News This Week (January 15th)

Contemporary authors pick their top contemporary authors.

Gish Jen picks 3 modern fables to capture your imagination.

On America’s failure to keep up in the digital library race.

The Yearly Moby Dick Marathon and other reading marathons.

The importance of the Divine Comedy on modern physics.

Book signing events in clothing stores?

America’s third poetry only bookstore opens in Boulder Colorado.

Author, journalist, and Latin American Literature champion, Bella Jozef, dies at 84.

On the love of book inscriptions.

Paulo Coehlo, who’s books are banned in Iran,  asks Brazil to intervene on his behalf.

Trent Reznor will score the American production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The new production of The Great Gatsby might be filmed in 3D.

Read an article on Jane Gardam.

Sophie Calle writes about her experiences as a photographer.

Art critic and biographer, B. H. Friedman, dies at 84.

On Zora Neale Hurston and 3 of her out of print stories.

Door to door book sales in Brazil is a growing industry.

A new device lets you make your own digital books.

The JFK library is digitizing it’s entire collection.

What corporate America is reading.

Washington D.C. is America’s most literate city.

McSweeney’s will publish the mock memoir of Donald Rumsfeld.

The British Library publishes an app for some of it’s oldest manuscripts.

Top 10 beards in literature.

Neil Gaiman will be in the Simpsons.

After more than a year of legal debate, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye settles with the J.D. Salinger estate.

Staff picks from the Paris Review.

What books were bestsellers the week you were born?

The Hipster Huckleberry Finn.

Julian Assange has his own online coloring book.

Salma Hayeck will produce a Wicked miniseries.

Diamond book distributors, the largest distributor of comics and graphic novels,  has suspended shipments to Borders.

Get a lifetime subscription to Black Ocean Books, tattoo required.

Borders closes Tennessee distribution center.

Batman recruits a Muslim crime fighter and stirs up opposition among American conservatives.

See celebrity libraries.


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.