Bernhard Cella Prefers NO ISBN
In 1967, the SBN (Standard Book Numbering) system was created so that booksellers could number and identify the books they carried. Three years later, it grew on an international scale and became what we now know as ISBN (International Standard Book Number). Though originally used for an archival purpose, it strangely grew into a number that authors seek out as a vector of accessibility. If the book has an ISBN, then it will be available to the public. It will ...
An insight into copyright law.
Jan Constantine is the former general counself of the Authors Guild.
American copyright law has never been exactly crystalline, and there is no shortage of lawsuits as a result. How do you copyright your work (mail it to yourself?), and what are the benefits of doing so? Jan F. Constantine recently stepped down from her position as the general counsel for the Authors Guild, which advocates for the rights of writers, but we talked to her while she was still with the organization and asked her about copyright issues.
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Doug Stanhope photographed by Brian Hennigan.
“Mother was going to kill herself. There was no need to be mawkishly sentimental.”
Thus the opening scene of comedian Doug Stanhope’s new memoir Digging Up Mother, a book that, though full of tender and even affectionate episodes amid much cynical surliness, is definitely light on Hallmark moments.
Stanhope’s mother, Bonnie, is dying from the outset, felled by chronic illness and the weight of bad living and now fading away from emphysema, “a horrific, suffocating way to die, drowning ...
Tucked away in the family trees of nearly every Russian Jewish family to have arrived in America, by my admittedly unscientific survey, is the uncle or cousin or last-born brother who stayed behind to fight with the Bolsheviks. In my wife’s family, for instance, there was the young firebrand who fought with Trotsky and disappeared somewhere in the Urals, never to be seen again. In the case of a friend, the family Talmudist and budding rabbi battled the White Guards ...
“I’m a writer. I’ve got cancer. Am I going to write about it? How am I not? I pretended for a moment that I might not, but knew I had to, because writing is what I do and now cancer is what I do, too.”
So wrote Jenny Diski, who died on April 28 at the age of 68 after suffering from the illness for several years, an ordeal she recounts with grace and sometimes maudlin humor in her ...
David Sandberg of Porter Square Books.
Porter Square Books opened in 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and immediately fostered intense loyalty among their customers. Two of those customers, married couple Dina Mardell and David Sandberg, bought the general bookstore in 2013 and continued Porter Square’s formula for success—encouraging rampant consumption of books and coffee. Here, Sandberg talks about “Puff the Magic Dragon,” H Is for Hawk, and the ongoing “shop local” movement.
If Porter Square were a religion, what would be its icons and tenets?
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Writing about race.
Is Make Lemonade conciously race-neutral?
It’s a little word but a potent one.
About six or seven months ago, Kirkus started identifying characters in children’s and teen books by identity and/or race—all the time. And it hasn’t been easy.
It’s been commonplace, if not exactly standard practice, to include racial identifiers for nonwhite characters for decades now in book reviews, especially if a book deals in some way with race. Our review of Mildred Taylor’s 1975 novel, Song of the Trees, for instance, says ...
Diane Guerrero photographed by Marcus Branch.
The most-feared phrase of the typical American teenager is probably, We’re taking away your phone. For Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero, it was, We’re taking away your parents.
“Deported. Long before I fully understood what that word meant, I’d learned to dread it,” Guerrero writes in her debut memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. “With every ring of my family’s doorbell, with every police car passing on the street, a horrifying possibility ...