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Rachel Kramer Bussel


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Recent articles by Rachel Kramer:

Boston Book Festival Selects “Dumba Chora” By Chandreyee Lahiri For One City One Story

The Boston Book Festival, which runs from October 16-23, has selected “Dumba Chora” by Chandreyee Lahiri for its One City One Story city-wide read. The story, set in the Sundarbans region of India, was selected from a record number of submissions. → Read More

These Are The Latest Books Being Adapted For Film And TV

A range of fiction and nonfiction books from science fiction classics to recent bestsellers are poised to make the leap to the big or small screen. Upcoming TV and film adaptations include Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series, Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half and multiple Octavia Butler titles. → Read More

Children’s Book Imprint Heartdrum Focuses On Contemporary Native Stories

Native-focused children's book imprint Heartdrum, with Cynthia Leitich Smith as author-curator, launched in 2021 to offer "innovative, unexpected, and heartfelt stories by Native creators...with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes.” → Read More

Bookstore And Cat Adoption Lounge Planned In Petaluma, California

Petaluma Pet Pals, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Petaluma, California, is fundraising to open Morti’s Used Book Nook & Adoption Lounge. Customers will be able to interact with cats available for donation and purchase used books. Several bookstores also offer or will offer cat adoption. → Read More

Virtual Poetry Events Have Spiked In Popularity Since Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Reading

Following Amanda Gorman’s recitation of her original poem, “The Hill We Club,” at the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States on January 20, there’s been a 24% increase in poetry events on online event platform Eventbrite compared to last year. → Read More

Roxane Gay Is Teaching A MasterClass On Writing For Social Change

Roxane Gay, bestselling author of nonfiction books including essay collection Bad Feminist and memoir Hunger, is now teaching the class Writing for Social Change for online platform MasterClass. The class's 20 video lessons cover craft and the business of writing, analyzing Gay's books as examples. → Read More

How Amazon Original Stories Chooses Its “Single Sitting” Reads

Amazon Original Stories launched in November 2017, built around the idea of short fiction and nonfiction that can be read in a “single sitting." They publish 40-50 stories per year. Julia Sommerfield, Publisher of Amazon Original Stories, discusses their latest offerings and how they select authors. → Read More

Children’s Book ‘Champ And Major: First Dogs,’ About Bidens’ German Shepherds, To Be Published Ahead Of Inauguration

The day before Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States, children’s picture book Champ and Major: First Dogs by Joy McCullough, illustrated by Sheyda Abvabi Best will be published. The book, aimed at children ages two through five, will have a 75,000-copy first printing. → Read More

What It’s Like To Open A Bookstore During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Megan and Kyle Murai opened Ventura, California bookstore Timbre Books October 17, six months after conceiving of the idea. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they've had vast community support, with customers lined up down the block on opening day, and are eager to expand their event offerings. → Read More

Bookstore’s Book Angel Program Ensures Kids In Need Receive Books For The Holidays

130 children in need will receive books this year through the Book Angel Project run by independent bookstore Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, New York. The program began in 2002 and has given away over 1,500 books to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, purchased by customers. → Read More

Why UK Bookstore Heywood Hill Is Giving Away A Book A Month For Life

London, UK bookstore Heywood Hill is giving away a yearlong subscription to A Year in Books, a program in which subscribers receive an artfully wrapped book each month selected by their staff based on a consultation with the recipient. Entrants can live anywhere; the winner will be chosen randomly. → Read More

Why This Texas Bookstore Is Giving A Discount To Early Voters

Leander, Texas independent bookstore Patchouli Joe’s Books and Indulgences is offering shoppers who show their early voting sticker a 10% discount off most items in the store. While the promotion was started to drive traffic to the store, the owners also want to emphasize the importance of voting. → Read More

Stacey Abrams Thriller ‘While Justice Sleeps’ To Be Published In May 2021

Politician, attorney and New York Times bestselling author Stacey Abrams’ latest work of fiction, the thriller While Justice Sleeps, will be published in May 2021 by Doubleday. Abrams has written nonfiction, including Our Time Is Now, as well as eight romance novels under the name Selena Montgomery. → Read More

9 Children’s Books Recommended By Children’s Bookstores For Fall 2020

For the fall 2020 back to school season, I asked children’s bookstore staffers to share their children’s book recommendations for early readers, middle grade and young adult, including the Fox Tails and Layla and the Bots series, Ways to Make Sunshine, Dear Justyce, Punching the Air and Raybearer. → Read More

Why Black-Owned Bookstore Fulton Street Books & Coffee Created An Ally Box

In July, Onikah Asamoa-Caeser opened independent bookstore Fulton Street Books & Coffee, which centers “the stories, narrative sand lived experiences of people of color and marginalized communities,” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The store launched an Ally Box of books about race, which quickly sold out. → Read More

Cleveland Bookstore’s Pizza, Wine And Private Browsing Sessions Are Popular

This month, Cleveland, Ohio bookstore Visible Voice Books began offering 90-minute private browsing sessions, which come with a large two-topping pizza and a bottle of wine or an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages. The popular sessions cost $50 and can accommodate two to eight people. → Read More

New Bookstores Are Still Opening During COVID-19 Pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous changes to how booksellers operate, and the financial impact has caused some bookstores to close, others have opened bookstores across the United States, or are raising funds to do so. → Read More

An Afternoon at Adult Film Star Stoya’s Now-Virtual Book Club

At the monthly gathering of Sex Lit, the goal is to try some smut that tickles both the mind and loins → Read More

Why A Retired Cincinnati Teacher Started The Book Bus, A Mobile “Bookstore On Wheels”

When Melanie Moore retired, she wanted to open a brick and mortar bookstore. But, wary of the cost, she instead started Cincinnati-based mobile bookstore The Book Bus, doing book pop-ups and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, selling books online and at birthday parties and hosting a Zoom book club. → Read More

How Book Publishers Decided To Move Publication Dates During The COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing many bookstores to close indefinitely, publishers have had to decide whether to change publication dates. Representatives from Simon & Schuster, Red Hen Press and Quirk Books share how they made those decisions and how new pub dates can benefit authors. → Read More