Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

Feb 28, 2015

Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying someone apparently swiped as many as 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops who attended a controversial meeting ...

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Feb 5, 2015

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism have surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish a second novel, half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic. Until Tuesday, when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, ...

Jan 16, 2015

U.K. publisher mocked for banning mention of pigs in books

British politicians on Thursday criticized publisher Oxford University Press over its advice to omit pigs and sausages from books for children sold abroad in order not to offend the Jewish or Muslim communities. The existence of the recommendations was revealed during a debate on ...

Award to honor unsung Japanese translators

Jan 6, 2015

Award to honor unsung Japanese translators

Don’t judge a book by its cover and neither necessarily by its author. Foreign literature can be ruined in translation. Several leading translators have established an award for members of their silent craft, to honor those ultimately responsible for some of the finest foreign ...

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 and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders ...

Dec 11, 2014

Hobbit fans drop plan for Tolkien evil eye in Moscow

A group of Russian designers on Wednesday scrapped a planned light installation modeled on the all-seeing evil eye in J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy novels after the Russian Orthodox Church protested. The group had planned to raise what resembles a giant glowing eye on the 21st ...