A bookstore in East Harlem collects donations for victims of the neighborhood explosion; a new study finds that most Americans use libraries regularly; writers wonder whether happiness has a place in poetry and fiction; and other news.
Dostoyevsky film adaptation comes to New York; Barnes & Noble closes in Michigan; Author Walter Kirn’s friendship with a murderer; and other news.
Haruki Murakami's next novel will be published in the U.S. in August; Chinese dissident author Yu Jie is having trouble finding a publisher; Electric Literature's 2014 Great Indie Press Preview; and other news.
Salon examines the year’s most underrated books; novelist Sebastian Faulks discusses why literary novels make poor films; Jason Diamond on the most anticipated books of 2014; and other news.
J. K. Rowling is collaborating on an adaptation of Harry Potter for the London stage; the Poetry Foundation staff share the books of poetry they loved in 2013; Hector Tobar ponders if book banning is on the rise across America; and other news.
The estate of J. R. R. Tolkien has filed an eighty million dollar lawsuit against Warner; NPR looks at difficulties of making "unfilmable" books into good movies; Jason Diamond considers what Philip Roth's retirement means for Jewish fiction; and other news.
Melville House wonders when publishers will speak out about Amazon; New York City's Algonquin Hotel announced that when it reopens this spring after a renovation, the famed Oak Room will be gone; E. B. White answers a charge levied by the ASPCA; and more
Nobel prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, as well as Surrealist artist and poet Dorothea Tanning, passed away yesterday in their respective countries; novelist Paul Auster has engaged in a war of words with Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey; Open Letters Monthly examines the hidden life of Virginia Woolf's institutionalized half-sister, Laura Makepeace Stephen; and other news.