Barnes and Noble are going to radically reduce the number of Simon and Schuster titles they stock after a conflict between the two companies. According to the New York Times, the situation arose after Simon and Schuster rejected the terms of a new contract proposed by Barnes and Noble which would have allowed the bookseller to charge the publisher more to stock their books in exchange. The Times also notes that this is the first time that Barnes and Noble “has used the sale of books as a negotiating tool.”
The cover has been revealed for Donna Tartt’s forthcoming novel (her first in more than a decade). The Goldfinch will be out in October with Little, Brown, and is about "a young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, [who] miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends' apartments and on the city streets.”
Junot Diaz has won the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bankshort story prize—the most remunerative story prize in the world—for his story “Miss Lora.”
Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House has announced that they’re opening a London branch, Melville House UK.
Only a day after coming across Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats at a streetside book sale (T.S. Eliot’s foray into cat poetry) we were thrilled to discover, via the Atlantic, The Seven Lady Godivas, Dr. Seuss’s little-known book of cartoon nudes.
The New York Times Magazine runs a four-page profile of brainy British author Kate Atkinson, whose eighth novel Life After Life comes out next month in the U.S.