Tessa Wegert

Tessa Wegert

Apr 7

Isaac Asimov on fiction vs. science fiction, one of his many insightful observations in this 1989 conversation with Bill Moyers. 


Isaac Asimov on fiction vs. science fiction, one of his many insightful observations in this 1989 conversation with Bill Moyers

Apr 4

A New York artist is transforming old textbooks into swarms of paper animals. 

Artist’s insane swarm of animal cutouts spring from 1,200 recycled books

Top Literary Cities in the U.S.

The country’s top literary cities include Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago.


For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!

Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!

How to Enter:

Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!

To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:

1)      The title of your humor book

2)      A written synopsis of  your idea (200 words or less)

3)      Examples of the book’s concept (can be photos, animated gifs, artwork, video, text, or any media supported by Tumblr)

Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.

Hurry, the contest ends 3/31/2014. Read the official rules and submit your Tumblr entry now! Winners will be announced by April 30th.

1 Grand Prize:

  • Book idea considered for publication
  • $300 of Chronicle books
  •  Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor

3 Runners-Up:

  • $100 of Chronicle books
  • Written critique from Chronicle Books editors

Questions? Email contests@chroniclebooks.com

Surging Rents Force Booksellers From Manhattan

"…A profoundly significant and depressing indication of where our culture is." Booksellers are struggling to stay alive in Manhattan. Sad stuff.

Books at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

From Paste, 10 Actors Who Should be Cast as Authors

Pulp meets literary fiction in this collection of vintage book covers.  

Louise Erdrich: How to make yourself write

Do whatever it takes to keep writing.

The Thesaurus, from Threadless. 

The Thesaurus, from Threadless

How to open a book - Boing Boing

Here’s what I learned: First thing in the morning, before I have drowned myself in coffee, while I still have that sleepy brain I used to believe was useless — that is the best brain for creative writing. Words come pouring out easily while my head still feels as if it is full of ground fog, wrapped in flannel and gauze, and surrounded by a hive of humming, velvety sleep bees.

- Merrill Markoe (via dannygoodmanwriting)