Siren İdemen wins inaugural Talât Sait Halman Translation Prize

In the wake of the death of influential poet, cultural critic, historian and professor Talât Sait Halman in 2014, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has established the TalâtRead more »

Marco Rubio’s An American Son is a memoir, but is it also an ethics violation?

Florida senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio published his memoir, An American Son, in 2012, a year and a half into his first (and last) Senate term. The book—for whichRead more »

Egypt continues crackdown on novelist Alaa Al Aswany

Earlier this year, MobyLives wrote about Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s efforts to purge mosque libraries of “any book, irrespective of its author or publishing house, that contradicts the teachings ofRead more »

Has anyone in the White House read the Senate Torture Report?

On Monday, we wrote about Amnesty International’s day of action in honor of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. Amnesty’s campaign—American Torture Story—encouraged the group’s members to remind Congress,Read more »

Tea Party chair calls for UN fund-raising book by Kermit the Frog to be banned

In today’s edition of banned children’s books, we bring you the case of teacher and Tea Party chairwoman Mary Carney, who wants For Every Child, a Better World, a children’sRead more »

PEN urges Chinese government to free dissident poets Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia

PEN International has called (once again) for the Chinese government to release poet and human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo, who was sentenced in 2008 to eleven years in prison for “inciting subversionRead more »

Book spotted in San Bernardino shooting suspects’ home inspires Amazon review battle

We recently wrote about how Sandy Hook truthers use Amazon reviews to harass an author and mother of one of the victims, and how this is due to lax review screening standards on Amazon’sRead more »

Amazon shows New Jersey a thing or two about traffic

The fury of activity and commerce that constitutes Amazon holiday fulfillment means frenzied business as usual for those intimately involved in the retail giant’s warehouse division. The company hires thousands of part-time workersRead more »