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Pope Francis Writing Children's Book

Pope Francis is writing a children's book which will be published next spring by Loyola Press in Chicago. The book will be called Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World. Loyola Press is the publishing arm of the Jesuits. Read more... November 24, 2015

Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore Sheltered Customers From Paris Terror Attacks

Ernest Hemingway's favorite bookstore in Paris, Shakespeare & Company, became a refuge for for people hiding from terrorists during the attack on Friday night. Canadian author and writer in residence Harriet Alida Lye lives above the Shakespeare & Co. book shop while she works on her second novel. Read more... November 16, 2015

James Corden's New Book Club Discusses How to be a Bad Bitch by Amber Rose

James Corden has launched his own book club with his band leader Reggie Watts. The book club invites distinguished guests to have a rousing intellectual discussion about important books of the day. Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Spectre) and Johnny Galecki, star of the hit series The Big Bang Theory joined Reggie and James to discuss Amber Rose's book How to Be a Bad Bitch. Read more... November 13, 2015

Book by Assassinated Charlie Hebdo Editor in Chief to be Published by Little Brown

Little Brown announced that it will posthumously publish Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia and the True Enemies of Free Expression by murdered Charlie Hebdo editor in chief Stephane Charbonnier. The manifesto will be published in January, 2016. Read more... November 10, 2015

Barnes & Noble to Offer 500,000 Signed Books on Black Friday

Barnes & Noble is bringing back its Black Friday signed books offer this year. The book retailer introduced the concept - called Signed Editions - last holiday season. We think it is a great idea. This year Barnes & Noble had over 120 authors sign books including Jeff Kinney, Lorenzo Carcaterra and Kristina Webb. Read more... November 9, 2015

Bridget Moynahan Talks The Blue Bloods Cookbook

Family meals are very important on the CBS series, Blue Bloods. The family of police officers sit down at the table for gatherings and delicious meals. The dinner table gathering helped inspire the Blue Bloods Cookbook, which is co-authored by Bridget Moynahan and Wendy Howard Goldberg. Read more... November 8, 2015

Booksellers Sue to Overturn Louisiana's New Age Verification Law

Publishers and booksellers have filed a federal lawsuit to challenge Louisiana's age-verification law for online book and magazine sales which are not adult in nature.The new law is aimed at mainstream booksellers and comic book sellers, not adult sites. It will hit booksellers and comic book sellers hard. It requires that every user be age-verified to ensure no minor gets access to material "that could be deemed harmful." Read more... November 5, 2015

Mariah Carey to Publish Children's Book Based on Her Popular Christmas Song

Mariah Carey is publishing a children's book based on her popular holiday song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The book, being published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, has the same title as the hit Christmas song she co-wrote with Walter Afanasieff. The song, which has become a holiday classic, is from her 1994 album, Merry Christmas. Read more... October 31, 2015

Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager Writing Children's Picture Book Benefiting National Parks

Former First Lady Laura Bush announced today that she is writing a children's book with her daughter, Jenna Hager Bush. The book will be called Our Great Big Backyard. Mrs. Bush said that the book will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Park Foundation. Read more... October 30, 2015

Dark Horse Comics to Launch New Tomb Raider Series

Lara Croft will return in a new Tomb Raider comics series from Dark Horse Comics. The publisher says Croft will be a "whole new bag of trick" to the table. The series is being written by Mariko Tamaki. It will arrive in stores in February 2016. Read more... October 26, 2015

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