Slow lane: Amazon has delayed delivery of Hachette titles from its warehouses while it puts pressure on the publisher to change its terms. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When Waterstones opened its first US store, in 1991, the historian Robert Massie told a packed Boston audience at one of our first events: “You do rea(...)

Anna Carey, with back turned, and, from left, Lia Cummins, Anna MacNeill, Laura McDunphy and Aoife Mitchell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:43

Books that are loved by teenage girls tend not to be taken very seriously, unless they start selling millions of copies. American author John G(...)

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is a 17-year-old terminal cancer patient. She survives as a freak statistic in an experimental drug trial. Bu(...)

Brian Conaghan’s advice to aspiring authors: “If you can’t handle oodles of rejections then best to pack it in now. Otherwise, stop talking about wanting to write that book of yours and just do it”

Brian Conaghan was born in 1971 and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. He gained a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the Universit(...)

Mary Deegan Kavanagh with a medal belonging to her aunt Maire Deegan, a member of Cumann na mBan, at the ceremony to mark the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:46

Irish people are “called forth to fulfil a new promise” and to build new relations that our predecessors could on(...)

The chapel to commemorate the 232 people who died during the 1916 Rising, which is due to be completed to coincide with the the Easter 2016 centenary celebrations, will be built at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An international architectural competition to design a chapel to commemorate the 232 people who died during the 1916 Rising has been opened by the Gla(...)

In 2009, at a Harry Potter conference, John Green met someone who changed his life forever. Esther Earl was 16, clever and quick-witted. She al(...)