Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel

The Second Pass founder John Williams has been hired to oversee online books coverage at the New York Times.

The Los Angeles Times goes behind the scenes at a company dedicated to filming book trailers.

Why would spy novelist Q. R. Markham plagiarize dozens of passages in his new book? The Book Bench’s Macy Halford investigates the discovery that led Little, Brown to recall the novel, and pushed Assassin of Secrets’ Amazon sales ranking up from 62,924 to 174 in a single day.

“My father and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town and he was gay and I was gay and he killed himself and I became a lesbian cartoonist,” says the protagonist of “Fun Home,” Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir, which will soon be adapted into a musical.

At the Awl, Choire Sicha details how Jim Romenesko’s media blog—once well-liked, intelligent, and sometimes funny—became intolerable. “The changes at the blog,” Sicha writes, “have been awful to watch.” Meanwhile, AdWeek reports that Romenesko, after the Columbia Journalism Review’s Erika Fry revealed that he had used other writers’ phrases without giving proper attribution, has offered to resign from Poynter.

The cover price for New York magazine is about to go up.

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