Joss Whedon Exits Batgirl Over Lack of a Story

  • Joss Whedon is exiting the Batgirl film project at Warner Bros. His exit comes nearly a year after he took on the project last March. Whedon was going to be writer/director of a film about Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. Read more... February 23, 2018

  • Henry Holt Rushes Fire and Fury Into Bookstores After Trump Legal Threat

  • Henry Holt is expediting publication of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury book about the Trump White House. Early excerpts from the book have already ignited a firestorm and damaged the relationship between President Trump and Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign ceo and White House Chief Strategist. Trump's personal attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Henry Holt in a last-minute attempt to quash publication of the book. This legal strategy failed. The publisher is speeding up the release date instead. Read more... January 4, 2018

  • George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

  • American writer George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He is the second U.S. author to win the award which carries a £50,000 cash prize. The winner was announced by Lola Young, the 2017 Chair of Judges, at a dinner at London's Guildhall. Lincoln in the Bardo is Saunders' first full-length novel. Read more... October 17, 2017

  • Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

  • Kazuo Ishiguro has been named the winner fo the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ishiguro was born in Japan and then moved to England with his family. He has been writing critically acclaimed novels since 1982. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, was based on his thesis. His latest novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015. Ishiguro's announcement is being much more well received than last year's winner, Bob Dylan. Read more... October 5, 2017

  • Fairy Tale Mark Twain Created for His Daughters Published as Children's Book

  • A previously unpublished fairy tale by Mark Twain has arrived in bookstores. The fairy tale, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, was built around an unfinished work by the famous writer. Twain invented the tale for his daughters in a hotel in Paris in 1879. Read more... September 27, 2017

  • Kim Jong Un's Dotard Insult Sends Americans Scrambling for Dictionaries

  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un called U.S. President Donald Trump a "dotard" in his latest threat. The word quickly began trending on social media. The use of the word by the North Korean dictator had many consulting their dictionaries - or favorite dictionary website - to look up the word. Read more... September 21, 2017

  • Jorie Graham Wins the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award

  • Jorie Graham has won the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award. The annual award carries a stipend of $100,000. It was established in 1994. It is one of the American Poets Prizes awarded by the Academy of American Poets. Read more... September 2, 2017

  • Boston Poets Launch City of Notions, Boston's First Anthology of Poetry

  • Boston poets collaborated on Boston's first anthology of poetry. The poetry collection is called "City of Notions." The name comes from a 19th century nickname for Boston. The poets assembled in the McKim Courtyard of the Boston Public Library to read their poems. The anthology was edited by Boston poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges. Read more... July 29, 2017

  • John Grisham Shares Writing Tips and Talks Plotting

  • John Grisham is back with a new novel called Camino Island. Grisham will be going on a book tour for the new novel. It will be his first tour in 25 years. Grisham says his new novel is not a legal thriller. He calls it a "mystery without lawyers." It involves the theft of valuable original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Read more... June 7, 2017

  • Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiled at Hillsdale College

  • Hillsdale College has unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass. The statue is the eighth figure on the College's Liberty Walk. The African-American abolitionist, author and orator delivered his famous address "Popular Error and Unpopular Truth" at Hillsdale over 150 years ago. His 7-foot-8-inch bronze statue now stands permanently on the campus. Read more... May 29, 2017

  • 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

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