News This Week (October 2nd)

Play edible Scrabble with Cheez-Its!

See some old Portuguese paperback covers.

James Franco picks his favorite poems.

Shel Silverstein’s secret, raunchy recordings.

A private company takes over some Oregon and California libraries.

Dewey Decimals for the internet?

Candy at the Strand?

The British Library will post Greek manuscripts to the web for free.

Andrew Lloyd Weber and The Wizard of OZ.

Playboy’s most scandalous fiction.

The most accurately scientific science fiction.

The top 10 books of the Fall season.

Jon Stewart beats Jonathan Franzen in a NY book signing.

Elizabeth Gilbert lobbies congress to end LGBT discrimination.

What ever happened to the decadent novel?

Ruth Reichl joins Random House.

Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear will serialize their next novel.

Anthony Bourdain is writing a graphic novel.

Watch Michael Cunningham and James Franco talk about writing.

Truman Capote’s birth certificate is selling for $35k.

Judy Blume leads protests against attempts to censor Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak.

Re-imagined classics.

See the appeal of Agatha Christie.

The British edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom will have to be pulped.

Malcolm Gladwell declares that Twitter and Facebook cannot change the world, others disagree.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King will become a TV series.

Jimmy Carter will continue his book tour despite being hospitalized.

The odds that Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature are 11/1.

Read the first chapter of Ian M. Banks’ new novel.

Comic Con will stay in San Diego.

David Bowie is working on a new book.


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.