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Fairy Tale Mark Twain Created for His Daughters Published as Children's Book (September 27, 2017): A previously unpublished fairy tale by Mark Twain has arrived in bookstores. It is brought to life by Philip and Erin Stead.

Dying Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Writes Essay: 'You May Want to Marry My Husband' (March 3, 2017): Bestselling children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a heartbreaking essay for The New York Times entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband.

Javaka Steptoe Wins 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (February 2, 2017): Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Kelly Barnhill Wins 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon (January 30, 2017): Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for her fantasy novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. She says she was gobsmacked by the win.

Abrams Stops Publishing Bad Little Children's Books After Charges of Racism (December 5, 2016): Abrams will stop publishing the parody book Bad Little Children's Books after an outcry over the content which critics say is racist.

Forbes Releases 2016 List of Highest Earning Authors (August 3, 2016): James Patterson tops the list of the highest earning authors for 2016 with pre-tax earnings of $95 million.

German Author is Amazon's First Literary Author to Sell More Than a Million Books (July 22, 2016): German author Oliver Potzsch has now sold more than one million books world wide. He is published by Amazon's literary imprint.

Simon & Schuster Launches Muslim Focused Imprint Salaam Reads (February 26, 2016): Simon & Schuster is launching a children's imprint called Salaam Reads. The stories and character will be Muslims, but the books are aimed at children of all faiths.

Seventeen Magazine and Harlequin Teen Launching New Book Imprint (February 5, 2016): Melissa de la Cruz's new novel Something in Between will be the debut release of the new book imprint Seventeen Books

Flatiron Books Expands Into Young Adult Titles (January 29, 2016): Macmillan imprint Flatiron Books will begin publishing young adult titles from debut authors and from established authors.

Book Sales by Dead Authors are Booming (December 5, 2015): Publishers are seeing great returns on sales of books by dead authors. In the world of posthumous publishing business is booming.

Jennifer Weiner Inks Deal For First Children's Book (October 5, 2015): Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner just inked a deal to write her first middle grade trilogy. The first book is called The Littlest Bigfoot.

James Patterson Launching Children's Book Imprint at Little, Brown (May 30, 2015): James Patterson is launching a new kids book imprint called jimmy patterson at Little, Brown. He will donate all his profits to children's literacy efforts.

Young Adult Titles to be Focus of 2015 Banned Books Week (April 24, 2015): For the 2015 Banned Books Week, young adult titles will be the focus. YA titles are the most challenged and banned of all books.

J.K. Rowling Leaves Door Open for More Books in Potter Universe (April 11, 2015): J.K. Rowling discusses her charity Lumos, and leaves the door open for more books set in the Harry Potter universe.

Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney to Open Bookstore (March 22, 2015): Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Wimpy Kid book series, is opening a bookstore in Plainville, Massachusetts.

J.K. Rowling Calls New Harry Potter Bibliography Mind-Boggling (March 3, 2015): Philip Errington, the director of children's books at Sotheby's, has written the definitive Harry Potter bibliography which J.K. Rowling calls mind-boggling.

Top Authors and Illustrators Create Special Editions for Charity Auction (November 28, 2014): Sotheyby's is hosting an auction to benefit House of Illustration, the UK charity. Top illustrators and authors have created new art and annotations of their classic works.

J.K. Rowling Tops List of Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors (November 26, 2014): The Hollywood Reporter has named its 25 Most Powerful Authors. J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and George R.R. Martin top the list.

Daniel Handler Apologizes Again, Raises Money for WNDB (November 23, 2014): Daniel Handler really knows how to make a grand gesture. He apologized again for racist comments and donated $110,000 to We Need Diverse Books.