News This Week (December 2nd)

Top 100 books of 2010.

Ana Maria Matute wins the Cervantes Prize.

5 literary families more dysfunctional than yours.

Margaret Atwood does like being an icon.

17 years later, the Norwegian publisher of Satanic Verses offers a reward for new information leading to an arrest in the attempted assassination of its publisher, William Nygaard.

A tribute to 4 wordsmiths lost in 2010.

See Truman Capote talk about his true crime novel, In Cold Blood.

Penguin brings classics to the Arab world.

The Discovery Channel publishes its first comic book.

Russian poet, Bella Akhmadulina, dies at 73.

Listen to Russell Hoban talk about Ridley Walker.

Rowan Somerville wins the bad sex award for literature, and how he feels about that.

David Constantine wins the 2010 BBC  National Short Story Award.

Paul Thomas Andersen might adapt Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

The murder that inspired Stieg Larsson.

Listen to new stories for Hanukkah.

On keeping our literary heroes on top.

Simon & Schuster has a press release with God.

The Dylan Thomas prize goes to a US poet.

Secret US Embassy Documents show Solzhenitsyn’s support of Vladimir Putin.

Christopher Fowler’s memoir, Paperboy, wins the inaugural Green Carnation prize.

James Ellroy stars in a new TV series for Investigation Discovery.

A new short film of Haruki Murakami’s short story The Second Bakery Attack stars Kirsten Dunst.


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.