News This Week (January 16th)

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

Arthur C. Clarke, the Futuroligist.

On the censorship of Joseph Conrad.

Political cartoonist who depicted Muhammad as a suicide bomber, Kurt Westergaard, escapes assination.

Kanye West resolves to follow in the footsteps of Maya Angelou.

Sex books top the charts for most pirated digital books.

Slavic scholar who worked with Orwell in translating Animal Farm into Ukrainian, Ihor Sevcenko, dies at 87.

Katherine Patterson succeeds Jon Sciezka as the National Ambassador for Young People.

Yoko Ono will write a book on John Lennon.

Joe Penhall writes about Cormac McCarthy’s reaction to his adaptation of The Road.

Musician Jay Retard dies at 29.

Censorship: children are in peril!

The Guardian UK Books Blog introduces a new series on literary theory.

Oxmoor House is recalling DIY home repair and gardening books.

The seven greatest books we will never read.

Edwidge Danticat on Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

Quirk Books announces a new classic “Android Karenina”.

Jonathan Lethem takes The Guardian UK on a tour of his Brooklyn.

Google apologizes to Chinese authors for digitizing books without permission.

Co-author of The Ugly American, William J. Lederer dies at 97.

Read a short story from T. C. Boyle.

More Cormac McCarthy film adaptations are on their way.

French authors continue a 2-year plagiarism fight.

See some excellent book trailers.


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.