On Refinery 29, literary agent Emma Paterson shares what’s on her reading list.

An East London bookshop’s decision to put a sign in its window highlighting it is “proud” to sell books by authors from so-called “sh*thole” countries has been met with a “phenomenal” response from the trade and customers.

Red’s literary editor Sarra Manning rounds up the best books of January.

Simon Key of Big Green Books’ call for independent bookshops to set up an alliance of sorts has received a fantastic response.

The Booksellers Association and Society of Authors have collaborated on a guide advising authors how to get their books stocked in high street bookshops.

Zadie Smith responds to various questions put to her by readers, including the writer of this blog.

Women write literary fiction’s big hitters. So where are their prizes?

Only one publisher, And Other Stories, has answered Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to publish only female writers this year. But wider lessons are being learned, as the novelist and other industry insiders explain in the Guardian.

The Jewish Chronicle spoke to Afua Hirsch about identity, race, and her book Brit(ish)).