Dave Eggers’ new hardcover will be available in indie bookstores only 

Want to get the hardcover of Dave Eggers’s new book, The Every? Well, you’ll have to get it at an independent bookstore—that’s the only place it will be available.   TheRead more »

Brontë Society fights to keep “lost” Emily Brontë poems available for the public

Revealed for the first time in almost a century, 31 poems handwritten by Emily Brontë are going up for auction at Sotheby’s. The poems, featuring pencil revisions by Charlotte Brontë,Read more »

Protest or PR stunt? Jeanette Winterson burns her own books in anger over cover blurbs

Author Jeanette Winterson had an impromptu little bonfire on Friday 4th June … burning her own books. Why, you might ask, would an author do such a thing? Winterson herself isRead more »

Little Miss Brave and Mr Calm announced in Matt Lucas-fronted Mr Men doc

Calmness and courage—two qualities most of us have coveted over the last year—are to be celebrated in the form of two new characters in Roger Hargreaves’ hit Mr Men series,Read more »

Steinbeck werewolf novel unlikely to see the light of day

When John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel prize in 1962, the committee lauded his “realistic and imaginative writings … and keen social perception.” Known as he is for the ruggedRead more »

Book tubers: a new range of titles that literally grow vegetables

Blimey, it seems like gardening is barely out of the news at the moment, right?! One week we’re bringing you news of vegetable king Gerald Stratford’s book deal—and now this!Read more »

Boris Johnson accused of missing COVID crisis meetings to write a book about Shakespeare

Back in July 2015, it was announced that Boris Johnson, the then Mayor of London, would be writing Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius for which he received an advance of close toRead more »

Viking to release posthumous John le Carré novel, Silverview

Bittersweet news this week for fans of spy fiction, as Viking reveals it is publishing Silverview, a posthumous novel by John le Carré, who died in December 2020 aged 89. Le Carré—bornRead more »

Cancelled Philip Roth biography finds a new publisher while author is accused of sexual assault

The latest in a long line of books being dropped amidst moral scandal is Blake Bailey’s new biography of Philip Roth. Published last month in the US, Philip Roth: The Biography hitRead more »

The authentic Jane Austen recipe book you never knew you needed

Over the past year and a half or so many of us have found great joy in trying new recipes. If you are one of those people and you loveRead more »

NYPL Is re-opening incrementally, NYT reports

Ever alert for signs of an ending to our long national nightmare, we here at [virtual, still … but not for long!] John Street were pleased to see from theRead more »

The knives are out for Meghan Markle as she announces her forthcoming children’s book

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is soon to become a published author. Her first book, The Bench, is written for children and will be illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson. It highlights the specialRead more »

‘Pornographic’ literature left in an English village’s free book exchange causes controversy

Cornholme is a small village in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of 1,694, where generally not very much happens. But this week it has hit headlines in the UK forRead more »

Big Ben goes belly-up in book-based building bonanza

Big Ben has been in the news quite a lot for a 157 year-old, 13-tonne, under-repair-since-2017 bell.* This major UK tourist attraction, housed in one of the most-photographed buildings inRead more »

Remote remains option at Random; WFH touted

Holy hybrid! As reported today in industry tip-sheet Publishers Weekly, book behemoth Penguin Random House intends to keep its workplace “remote-friendly” going forward. In a memo to employees, CEO MadelineRead more »

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 »