Book News Roundup: The first Seattle Children's Book Festival will be September 28th

  • Save the date: September 28th, 2019 is the very first Seattle Children's Book Festival. It's free, it will happen at Greenwood Elementary School, and it will benefit Seattle school libraries, which is a very good cause. Here's a partial list of authors who are attending, and here's how you can apply to be a participating author.

  • You've only got about five days left to apply to be Hugo House's Writer in Residence.

  • Oprah is bringing her book club back — this time on Apple's luxury TV streaming service, which is debuting later this year.

  • The LifeWay chain of Christian bookstores will be closing this year. That's 170 stores around the country.

  • Bret Easton Ellis is a troll, and I find it's best to ignore him. But if you're going to pay attention to Ellis, you should do what Andrea Long Chu does in this review of his latest book: just totally fucking cream him:
    This presents a problem for the reviewer in my position: namely, whether to take the bait. I could write an incensed review that fiercely rebuts White’s many inflammatory claims, thus giving the impression that they should be taken seriously; if my review were to go viral, it would likely trigger more bad coverage on pop-culture websites like Vulture and Vice; Bret Easton Ellis might trend for a bit on Twitter, where we would all take our best shots at dunking on this dude; and at the end of it all, the author would get to feel relevant again, and maybe finally write a movie that people actually liked. But why bother? For years now, Bret Easton Ellis has been accused of being a racist and a misogynist, and I think these things are true; but like most things that are true of Bret Easton Ellis, they are also very boring.