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Self-Publishing & Merchandising: A Book’s Interior Design

WHEN WE SPEAK OF BOOKS, we mostly speak of them as one of two things: an object, made up of surfaces and contours…

Toni Morrison’s New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

Toni Morrison’s New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

America's only living Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, offers her 11th novel, God Help The Child.…

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

IN 2014, I DECIDED THAT FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address…

Passing Through

Passing Through

THE TENANT IN THE GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT at 315 Second Avenue lived alone. She was long divorced, had no children, and did not…

Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab For Women Over 40

Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab For Women Over 40

Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television…

British history alive and kicking at Morley Literature Festival

British history alive and kicking at Morley Literature Festival

Literature lovers lined their stomachs with a three-course lunch in Tingley before stomaching a dollop of political and historical insight from Morley Literature…

Why deny young readers the pleasures of literature?

Why deny young readers the pleasures of literature?

Hard to believe that in 2013 some people are still trying to keep students from reading certain books. Not by writing unflattering reviews…

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Elizabeth Alexander Grand Central Publishing, 2015 224 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1455599875 FOUR DAYS AFTER HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, Elizabeth Alexander’s husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus, dropped dead of a heart attack…

Chigozie Obioma Little, Brown and Company, 2015 304 pp; ISBN-13: 978-0316338370 ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE LITERARY DEVELOPMENTS of the past decade has been the more or less…

Gregory Pardlo Four Way (Stahlecker Selections), 2014 84 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1935536505 IN GREGORY PARDLO’S LATEST BOOK, Digest, he manages an incredible balancing act. His poems are narrative and…

Mary Kay Vaughan Duke University Press Books, 2014 pp. 304; ISBN-13: 978-0822357810 TEN YEARS AGO, historian Mary Kay Vaughan set out to research the learning experiences of youth…

Nelson A Denis Nation Books, 2015 400 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1568585017 April 21 MARKS THE 50th anniversary of the death of Pedro Albizu Campos. Most Americans likely haven’t heard…

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Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

DO YOU NEED TWENTY-SEVEN HOURS in your day to do everything? Sorry, I can’t give your day extra hours. What I can provide are some…

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Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE ALMOST, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief:…

Playster Streaming Service to Offer Simon & Schuster Ebooks

PLAYSTER, A DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA STREAMING PLATFORM, has announced a content deal with one of the world’s largest book publishers, Simon & Schuster. The agreement provides unlimited access to…

Kobo Unveils New E-Reader to Take on Kindle Voyage

Kobo Unveils New E-Reader to Take on Kindle Voyage

KOBO LAUNCHES ITS LATEST E-READER, the Kobo Glo HD, which it bills as a device featuring “the highest resolution screen available on the market, at the lowest price.” At…

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading

This is not one of those rants about missing the texture, touch, colors, whatever of paper contrasted with the sterility of reading on a tablet. No, the real…

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Antosh Wojcik Named Winner of Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam

UK poet Antosh Wojci recently won the 2013 Roundhouse Poetry Slam sponsored by Roundhouse, a cultural venue and organization in the UK. Over two weeks…

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Finding the Real Papo in Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

Finding the Real Papo in Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

When I first met Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (affectionately known as “Papo”) thirteen years ago, it didn’t…

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HarperCollins Announces BookSmash Winners

HarperCollins Announces BookSmash Winners

HarperCollins revealed the winners of its BookSmash Challenge, a contest that invited developers to create new…

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