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The Sunday Newsletter: Children’s Literature - The New Yorker

Maurice Sendak once remarked, about children’s fiction, that some popular stories appeared to have been written by those who are unable to “remember the truth of their own childhood.” Sendak clearly remembered, and, as a result, when “Where the Wild Things Are” was published, in 1963, one critic …

Books

THE OUTSIDERS -- and YA Lit -- at 50: An Interview With SE Hinton

April 24, 1967 marks the official birthdate of young adult literature as we know it. There were, of course, books written for teenagers prior to …

Authors

How High School Teachers Are Using Dystopian Books To Explore The State Of America Today

Authors and teachers Judith Hayn and Elizabeth Majerus talk “The Handmaid’s Tale,” YA series, and other useful allegories.<p>The adage about the trend has become as ubiquitous as the trend itself: dystopian books are everywhere, and their popularity doesn’t seem to be waning.<p>Shortly after Donald Trump …

Handmaid's Tale

Canada's Authors for Indies Day Fights On

The number of bookstores participating in this year's Authors for Indies Day, taking place on Saturday, April 30, has dropped to 87, from 100 last …

'Screen fatigue' sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print

Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK<p>Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book …

eBooks

How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'

Just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book. But the latest figures show a dramatic reversal of fortunes, with sales of ebooks plunging. So what’s behind this resurgence?<p>Here are some things that you can’t do with a Kindle. You can’t turn down a corner, …

Publishing

Why are book fairs so alluring?

The book publishing industry has been through a challenging couple of years. With the rise of digital books and e-readers, publishers have had to …

The Other Side of Anne of Green Gables

Do you know Anne Shirley? You would like her. Everybody does. A lively and optimistic survivor with a feverish imagination and unchecked enthusiasms, she is a redheaded outsider who becomes an insider without forsaking her peculiarities or her intelligence. An inadvertent feminist, an unrepentant …

Books

Publishers to blame for poor ebook sales

Readers have their say on why the ebook has failed to replace printed books in the world’s affections<p>Your feature on the failure of the ebook to take over the world (‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’, G2, 27 April) did not mention one of the most obvious reasons – the lack of any realistic price …

Publishing

World Book Day 2017: Inspiring Quotes About Books And Reading

April 23 every year marks World Book Day. This year the event falls Sunday.<p>Books have been a source of pleasure for several people and many will …

Books

Dr Lucy Kalanithi: 'Two years on, the sting of losing Paul is finally fading'

Paul Kalanithi’s wife should be thrilled that his memoir, an instant New York Times bestseller, has just been shortlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for autobiographies. Instead, she has mixed feelings.<p>“It’s bittersweet watching it do so well because Paul isn’t here to …

Books

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Topiary, astronomy and world-changing women – Julia Eccleshare hunts out stories to satisfy and delight over Easter<p><b>Grandpa Green</b> <b>by Lane Smith</b><p>Macmillan, £6.99<p>A fitting book to celebrate the coming of spring, this imaginative and touching story is gently and wittily told through topiary. Although …

Historical Fiction for Tween Boys: 10 of Our Favorite Picks

Last week, we shared our 10 favorite historical fiction books about tween girls, but we wouldn’t want to leave out the boys! Here are 10 historical …

Teenage fiction reviews – the rocky road to self-knowledge

Racism and homophobia, death and dementia, amnesia and ancient history – all dilemmas for young heroes<p>Themes emerging from this selection include seizing the day, making history and developing survival strategies.<p>Starr, the inspirational narrator of Angie Thomas’s passionate and uncompromising <b>The</b> …

Picture books for children reviews – penguins, pythons and presidents

This year’s Easter treats swap chocolate eggs for philosophy, and fluffy chicks for JFK, but are no less touching or hilarious for it<p>This Easter, publishers seem to be overlooking fluffy chicks and chocolate eggs in favour of other celebratory wild​life​. But when I took a look at of <b>Du Iz Tak?</b> by …

Dear Reader, Meet Your Match: An Advice Column for Book Lovers

<b>Busy Dad Seeks New Updike</b><p><b>Dear Match Book,</b><p><i>I live in Arizona and own a small ad agency that works for nonprofit organizations. With a 4</i><i>-year-old daughter and 7</i><i>-year-old son who bicker constantly, I am so exhausted by the end of the day that my reading is usually limited to news and tweets. Now and</i> …

Books

Bookselling in the 21st Century: Radical Wisdom at City Lights

The day after the election I walked in for my shift at City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in San Francisco, ready to raise hell. I had spent the …

German History

File This Under Nostalgia: New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

If you do a Google search for "card catalog" it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies.<p>But before these cabinets held household objects, they held countless index …

Libraries

Bologna 2017: Busy? Quiet? Both? Fair Attendees Leave Satisfied, Regardless

Forget a "book of the fair"—agents, publishers, and editors at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair didn’t really come to a consensus on whether …

Children's Books

Margaret Atwood’s Grimly Relevant Additions to the “Handmaid’s Tale” Audiobook

“Are there any questions?”<p>So reads the celebrated final line of the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s work of dystopian speculative fiction, in which the United States has been transformed into the theocratic, misogynistic Republic of Gilead. The speaker is Professor James Darcy …

Literature

A Big Week for Children's Book Publishing

The children’s book market was in the spotlight during the week of April 3 as the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair took place April 3–5, and the …

PW Picks: Books of the Week, April 17, 2017

This week: David Grann's account of the 1921-1926 killing spree that formed the FBI, plus a wonderful biography of civil rights activist Pauli Murray.

Merilyn Simonds's Gutenberg's Fingerprint, reviewed: The staying power of books

Back in 2011, Amazon announced that, for the first time, it was selling more e-books than print books. It seemed inevitable that, given a few more years, digital literature would dominate and physical books would go the way of rotary phones. We were resigned to change. But then, around 2015, …

Emma Donoghue: ‘It’s all about getting that balance of truth and magic right’

Emma Donoghue is the award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction, including <i>Frog Music</i>, <i>Astray</i> and <i>Room</i>, which she adapted into an award-winning film of the same name. Her most recent novel, <i>The Wonder</i>, was a finalist for last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Donoghue, who lives with her …

World's biggest prize for children's books goes to 'caring visionary'

Astrid Lindgren memorial award, worth £445,000, won by Wolf Erlbruch, a German illustrator whose books tackle tough subjects including death<p>German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch has won the world’s largest cash prize for children’s literature, the Astrid Lindgren memorial award, honouring an entire body …

The Legacy of ‘Les Misérables’: Charting the Life of a Classic

<b>THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY</b><b><br>The Extraordinary Adventure of “Les Misérables”</b> <br>By David Bellos<br>307 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27.<p>A good book could be written about the bastardization of great novels, and Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” would make a fine Exhibit A. Rarely has any work of literature …

Literature

Fitzgerald’s Unpublished Short Stories

Lovers of the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), Class of 1917, can celebrate the publication of <i>I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories</i> …

Robert Louis Stevenson’s “lost novel” is a fantastic voyage

Provided by Thomas Dunne“The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson”<br />By Brian Doyle<b>By</b> …

Literature