News This Week (December 12)

Every week Logos employees collect the most interesting news bits from the book and music world…

John Scieszka talks about his favorite holiday children’s books.

Read a David Foster Wallace short story.

Swiss writer Jacques Chessex dies at 75.

Professor and biographer David Nokes dies at 61.

Fleet Foxes, Muse, and Tupac are on the Vatican’s MySpace playlist.

Folk and experimental musician Jack Rose dies at 38.

Booksellers are importing the third book in Stieg Larsson’s thriller trilogy.

Only 31 books were published in 1709.

The Obama family becomes a family of writers.

Tom Waits will play the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit?

The Nation auctions off a Noam Chomsky garden gnome.

E&P and Kirkus Reviews is being shut down by their owner Nielson Business Media.

Peter Jackson announces the characters for The Hobbit.

Atlantic Magazine offers short stories through iTunes.

The Guardian takes on the post ending material in books.

George Orwell’s Christmas pudding.

The BBC and the British Library tackle the digital archive.

What David Sedaris read this year.

Monday the Bullfrog books are recalled.

For the first time in 1,000 years, Scotland’s oldest book is on display.

FP magazine lists the stars favorite books of the year.

Details magazine lists the 25 greatest Gen X books.

Their best David Bowie sketches.

Google advertisements with The National and Dan Deacon.

Janina

Janina Larenas is the book buyer for the New Book Department. She is a printmaker and book artist who works with a variety of mediums to create narrative imagery. Her pieces range from stickers and posters to science illustration, embroidery to zines, often merging technical crafts with fine art presentation.