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Who should lead American Library Association?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:00
The American Library Association is facing significant financial challenges. The Trump administration wants to gut federal support for libraries. And librarians are fighting over whether its next executive director should be required to have a MLS degree...

Joan Silber and Caroline Fraser among winners of 2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards #awards

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:45
The National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its 2017 awards tonight:

Poetry: Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf)

Criticism: Carina Chocano, You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Mariner)

Autobiography: Xiaolu Guo, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (Grove)

Biography: Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Metropolitan Books)

Nonfiction: Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster)

Fiction: Joan Silber, Improvement (Counterpoint)

The John Leonard Prize: Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf)

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Charles Finch

The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: John McPhee

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:27
About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year.

And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant increase in the share of Americans who read audiobooks, from 14% to 18%.

Overall, Americans read an average (mean) of 12 books per year, while the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. Each of these figures is largely unchanged since 2011, when the Center first began conducting the surveys of Americans' book reading habits.

Netflix to stream the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:00
Netflix will begin streaming the movie adaptation of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society in North America, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia on April 20. Studiocanal will release the film in the U.K. on the same day, followed by Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany.

Sherman Alexie decides not to accept the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:17
Accused by at least 10 women of sexual harassment, author Sherman Alexie has decided not to accept the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction that he won for You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Little, Brown). His publisher has also delayed the release of the paperback edition.

They NY Times publishes overdue obituaries of women they overlooked including Bronte and Plath

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:25
Introducing what will be an ongoing project, The New York Times writes, "Since 1851, obituaries in the New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now we're adding the stories of 15 remarkable women."

The obituaries published today include Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Bronte and Qui Jin (a feminist poet and revolutionary who became a martyr known as China's 'Joan of Arc.')

Romantic fiction in the age of Trump

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:15
The Guardian reports on the quandary facing romance authors--in the wake of #MeToo and Time's Up, how 'bad' should the bad boy be?

Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington to star in Little Fires Everywhere TV series

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:14
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington will star in and executive produce the TV series Little Fires Everywhere, based on Celeste Ng's book.

15 remarkable books by women

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:36
New York Times critics chose 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century...

Sherman Alexie accusers co on the record with NPR

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:31
Three women have gone on the record with NPR's All Things Considered--and at least seven others have spoken off the record with the show--about author Sherman Alexie's abusive treatment of them, confirming the anonymous and somewhat vague allegations that have been made recently online.

Five Oscar wins for movies based on books

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:42
Although many movies based on books were nominated for Oscars this year, only three won with a total of five awards between them:

Darkest Hour, based on the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten: Two wins: Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Call Me by Your Name, adapted from André Aciman's novel: Best Writing Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory).

Blade Runner 2049, based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: Two wins: Best Cinematography & Best Visual Effects

B&N to open five new concept stores

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:34
Later this year, Barnes & Noble will open five stores featuring a new, smaller-format design in which "front and center will be our new books," according to CEO Demos Parneros. The stores, which will ideally be 14,000 square feet--much smaller than the company's traditional 25,000-square-foot superstores--will have a "fresher, cleaner, newer, very up-to-date" feel, Parneros added.
B&N will not open any more of the new concept stores first introduced in 2016 that featured full kitchens. Parneros called the five "kitchen concept" stores "a great learning experience" that helped in the design of the newer prototype.

Author Jennifer Egan is the new president of PEN America

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:20
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan is the new president of PEN America. Egan, who succeeds Andrew Solomon, has been a PEN America Trustee since 2013. She is the author most recently of Manhattan Beach, awarded the Carnegie Medal for literary excellence in fiction in February. She will work in partnership with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel.

Total US book sales up 28% in Oct '17 compared to Oct '16, Year to date sales up almost 2%.

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:19
What a difference a year makes. In October, total net book sales in the U.S. rose 27.6%, to $1.164 billion, compared to the same period in 2016, representing sales of 1,204 publishers and distributed clients as reported to the Association of American Publishers. For the first 10 months of the year, total net book sales were up 1.7%, to $12.441 billion.

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