Stories by Hillel Italie

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Indie bookstore world bound bybaby boomers

NEW YORK - In 1974, Gayle Shanks was a 23-year-old idealist raised on the activism of the previous decade and anxious to make a difference herself. So she opened a bookstore.
By Hillel Italie

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' is tale of lost innocence

NEW YORK - Like her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee novel coming out this week is a coming of age story. And not just for Scout Finch. Go Set a Watchman is set in the fictional town ...
By Hillel Italie

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sad Puppies crying about latest trends in science fiction

NEW YORK - Call it the invasion of the Sad Puppies. One of the signature awards of the science fiction/fantasy community, the Hugos, has been ensnared in a fierce debate over the genre’s future.
By Hillel Italie

Thursday, March 12, 2015

'Divergent' author working on new series

The Divergent author is set to write a new two-book series, HarperCollins Children's Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The books currently are untitled, with the first one expected in ...
By Hillel Italie

Patterson launches grant program for libraries

NEW YORK - Having handed out more than $1 million to help independent bookstores, James Patterson is now sharing his wealth with some other vital, but often struggling institutions: School libraries.
By Hillel Italie

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Hollywood's epic 'Birth of a Nation' glorified injustice

NEW YORK - One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. But one of the greatest glories in movie history is also one of its lasting shames.
By Hillel Italie

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Amazon, Hachette end dispute

NEW YORK — One of publishing’s nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between and Hachette Book Group, is ending.
By Hillel Italie

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Simon cooperating for biography

NEW YORK - After decades of telling his story through music, Paul Simon is ready to rely on words alone.
By Hillel Italie

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Minecraft now publishing sensation

NEW YORK - Like millions of parents, Aaron Sacharow welcomes those moments when his son - 7-year-old Tyler - takes a break from video games and picks up a book instead.
By Hillel Italie

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Publishers, public meet at BookExpo

NEW YORK - Publishers and the public met this weekend at BookExpo America, the annual industry convention, and seemed to speak in different languages.
By Hillel Italie

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.
By Hillel Italie

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Story tells of college love

Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield, Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend to tell a story of desire.
By Hillel Italie

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

E.L. Doctorow and the life of the mind

NEW YORK - E.L. Doctorow has different ways of telling a story.
By Hillel Italie

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Readers not excited in 2013

NEW YORK - In 2013, everything - and nothing - happened in the publishing industry. It was a blockbuster year for the legal profession.
By Hillel Italie

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Rock legend Lou Reed dead at 71

Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n' roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Under­ground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday.
By Hillel Italie

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nikki Haley writing memoir

NEW YORK — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been busy jotting down thoughts and memories.
By Hillel Italie

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009

'Shadow ' casts light on Orson Welles

NEW YORK --- No posters or photographs of Orson Welles hang in the living room of his eldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder. His memory is preserved, imperfectly, through a shelf of books that Ms. ...
By Hillel Italie
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