Rear Window Meets Gone Girl in This Editor-Turned-Author’s Novel

Written by Katie Martinez

Daniel Mallory’s debut novel, The Woman in the Window, recently claimed the number-one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel is published under the pseudonym A. J. Finn by the publishing house William Morrow, which also happens to be where Mallory himself worked as an editor. According to a feature that appeared in the NYT, Mallory had always planned to submit the manuscript under a pseudonym as he felt his own authors may be disconcerted to see their own editor’s name splashed across a hardback in a bookstore.

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A Young Writer’s Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos

Ursula K. Le Guin came into my life at the most formative time—not childhood or adolescence, but when I began to take writing seriously: in college. My first creative writing professor urged us to draw maps of our stories; “if you can’t visualize the space your characters inhabit, how will you show the reader?” On the projector, he put up maps from The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and A Wizard of Earthsea. On the back page of my notebook I made a list: “Must Read.” To it, I added: Le Guin, Earthsea. Every workshop, this same professor brought books that reminded him of that day’s story and provided more worlds to inspire us. Earthsea popped up again, so I circled it on my list: it was time to read about Ged.

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John Barton, Director and Co-Founder the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dies at Age Eighty-Nine

Written by Nicole Cappabianca

John Barton, director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), died at age eighty-nine, according to MobyLives. Barton is said to have died at a care home in west London on January 18th.

Barton founded the RSC with Peter Hall in 1960. Barton’s wife, Anne, passed away in 2013 at the age of 80. He is survived by his sister Jennifer.

Barton is remembered as a visionary who changed the way Shakespeare was interpreted and performed. He approached the text in new ways, even writing his own scenes to insert into the original text of well known plays.

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Publishers Weekly Calls on the Association of American Publishers to Stand Against the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Written by Sydney Stewart

The repeal of net neutrality this past December signaled to many the end of the internet as we know it. Critics have declared it a strike against free speech and a point given to private industries looking to gain a profit from the internet that was once free and equal for all to use. The repeal elicited protests and indignation; and yet, from all the voices calling against the repeal, one group has remained shockingly silent—at least according to Publishers Weekly. The magazine recently wrote an editorial calling on the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to issue a statement disapproving of the action to repeal net neutrality, because it puts their industry, and the internet as we know it, at risk.

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A Little Background on the National Book Critic’s Circle

Written by Madalyn Campbell

Last week, Publishers Weekly wrote about the finalists that were announced by the National Book Critic’s Circle (NBCC). The list includes thirty names for its 2017 awards and three additional recipients of other prizes. So, what is the NBCC?

The National Book Critic’s Circle is the professional association of American literary critics. The NBCC was formed in 1974, at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. The hotel previously housed the Algonquin Round Table, an infamous group of writers, critics, and actors who dubbed themselves the “Vicious Circle.” The NBCC was founded with the intent of creating a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature. Their awards were first created in 1976, and  they consist of six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For a book to qualify, it must have been published in the previous calendar year, in English. Reprints and new editions are not considered; translations, however, are. The twenty-four judges are members of the NBCC who serve three-year terms on the voting board.

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Harry Ransom Center Buys Arthur Miller Archive for $2.7 Million

Written by Andi Feddeler

Most of us have some experience with Arthur Miller and his works, whether from acting out The Crucible in high school or being forced to study Death of a Salesman. My own high school put on a production of After the Fall and explored Miller’s many personal relationships and inner conflicts. Nobody can doubt his influence on American literature and society, especially considering his numerous awards ranging from the Tonys to a Pulitzer Prize. He was in the public eye for years on end, and held a prominent place in Hollywood for his film productions and sometimes scandalous social life. Nearly everyone in the ’50s followed his affair and marriage to icon Marilyn Monroe, which ultimately ended in a divorce 5 years later. Throughout all of this, he retained his status as an incredible playwright and author.

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Sensitivity Reading Reinforces and Encourages a More Diverse and Aware Publishing Process

Written by Kiran Gokal

With the growing awareness of diversity in books, and more importantly, accurate representations, the need for sensitivity readers has grown substantially. A sensitivity reader is pretty much exactly what you hear: they are readers who read to minimize sensitivity. The practice is done on a manuscript to eradicate any internalized bias, stereotyping, and language that can be offensive to marginalized groups that are represented in the text. Fortunately, it is becoming a crucial part in the process of today’s publishing industry. Alongside the kick-off of We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting writers from marginalized groups and advocating for publishing of more diverse books, the publication numbers for books of this sort increased in 2014 to 28% after a decade of stagnation. Following incidents of backlash from readers of books with problematic portrayals, sensitivity readers became an increasingly normalized practice.

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Print Sales and Indie Bookstore Patronage Are up and That’s Better News Than You Think

Written by Caitlin Smith

According to Publishers Weekly, sales of print books are up 1.9% from 2016 to 2017. On the surface, and, unless you happen to be into economics, that number is just that: a number. I certainly don’t pretend to understand the intricacies of the open market, but when you combine this with the fact that indie bookshops have reported similar growth—gains of 2.6% from 2016 to 2017—the story gets more interesting.

Americans are taking a stand against ignorance and corporate greed through books.

Fundamentally, books open you up to points of view and situations that you’re unlikely to encounter in your day-to-day life. We read to explore the unknown. Typically, we learn from that unknown and emerge as better, well-rounded people. Whether you’re reading The Hate U Give, a New York Times best-seller by Angie Thomas, or Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, the experience broadens your horizons; something will stick with you after the book is closed and returned to the shelf.

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