News This Week (November 13th)

Are words more powerful after they’ve been banned?

What would Mick Jagger say about Life?

See and read a sampling of images and excerpts from Jonathan Lethem’s new book on the film The Live.

Watch a short film adapted from Joe Meno’s What is Your Favorite War?

Watch Ron Charles review the five National Book Award finalists in under five minutes.

What does your dream library look like?

Chelsea Handler’s memoirs will be adapted for a TV series.

On the literary magazine revival (online).

Listen to an interview with Reza Aslan, editor of a new collection of Middle Eastern literature.

Emily Bazelon will write a book on bullying.

The University of Texas at Austin acquires the Spalding Gray archives.

See the most beautiful college libraries.

9 most subversive children’s books.

Read a profile on Tolstoy from 1891.

Poems and book excerpts are on Swiss juice bottles.

Zadie Smith on the dangers of Facebook.

Is Spider-Girl the hero we’ve all been waiting for?

Amy Rowland tries to write in Norman Mailer’s house, but can’t.

Best selling politicians.

Who wrote the better Western, Larry McMurtry, or Cormac McCarthy?

A King Arthur manuscript is up for auction.

Stieg Larsson’s family will give €50,000 to protect journalists.

Not everyone is excited that JK Rowling might write more Harry Potter books.

Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions Manual goes on sale.

Protesters are reshelving Bush’s memoir in True Crime.

Zac Eron will play the lead in a live action version of Akira.

Cook Marilyn Monroe’s stuffing.

Y The Last Man may become a TV series.

The Walking Dead is renewed for a second season after the second episode.

Shakespeare is totally cooler than Stephenie Meyer, but Stephen King is the coolest.

Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife lands a book deal.

New York’s independent publisher, Soft Skull, moves to California.

Jonathan Safran Foer on his new art piece: Tree of Codes.

Why the French love the Dummies books.

New research on Bertolt Brecht’s death.

Does children’s literature have a bunny problem?

Maeve Binchy talks about her family.

Julian Barnes researches Giusseppe di Lampedusa’s letters.

Philip Ardagh talks about the Roald Dahl shortlist.

Top 10 angels in literature.

The Guardian asks 10 authors to choose their favorite image of the decade.

More on Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker.

See Ruth Padel talk about Bruegel’s Landscape with the Flight into Egypt.

A lost film of a Paul Bowles short story is found.

The Huffington Post discovers that George W. Bush is a plagiarist.


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.