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Forever Stamp to celebrate Henry David Thoreau bicentennial

May 28 2017: The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Henry David Thoreau (b. July 12, 1817) during the bicentennial year of his birth with a Forever Stamp. A first-day-issue stamp dedication ceremony took place last week at the the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center in ...

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Denis Johnson, award winning writer, playwright and poet has died aged 67

May 26 2017: Denis Johnson, the prize-winning fiction writer, poet and playwright best known for his surreal and transcendent story collection “Jesus’ Son,” has died at age 67.

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Jean Fritz, author of ground-breaking historical biographies for children, dies aged 101

May 19 2017: Jean Fritz, an award-winning writer whose work helped transform historical biographies for children from leaden recitals of battles and dates into warm, human narratives full of quirks and crotchets and satisfyingly strange facts, died on Sunday at her home in Sleepy ...

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Businesses unite to advocate to retain federal library funding

May 17 2017: America’s libraries got a major boost this week on Capitol Hill as a group of leading publishing, information, software, and other businesses unveiled an organized effort to advocate for federal library funding. The move comes in response to the Trump administration's ...

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Margarita Engle named Young People's Poet Laureate

May 15 2017: Margarita Engle has been named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate ...

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Suite Francaise, adapted from Irene Nemirovsky, will premiere on Lifetime May 22

May 15 2017: Suite Française, adapted from the bestselling book by Irene Nemirovsky will premiere on the Lifetime network May 22.

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California bookstore files suit against a state law preventing stores selling autographed books or hosting author events

May 13 2017: Represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, Book Passage--with stores in Corte Madera, Sausalito and San Francisco, Calif.--and co-owner Bill Petrocelli have filed suit against a state law that, the plaintiffs say, "will make it extremely risky, if not impossible, for ...

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Publisher and author organizations join the many others criticizing Amazon's new policy

May 10 2017: Several publishers and authors organizations have officially joined the many book world people criticizing Amazon's new policy allowing third-party booksellers to "bid" for the primary spot in buy buttons.

A statement from the Authors Guild called the move "deeply ...

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