The number of independent bookstores in the US rose by more than 20% between 2009 and 2014, according to the American Booksellers Association, a finding that may surprise bibliophiles who worry about rising costs for smaller shops and competition from larger chains.
'It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives. I think sometimes that the best reason for writing novels is to experience those four and a half hours after you write the final word'.
Il n’y a pas que François Hollande qui s’agace de la sortie du livre de son ex-compagne, Valérie Trierweiler. Sur Twitter, des internautes commencent à poster des photos de messages assassins affichés par leurs libraires.
Leiden University book historian Erik Kwakkel describes his tumblr site as follows: 'I post images from medieval books'. In the words of Samuel L. Jackson on the immortal Snakes on a Plane, you either want to see that, or you don't.
The Japanese author talked writing, heroes, domestic life, dreams and how his life informs his novels at a Guardian book club at the Edinburgh international book festival – and he answered some of your questions.
One of the most famous incidents in the course of the Romantic movement is the ghost-story challenge issued by George Gordon, Lord Byron, in the course of a summer evening in 1816 at the Villa Diodati, outside Geneva. The evening is remembered as a literary event, because the fruit of the challenge was not only John Polidori’s The Vampyre, the first English prose vampire tale, published in 1819, but also Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, first published in 1818.
Executive producer Matt Selman has revealed that Pynchon modified the script that was faxed to him. He wrote in some of his character's better jokes, including puns that refer to his novels (see: 'The Frying of Latke 49'and 'V.-Licious'). Most notably, Pynchon refused to call Homer a "fat ass," writing in the margins: 'Sorry, guys. Homer is my role model and I can't speak ill of him'.