Author Emma Straub is Opening a Bookstore in Brooklyn

New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub is opening a bookstore in Brooklyn. Dismayed that the independent bookstore BookCourt was closing at the end of this year, she and her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub, decided to take the plunge and open their own bookstore. She writes "A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart." Read more... December 7, 2016

Patti Smith Will Perform in Bob Dylan's Honor at the Nobel Ceremony

The Nobel Committee announced that Patti Smith will perform Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" during the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10th in Stockholm, Sweden. Dylan is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, but said he will not be attending the event because he has other commitments. However, he has written an acceptance speech, although it has not been announced who will read it for him. Read more... December 6, 2016

Abrams Stops Publishing Bad Little Children's Books After Charges of Racism

Abrams books has announced that it will stop publishing the book Bad Little Children's Books: KidLit Parodies, Shameless Spoofs, and Offensively Tweaked Covers after accusations that the book is racist. The book was written by a writer who uses the pseudonym Arthur C. Gackley. The book is a collection of fictional, satiric book covers which take classic book titles and make them into offensive parodies of the original works. Read more... December 5, 2016

Harper Lee to be Immortalized in New Harper Lee Trail in Monroeville, Alabama

Harper Lee's attorney has big plans for honoring her former client in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. reports that Mockingbird Company, the nonprofit organization which promotes Ms. Lee's work, is planning to create a Harper Lee Trail in the city which will have a major impact on tourism to the area. The city of Monroeville is all for the plan, which should bring hundreds of thousands of additional tourists to the small town. Read more... December 2, 2016

Hunter S. Thompson's Favorite Marijuana Strains Coming Soon to a Dispensary Near You

Hunter S. Thompson loved his weed. Now you too can partake in the strain of marijuana the six different kinds of marijuana that her late husband smoked. Rolling Stone reports that Anita Thompson saved six different kinds of marijuana her husband enjoyed and is working with a cannabis company to regrow these strains of the potent week. Read more... December 1, 2016

Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

The Oxford Dictionaries has named its 2016 Word of the Year as post-truth. The adjective is defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." Or, as Stephen Colbert fans might think of it: truthiness. Read more... November 21, 2016

Bob Dylan Refuses to Attend Nobel Prize Ceremony

After telling a British reporter that he would do his best to attend the ceremony in which he was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by King Gustav of Sweden, Bob Dylan has now declined to show up for the ceremony. The Swedish Academy said in a statement that the singer songwriter has a scheduling conflict that prevents him from flying to Stockholm to receive the world's most prestigious writing award. Read more... November 16, 2016

Paul Beatty is First American Writer to Win Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Paul Beatty just became the first American writer to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In 2014 the award was opened up to non-British authors, much to the consternation of British writers. Beatty won the prestigious British literary ward for his novel, The Sellout, a brilliantly funny satire on race relations in today's America. Read more... October 26, 2016

Swedish Academy Member Calls Bob Dylan Impolite and Arrogant

Bob Dylan continues to cause controversy. A member of the Swedish Academy has denounced Dylan's boorish behavior in failing to even acknowledge the desperate attempts of the Academy to contact him to tell him he just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The New York Times reports that writer and committee member Per Wastberg called Dylan "impolite and arrogant" for his failure to respond to the honor. Read more... October 24, 2016

Nine Dots Prize Launches With $100,000 Prize for Unfinished Book

A new book prize will be one of the world's richest: offering the winner $100,000. And best of all -- the book doesn't even have to be written yet. The Nine Dots Prize rewards original thinking "in response to contemporary societal issues." Every two years the board poses a new question in October. Entrants must submit a 3,000 word answer to the question. The answer will be used as the basis for a book expanding on their answer. The prize is $100,000, which is twice the amount of the Booker Prize. Read more... October 21, 2016

Nobel Committee Gives Up On Trying to Contact Bob Dylan

The Nobel Prize committee still hasn't been able to get a hold of singer songwriter Bob Dylan to tell him he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It seems clear that at least his web team knows, because his website and Facebook page now reflect that he is a Nobel Prize winner. Read more... October 20, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

It is a great day for singer songwriters. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan, 75, has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Medal of the Arts, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and Grammy Awards. To say that Dylan's win is a shock to the literary community is a major understatement. While songwriters are celebrating his win, many critics, editors and authors are not. Read more... October 13, 2016

Vietnam Jails Human Rights Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh

The New York Times reports that Vietnam has arrested popular blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh for spreading propaganda against the state. Ms. Quynh, who blogs under the name other Mushroom, is a 37 year old writer, human rights and environmental activist who has written about topics that the Communist government does not want discussed. Read more... October 11, 2016

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