Literati acquires Follett Book Fairs

Literati, the Austin, Tex., subscription book box and online book club company, has purchased Follett Book Fairs. The fairs will be rebranded Literati Book Fairs and will continue to service PreK-8 schools around the...

Record number of libraries hit million digital lend mark

Leading library service provider OverDrive this week reported that a total of 121 public libraries and consortia across seven countries and 37 U.S. states surpassed one million digital lends in 2021. The number represents...

Maya Angelou featured on new U.S. quarter

The U.S. Mint has begun shipping a new quarter featuring writer, poet, performer, social activist, and teacher Maya Angelou, who becomes the first Black woman to be featured on the quarter. Coins featuring additional...

Print books had a huge sales year in 2021

Unit sales of print books rose 9% in 2021 over 2020 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. 826 million print units were sold last year, a jump of nearly 68 million over 2020...

London publishing staffer arrested and accused by FBI of stealing manuscripts

A London publishing staffer has been arrested and charged by the FBI with allegedly stealing hundreds of book manuscripts over several years. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on 5th January that 29-year-old Filippo Bernardini,...

Joan Didion, whose ‘electric anxiety’ inspired a generation, has died at 87

American novelist, journalist and essayist Joan Didion died on Thursday at her home in New York at age 87 from Parkinson's disease, according to Knopf publicist Paul Bogaards. The bestselling writer began describing her...

Some school librarians fed up with book bans are organizing and fighting back

Carolyn Foote was shocked and angry when hundreds of books about race, equality or sexuality in Texas school libraries were targeted by Republican lawmakers. She and other librarians focused on making their collections more...

Obituary Note: bell hooks

bell hooks, the renowned author, scholar, feminist and activist whose work examined race, class, gender and the ways they intersect, died on December 15 at the age of 69, the Lexington Herald reported. She...

Penguin Random House defends effort to buy Simon & Schuster

Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the United States, said in a court filing on Monday that its plan to buy a competitor, Simon & Schuster, would be a boon for the...

‘Interview with the Vampire’ author Anne Rice dies at age 80

Anne Rice, author of the best-selling Vampire Chronicles novel series, died December 11 from complications resulting from a stroke, her son Christopher announced on social media. She was 80 years old. Rice's biggest success was...

POPULAR BOOKS