News This Week (Saturday, August 4th)

Peter Jackson confirms that The Hobbit will be a trilogy.

Match your swim suit to your beach read.

Every Harry Potter chapter image in one picture.

Henry Miller on reading.

See vintage book posters from the New York Public Library.

Learn about the Aleppo Codex, the oldest, most complete, and most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible.

Eat like your favorite authors.

10 best closing lines in books.

The worst books to read at the beach.

See the tattoos on famous authors.

Watch the official trailer for The Life of Pi.

See the book cover designs from Pierre Faucheux.

Philip K. Dick and the cinema.

Percy Bysshe Shelly was worried about information overload in 1821.

8 areas of culture influenced by Moby Dick.

In defense of Batman.

See 30 alternative book covers.

What to read if you loved The Hunger Games: a flowchart.

See a periodic table of typefaces.

How to get a refund for Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine, and why.

Get free digital samples from books on the 2012 Man Booker Longlist.

Watch the official trailers to The Cloud Atlas.

J.K. Rowling builds a Hogwarts tree house for her kids.

The war of William S. Burroughs and Truman Capote.

Find out why the letter Z is associated with sleep.

Listen to a rediscovered F. Scott Fitzgerald story.

A 7-year reading of the Talmud is at an end.

Lewis F. Richardson, the father of modern meteorology, pays tribute to Jonathan Swift in verse in a scientific paper in 1920.

A fictional marijuana strain comes to life.

Neal Cassady’s sex life.


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.