New book argues that Englishwomen were writing literature as far back as the eighth century

For as long as these things have been tracked, it’s been believed that the first writing by an English woman dates to the later middle-ages. But as reported by AllisonRead more »

“Climate strike” is chosen as 2019’s word of the year

Last year we wrote about the annual tradition that is Collins English Dictionary word of the year, as chosen by lexicographers since 2013. Following on from last year’s winner “single-use,”Read more »

Somehow more shakeups at Deadspin after everybody left

Last week, we wrote about how a “stick to sports” mandate handed down to the popular sports and culture blog Deadspin from its parent company, G/O Media, was met with derisionRead more »

Trump promotes son’s book while accusing Biden’s son of profiting from father’s influence

In an unsurprising move, President Trump has publicly endorsed his son’s (Donald Trump Jr.’s) new book, “a violation of ethics rules if it had come from any federal employee otherRead more »

Phillip Roth left a substantial part of his estate to the Newark Public Library

In heartwarming bit of library news, famed, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Phillip Roth has left $2 million of his $10 million estate to the Newark Public Library, the Wall Street Journal reports.Read more »

Boss Trump, or, Capitalism Gone Wild

“Whom the gods would destroy, they make crazy first.” —Ancient Latin Adage I The idea that Donald Trump is some sort of mafia don—or “wannabe gangster,” as Robert DeNiro derisivelyRead more »

Herman, this isn’t Polynesia; there are rules

We were stunned over here on John Street to learn that our namesake and inspiration Herman Melville enjoyed … bowling? It’s somewhat hard for us to picture our austere andRead more »

Barbara A. Radnofsky, author of A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment, on high crimes and misdemeanors

If ever there was a time to read up on impeachment, it’s now. That’s right, the time has finally come: the House votes today on whether to move forward withRead more »

Top 10 quotes for Patricia Highsmith’s soon-to-be-released diaries

Your faithful blogger here at MobyLives briefly considered writing a thoughtful entry on the moral and ethical issues of the posthumous publication of a famous person’s diaries. The peg wouldRead more »

Dame Judi Dench is funding a museum’s £650,000 bid for a Charlotte Bronte manuscript

Dame Judi Dench is putting her money to good use: she’s funding the Bronte Parsonage Museum’s attempt to purchase a rare book written by Charlotte Bronte when she was aRead more »

False claims that the UK executed gay men result in cancellation of Naomi Wolf’s latest book

Back in May, Virago published Naomi Wolf’s new book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love in the UK. Best known for her acclaimed feminist title The Beauty Myth, herRead more »

Anonymous Trump critic to publish book; secrecy abounds in unusual arrangement

Remember way back in that innocent time of September 2018, when an unidentified Trump administration official published a New York Times op-ed titled “I Am Part of the Resistance”? DoesRead more »

Kansas bookseller writes open letter asking Jeff Bezos to level the playing field

Last spring we passed the mic over to the good people at Lawrence, Kansas’s Raven Bookstore, who, in a Twitter thread of uncommon grace and style, articulated why (if oneRead more »

Karl Ove Knausgaard to contribute to the future library

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Norwegian author of the six-volume My Struggle saga, has become the sixth author to sign onto the Future Library project. The project, brain-child of Scottish artist KatieRead more »

Bob Dylan’s Tarantula to receive the audiobook treatment

At last, the art of Nobel-prize-winning literary icon Bob Dylan can be encountered in a new format … audio. Ok, so you’ve been able to listen to Bob Dylan’s work many decadesRead more »

Stephen King’s mansion is becoming a writer’s retreat

Perfect news for spooky season: famed horror writer Stephen King is turning his home in Bangor, Maine into an archive and writer’s retreat.  According to Rolling Stone, King and hisRead more »

Australian football legend Tim Cahill to add to children’s book series

OK, I’ll level with you. Every week, we go through the books news looking for the most vital, interesting, controversial and otherwise blog-worthy stories. It’s fun! And the past coupleRead more »

Booker Award split between two deserving writers; irritation abounds

Sheesh! Can’t any of these people do anything right? As though attempting to one-up a string of disappointing Nobel Prize decisions—including last year’s non-award scandal and this year’s decision toRead more »

Harold Bloom, (in)famous literary critic, dies at 89

Harold Bloom—literary critic and longtime Yale professor—died on Monday at the age of 89. Bloom was perhaps the bestselling literary critic of all time. He is most known for his rigorousRead more »

A lost chapter of the world’s oldest novel was found in a Tokyo home

Japan is home to some of the oldest temples and shrines in the world, but it also is the birthplace of the world’s first novel, The Tale of Gengi. AccordingRead more »

Jojo Moyes’ new book bears “striking similarities” to a recently published novel

Oh boy, we are excited today, because today is the rare day where we get to start a blog post with the line: HOT, HOT LITERARY SCANDAL. They don’t comeRead more »

Nobel prize for literature once again descends into controversy

After a year with no Nobel prize in literature (read about the Swedish Academy’s sexual abuse and financial misconduct scandal here), expectations were high. Two awards would be given: oneRead more »

#MeToo authors in the classroom: OK or nah? The “Gray Lady” weighs in

Among the many vexing questions to arise in the wake of #MeToo: is there a place in the classroom for books written by men who have been accused of sexualRead more »

Becoming II: Still Becoming

What do you do after writing the bestselling memoir of all time, a book that sent you on a totally unprecedented stadium tour of book events and still sits comfortably onRead more »

Two Nobel prizes in literature to be awarded next week

The Swedish Academy is set to announce two more Nobel laureates next week, after it did not hand out the prize last year. The postponement last year was the resultRead more »

Not (yet) time to settle in publishers’s suit against Audible

Like a good legal thriller (even better, a radio serial), the story of Audible’s “Captions” program has us anticipating every new twist and turn. To recap the last few weeks ofRead more »