Daniel Handler doubled down on his apology to National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson for making a watermelon joke after her acceptance speech for her young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming.
Read more... November 23, 2014
The Oxford Dictionaries have selected the new word of the year. It's vape, meaning to inhale and exhale the vapor of an electronic cigarette or similar device. The word vape is an abbreviation of vapor or vaporize.
Read more... November 21, 2014
Phil Klay won the National Book Award for fiction last night. The former Marine wrote a moving book of short stories based on his experiences in Iraq and integrating back into civilian life. But Klay's win was overshadowed by host Daniel Handler's unfortunate event.
Read more... November 20, 2014
It's official. Amazon.com and Hachette have finally reached a deal. The new contract goes into effect in early 2015, but effective immediately Hachette authors' books will be available for purchase at the same speed as all other books on the site.
Read more... November 13, 2014
Award-winning singer songwriter Taylor Swift made headlines when she pulled her music from Spotify just before her new album 1989 was released. The CEO of Spotify was so upset about Taylor pulling her music that he has been haranguing her in the press, saying she could make $6 million in royalties this year if she would only come back.
Read more... November 12, 2014
The Writers Guild West has come out strongly in favor of President Obama's proposals to preserve net neutrality. The president gave a speech yesterday in which he asked the FCC to reclassify internet broadband wired and wireless services as a telecommunications service under Title II of the U.S. Code.
Read more... November 11, 2014
Author Kathy Stinson and illustrator Dusan Petricic have won the 10th annual TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for their book The Man With the Violin.
Read more... November 9, 2014