Dec 28, 2014

Amazon-Hachette feud headlined book news in 2014

by Hillel Italie

Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders ...

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

| Dec 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door ...

Book-buying Obama shows support for local business

Nov 30, 2014

Book-buying Obama shows support for local business

President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers to remember to patronize small businesses while doing their holiday shopping. He bought several ...

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Nov 28, 2014

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry ...

Cassady letter that inspired  Kerouac found

Nov 24, 2014

Cassady letter that inspired Kerouac found

It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” and, during a three-week writing binge, ...

U.S. Navy SEALs: the not-so-quiet professionals?

Nov 9, 2014

U.S. Navy SEALs: the not-so-quiet professionals?

They call themselves the “quiet professionals,” but lately, the U.S. Navy SEALs can’t seem to keep their mouths shut. The elite commandos have long prided themselves on performing risky missions in humble anonymity, but insatiable public appetite for their war stories has led several ...

Nov 4, 2014

Murakami chides Japan for ignoring role in WWII, Fukushima disaster

Writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression as well as the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In an interview published Monday in the Mainichi Shimbun, the 65-year-old author said: “No one has taken real responsibility for the ...

Nov 4, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court keeps Sherlock Holmes in public domain

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition by the heirs of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, leaving the adventures of fictional crime solver Sherlock Holmes in the public domain. A ruling by an appeals court in June allowed a U.S. writer ...