Book Empire Vol. 11

All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis.

We understand how busy you are and how difficult it is to keep up with all the book news that’s being thrown at you every day. To make your life a little easier, we’ll compound the most important bits into 1 blog post every week, exactly telling you what you need to know. Please don’t worry your pretty little head about the possibility of propaganda or censorship. We’ll do that for you.


If you weren’t a fan of Amtrak yet, we promise you will be now. They know how lovely travelling on a train can be and how the five to ten hour rides are a great excuse to get some writing done. Because of this Amtrak is now offering a writers residency to authors of all kind thanks to some authors suggesting this on Twitter.
You can’t help but love a company who takes Twitter suggestions by writers seriously.

You’d think winning a literary prize would make a book more famous, but you’re wrong. As soon as a book wins a prize, we turn into hipster-haters who write terrible reviews on Goodreads. However, just mentioning a book on a popular TV series will make its sales go through the roof!

Talking about popular TV series, if you are waiting for the Veronica Mars movie and you can’t hold out any longer, maybe this news about a Mars-Mystery novel will silence your Marshmallow heart for a while.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is of course written by Rob Thomas himself.

The Morning News Book Tournament is starting on the 3rd of March and the brackets are now online!
Get cracking on those books and let us know which ones you think will win the tournament.

The booksellers of France are not messing around. They took off their clothes to fight censorship of a 2011 children’s book. The politician who ordered the censorship is definitely late to the party.
Maybe Donner should pull a Calendar Girls as well.

Malcom Jones over at The Book Beast gets a bit too involved with the books he reads and imagines the characters as his best friends.
This sounds eerily familiar. Did you ever befriend a fictional character?

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