News This Week (December 11th)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams will become a BBC television series.

J.D. Salinger’s note rejecting filmmaker Hubert Cornfield‘s request to adapt Catcher in the Rye will be auctioned.

An edition of the Wizard of Oz signed by the 1939 film cast is expected to fetch over $40,000.

Batman’s first appearance in a restored 1939 edition of Detective Comics is expected to fetch £25,000 at auction.

Was this the man who inspired Tintin?

Watch Jonathan Franzen talk about environmental activism,  and read an exclusive clip from the Paris Review’s interview with him.

Comedians top the Grammy nominations for best Spoken Word Album.

See the best Cookbooks of 2010.

A film adaptation of Norwegian Wood opens in Japan.

Keith Richards kills an Orchid in the New York Public Library.

Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals becomes the fastest selling non-fiction title of all time.

People don’t seem to care how awesome Steve Martin really is.

Melville hoped for a life that steers happily between two dangers: nihilism and fanaticism.

An investor wants a Borders / Barnes & Noble merger.

A handwritten first draft of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein goes on display.

Mario Vargas Llosa will not run for president again.

The best and the worst book trailers.

The year’s most disturbing celebrity book deals.

Meet Matthew Carter, creator of the Veranda typeface.

See the original Garth Williams sketches for Charlotte’s Web.

A lost Leonardo da Vinci manuscript fragment is found in France.

A Chinese publisher accidentally releases a book of erotic fairy tales.

Why we always think the butler did it.

Clifford will become a musical.


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.