Salman Rushdie is Writing Novel With Trump-Like Villain

Salman Rushdie is working on a new novel for Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape, which will be published in September, 2017. The novel, called The Golden House, is a thriller which set in the current day. From the description of the novel, it seems clear that the satiric novel will take aim directly at President Trump. Read more... February 10, 2017

Javaka Steptoe Wins 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown). The picture book, which he wrote and illustrated, is a vibrant biography of street artist Basquiat. The book also is the winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Read more... February 2, 2017

Literary Agents Put Out an Open Call for Submissions From Muslim Writers

A group of literary agents has put out an open call for submissions from Muslim writers. The agents write in the open call, "We all agree that the current political climate demands a need for a greater presence of authors of Muslim heritage in the book marketplace. We are taking action to help make that happen." Read more... February 1, 2017

New York Times Dumps Comics and Mass Market Paperback Bestseller Lists

Publishers and authors are reeling from the news that The New York Times is dropping a number of its bestseller list as of February 5, 2017. On the chopping block are the bestseller lists for graphic novels, manga, mass market paperbacks, young adult ebooks and middle grade ebooks. Publisher's Weekly reports that the change is part of a larger restructuring of the books section of The Times. Read more... January 31, 2017



Kelly Barnhill Wins 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The 2017 Newbery Medal has been awarded to The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. The book was published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint which was founded in 2013. This is the imprint's first Newbery award. The fantasy novel is about a girl who has an unusual upbringing: she is raised by a witch, a swamp monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Fox Animation has snapped up the film rights to the book. Read more... January 30, 2017

A French Translator Describes the Difficulty of Translating President Trump

Robert Zaretsky of the L.A. Review of Books interviewed translator Bérengère Viennot about the challenges and joys of translating the words of American presidents for a European audience. In particular she bemoans the difficulty translators are having turning President Donald Trump whose style is so different from President Obama's. Read more... January 29, 2017

Merriam-Webster Calls Out Kellyanne Conway for 'Alternative Facts'

President Trump's former campaign manager and current counselor Kellyanne Conway caused jaws to drop this morning when she used the term "alternative facts" to explain why White House press secretary Sean Spicer presented at least three deliberate falsehoods in his first press conference yesterday. Read more... January 22, 2017

Trump Nominee Monica Crowley Felled by Plagiarism Scandal

Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's nominee to be senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, has withdrawn from consideration for the post after a plaigiarism scandal. The New York Times reports that the conservative commentator and author withdrew after allegations that she plagiarized major sections of her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? Read more... January 17, 2017

Damien Chazelle Wins Best Screenplay and Best Director at Golden Globes for La La Land

Damien Chazelle took home the Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2017 Golden Globes. His film La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was the dominant film at the Globes this year. It won seven awards including Best Picture. Read more... January 8, 2017

Donald Trump Boots Biographer Off Golf Course

President-elect Donald Trump kicked one of his biographers off his golf course Friday in Florida. Harry Hurt, the author of The Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, was set to play golf at the Trump International Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, with billionaire and conservative mega donor David Koch. Hunt's 1993 book is an unflattering biography of the new president elect. Read more... January 1, 2017

A Princess and an Author: Carrie Fisher Taken Too Soon

Fans are in mourning after the news that actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. She suffered a major heart attack while flying home from London to Los Angeles. Although she was given CPR on the plane and was taken immediately to the hospital upon landing, she never regained consciousness. Her daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, had her publicist confirm the sad news. Read more... December 28, 2016

Trump Typo Causes 'Unpresidented' to Trend on Twitter

Donald Trump is known for making typos on Twitter. He uses his phone to enter his tweets and does not always spell check. Today, the President-elect took to Twitter to attack China for confiscating a U.S. drone. Read more... December 17, 2016

James Patterson Donates $250,000 to Independent Booksellers

James Patterson, in cooperation with the American Booksellers Association, announced the names of the independent booksellers that will receive grants from his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. Patterson, who is passionate about literacy and reading, will give out $250,000 total divided between 149 independent booksellers. The individual amounts range between $1,000 and $5,000. Read more... December 15, 2016

Patti Smith Performed A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall as Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

1500 guests wearing black tie attended the ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden to preset the 2016 Nobel Prizes. The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to singer songwriter Bob Dylan, who did not attend. Patti Smith accepted the award on behalf of Dylan. Read more... December 10, 2016

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




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