News This Week (Saturday, May 19th)

Maurice Sendak died last week.

Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes, dies at 83.

It is a little-known but undisputed historical fact that Johannes Gutenberg did not invent the printing press.

A rare hand-written Antoine de Saint-Exupery manuscript containing a story cut from The Little Prince goes up for auction. Read a translation of the page here.

Find out who Frederico Garcia Lorca’s lover was.

A new perfume for book lovers from Geza Schoen of CB I Hate Perfume.

Watch Morgan Freeman encourage kids to read in 1971.

Watch a 1951 animated short of A Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.

Read an interview with Orhan Pamuk on The Museum of Innocence.

Celebrate 200 Years of Edward Lear.

See Harry Clarke’s illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Wisconsin is keeping old typefaces alive.

Graphic designer Karen To gives dead words new life.

See the top 10 most read books in the past 50 years.

Edinburgh’s Phantom Book Artist sends Ian Rankin 17 small paintings for his birthday.

Why Charles Simic still writes poetry.

The Descriptive Camera captures your photos with words.

Sylvia Beach Whitman keeps Shakespeare & Co. alive after her father’s death.

See a flowchart of how a book is born.

Iain Sinclair meets Gary Snyder in his retreat in the woods.

I Shot the Serif: a new first person font-based shooter.

Legendary singer, Donna Summer, dies at 63.

TI and Jay-Z openly support same sex marriage.

The Handsome Furs split up.

John Updike’s childhood home will become a museum.

Harlan Ellison will republish his juvenile delinquent fiction.

Children’s author and Newbery Medal winner winner, Jean Craighead George, dies at 92.

Charlene Harris will end her Sookie Stackhouse series next May.


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.