The Biggest Book News of 2018

Charles Harder, a lawyer for President Trump, sends a cease-and-desist letter to Michael Wolff, the author of White House exposé “Fire and Fury,” and publisher Henry Holt and Co. threatening a libel suit with the potential for “substantial monetary damages and punitive damages.”

Jan. 5

Henry Holt and Co. moves up the release of “Fire and Fury,” citing increased interest in a book that paints the president as ill-prepared for the job. It becomes the publisher’s fastest-selling book, with more than 1.4 million hard copies ordered in the first week.

Jan. 22

Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88.

March 18

John Oliver announces the release of “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” a children’s book written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller, about a gay bunny based on the real-life pet of Vice President Pence.

March 29

Anita Shreve dies at 71.

April 16

Andrew Sean Greer’s comedic novel “Less” wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

May 4

The 2018 Nobel Prize in literature is canceled after a sexual assault scandal comes to light.

May 11

Netflix’s adaptation of “The Kissing Booth” — based on a novel written on the online platform Wattpad by 15-year-old Beth Reekles — becomes one of the streaming service’s most popular movies (despite atrocious reviews).

Philip Roth poses in New York in 2010. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

May 14

Tom Wolfe dies at 88.

May 22

Philip Roth dies at 85.

June 1

Sean Spicer is scheduled to speak at Book Expo for his upcoming book “The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President.” Protests of Trump’s former press secretary are planned.

June 8

Kitchen Confidential” author, chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain dies at 61.

June 21

Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer dies at 68.

June 23

Poet Donald Hall dies at 89.

June 25

The American Library Association drops Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a prestigious children’s book award over the author’s depictions of Native Americans and African Americans.

July 30

Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday.

July 31

Michael Lewis releases his book “The Coming Storm” exclusively as an audiobook.

Aug. 14

Former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman releases a Trump tell-all. “Unhinged” debuts at No. 2 on The Post bestsellers list, but, as with many other political memoirs this year, interest in the book quickly wanes.

Aug. 15

The movie adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians” becomes a box-office hit, landing Kevin Kwan’s novel — and the other two books in the trilogy — back on bestseller lists.

Sept. 1

The Library of Congress National Book Festival draws a record crowd of more than 200,000 attendees, making it the largest in the event’s nearly two-decade history.

Sept. 11

Fear,” by Bob Woodward, sells 750,000 by the close of its first day on sale and 1.1 million copies (across all formats) in the first week.

Sept. 12

Michelle Obama announces a 10-city arena tour for the release of her memoir “Becoming,” with VIP tickets priced as high as $3,000.

Sept. 14

The 10-year anniversary of “The Hunger Games,” which popularized young adult dystopian trilogies for the masses.

Sept. 17

The confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sparks renewed interest in the 1997 memoir “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” by Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate and friend Mark Judge.

Sept. 30

Little Women” turns 150.

Oct. 16

Milkman,” by Irish author Anna Burns, wins the Man Booker Prize.

Todd Bol poses with a Little Free Library lending box in Hudson, Wis., in 2012. (Jim Mone/AP)

Oct. 18

Todd Bol, creator of the Little Free Library, dies at 62.

Oct. 23

PBS reveals the results of its Great American Read survey. More than 4 million votes were cast, crowning Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” the winner. Rounding out the top 5 are the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books, “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series.

Oct. 31

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” the Keats-Shelley Association of America hosts a live reading at the Library of Congress and encourages similar marathon “Frankenreads” around the world.

Nov. 2

The Obamas acquire production rights for Michael Lewis’s “The Fifth Risk” for their first Netflix production.

Nov. 12

Barnes & Noble announces that Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” has sold more pre-orders than any adult book since Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” was published in July 2015.

SOURCE: Book World