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June 21, 2024

Sadie Stein, an editor of the New York Times Book Review, offers a love letter to Cricket, a literary magazine for children founded in 1973.

June 21, 2024

Literary Hub considers the financial plight of freelance book critics, who reportedly make less than minimum wage.

June 21, 2024

Business Insider reports on Amazon’s book sales, which are apparently booming. The company, which had bookselling at the center of its business model when it was founded in 1994, reportedly sold $16.9 billion worth of books in the first ten months of 2022.

June 20, 2024

Publishers Weekly reports on strong book sales over the past several months, reversing a difficult start to the year in the book business.

June 20, 2024

Mariner Books has announced that its Best American Series for 2024 will be published in October. The guest editors of the anthologies, which collect the year’s standout fiction and nonfiction, are S. A. Cosby for mystery and suspense, Lauren Groff for short stories, Hugh Howey for science fiction and fantasy, Padma Lakshmi for food and travel writing, Bill McKibben for science and nature writing, and Wesley Morris for essays. The Best American Poetry series is published by Scribner.

June 20, 2024

In the Atlantic scholars Dan Sinykin and Richard Jean So ask whether positive movements toward diversity in publishing will continue or may slow due to a backlash.

June 20, 2024

The New York Times delves into the role of Black women librarians during the Harlem Renaissance.

June 20, 2024

A beloved bookstore chain in Denver, Tattered Cover, has been purchased by Barnes & Noble, reports Publishers Weekly. “Tattered Cover will keep its name and branding, and B&N anticipates that it will retain a majority of the 70 people currently employed at the four locations.”

June 20, 2024

Publishers Weekly reports on the International Book Arsenal Festival, held last week in Kyiv, Ukraine. “Despite the recent tragedy and the ongoing challenges posed by the war, the 12th International Book Arsenal Festival saw an impressive turnout, attracting 35,000 visitors. The expanded program featured more than 260 participants across 160 events involving upwards of 100 publishers and five bookstores.”

June 20, 2024

On Literary Hub Maris Kreizman considers how more authors are enlisting publicists outside their publishing houses to get their books in front of readers and whether this is the only path forward to build an audience.

June 18, 2024

On JSTOR Daily Jess Romeo considers the early influences on the work of science-fiction legend Octavia Butler.

June 18, 2024

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, the bookstore and café owned by publisher Two Dollar Radio in Columbus, Ohio, is welcoming a new co-owner, reports Publishers Weekly. Gary Lovely, who currently works as the store manager of Prologue Bookshop in Columbus, “will steer the day-to-day operations of the storefront, and plans to bump the store’s inventory from 1,000 titles to 3,000.”

June 18, 2024

Author Arundhati Roy is being prosecuted by the Indian government due to her public statements in 2010 critiquing India’s treatment of Kashmir, reports the Guardian. “While Roy, 62, is one of India’s most famous living authors, her activism and outspoken criticism of [Narendra] Modi’s government, including over laws targeting minorities, have made her a polarising figure in India.”

June 18, 2024

The Star Tribune reports on changes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, including the replacement of its annual Wordplay festival with a series of quarterly author events. Read an interview with the Loft’s executive director, Arleta Little, in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

June 17, 2024

Restless Books has launched a poetry line of works in translation and English originals emphasizing international, immigrant, and Indigenous poets, reports Publishers Weekly.

June 17, 2024

A new biography of Thom Gunn is out this week, shedding light on the acclaimed late poet who “has always been a puzzle.

June 17, 2024

Why are books suddenly the go-to accessory for fashion brands? Vogue investigates.

June 17, 2024

Esquire reports on the movement to ban books inside prisons.

June 14, 2024

Tomorrow the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City will host its sixth annual literary festival, with author talks, readings, a marketplace, and more. Also tomorrow, the city’s Strand Book Store will be hosting its ninety-seventh anniversary celebration, with author events, a documentary screening, and more.

June 14, 2024

In the New York Review of Books Isabella Hammad considers why so many writers have “treated pro-Palestine speech as a threat.”

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Alla Abdulla-Matta presents her work at the Ninth Annual Connecting Cultures Reading. The event took place at the Center for Book Arts in New York, New York on May 15, 2018. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)
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Poet Juan Delgado at the Cholla Needles Monthly Reading. The event took place at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree, California on October 7, 2018. (Credit: Bob DeLoyd)
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Marty Carrera at the Seventeenth Annual Intergenerational Reading. The event took place at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York, New York on June 23, 2018. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

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“I know all the dark places / Where the sun hasn’t reached yet...” Charles Simic reads his poem “Summer Morning,” which he says needs no introduction, in this video for an installment of Poetry Breaks, a series created by Leita Luchetti in the... more

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