This has been a banner year for books, not only because of all the incredible new novels, collections, and works of poetry, but because the publishing world is shifting so rapidly that there's plenty to try to keep up with. It was a year of incredible highs, such as Ursula Le Guin’s National Book Awards speech or Beyoncé sampling Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Of course, many in the industry count the Amazon/Hachette battle among the lows. But, one thing is very clear: books are not dead. Writers are still producing unforgettable works, and people are still lining up to buy them, or at least download them onto their smartphones.
Instead of a traditional "best of" year-end list, we've put together a cheat-sheet of the notable moments of the past year in literature: the good, the bad, and the still confusing. From exciting new book deals to the emergence of modern classics, from celebrity short stories to arguments over publishing rights that may affect the entire future of publishing, this is the year in (book) review. Happy reading.