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PEN Introduces the 2016 Literary Awards Judges

Pub Date: Nov 16, 2015

PEN is excited to introduce the 2016 Literary Awards judges—a distinguished group of  writers, translators, and editors from across the country. Click hereto learn more about each judge, and mark your calendar for announcements about which writers they choose to honor: Longlists announced: December 7 Shortlists announced: February 2  Winners announced: March 1 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony: April 11 2016 PEN Literary Read more »

Now a Major Motion Picture-The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Pub Date: Nov 16, 2015

The film adaptation of David Ebershoff’s debut novel, The Danish Girl was first optioned fifteen years ago and was close to going into production many times. Finally  February 2015  the filming began. On sound stages in London and location in Brussels and Copenhagen, The Danish Girl was brought to life by director Tom Hooper, who won Read more »

Bertelsmann Achieves Record Operating Result for First Nine Months of 2015

Pub Date: Nov 16, 2015

 Revenues increase to €12.2 billion  Operating EBITDA rises significantly to €1.6 billion  Group profit nearly doubles to €573 million   Accelerated growth in revenue and profits during third quarter Progress in building the education business The international media, services and education company Bertelsmann has achieved a record operating profit after nine months of 2015, with its revenues Read more »

Barnes & Noble Launches Audio App and Web Site

Pub Date: Nov 11, 2015

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the NOOK Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad and a new website,, which seamlessly work together to let customers shop a leading selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online and Read more »

Call for submissions: Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

Pub Date: Nov 5, 2015

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards.  A winning award is given to a published book that “captures the spirit of the human relationship with nature, and promotes the awareness, preservation, appreciation, or restoration of the natural world for future generations.”  There will be Read more »

Book Reviews

A. Kind of Grief by A. D. Scott

A Kind of Grief by A. D. Scott

Pub Date: Nov 11, 2015

A Kind of Grief, A. D. Scott, Atria Paperback–The northeast of Scotland in 1959 is a beautiful and tranquil place, remote and unchanging, which is how journalist Joanne Ross likes it Read more »

Joan of Arc by Kathryn Harrison

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison

Pub Date: Nov 3, 2015

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, Kathryn Harrison, Anchor Books–Revered and reviled in almost equal measure during her short tumultuous life, Joan of Arc is still a popular and contentious figure nearly six hundred years after her death Read more »

Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

Pub Date: Oct 29, 2015

Art in the Blood, Bonnie MacBird, Collins Crime Club–London, winter, 1888. A desperate call for help from Mrs. Hudson brings newlywed Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes’ side once more Read more »

Shriver by Chris Belden

Shriver by Chris Belden

Pub Date: Oct 26, 2015

Shriver, Chris Belden, Touchstone Books–Shriver is a contented recluse, living in his apartment with a tuxedo cat, Mr. Bojangles, when he receives an invitation to take part in a writers’ conference at a Midwestern college Read more »