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Lou Reed, iconic punk poet, dead at 71

NEW YORK | Lou Reed was a pioneer for countless bands who didn't worry about their next hit single.

October 27, 2013 6:10 pm

Publisher cancels multibook Paula Deen contract

Paula Deen's publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on and Barnes &, following her admission she used a racial slur.

June 29, 2013 12:00 pm
Digital public library with vast archive opens

Digital public library with vast archive opens

Some of the country's top research institutions have combined to launch a massive online archive.

April 20, 2013 4:01 pm
Billy Crystal writing book on aging

Billy Crystal writing book on aging

He has lived many, many Sundays.

August 09, 2012 1:00 pm
Anne Tyler, still making it up

Anne Tyler, still making it up

For nearly 50 years Anne Tyler has been making it up and writing about love, family, work and death, while leaving current events for the nonfiction writers to handle.

April 10, 2012 9:00 am Photos


Anne Tyler, still making it up

Anne Tyler, still making it up

In the living room of Anne Tyler, you could shelve virtually all the books under a single heading: fiction.

April 08, 2012 12:00 am Photos


J.K. Rowling has deal for new novel for adults

J.K. Rowling is back, and writing for adults.

February 26, 2012 12:00 am
Amanda Knox has deal with HarperCollins for memoir

Amanda Knox has deal with HarperCollins for memoir

Amanda Knox has a book deal.

February 16, 2012 3:00 pm
Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly to write memoir

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly to write memoir

Together and apart, the lives of Gabrielle Giffords and husband-astronaut Mark Kelly have been extraordinary.

June 26, 2011 12:00 am Photos


J.K. Rowling has mysterious new Potter website

J.K. Rowling has a mysterious new website.

June 19, 2011 12:00 am

Streisand discusses design book at NYC's BookExpo

Creating the perfect house is more than a passion for Barbra Streisand. It's almost primal.

May 29, 2010 12:00 am

Streisand discusses design book

Creating the perfect house is more than a passion for Barbra Streisand. It's almost primal.

May 29, 2010 12:00 am

Palin working on book about virtues and strengths

Sarah Palin is ready for the next chapter of her publishing career.

March 07, 2010 12:00 am

'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

NEW YORK | J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

January 28, 2010 12:20 pm

Stead, Pinkney win top children's book awards

Rebecca Stead's "When You Reach Me" and Jerry Pinkney's "The Lion and the Mouse," two highly praised books for young people that draw upon famous stories, have received the top prizes in children's literature.

January 20, 2010 12:00 am

Terrorist attack feared after Jackson arrest

NEW YORK | Police concerns about a terrorist attack stemming from the 2003 arrest of Michael Jackson led to a request for federal help, according to FBI files kept on the late pop star.

December 22, 2009 1:00 pm

Sarah Palin book tour to start Nov. 18

Sarah Palin's book tour is a gift for her base.

November 06, 2009 12:00 am

Palin's book already a best-seller before release

Move over, Dan Brown. Sarah Palin is on top of the charts.

October 04, 2009 12:00 am

Quick million for new Dan Brown book

Dan Brown does it again, on paper and on the screen.

September 18, 2009 12:00 am

The fall forecast: Dan Brown and cautious optimism

Just in time for an especially crowded fall, business seems to be picking up for books.

September 13, 2009 12:00 am

Kennedy memoir ready for release

Sen. Edward Kennedy did not live to see his dream of universal health care passed, but he did complete a cherished and more personal project: his memoir.

August 30, 2009 12:00 am

Kennedy memoir ready for release

Sen. Edward Kennedy did not live to see his dream of universal health care passed, but he did complete a cherished and more personal project: his memoir.

August 28, 2009 12:00 am

E-book of new Dan Brown novel coming Sept. 15

E-book readers can relax: The electronic edition of Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" is coming out on the same day as the hardcover.

August 16, 2009 12:00 am

The latest craze: Free e-books offerings

James Patterson's latest best seller, "The Angel Experiment," is a little different from his usual hits. The novel isn't new; it came out four years ago. Readers aren't picking it up at bookstores, but mostly on the Kindle site at

August 16, 2009 12:00 am

Streisand writing about house, pondering memoir

Barbra Streisand has finished building her dream house and started to think about her life.

May 31, 2009 12:00 am

'Kite Runner' among last year's challenged books

Not everybody loves "The Kite Runner."

April 17, 2009 12:00 am

Former treasury secretary writing about meltdown

A book coming this fall will offer one of the ultimate inside takes on the economic crisis -- from former Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

March 29, 2009 12:00 am

George W. Bush to write memoir about 'decisions'

Former President George W. Bush, who once famously called himself "The Decider," is writing a book about decisions.

March 20, 2009 12:00 am
Natasha Richardson dies after fall on ski slope

Natasha Richardson dies after fall on ski slope

NEW YORK | Natasha Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film "Patty Hearst" and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of "Cabaret," died Wednesday at age 45 after suffering a head injury from a skiing accident.

March 18, 2009 12:00 am

John Updike, prize-winning writer, dead at age 76

NEW YORK | John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, died Tuesday at age 76.

January 27, 2009 12:00 am

Matthiessen wins National Book Award fiction prize

The economy hung like a cloud over the 59th annual National Book Awards. Barack Obama was the silver lining.

November 23, 2008 12:00 am

Writers welcome a literary president-elect

Last winter, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison received a phone call from Sen. Barack Obama, then the underdog to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

November 09, 2008 12:00 am

Politics. War Scandal. Art

Iron gates from the Yaddo artist colony, with the Yaddo logo and its muscular, musical "Y" spelled out in script, have been installed inside the New York Public Library for a four-month exhibit, allowing you to imagine the same rustic grounds entered by James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein and s…

October 26, 2008 12:00 am

Bull market for books on economic disaster

NEW YORK | As the government worked on a plan to prevent a financial disaster, readers are seeking out books about economic crises -- past, present and future.

September 28, 2008 12:00 am

Penguin Group (USA) enjoys run of paperback sensations

NEW YORK | They seem to happen every year, those paperback sensations.

April 13, 2008 12:00 am

Oprah plug makes Orman book a Web sensation

The Oprah touch doesn't just work for traditional books.

February 24, 2008 12:00 am

Tom Wolfe is writing a new novel about Miami

Tom Wolfe is working on a new novel and will release it through a new publisher, ending a 40-year run with Farrar, Straus & Giroux and signing with Little, Brown and Co.

January 06, 2008 12:00 am

Oprah Winfrey chooses Ken Follett historical novel for her book club

Oprah Winfrey went for the big time Wednesday with her latest book club pick, choosing Ken Follett's 973-page "The Pillars of the Earth," an announcement that will likely mean hundreds of thousands more sales for an author with a huge, international following.

November 18, 2007 12:00 am

The end is near

Emerson Spartz remembers the good old days. It was fall 1999, Spartz was 12 and he decided to create a little Web site about a hot new series of fantasy books.

April 15, 2007 12:00 am

Novel by Holocaust victim becomes major bestseller

Some books sell because Oprah Winfrey wants you to buy them. Others get help from a major prize, a controversy, a movie tie-in, a famous author or an especially clever marketing campaign.

March 04, 2007 12:00 am

Librarians debate use of 'scrotum' in award-winning children's novel

Yes, controversy sells. Criticism of an award-winning children's book over the word "scrotum" has brought Susan Patron's "The Higher Power of Lucky" into the top 40 on

February 25, 2007 12:00 am

Publishing dilemmas

George Orwell, Arthur Miller and Bertrand Russell have been among its contributors. Influential texts have included Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's then-secret denunciation of Stalin and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From a Birmingham Jail."

February 04, 2007 12:00 am

Tillie Olsen, author of 'Tell Me a Riddle,' dies

NEW YORK | Tillie Olsen, an activist, feminist and an influential and widely taught fiction writer who narrated and experienced some of the major social conflicts of the 20th century, died Monday night, two weeks before her 95th birthday.

January 05, 2007 12:00 am

Author of 'Hinges of History' releases the fifth of 7 planned books -- about the Middle Ages

Historian Thomas Cahill is seated in the living room of his Upper West Side apartment -- books and paintings on the walls, a concert piano behind him. He is discussing a time of visual beauty and literary genius, of breakthroughs for women and for individual freedom.

December 17, 2006 12:00 am

The scandals were new, but books remain the same

In 2006, everything and nothing seemed new in the publishing industry.

December 17, 2006 12:00 am

Not so fast

The O.J. Simpson project is dead, but the book and the TV interview could turn up in bootleg form in this age of YouTube and eBay, when scandalous information seldom stays secret for long.

November 24, 2006 12:00 am

Tina remembers

Frank Sinatra was never happier, his daughter Tina says, than when he was working in Las Vegas. Those years are now captured in song by "Sinatra in Vegas," a box set of four concert CDs, and one DVD, ranging from the Rat Pack peak of the early 1960s to the late 1980s, just before his voice a…

November 17, 2006 12:00 am

Love that Pynchon

Zak Smith is a painter, a rebel and an Ivy Leaguer, a Yale University graduate with a green mohawk, an apartment of wall-to-wall illustrations and a passion for comics, classic novels -- and Thomas Pynchon.

November 10, 2006 12:00 am

New Princess Di book by Paul Burrell to be published Tuesday

It was billed by its publisher as the "must-read" book for the fall -- "a shattering, provocative and mesmerizing true story" so momentous that booksellers were urged to order copies without knowing what they would receive.

September 10, 2006 12:00 am

Interesting fall reads

This fall, former Sen. John C. Danforth will tour the country in support of his new book, "Faith and Politics," an attempt, he says, to start a discussion about the role of religion in elections and government.

September 03, 2006 12:00 am
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