News This Week (November 20th)

John Cusack will play Edgar Alan Poe in the upcoming film The Raven.

Should video games be in libraries?

What ever happened to the short novel?

Lynda Barry on doodling your way out of writers block.

Or you could drink your way out.

5 writers on their agents.

Nick Hornby opens the Ministry of Stories to help children learn to write.

Poet, Purushottama Lal, dies at 81.

Writer of serial killer fiction and non-fiction, Philip Carlo, dies at 61.

The benefits of writing in exile.

Where to buy banned books in Jordan.

Our brains are hardwired to accept metaphors.

A first edition Harry Potter book worth £6,000 is stolen.

Writer, Nicholas Bornoff, dies at 61.

See Barack Obama’s new children’s book.

Science fiction writer, EC Tubb, dies at 90.

Marvel Comics asks for advice on cancelling a Deadpool series.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby in an upcoming film adaptation.

Chelsea Handler launches a new imprint.

Product placement in books?

Jay-Z and Cornel West hang out.

Should Junot Diaz voice a comedy shooter video game?

Read an unpublished interview with John Updike.

Quentin Blake and Jude Law.

After the brief excitement, there will not actually be more Harry Potter books.

Twilight director tackles a 700-year-old fairy tale.

Columbia will publish David Foster Wallace’s philosophy thesis.

Novelists turn to video games.

The good and the bad literary puns.

Cynthia Ozick exorcises Henry James.

Patti Smith wins the National Book Award.

The Literary Bad Sex Award includes Tony Blair and Jonathan Franzen as contenders.

Does Science Fiction help us cope with modern advances in technology?

Sarah Palin’s book was leaked (briefly) on Gawker.

A visit to the Tolstoy estate.

Jonathan Saffran Foer on creating new books from old.

What do Job and Obama have in common?

Children love Cthulhu!

5 most expensively tweeted authors.

The Seattle school board might ban Brave New World from schools.

The reverse look-up dictionary.


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.