President Obama Will Have First All Digital Presidential Library in Chicago

Former president Barack Obama has unveiled the plans for his presidential library in Chicago. The library will be the first all-digital presidential library. All of the unclassified documents that would normally be stored at a presidential library will be digitized and made available for viewing. Read more... May 8, 2017

Writers Reach Deal With Studios, Writers Strike Averted

It went down to the wire, but the writers' strike was averted this week. The L.A. Times reports that this time major studio heads got involved by joining a conference call last weekend and indicating a willingness to pay writers more and address the issues of declining pay and health benefits during the Golden Age of Television. Read more... May 7, 2017

Negotiations Continue as Writers' Strike Looms

In a conference call with analysts this morning NBCUniversal head Steve Burke addressed the looming writers' strike. Deadline reports that Burke was upbeat in his assessment of the negotiating situation, telling analysts, "Strikes aren’t good for anybody. I'm hopeful we’ll get it done." But many think that Burke is being overly optimistic. Read more... April 27, 2017

Archaeologists Discover Possible Jules Verne Time Capsule

Archaeologists and historians from Paris Descartes University and The Explorers Club NYC say they have discovered a metal container that may contain unpublished documents belonging to author Jules Verne. Verne is known for his 19th century science fiction novels, which include Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Read more... April 13, 2017



Trump's Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Accusations

Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch wrote a book in 2006 called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. It was published in the New Forum Books series by the Princeton University Press. Gorsuch is now facing accusations that he plagiarized portions of his book. Read more... April 5, 2017

Colum McCann Discusses His New Writing Book With PBS NewsHour

Novelist Colum McCann is the author of Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, This Side of Brightness, Songdogs and other bestsellers. His awards include the National Book Award and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. McCann also teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He has a new book out called Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice. Read more... April 5, 2017

Dying Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Writes Essay: 'You May Want to Marry My Husband'

After discovering she has terminal ovarian cancer, bestselling children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a heartbreaking essay for The New York Times called "You May Want to Marry My Husband." Ms. Rosenthal is determined use the little time she has left to open the door for her husband to find love again. Read more... March 3, 2017

White House Bans CNN, LA Times, NY Times and Politico From Press Conference

Journalists were shocked this morning when CNN, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Politico and the BBC were banned from a White House news conference. No reason was given for the ban, which also included Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. The conference was held in Sean Spicer's office in the West Wing. News outlets that were allowed to attend the gaggle included extremely conservative outlets such as Breitbart, The Washington Times and One American News Network. Read more... February 24, 2017

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




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