News This Week (December 31st)

Read or listen to some short stories from The Guardian UK:

Julian Barnes and Jennifer Eagan

Colm Tóibín and Téa Obreht

Margaret Drabble and Katherine Mansfield

Philip Pullman reads Anton Chekhov

Helen Simpson reads Angela Carter

See Shirley Hughes illustrate and talk about Alfie.

On the secret history of secondhand books.

A touching tribute to children’s books author Arnold Lobel.

CasaPound faces a lawsuit for naming their organization after Ezra Pound who was known for his fascist sympathies and antisemitism.

Emily Gravette teaches you how to draw dragons.

Jeff Kinney takes Diary of a Zombie Kid to court for copyright infringement.



Janina Larenas is the book buyer for the New Book Department. She is the one time owner of Little Isobel, a small batch fruit preserve company based in Philadelphia, PA. She is well skilled in printmaking, book arts, and canning.