing buffoon” in a new political memoir

A new memoir from government insider Sir Alan Duncan is causing waves in the UK, attacking prominent Conservative politicians, including current Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Sir Alan Duncan served asRead more »

Marcus Rashford book blazes a trail for underprivileged readers

Last week it was confirmed, in the latest instance of “Marcus Rashford being an excellent human,” that the Manchester United striker—who is just 23!—is putting his name to a newRead more »

Merger mania marches on: Harper hatches Houghton-Harcourt heist

Where will it all end? The incessant roundelay of mergers and acquisitions (“M&A,” in the parlance of our finance-bro pals—but, we digress) continues apace. According to Monday’s Wall Street Journal,Read more »

‘Kung fu’ children’s book pulled after author apologizes for racist content

Selling over 80 million copies worldwide and with a DreamWorks film to its name, the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey is a much loved and lauded series of children’sRead more »

Photos and video from India by Suchitra Vijayan, author of Midnight’s Borders

  Sharing borders with six countries and spanning a geography that extends from Pakistan to Myanmar, India is the world’s largest democracy and second most populous country. It is alsoRead more »

Turns out early science fiction predicted man-made climate change

Climate change is real and the stakes are pretty dire. While some of the modern proposed solutions to climate change have started to creep towards something out of science fiction,Read more »

TikTok proves it can put books on best-seller lists

A recent New York Times piece opens with author E. Lockhart seeing her 2014 book We Were Liars hitting the best-seller list over the summer of 2020. Baffled but pleased,Read more »

Exclusive photos of Myanmar from author Daniel Combs

  Daniel Combs spent the past six years studying Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts. The result: Until the World Shatters, the first in depth reporting on Myanmar’s jade war and the largestRead more »

In Memoriam: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti died on Monday, at 101 years of age the last surviving member of the fabled “Beat Generation” who re-shaped American culture so flamboyantly beginning inRead more »

Millennial professionals organize mobile libraries for children in rural India

Founded a year and a half ago, Dulkal Libraries has been organizing mobile and street libraries to help get books to children in government schools and rural communities across TamilRead more »

Novelists struggle with lack of inspiration in lockdown

Your special correspondent for the inability to read, write, or otherwise function during the pandemic is back. This time, it’s the writers of novels who are citing all sorts ofRead more »

Gothic galore! Old-fashioned face flourishes online

Words are our business over here on (digital) John Street! and that means, by extension, typography is also our business! As scholars of the intersection of the digital and theRead more »

5 Must Read Books for Black History Month

When it comes to pioneers in Black history, who do you think of? February is Black History Month and this year, on the docket for essential reading, we’ve got some classicsRead more »

Is it time for the Big Five to rethink conservative publishing?

In the wake of the Capitol riots on January 6, Simon & Schuster cancelled Junior Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book on January 7. Almost as quickly, and after many conservativeRead more »

Anti-Antifa book protested at Powell’s Books; free speech confusion continues

Protestors have gathered at famous indie bookstore Powell’s, in Portland, Oregon, to express their opposition to the store’s selling of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, by right-wingRead more »

Backlist Staff Picks

Before we log off for the holidays, we had to do one more round of staff picks. After asking the scrappy Melville House team what books they’d recommend to readers that weRead more »

Melville House 2020 Staff Picks

It’s time for the annual ritual where we begin reflecting on the year as it comes to an end. Except 2020 is arguably different than the previous years. People can’tRead more »

Barrett Browning’s bleak beachcation: lonely letter lamenting isolation lifted to fame

While books have depicted themes of isolation, pandemics, and loneliness for centuries, I think we can all agree that this is the first time we 21st century folk can relateRead more »

Communities rally to combat racial bias at BIPOC-owned bookstores

“Get out, we do not want your kind here.” Sandra Dear, owner of The Little Boho Bookshop, read the anonymous note left in her mailbox just hours before the grandRead more »

Poet’s prize prompts pettiness: rights plight cited

[Note from the marketing director] After last week’s fiasco the managing editor has been restored to factory settings, but is currently on probation. We will be watching him closely. ASRead more »