Saudi Novelist Turki al-Hamad Arrested for Tweets, Philip Roth is Not on Twitter, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

A Saudi novelist, Turki al-Hamad, was reportedly arrested in the Saudi kingdom after questioning Islamic fundamentalism via Twitter; Carolyn Kellogg, Michael Schaub, Roxane Gay, and other book critics discuss their ten favorite books of 2012; Gawker created a list of "least important writers"; and other news.

Britain Names First Storyteller Laureate, B&N Looks Overseas, and More

Adrian Versteegh

Nearly two thousand publishers are heading to Mexico this month for what organizers say is the world’s largest Spanish-language book fair; a prequel is in the works for the late Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot novels; Scholastic has pulled a title from its elementary school book fairs after the author refused to rewrite a same-sex couple as heterosexual; and other news.


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