Quote of the Week | Diversity at BookExpo 2018

BookExpo America (BEA) is considered to be “the #1 book and author event” within the publishing industry. While its sister event BookCon is more geared toward consumers, BEA provides a more business-like environment for publishing professionals. BEA is a place “to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers, and learn from industry leaders and peers.” It’s one of the few moments when publishing professionals, authors, and readers can come together to discuss the future of the book industry. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Diversity at BookExpo 2018”

Quote of the Week | Rita Dove

The New York Times Magazine recently named Rita Dove as its new poetry editor, succeeding current poetry editor Terrance Hayes in July 2018. Since editor Jake Silverstein created the poetry editor position in 2014, three poets have held the position with Dove coming in as the fourth. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Rita Dove”

Quote of the Week | Andy Warhol

On May 21, news broke that Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine is discontinuing publication by the end of 2018. For almost 50 years, Interview (also known as “The Crystal Ball of Pop”) has been a cultural staple for giving readers an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, artists, musicians, and creative innovators. What makes Interview different from other pop culture magazines is celebrities are interviewed by other celebrities. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Andy Warhol”

Quote of the Week | Meg Wolitzer

If you’ve walked past a bookstore recently, you’ve likely seen the striped, technicolor jacket of Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion. If you’ve been anywhere in the vicinity of a Barnes & Noble, you’ve definitely seen it, as the novel was recently chosen to spearhead the new Barnes & Noble Book Club. The club’s first meeting was held Wednesday, May 2, and discussions took place in every B&N bookstore across the country. The event was completely free and all participants were treated to a tall hot or iced coffee (and a cookie!) from Starbucks.

(Am I the only one squealing about this deal? I’m definitely keeping my eye out for B&N’s next pick! Just keep in mind that it’s a SEASONAL, not monthly, book club…) Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Meg Wolitzer”

Quote of the Week | Mary Shelley

Did you know Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turned 200 this year? Assembled from body parts torn from cadavers and brought to life with a powerful spark, Frankenstein’s noble monster is one of literature’s most beloved creatures whose legacy “continues to influence the way we confront emerging technologies, conceptualize the process of scientific research, imagine the motivations and ethical struggles of scientists, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls.” To honor the novel’s historic birthday, the Keats-Shelley Association of America has created Frankenreads, an international celebration of the Modern Prometheus which will feature a number of Frankenstein-themed events throughout the year (like public readathons of the novel on October 31, 2018!). Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Mary Shelley”