News This Week (December 17th)

John Updike’s childhood home is up for auction, buy it now for $499,000!

Carl Sandburg’s home may close due to lack of funding.

World Book Night is coming to the US this year, register to volunteer here.

The archives of Naguib Mahfouz almost went up for auction…

TV and the novel, an article on a match made in heaven.

Writers choose their favorites from 2011.

It’s the 50th year anniversary of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, the first picture book to have a black protagonist.

John Kinsella and Alice Oswald have withdrawn from their nominations for the T.S. Elliot Award because of it’s corporate sponsorship.

Jack Kerouac, Ayn Rand, Norman Mailer, and others respond to a high school student’s questionnaire on symbolism.

A very tiny manuscript written by 14-year-old Charlottë Bronte is sold for £690,850.

George Whitman, longtime owner of Shakespeare and Co. dies at 98. Jeanette Winterson and Alexander Nazaryan remember him.

Russell Hoban dies at 86. The Guardian and New York Times remember him.


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.