Book Empire Vol. 17

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.


We are done with dystopian Young Adult – especially on the big screen – and moving back towards realistic but dark Young Adult stories. Not only is the entire internet waiting for the release of The Fault in Our Stars, but also for more news on the Eleanor & Park adaptation.
Has anyone seen Divergent, the latest dystopian YA adaption? I was disappointed yet again!

The popularity of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings is changing the way we tell stories.
Soon no book will be published that does not have a million characters and completely heart-wrenching unnecessary deaths.

Authors are writing new books! No Shit! Kazuo Ishiguro will publish a new novel in 2015 and Max Brooks has recently published his Graphic Novel. And in case you missed it last week, Will Self and Nick Hornby have also crawled back behind their writing devices. What is happening in the world!

The great disappearing acts in literature. Bookish has made you a reading list for magical vanishings and on #1 you will find one of the stories from Tenth of December by George Saunders.
Go read some excerpts!

Read Alice in Wonderland on a single page. No the book has not been reduced to it’s essence. has used the magic of computers to create an interactive page for the entire book.
And you can even publish your own book this way!

The Millions is making a case for this being the golden age of the second novel. Authors don’t need to be a hit on their first try, just look at Rachel Kushner, Charles McNair and Jenny Offill. Their first books were received as meh, but now they are booming business!

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