James Patterson announced he would give one million dollars to independent bookstores; Tobias Carroll reports on attending the midnight release party for Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge; Melville House does the numbers on New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani; and other news.
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FBI suspected author William Vollman of being the Unabomber and terrorist; Goodreads community faces behavior issues; the Millions examines how selling used books affects the soul, and other news.
The merger of Penguin and Random House is complete; Ron Rosenbaum examines what mysteries can be gleaned from the letters of J. D. Salinger; Anna North explains why she hates books; and other news.
In a recent interview, Alice Munro indicated she might be retiring; Laura C. Mallonee chases the ghost of poet Elizabeth Bishop across Manhattan; Kelsey Osgood reveals her childhood attraction to Kafka; and other news.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist press based in Fairfax, Virginia, that publishes one title each year as part of its annual poetry and hybrid-prose chapbook contest.
Amazon Publishing announced it intends to dramatically speed up royalty payments to its authors; Tampa Bay Times revisits the last interview with Jack Kerouac; the Rose Reading Room inside the New York Public Library’s main branch may attain landmark protection; and other news.
Independent bookstores may now sell Kobo tablets; Joel Lovell profiles master storyteller George Saunders in this weekend's New York Times Magazine; H. P. Lovecraft's advice to young writers; and other news.
Gift ideas for every book lover on your holiday shopping list; the unexpected literary friendship between Dracula author Bram Stoker and Walt Whitman; what Shakespeare can teach us about the fiscal cliff; and other news.
Apple announced it intends to assemble a line of computers in the United States; novelist Jonathan Evison candidly reveals exactly how much he's earned from his books; Jeanette Winterson, Caroline Leavitt, Lauren Slater, and Lauren Groff discuss why they read Joan Didion; and other news.
Edgar Allan Poe's historic home in Baltimore has been vandalized; author Wanda Coleman has been hospitalized, and is asking for assistance; Jackson Prize-winning poet Henri Cole's dispatch from Paris; and other news.