News This Week (July 10th)

See this year’s 50 best book designs.

Geoffrey Hill is the new Oxford professor of poetry.

An unpublished Mark Twain manuscript fetches $242,000 at auction.

Read about the great Shakespeare hoax.

Learn more about John Updike.

Henry Winkler read his first novel in his thirties.

Johnny Depp plays Gonzo again.

Tom Stoppard talks about his fear that the printed page is dying.

Watch a Malcolm Gladwell interview.

Mexican writer Carlos Monsiváis dies at 72.

Australian illustrator Freya Blackwood wins the Kate Greenaway medal.

Neil Gaiman wins the Carnegie medal.

David Cronenberg will direct Jonathan Lethem’s As She Climbed Across the Table.

On the lost art of letter writing.

Neil Gaiman defends the “story” in literary works.

Is the image of Dostoevsky too depressing?

Yann Martel continues to be criticized over his new book Beatrice and Virgil.

A Phillip K. Dick festival will take place this August.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love will be huge when it hits the silver screen.

Portugal’s president did not attend José Saramago’s funeral.

David Mamet talks about comic books.

What is happening with the Goggle books deal?

Abraham Lincoln wrote poetry.

Converse goes Seussish.

The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut.

Read a poem by John Ashbery.

The 20th Century’s most reclusive authors.

The weirdest literary auctions.

Listen to clips from a David Foster Wallace interview.

A giant predatory whale is named after Herman Melville.

After 69 years, Wonder Woman gets a new outfit.

11 books on foraging for wild food.

Kurt Cobain as a writer.

Harper Lee refused to talk about To Kill a Mockingbird.

Neil Gaiman is the first to win a Carnegie and a Newbury for a single book.

Read an interview with David Mitchell.

See 50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Print books win another round against digital.

Fox News considers Libraries a waste of tax-payer money.


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.