News This Week (August 13th)

Philip Levine is America’s new poet laureate. See  him read one of his poems.

Apple and several publishers are being sued for price fixing in a move to allow Amazon a competitive edge.

Babar turns 80.

Melville House is enhancing it’s print books with e-content.

Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections may become an HBO series.

10 poets will be on the new Forever Stamps.

Amazon is looking to launch a digital book library.

Keith Richards wins the GQ Writer of the Year Award for Life.

“Like” Haruki Murakami on Facebook and read the first chapter of his new book 1Q84.

Simon Pegg explains the true meaning of the word “nerd”.

Maurice Sendak talks about his new book Bumble-Ardy.

A disappearing liquid font.

2 YA Authors say literary agents encourage them to remove or “straighten” their gay characters.

Anthony Bourdain gets his own imprint.

Ikea is changing it’s BILLY bookshelf; how big a deal is that . . . really?

LeVar Burton takes Reading Rainbow to the iPad.

Author Michel Houellebecq disappeared on his book tour.

Roald Dahl’s writing hut is sinking.

A one sentence letter from J.D. Salinger may fetch $50,000.

Read an interview with Ishmael Reed.

Daniel Sinker writes fiction for the Huffington Post’s Twitter feed.

Edward Gorey’s beautiful envelopes.

Founder of Project Gutenberg, Michael S. Hart, dies at 64.

The Muppets take Stieg Larsson.

Emma Thompson will write the new Peter Rabbit story.

Conan the Barbarian is a new Professor of Literature at Trinity College.

TIME Magazine lists their top 100 non-fiction titles.

Author William Sleator dies at 66.

Chinua Achebe makes 50 Cent rename his movie.

To Kill a Mockingbird is voted the best loved book in the UK.

Author, Owen Davey shows you how to draw your very own fox.

See David Bowie’s Space Oddity as a children’s book by Andrew Kolb (before it gets taken down!)

Buy JK Rowling’s boots.

Borders closes forever tomorrow.



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.