Sofia Coppola will adapt Alysia Abbott’s Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father for the big screen; the Christian Science Monitor reports that independent bookstores are on the rise; Vulture offers a buyers' guide to January book releases; and other news.
A scholar at Boston University offers a theory that Charles Dickens may have been inspired by the factory workers of Lowell, Massachusetts; the New York Times selects the best book cover designs of 2013; the Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill, California, will close at the end of this month; and other news.
The United States Supreme Court rejected Amazon’s appeal over sales tax in New York; David Streitfeld considers the future of the e-book; Claire Messud shares with the Millions the books she loved this year; and other news.
Amazon has launched a Kindle Store in Australia; Anthony Burgess’s estate has contracted with David Higham Associates to represent the late author’s work; a recent PEN America survey suggests writers are wary of government surveillance; and other news.
Amazon has launched a Kindle First program that allows readers early access to certain titles; Jason Diamond rounds up ten must-read November books; Salt Publishing’s Linda Bennett offers an author challenge for NaNoWriMo; and other news.
Gawker examines the critical adulation and controversy surrounding Dave Eggers’s The Circle; the Center for Jewish History in New York City will to open a rare books room; the New York Times speaks with poet Tess Taylor, a descendent of Thomas Jefferson; and other news.
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.
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.