Did this year actually happen? Can you prove it? As the calendar ticks inexorably to 2022, getting a finger on the pulse of the business is really difficult, and feels like an exercise in contradictions. Book sales are really strong but face an uncertain 2022, and it’s as hard as it’s ever been to break […]
Who are the most memorable parents in books?
The Wormwoods in Matilda. The Weasleys in Harry Potter. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. There are some seriously memorable parents in literature. Which ones are your favorites? Art: The Artist and His Family by James Peale
Harry Potter at 20 — What has the series meant to you?
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, and what a twenty years it’s been. An entire generation has now been raised on Harry Potter, in addition to those of us who came to the series as adults. 20 years ago today a world that I had lived […]
3 Things Writers Can Learn From J.K. Rowling’s Second-Thoughts About Harry and Hermione
Every newsfeed in the land was abuzz with J.K. Rowling confessing to second thoughts about how she wrapped up the Harry Potter series, and specifically about whether Harry and Hermione should have gotten together. The full interview has not yet been released, but that hasn’t stopped the Internet from having a collective freakout, with some […]
The Last Few Weeks in Books 10/18/13
Paris. Photo by me. I’m on Instagram here. The last few weeks! Books! Writing! All the stuff! First off, thanks to everyone who voted on what my guide to writing a novel should cost. I have decided to accept your judgment and go with $4.99 to start. The guide should be ready to go in […]
New Harry Potter Covers!
In wizard news from last week, Scholastic released a new Harry Potter cover to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone. The designer is Kazu Kibuishi, and the covers will appear on the trade paperback version of the books. Hollywood.com had an interview with Kibuishi, who is the author […]