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California bookstores exempt from autograph authentication law

Oct 18 2017: California state lawmakers have exempted bookstores from a requirement that "sellers of items that carry their creator's autograph include a certificate guaranteeing that the signature is authentic," the San Francisco Chronicle reported. AB228 passed both houses without...

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George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

Oct 17 2017: George Saunders's first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, has won the Man Booker Prize. Originally, the award was restricted to novels written by authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth nations, but in 2014, it was opened to any novel written in English and ...

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Bookstore sales down 11% in August compared to last year

Oct 16 2017: Bookstore sales in the USA fell 10.9%, to $1.4 billion, compared to August 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. For the first eight months of the year, bookstore sales are down 2.6%. Total retail sales for the year to date have risen 3.8%.

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Harry Potter exhibition sells record 30,000 advance tickets

Oct 16 2017: The British Library has revealed that its Harry Potter exhibition has sold more than 30,000 tickets - the highest number of advance tickets it has ever sold for an exhibition.

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Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner, dies at 96

Oct 16 2017: Richard Wilbur, whose meticulous, urbane poems earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and selection as U.S. poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass. He was 96.

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Tom Hanks on Weinstein, Trump, history, and his just published book

Oct 12 2017: In an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd, Tom Hanks talks about many topics including his just published short story collection, Uncommon Type.

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Publishing tastemakers bet on readers wanting escapism and connection

Oct 12 2017: Escapism and connection–this is what buyers at the Frankfurt Book Fair are betting readers want. Descending on Germany against the backdrop of a tumultuous and disheartening news cycle, the tastemakers in the publishing industry spent big on a handful of women's fiction...

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Follett Settles Counterfeiting Suit with Publishers

Oct 11 2017: A little over three months after it was sued by three major educational publishers charging it with selling counterfeit textbooks, Follett Corp. has agreed to adopt the anti-counterfeiting best practices program developed by a new publishers' group. In exchange for ...

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