Adam Thirlwell

Are American univesity departments allergic to political activists? Christopher Shea considers why anthropologist, author (The Democracy Project), and Occupy organizer David Graeber has been unable to get an academic job in the U.S.

Ned Beauman, Zadie Smith, Adam Thirlwell, and David Szalay—as well as newcomers like Jenni Fagan, Xiaolu Guo, Joanna Kavenna and Ross Raisin—make Granta’s once-in-a-decade list of the Best Young British Novelists.

Simon and Schuster is teaming up with the New York Public Library to launch an e-book lending program that will allow the library complete access to the publisher’s archive of e-books.

The London Book Fair starts tomorrow, and to celebrate, the Guardian singles out design trends in this season’s book covers.

If controversy is indeed the fastest way to increase sales, 2013 will be a good year for books. The American Library Association released their list of “frequently challenged books” this week, and “the office said it received 464 reports in 2012, up from 326 in 2011.”

After having the Green Lantern and Batwoman come out of the closet in recent issues, DC Comics broke another milestone this week by having Batgirl’s roommate, Alysia Yeoh, come out as transgender.

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