Taiwan Reading Festival wins American Library Association award

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan Ministry of Education announced Friday (May 22) that the 2020 Taiwan Reading Festival (台灣閱讀節) won the American Library Association (ALA) award. The annual cu...

`Handmaid's Tale,' Harry Potter on challenged books list

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories with gay and transgender themes, a spoof inspired by the family rabbit of Vice President Mike Pence, and classics by J.K. Rowling and Margaret Atwood were am...

'Strega Nona' author Tomie dePaola is dead at age 85

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday ...

Librarians honor books by Luiselli and Higginbotham

NEW YORK (AP) — Valeria Luiselli's novel “Lost Children Archive” and Adam Higginbotham's nonfiction “Midnight in Chernobyl” have been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the...

Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore named literary landmark

BALTIMORE (AP) — A national association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. A division of the American Library Association has added...

Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut novel among Carnegie Medal finalists

NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," is among the nominees for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Coates' narrative of an enslaved person's journe...

John Oliver's parody book among most 'challenged' works

NEW YORK (AP) — Not everyone was amused by the John Oliver send-up of a picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence. "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presen...

Meg Medina wins Newbery medal, Sophie Blackall the Caldecott

NEW YORK (AP) — Meg Medina's "Merci Suarez Changes Gears" has won the prestigious John Newbery Medal for "outstanding contribution to children's literature." Sophie Blackall's "Hello Lighthouse" recei...

From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Miche...

From Reese Witherspoon to SJP, the rise of celeb book clubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities including Jimmy Fallon and Reese Witherspoon are following in Oprah Winfrey's wake with book clubs of their own. Fallon launched a "Tonight Show" summer r...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century au...

Kansas man sues over his arrest during Missouri library Q&A

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man arrested during a public forum at a Kansas City library has filed a lawsuit alleging his free speech rights were violated when he was kicked out of the event for asking c...

Panel tackles lack of high-speed internet in Indian Country

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two western senators are proposing to expand access to a $4 billion federal program that has allowed public schools and libraries throughout the U.S. to obtain high-speed inte...

Publisher delays paperback of latest Alexie book

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Sherman Alexie, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is postponing the paperback of his latest book. Hachette Book Group had planned ...

AP Newsbreak: Sherman Alexie declines literary award

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Library Association tells The Associated Press that Sherman Alexie has declined the Carnegie Medal he received last month. Alexie was given the $5,000 aw...