Critical Linking: March 18th, 2014


“I always liked going to the piano room during the day, and finding hordes of strangers sitting on the bench that became my bed at night,” Molly said.

So Shakespeare & Co. is home to a rotating band of young writers called The Tumbleweeds, who live and work in the store. Oh, to be 19 again to do this…


Unit sales of print books sold through Nielsen BookScan’s mass merchandisers/other channel fell 9% in the first 10 weeks of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. But companies that PW spoke with believe the decline has more to do with one-time factors than with a long-term weakening of mass merchandisers as viable bookselling outlets.

In a word: weather. It has been a horrible winter for much of the US. But 9%? That’s a big drop.


Happily, as the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, there is something that I can do about this. So I promise now that the newspaper and this website will not be reviewing any book which is explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys. Nor will The Independent’s books section.

This seems to be picking up steam. We’ll see if it affects publishers/consumer behavior.


George R.R. Martin is perfectly aware that the Game of Thrones TV series may be moving faster than he can write the new books. Two volumes away from completing his seven-book series, Martin has met with the show’s creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, to talk about the speed with which they’re catching up. “They are. Yes. It’s alarming.”

It’s like the slowest game of chicken every played.


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