News This Week (January 21st)

Dav Pilkey will write two new Captain Underpants books.

See Anais Nin and Henry Miller talk about dreams.

How much do you know about Russian Literature?

See a long lost animated version of The Hobbit.

Thomas Jefferson’s edited bible is being reissued.

The imagined stories behind a Victorian skull collection in the Mütter Museum.

A cleric calls for Salman Rushdie to be barred from India.

The works of James Joyce became public domain at the end of 2011.

Jonathan Mirsky on being censored in China.

Chile launches an investigation to see if Neruda was murdered by the Pinochet regime.

See the original illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark.

A library sends international debt collectors after an 8-year-old.

See Johnny Depp read letters from Hunter S. Thompson.

Read an interview with Roberto Bolaño’s first American publisher.

How to write: Step Three, Pudding Cup.

Michael Jackson’s songs inspired by Robert Burns may be released. See if you can turn his lyrics into Burnsesque poetry.

Modern novelists under attack in 1929.

The world’s largest Qur’an is unveiled in Afghanistan.

Apple unveils a free ebook publishing ap.

See the manuscript pages from Great Expectations.

For more than 30 years a mysterious stranger has left 3 red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on Edgar Allan Poe’s grave. Nevermore?

Is Rupert Murdoch actually Lex Luthor?

J.D. Salinger loved Burger King, and other odd facts.

The 10 most difficult words to translate.

Etta James dies at 73.

Literature as nail art.




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.