On the Shelf



A cultural news roundup.

  • A. Whitney Ellsworth, the first publisher of The New York Review of Books, has died at seventy-five.
  • Even Kate Middleton’s spelling is under scrutiny.
  • Andrea Levy’s The Long Song has won the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction.
  • Whoa. Keanu Reeves writes poetry.
  • Pottermore mania!
  • Celebrate Independent Bookseller’s Week.
  • The Hobbit movie will contain an elf character not found in the original book, to be played by Evangeline Lilly.
  • The first self-published author to sell a million e-books is one John Locke (not to be confused with the philosopher).
  • Says Jim Shepard of his ominously named story collection You Think That’s Bad: “It does seem to embody some of the characters’ worldviews … [It’s like saying,] ‘Wait until you see what’s coming.’”
  • In order to compete against online retailers, independent bookstores may have to start charging for their events. Ann Patchett is concerned: “I wouldn’t want the people who have no idea who I am and have nothing else to do on a Wednesday night shut out. Those are your readers.”
  • Who will win the Greenaway Medal?
  • Meet the greatest baseball game ever played.