News This Week (January 8th)

How True Grit became a bestseller in 1968 over skewed bulk sales, and is it the Coen Brothers best film ever?

Charles Portis, recluse?

Listen to Garrison Keillor talk about Mark Twain’s autobiography.

Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow star in an adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel.

Public Domain Day was celebrated.

Christopher Hitchens teaches Americans to make tea.

Poet Janine Pommy Vega dies at 68.

Tolstoy is still causing upheaval in Russia, 100 years after his death.

A Sacramento public library is bombed.

Top selling 100 books of all time.

In defense of “junk” as the word of the year.

How many books did you read in 2010?

The Kaffeehaus Canon: the must read Austrian writers of 1930.

Read a one-on-one conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and Tom Rachman.

Which book to bring to a gun fight.

Top 10 talking animals in literature.

Children’s author, Dick King-Smith, dies at 88.

A censored edition of Huckleberry Finn is released, prompting Stephen Colbert to demand a more thorough censorship.

James Franco will adapt Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner for the silver screen.

JFK Day By Day, a multimedia e-book, marks 50 years after the President’s death.

Listen to a Tintin inspired mixtape.

What ever happened to the coats of Edward Gorey?

Daniel Handler on reading poetry in the living room.

A portrait of Thomas de Quincey as an opium and book eater.

Books as art-objects: content optional.

Which translation of Proust should you read?

J.K. Rowling escapes another plagerism charge.

Staff picks from the Paris Review.

A study from the Book Industry Study Group finds that students prefer print to digital.

The Huffington Post uses the recently censored Huckleberry Finn to bring attention to other censored books.

The Chinese J.K. Rowling.

See photographs of private libraries from the archives of the Museum of the City of New York.

Check out people at the Toronto’s Human Library.

The internet is creating an influx of verbs.


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.