Literature

Real books are back. E-book sales plunge nearly 20% – CNNMoney

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Are physical books the new vinyl? New data suggest that the reading public is ditching e-books and returning to the old fashioned printed word. Sales of consumer e-books plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children’s books surged 16%. The same trend is on display in the U.S., where e-book…

Showrunners behind ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Veep’ and more talk possible writers’ strike – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In less than a week, writers’ rooms across Hollywood will go dark if the Writers Guild of America goes on strike. For showrunners on some of TV’s most talked-about series, the focus is on crafting stories while they can. “We’re just keeping our heads down and working until they tell us we can’t,” said Gloria Calderon Kellett, co-showrunner of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.” Writers for the series recently…

Milwaukee writers on other (mostly Wisconsin) writers – OnMilwaukee.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Published April 27, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. Who knows writers better than other writers, right? So, when some Wisconsin scribes – in this case Jim Higgins and Michael Schumacher – pen works about other scribes – and in one case about other Wisconsin scribes – we take notice. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Arts and Books Editor Jim Higgins is a veteran newspaperman and one I’m not shy about saying…

Book sales hit a record as children’s fiction gains in popularity – BBC News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Image copyright EPA Children’s fiction helped drive UK book sales to a record £3.5bn last year, the Publishers Association (PA) has said. The 6% rise came despite the waning popularity of ebooks, which saw sales fall by 3% to £538m last year. Sales of children’s books rose 16% to £365m, with the increase due mainly to the purchase of printed works. Readers also flocked to fitness and self-help books, sending…

NBCU Chief Says He’s “Optimistic” Writers’ Strike Will Be Avoided – Deadline

Thursday, April 27, 2017

NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke says he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that a writers’ strike can be avoided. “Strikes aren’t good for anybody,” he told analysts this morning in Comcast’s quarterly call with analysts. “I’m hopeful we’ll get it done.” Assuming a clash can be avoided,  Burke says NBCUniversal heads into the upfront market with “our strongest hand — by a lot.” Indeed, the company has “already started discussions” with advertisers ahead…

How eBooks lost their shine: ‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’ – The Guardian

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Here are some things that you can’t do with a Kindle. You can’t turn down a corner, tuck a flap in a chapter, crack a spine (brutal, but sometimes pleasurable) or flick the pages to see how far you have come and how far you have to go. You can’t remember something potent and find it again with reference to where it appeared on a right- or left-hand page. You…

Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile – New York Times

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile – New York Times

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile – New York Times

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Looming TV writers strike could help Trump – Fox News

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES –  If there is one person who is looking forward to a writers strike, it would be President Donald Trump. The Writers Guild of America is threatening to strike if they can’t cut a deal with some of the biggest studios in the business. And if that happens, popular late-night programming like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and weekly…

Books n Bros: African-American boy starts book club for kids like him – My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Books n Bros via CNN Books n Bros was started by 11-year-old Sidney Keys III Books n Bros via CNN Books n Bros was started by 11-year-old Sidney Keys III Related Content (CNN) – Sidney Keys III has always loved to read. But at his school library, the 11-year-old noticed a void of books about kids like himself. So he started Books n Bros, a book club for 8- to…

ESPN will lay off 100 on-air personalities and writers, source says – CNNMoney

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ESPN plans to lay off 100 on-air personalities and writers, a source familiar with the matter told CNNMoney on Wednesday. The job cuts, including television, radio and online personalities, will be announced Wednesday, and most will take effect immediately, the source said. ESPN also plans to cut what the source described as a limited number of additional off-air jobs. ESPN is shifting its focus toward digital as it faces cable…

Is There Any Benefit to Reading Books You Hate? – New York Times

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile – New York Times

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Writers Are Ready to Make a Deal | Vanity Fair – Vanity Fair

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It’s Tuesday, and I have yet to receive a call to audition for Universal’s upcoming Madonna biopic. Hello from Los Angeles, where we’re counting writers’ votes, watching Netflix stream into China, and meeting Brie Larson in the Valley. LET’S MAKE A DEAL On Tuesday, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers get back to the bargaining table, rededicated to the aim…

Here’s how a Writers Guild strike could affect your favorite TV shows – USA TODAY

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The Writers’ Guild of America has voted yes to authorizing a strike if the guild’s current negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers doesn’t resolve by the May 1 deadline. USA TODAY Striking writers in November 2007, carrying life-sized photos of legendary actors, Marlon Brando, left, and James Dean outside Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.(Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP) Take a break, Jimmy,…

Writers Are Ready to Make a Deal – Vanity Fair

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It’s Tuesday, and I have yet to receive a call to audition for Universal’s upcoming Madonna biopic. Hello from Los Angeles, where we’re counting writers’ votes, watching Netflix stream into China, and meeting Brie Larson in the Valley. LET’S MAKE A DEAL On Tuesday, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers get back to the bargaining table, rededicated to the aim…

Hollywood writers’ unrest: Guild members vote to authorize strike … – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In a sign of rising labor tensions in Hollywood, members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union’s contract is set to expire May 1. Although the vote is largely seen as a negotiating tactic to put pressure on the studios, it moves the union one step closer to a work stoppage that would have widespread repercussions throughout the film and…

Here’s how a Writers Guild strike could affect your favorite TV shows – USA TODAY

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The Writers’ Guild of America has voted yes to authorizing a strike if the guild’s current negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers doesn’t resolve by the May 1 deadline. USA TODAY Striking writers in November 2007, carrying life-sized photos of legendary actors, Marlon Brando, left, and James Dean outside Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.(Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP) Take a break, Jimmy,…

The Best Books of 2017 (So Far) – Paste Magazine

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Now that we’re one-third of the way through the year, we decided to round up our picks for the best books of 2017 (so far). From thrilling sci-fi to Latin American fiction, illuminating memoirs to eclectic short stories, our favorite titles promise enthralling reads for every literary taste. We’ve assembled 20 books released from January through April, including novels, short story collections and nonfiction books. Browse our favorites…