Rebecca Kauffman, author of
the novel Another Place You’ve
Never Been (Soft Skull), talks
about author anonymity and the
consequences of being a writer
averse to social media.
Among the big changes at
Henry Holt Books for Young
Readers: Christian Trimmer
is in as editorial director, and
Laura Godwin gets an imprint,
Six haunting reads hitting just in time for
Global Rights Report
Chanson Douce (Gallimard), a French novel
about a nanny who kills the children she is
hired to care for, is racking up a lot of foreign
The most-read review on
publishersweekly.com last week
was Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China by Scott
Savitt (Soft Skull).
Is Dylan Deserving?
On Thursday, the Swedish Academy
awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for
Literature to Bob Dylan. Our readers
shared the sense of shock that spread
across the Internet like wild;re.
Dylan’s a songwriter, not an author;
does he deserve the prize? We asked
our readers that question on Facebook, and their responses mirrored the arguments being made
all over (to read a few, go to publshersweekly.com/dylantweets).
Here’s what a few of our readers had to say on Facebook:
“In a time when the only reading most people do is of Facebook posts, the Nobel Committee just dumbed itself down.
Next year they will give the prize in literature to a blogger or a
Facebook personality.” —Christy Stewart
“A songwriter has not won the Nobel Prize in its 100-plus-year
history because songwriting does not qualify as literature!”
“Stories have been told in song for generations. If this is not
literature, then what is it?” —Sharon Jackson
“There’s no comparing books and songs. Apples and oranges.”
“This is an absurd choice that absolutely diminishes the
literature prize. There are too many great writers working all
over the world who will never receive a Nobel for this choice to
have any signi;cance.” —Cathe Spencer
Professor and author Ngugi wa
Thiong’o discusses his new book,
Birth of a Dream
Weaver: A Memoir of
a Writer’s Awakening
(New Press). And PW
senior news editor
Calvin Reid recaps
New York Comic Con.
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese on the
Nobel Prize in Literature going to Bob Dylan,
and some of the hot topics at the Frankfurt
Book Fair, which kicks off this week.
More to Come
The More to Come crew was all over New
York Comic Con last week. Catch up on some
of the action with interviews from the show
with comics illustrators, writers, and more.
ONLINE & ON-AIR
The publishing industry’s leading job-listing
Amy Sarig King (better known to readers as
A.S. King) talks about her ;rst middle grade
novel, Me and Marvin Gardens (Levine), about
a boy who discovers a never-before-seen
plastic-eating animal near his home.
What happens when a posse of excited
three- and four-year-olds descends on a
bookstore for an impromptu read-aloud?