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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:36
Little House on the Prairie Fans will likely enjoy Publishers Weekly's article, "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Laura Ingalls Wilder."

National Book Awards announced

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:00
The national book awards for 2017 have been announced.
The winners are:
Fiction: Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
Nonfiction: Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Poetry: Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Young People's Literature: Robin Benway, Far from the Tree

Annie Proulx received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Indie bookstores make plans for Indies First/Small Business Saturday

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:51
Indies First/Small Business Saturday 2017 and the start of the holiday shopping season are just a week and a half away (Nov 25), and more independent bookstores around the United States are finalizing their plans for the annual celebration of bookselling and small businesses. Shelf Awareness rounds up some of the planned activities...

Bookstores sales decline for the second month in a row

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:45
Bookstore sales declined 6.5% this September, compared to September 2016, according to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday morning. Sales in September were $1.01 billion, down from $1.8 billion a year ago.

Top hundred nonfiction books of all time

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 17:11
The Observer newspaper continues its 2+ year project to review what it deems to be the top 100 nonfiction books of all time. The series began in February 2016 with their No. 1 pick, Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction and is on track to complete by the turn of the year. The most recent review is for The Diary of Samuel Pepys coming in at No. 92.

The Observer is the sister newspaper to the better known British newspaper, The Guardian. The Observer publishes on Sundays, The Guardian publishes on all other days of the week. Both newspapers combine their content into theguardian.com website.

Pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 17:00
With 4 million or 17% of all online ebooks being pirated, novelists including Maggie Stiefvater and Samantha Shannon say theft by fans puts their books at risk.

Playwright Tom Stoppard wins lifetime achievement award

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:59
The playwright Tom Stoppard has won the David Cohen prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature, hailed as a "giant of 20th-century British drama" with an "outstanding and enduring body of unfailingly creative, innovative and brilliant work."

Is reading in bed a thing of the past?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 21:21
Howard Jacobson in the Guardian asks how many of us still read a book in bed?

Does anybody know what a bestseller is?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:27
Publishers Weekly reports on the proliferation of bestseller lists and asks "when nearly any title can be called a bestseller, does becoming a bestseller still matter?"

Book World to close All 45 stores across the Midwest

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:24
Wisconsin-based Book World Inc. has announced that it is closing all bookstores in its Book World chain that operates 45 outlets across the Midwest. In a letter to its business partners and vendors as well as in a release sent to media, Book World said that liquidation sales will begin on November 2 at all 45 locations. The sales will continue until all inventory -- books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, and other sidelines – is gone. The company expects that all stores will be closed by January 15.

HBO, Penguin cancel ?Game Change? over Halperin?s alleged sexual harassment

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:42
The 2016 edition of "Game Change," the most lucrative franchise in political journalism, appears doomed as Penguin Press canceled the much-anticipated book and HBO dropped the movie version in response to five women accusing co-writer Mark Halperin of sexual harassment during his time at ABC News.

Did Salinger write more books? And if so, will they ever be published?

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:43
The New York times explores the claim made in a 2013 documentary about J. D. Salinger (and a related book) that the reclusive author not only continued writing, but also left detailed notes to his trust about releasing the material between 2015 and 2020.

Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:22
A new report issued by Bowker found that a total of 786,935 ISBNs were issued to self-published authors in 2016, an 8.2% increase over 2015. According to the report, ISBNs for print books rose 11.3% to 638,624 titles, while e-book ISBNs for self-publishers fell 3.2% to 148,311 (a unique ISBN is issued for each format of a book.) Since Bowker measures the number of self-published books by ISBN, its count does not include e-books released by authors through Amazon's KDP program, as they use ASIN identifiers rather than an ISBNs.|

Broomsticks and dragon bones in British Library's Harry Potter magic show

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:25
It's all true, and the incontrovertible proof has gone on display in the British Library. Side by side with original manuscripts and illustrations for the Harry Potter books, in an exhibition that opens on Friday and has already sold a record 30,000 tickets, there are dragons' bones, a mermaid, a step-by-step illustration (on a scroll six metres long) of how to create a philosopher's stone, a black crystal ball owned by a 20th-century witch known as Smelly Nelly, and a broomstick on which another west country witch regularly startled Dartmoor walkers...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:24
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book "makes people uncomfortable."

This Is What Really Happens When Amazon Comes to Your Town

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:16
Politico reports on the intense competition by cities to host "HQ2" - Amazon's planned second headquarters. It also looks at the pros and cons for the winning city of "bringing in 40,000 highly paid employees to compete for the same relatively constant supply of housing," and asks how much of Amazon's success is due to the unique nature of Seattle, and whether those conditions can be replicated elsewhere.

California bookstores exempt from autograph authentication law

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:14
California state lawmakers have exempted bookstores from a requirement that "sellers of items that carry their creator's autograph include a certificate guaranteeing that the signature is authentic," the San Francisco Chronicle reported. AB228 passed both houses without a dissenting vote and has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The law takes effect immediately.

By way of background: A law passed in 1992 required dealers in autographed sports memorabilia to authenticate the signatures or face financial penalties. With backing from consumer advocates, film studios and police chiefs, who said there was widespread evidence of forged signatures in the memorabilia market, legislators expanded the requirement, as of this year, to all sellers except pawnbrokers and online merchants.

George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:37
George Saunders's first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, has won the Man Booker Prize. Originally, the award was restricted to novels written by authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth nations, but in 2014, it was opened to any novel written in English and published in Britain. This is now the second year that the prize has been won by an American author - last year's winner was Paul Beatty for The Sellout.

Bookstore sales down 11% in August compared to last year

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:31
Bookstore sales in the USA fell 10.9%, to $1.4 billion, compared to August 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. For the first eight months of the year, bookstore sales are down 2.6%. Total retail sales for the year to date have risen 3.8%.

Harry Potter exhibition sells record 30,000 advance tickets

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:58
The British Library has revealed that its Harry Potter exhibition has sold more than 30,000 tickets - the highest number of advance tickets it has ever sold for an exhibition.

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