Philip Roth’s Biographer Blake Bailey Is Accused of Sexual Assault

W.W. Norton, citing the accusations that the author, Blake Bailey, faces, said it would stop shipping and promoting his new best-selling book.

#metoo-movement, #bailey-blake, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #new-orleans-la, #norton-w-wco, #philip-roth-the-biography-book, #roth-philip, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #writing-and-writers

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What Snoop Dogg’s Success Says About the Book Industry

Will the shifts brought on by the pandemic, favoring online retailers over bookstores and established authors over new ones, change publishing forever?

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

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Saying No to Distributing a Controversial Title, a Publisher Attempts a Tightrope Act

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, has a book deal with a small press, but its distributor, Simon & Schuster, in an unusual move, said it won’t ship it.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #mattingly-jon-louisville-ky-police-officer, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #post-hill-press-llc, #simonschuster-inc, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #the-fight-for-truth-the-inside-story-behind-the-breonna-taylor-tragedy-book

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$40,000 Swindle Puts Spotlight on Literary Prize Scams

The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

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A Louisville Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor Lands a Book Deal

Plans to publish the book, written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, have drawn sharp criticism.

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Giancarlo DiTrapano, Defiantly Independent Book Publisher, Dies at 47

Mr. DiTrapano championed avant-garde work and relished taking chances on young, untested authors. His Tyrant Books produced some unexpected hits.

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Decades After His Death, Richard Wright Has a New Book Out

“The Man Who Lived Underground,” a novel publishers rejected in the 1940s, is about an innocent Black man forced to confess to the murder of a white couple.

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As Cuomo Sought $4 Million Book Deal, Aides Hid Damaging Death Toll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasted, “I am not a superhero,” in early versions of his book, drafted as his aides scrubbed a politically damaging Health Department report.

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Philip Roth Was His Own Favorite Subject. What’s Left for a Biographer?

One of the great chroniclers of America’s literary lives takes on the author who fought to control his own story.

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Scholastic Halts Distribution of Book by ‘Captain Underpants’ Author

The book, “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” by Dav Pilkey, includes images and tropes that perpetuate “passive racism,” the publisher said.

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Walter Isaacson’s New Book Celebrates Three Notable Women

“The Code Breaker” is about a world-changing scientist and dedicated to two legends of the publishing industry.

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How Crying on TikTok Sells Books

“BookTok” videos are starting to influence publishers and best-seller lists, and the verklempt readers behind them are just as surprised as everyone else.

#advertising-and-marketing, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #lockhart-e, #miller-madeline-1978, #social-media, #song-of-achilles-book, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #we-were-liars-book, #youth

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Book Tour From Home

Once a limited-capacity event, now a writer conversation can be enjoyed from the exclusivity of your living room.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #festivals, #libraries-and-librarians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #writing-and-writers

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Publisher Halts Promotion of Cuomo Book, Citing Nursing Homes Inquiry

“American Crisis” was supposed to be a triumphant account of New York’s coronavirus fight. But as scandals swirl, sales have dramatically slowed.

#american-crisis-leadership-lessons-from-the-covid-19-pandemic-book, #blake-gillian, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crown-publishing-group, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #politics-and-government

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Dr. Seuss Books Are Pulled, and a ‘Cancel Culture’ Controversy Erupts

The beloved author’s most famous books, like “Green Eggs and Ham,” were untouched, but his estate’s decision nevertheless prompted a backlash and raised questions about what should be preserved as part of the cultural record.

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How ‘Lolita’ Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture

Emily Mortimer, who grew up with a prominent free-speech advocate before becoming an actress and screenwriter, has some ideas.

#metoo-movement, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #lolita-book, #nabokov-vladimir, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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How the Cookbooks of 2020 Tell the Stories of Our Pandemic Kitchens

From beans and baking projects to vegan and global recipes, the year’s best sellers show the ways home cooking changed, and what may lie ahead.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

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What Happens When a Publisher Becomes a Megapublisher?

The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has the potential to touch every part of the industry, including how much authors get paid and how bookstores are run.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bertelsmann-ag, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #e-commerce, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #writing-and-writers

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101

An unapologetic proponent of “poetry as insurgent art,” he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #city-lights-bookstore, #deaths-obituaries, #ferlinghetti-lawrence, #poetry-and-poets, #san-francisco-calif

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How Getting Canceled on Social Media Can Derail a Book Deal

Morals clauses are despised by many authors and agents, but big publishers insist that they need a way out if a writer’s reputation takes a nosedive.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #ethics-personal, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #simonschuster-inc, #writing-and-writers

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Big Publishing Pushes Out Trump’s Last Fan

Top editors at Hachette have told employees that they’ve learned the lessons of the Capitol siege of Jan. 6: no hate speech, no incitement to violence, no false narratives.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #conservatism-us-politics, #content-type-personal-profile, #corporate-social-responsibility, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hachette-book-group, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #writing-and-writers

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Beyond ‘Black Panther’: Afrofuturism Is Booming in Comics

A bumper crop of graphic novels and comic books melds African culture and science fiction, with influences as wide-ranging as space travel, Caribbean folklore and Janelle Monáe.

#africa, #after-the-rain-book, #black-panther-book, #black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #fielder-tim-illustrator, #graphic-novels, #infinitum-time-travel-noir-book, #jennings-john-author, #movies, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #okorafor-nnedi, #science-fiction, #womack-ytasha-l, #writing-and-writers

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Hitchens Biography Proceeds, Against His Widow’s Wishes

Carol Blue-Hitchens and her late husband’s literary agent are discouraging friends from participating in a book tentatively titled “Pamphleteer: The Life and Times of Christopher Hitchens.”

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #hitchens-christopher, #norton-w-wco, #pamphleteer-the-life-and-times-ofchristopher-hitchens-book, #phillips-stephen, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

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Kristin Hannah Reinvented Herself. She Thinks America Can Do the Same.

In “The Four Winds,” the author of “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone” takes readers back to another era of environmental disaster, economic collapse and fresh starts.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hannah-kristin-1960, #the-four-winds-a-novel-book, #writing-and-writers

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Christopher Little, Who Built an Empire Around a Boy Wizard, Dies at 79

As a struggling literary agent in London, he took a chance on J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, turning her books into the most lucrative literary franchise in history.

#agents-business, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #harry-potter-book, #little-christopher-1941-2021, #rowling-j-k, #writing-and-writers

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Tae Keller Wins Newbery Medal for ‘When You Trap a Tiger’

“We Are Water Protectors,” illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom, won the Caldecott Medal.

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Just Don’t Call Her a Ghostwriter

Michelle Burford has carved out a niche helping famous Black women like Cicely Tyson, Alicia Keys and Gabby Douglas write their memoirs. But she can tell many kinds of stories, including her own.

#black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #burford-michelle-1972, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #ghostwriting, #writing-and-writers

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Helga Weyhe, Germany’s Oldest Bookseller, Dies at 98

She died above the bookstore, founded in 1840, where she had worked since the waning months of World War II. She locked it up for the last time in December.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #germany, #h-weyhe-bookstore-salzwedel-germany, #salzwedel-germany, #weyhe-helga-1922-2021, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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The ‘Great Gatsby’ Glut

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about America and aspiration is now in the public domain, so new editions, as well as a graphic novel and a zombie adaptation, have gotten the green light.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fitzgerald-f-scott, #lee-min-jin, #nick-a-novel-book, #scribners-charles-sons, #smith-michael-farris, #the-great-gatsby-book, #writing-and-writers

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How ‘The Turner Diaries’ Incites White Supremacists

The 1978 novel, which Amazon recently removed from its site, depicts a right-wing assault on the Capitol. Scholars say the parallels with last week’s insurrection are clear and chilling.

#amazon-com-inc, #anti-semitism, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #neo-nazi-groups, #pierce-william-luther-1933-2002, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #the-turner-diaries-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #violence-media-and-entertainment, #whites

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Sally Rooney to Publish ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’

The novel, which follows four young people in Ireland, is part of a two-book deal for the best-selling author of “Normal People” and “Conversations With Friends.”

#angel-mitzi, #beautiful-world-where-are-you-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #conversations-with-friends-book, #farrar-strausgiroux, #ireland, #normal-people-book, #rooney-sally-author, #writing-and-writers

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Simon & Schuster Cancels Plans for Senator Hawley’s Book

The publisher faced calls to drop the Missouri Republican’s upcoming book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” following criticism of his efforts to overturn the presidential election.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #senate, #simonschuster-inc, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #the-tyranny-of-big-tech-book, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Year of Scandals and Self-Questioning for France’s Top Publishers

The release of “Consent” put France’s literary establishment under a harsh spotlight. The publishing industry is grappling with a nation that it resembles less and less.

#metoo-movement, #affirmative-action, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #conflicts-of-interest, #consent-book, #editions-gallimard, #france, #gallimard, #goncourt-prize, #grasset, #matzneff-gabriel, #renaudot, #seuil, #sex-crimes, #vanessa-springora, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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How Politics, Protests and the Pandemic Shaped a Year in Books

From “American Dirt” to “Apropos of Nothing” to “A Promised Land,” here is what happened in the literary and publishing world’s unforgettable 2020.

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Surprise Ending for Publishers: In 2020, Business Was Good

With people stuck at home and so many other activities shut down, a lot of reading — or at least a lot of book buying — happened this year.

#barnesnoble-inc, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #united-states

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The ‘Trump Bump’ for Books Has Been Significant. Can It Continue?

As a new administration looms, publishers have snapped up another crop of forthcoming Trump books by prominent journalists and pundits.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #trump-donald-j

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When Publishing Women Was a Radical Act: A British Editor Looks Back

In “A Bite of the Apple,” Lennie Goodings recalls her time at Virago Books, occupying a front seat to feminist history.

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Their Publishing Imprint Closed. Now They’re Bringing It Back.

In a literary landscape dominated by the biggest players, Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are among the executives rejecting the corporate publishing model and instead starting their own companies.

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Dispute Erupts Over Translation Rights to New Nobel Laureate

For 14 years, one publisher released Louise Glück’s poetry in Spanish. Then she won the Nobel Prize, and her agent made a change.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #gluck-louise, #language-and-languages, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets, #pre-textos, #spain, #spanish-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

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Naomi Long Madgett, Champion of Black Poets, Is Dead at 97

The longtime poet laureate of Detroit, she was as well known for publishing the work of others as she was for her own verse.

#black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #deaths-obituaries, #detroit-mich, #hughes-langston, #madgett-naomi-long-1923-2020, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #you-are-my-joy-and-pain-book

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50 Years On, the Feminist Press Is Radical and Relevant

A mission to unearth forgotten female writers became a full-fledged publishing house. It has risen and fallen with the tides of feminism. And it’s not going away.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #feminist-press, #howe-florence, #new-york-city, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

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Pedophile Scandal Can’t Crack the Closed Circles of Literary France

The scandal surrounding the writer Gabriel Matzneff was not limited to his pedophilia. It also opened a window on the entrenched and clubby nature of many of France’s elite institutions.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #conflicts-of-interest, #editions-gallimard, #france, #giudicelli-christian, #matzneff-gabriel, #prix-renaudot, #sex-crimes, #writing-and-writers

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Penguin Random House to Buy Simon & Schuster

ViacomCBS agreed to sell the 96-year-old company in a deal that potentially creates a megapublisher.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bertelsmann-ag, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #media, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #united-states, #viacomcbs-inc

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In a Year of No Trade Fairs, Germany Takes It Hard

Some big companies say they can do without them. But trade fairs are essential for those that can’t afford an international sales force, and play an important role in the German economy.

#barcelona-spain, #book-trade-and-publishing, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #frankfurt-book-fair, #funerals-and-memorials, #geneva-international-motor-show, #germany, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #ifo-institute, #mobile-world-congress-trade-show, #north-american-international-auto-show

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Presidential Memoirs Don’t Always Take This Long to Write

Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land,” arrived nearly four years after he left the White House. A look at how he and other presidents approached their memoirs offers some clues about the timing.

#a-promised-land-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Jill Paton Walsh, Multigenerational Writer, Dies at 83

Her books for young readers had won acclaim when, in 1994, one for adults made the Booker Prize shortlist — but only after she had resorted to publishing it herself.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #knowledge-of-angels-book, #man-booker-prize, #sayers-dorothy-l, #walsh-jill-paton, #writing-and-writers

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A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?

Some publishing executives worry their authors and staff might rebel, but they say their bigger concern would be ensuring the book’s accuracy.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Bids for Simon & Schuster

A sale of the venerable publisher of Stephen King and Hillary Clinton could fetch $1.7 billion and rev up consolidation in book publishing.

#bertelsmann-ag, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #hachette-book-group, #harpercollins-publishers, #media, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #murdoch-rupert, #news-corporation, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #trump-donald-j, #viacomcbs-inc

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Readers Have Been Eagerly Waiting for Barack Obama’s New Memoir. Struggling Booksellers Have, Too.

“A Promised Land” is a potential lifeline for booksellers whose sales have plummeted during the pandemic.

#a-promised-land-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business

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Along the Seine, Booksellers Try to Hold Off an Unhappy Ending

The coronavirus lockdowns have taken a steep toll on Paris’s “bouquinistes,” whose bookstalls stretch for miles along the Seine. “We are barely making enough to eat.”

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #france, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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