News This Week (October 1st)

An Alabama prisoner sues when prevented from reading a Pulitzer Prize winning book on America’s racial history.

See Stephen King read from his sequel to The Shining.

Roald Dahl’s BFG heads to the silver screen.

An English graduate student is jailed for stealing Joyce, Churchill, Woolf, T.S. Elliot, and other manuscripts.

Take a Dr. Seuss quiz.

More on William Gibson and cyberspace.

Salman Rushdie joins twitter.

Read an interview with Maurice Sendak, and then read another!

Paulo Coelho talks about his new novel.

Help fund an H.P. Lovecraft comic novel on Kickstarter.

The history of Lord of the Flies book covers.

What happens when you use a travel guide from the 70s?

Harlan Ellison sues FOX over a new film.

Brian Selznick celebrates his new book at the American Museum of Natural History.

20 book covers reimagined.

See authors lecture at universities.

Neil Young will release a memoir next year.

Gabriel García Márquez sells out in Iran.

Talk Like a Beat Day happened.

A first edition dust jacket of The Great Gatsby is expected to fetch over $150k.

Asterix co-creator quits at 84.

Top 10 banned or challenged books of 2010.

Toni Morrison wins the National Book Award and talks about her new novel.

Top 10 songs based on books.

Jim Harrison talks about the importance of communing with nature.

Top 10 books lost to time.

What happened when Kerouac met Kesey?

A visual history of books in the Simpsons.

Julian Assange is unhappy about his published, un-authorized, autobiography.

A new James M. Cain novel is found.

 

News This Week (August 13th)

Philip Levine is America’s new poet laureate. See  him read one of his poems.

Apple and several publishers are being sued for price fixing in a move to allow Amazon a competitive edge.

Babar turns 80.

Melville House is enhancing it’s print books with e-content.

Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections may become an HBO series.

10 poets will be on the new Forever Stamps.

Amazon is looking to launch a digital book library.

Keith Richards wins the GQ Writer of the Year Award for Life.

“Like” Haruki Murakami on Facebook and read the first chapter of his new book 1Q84.

Simon Pegg explains the true meaning of the word “nerd”.

Maurice Sendak talks about his new book Bumble-Ardy.

A disappearing liquid font.

2 YA Authors say literary agents encourage them to remove or “straighten” their gay characters.

Anthony Bourdain gets his own imprint.

Ikea is changing it’s BILLY bookshelf; how big a deal is that . . . really?

LeVar Burton takes Reading Rainbow to the iPad.

Author Michel Houellebecq disappeared on his book tour.

Roald Dahl’s writing hut is sinking.

A one sentence letter from J.D. Salinger may fetch $50,000.

Read an interview with Ishmael Reed.

Daniel Sinker writes fiction for the Huffington Post’s Twitter feed.

Edward Gorey’s beautiful envelopes.

Founder of Project Gutenberg, Michael S. Hart, dies at 64.

The Muppets take Stieg Larsson.

Emma Thompson will write the new Peter Rabbit story.

Conan the Barbarian is a new Professor of Literature at Trinity College.

TIME Magazine lists their top 100 non-fiction titles.

Author William Sleator dies at 66.

Chinua Achebe makes 50 Cent rename his movie.

To Kill a Mockingbird is voted the best loved book in the UK.

Author, Owen Davey shows you how to draw your very own fox.

See David Bowie’s Space Oddity as a children’s book by Andrew Kolb (before it gets taken down!)

Buy JK Rowling’s boots.

Borders closes forever tomorrow.

 

News This Week (August 6th)

Rainn Wilson shares his top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels.

Agatha Christie: SURFER.

The New York Public Library will wave 140,000 fines.

Jeffery Eugenides got socked.

Maurice Sendak’s new book comes out next month.

The Bell Jar turns 40.

Comics inspired by Smiths songs.

Terry Richardson and Lady Gaga pair up to write a book.

Match Truman Capote’s descriptions to their literary counterparts.

A manifesto on the art of writing a postcard.

The comic #bookswithalettermissing.

Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis will write a new shark horror film.

Tony Parson’s becomes Heathrow’s new resident author.

How many geniuses are in the publishing industry?

What your literary tote bag says about you.

History’s most literary locks of hair.

ABA explores the possibility of joining World Book Night.

How Shakespeare shaped our world.

A beautiful nightstand made with books.

If you haven’t seen Better Book Titles by now, you should.

Eeyore turns 140.

5 perfect pens.

Filmmaker Ethan Coen will publish a second book of poetry.

Frances votes for a price fix on e-books.

See an automated book xylophone.

The next generation in digital books.

See over 150 book covers for Lolita.

Charles Darwin’s letters will be published, but not til 2022.

Ed Falco will write the prequel to the Godfather.

Star Wars as an existential french epic.

10 contemporary Japanese authors you should know about.

News This Week (July 30th)

See the new trailer for Hugo, Scorsese’s film based on the Brian Seltnick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

The Google Books Settlement has been given a ultimatum.

See Christopher Walken read The Three Little Pigs.

What can science fiction tell us about god?

Steinbeck was obsessed with Somerset.

See a picture of Kerouac, Burroughs and Orlovsky at the beach.

Read the first paragraph of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.

Read a story from Miranda July.

Borders is closing the rest of it’s stores.

There are more typos in published books.

See the Hunger Games animated film poster.

Ben Stiller will remake and star in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Winnie the Pooh turns 90 soon.

Daniel Handler (Lemony Snickett) suggests Summer reading.

Read an excerpt from Julian Barnes’ new novel.

Clockwork Orange, the musical.

Grant Morrison’s favorite super hero moments.

Sales of To Kill a Mockingbird soar after the Beckham’s name their daughter Harper Lee.

 

News This Week (July 9th)

Learn how to poetry bomb a thrift store.

Amazon shipped 180 copies of George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons before it’s release date.

How the Kindle destroyed the best pick-up line.

Flannery O’Connor was also a cartoonist.

Some of the Vatican’s secret archives will be exhibited.

Some advance readers are very expensive.

Read a poem from John Rybicki.

Letters indicate that J.D. Salinger has an unpublished book.

Cornelia Funke’s top 10 fairytales.

Beck is starting his own independent press.

The Royal Shakespeare Company cuts a scene to appease angry New Yorkers.

News This Week (June 25th)

Why Alice Walker is sailing to Gaza.

Salman Rushdie’s 7 favorite places.

The New York Times sells a candle that smells like a newspaper.

30 best author to author snubs.

Michael Chabon has a project for HBO, and Disney in the works.

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas will be filmed in Berlin.

The mystery of J.K. Rowlings new website Pottermore is revealed.

Read Sarah Palin’s emails as intended: as poetry.

50 Cent is writing a young adult book on bullying.

Shaun Tan’s interview in pictures.

Bookstores are starting to charge for author events.

Giant book covers as protest signs against library cuts.

See Neil Gaiman sing about Joan of Arc.

A Seattle bookseller refuses to sell an Amazon imprint.

Levar Burton plans a Reading Rainbow flashmob.

Keanu Reeves releases a very expensive poetry book.

Jeff Bridges is looking to adapat Lois Lowry’s The Giver for the silver screen.

Amazon will begin paying sales tax in California.

Brian Azzarello’s 100 Bullets is in development for a Showtime series.

Someone is making paper sculptures of Ian Rankin’s mysteries.

Top 10 literary spin-offs.

The final hours of Frederico García Lorca.

See teachers using hip-hop to teach poetry.

Read an interview with Salman Rushdie.

Jarvis Cocker will publish a book of Pulp lyrics.

On translating César Aira.

News This Week (June 18th)

The Wall Street Journal is afraid of Young Adult fiction; Jennifer M. Brown (Shelf Awareness) makes them look naive in her rebuttal.

Happy Bloomsday!

33 Twitter feeds to follow.

Drink like your favorite author.

Male or female? VS Naipaul can tell after 1 paragraph.

Using Amazon to predict elections.

Ophelia: a real life 2 year old who drowned picking marigolds?

Téa Obreht won the Orange Prize for The Tiger’s Wife.

Salman Rushdie is working on a SciFi series for HBO.

Irish author, Colum McCann, wins 100,000 euro.

The New York Public Library buys Timothy Leary’s private papers.

Bid on a lunch date with Slavoj Žižek and Julian Assange.

Joyce’s puzzle to walk through Dublin without passing a pub is possible.

J.K. Rowling launches a mysterious website.

Is Superman getting a divorce??

Terry Pratchett has started the process for assisted suicide.

News This Week (April 2nd)

The cover for Brian Selznick’s new book is revealed.

Jim Henson’s trailer for the Wizard of Id TV show.

A new Dr. Seuss compilation will be published by Random House.

A pop-up indie bookstore will open for 1 month in a shuttered Borders.

James Franco bought the rights to Zeroville and will teach directing at NYU.

Jennifer Garner will play Miss Marple in an upcoming film adaptation.

Eoin Colfer announces that the 8th book in the series will be the last Artemis Fowl.

Childrens author, Diana Wynne Jones, dies at 76.

Top 10 fictional mothers.

Chip Kidd on his design for the new Murakami novel.

Maurice Sendak has a new book due out this fall (!!!).

How to digitize a book.

See Prague’s off-limits library.

What is your favorite cooking bible?

Not the 50 books you must read before you die.

An India state bans Joseph Lelyveld’s new book for hinting Gandhi had gay lover.

The Power of Books fake ad campaign.

Radiohead puts out a newspaper.

What was the NYTimes Sunday magazine like 100 years ago?

Who are the best book editors on Twitter?

Penguin releases a new series of classics with embroidered covers.

News This Week (March 26th)

Read and excerpt from China Miéville’s new book.

Waiting for Godot, the video game.

A list of under-appreciated Irish novels.

Jodi Picoult’s favorite books.

T.C. Boyle’s favorite books.

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) will play Katniss Everdene in the upcoming film adaptation of Hunger Games.

Samuel Beckett talks about James Joyce.

India has it’s first Comicon.

See the 10 most neglected literary classics.

We all just lost our geek trophies to this guy.

Scrabble for typography geeks? We hope?

GQ presents some of Charlie Sheen’s poetry.

Dan Sinker takes twitter by a politcal fiction storm.

A new Shel Silverstein book is almost here.

The cultural importance of the Arabian Nights illustrations.

Books everyone should read: a cloud map.

A-Z in book covers.

Salman Rushdie is writing a TV series.

50 years after his death, a new Dashiell Hammett short story will be published.

The future of libraries is tech heavy.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet will become an animated feature.

Harper Collins enforces a 26-check-out limit on e-book lending for libraries.

See the history of picture books.

Dolly Parton launches a project to give books to children in Scotland.

See Alexander Graham Bell’s sketches.

Who are the most adapted authors in cinema?

Who are the real modern Luddites?

Japanese libraries, after the quake, in pictures.

Listen to Jan Pienkowski talk about illustrating Meg and Mog and his childhood in Poland.

Ice-T and his wife land book deals.

Al Gore lands a book deal with Random House.

The Rumpus researches possible short stories in David Foster Wallace’s new book.

Sarah Blakey-Cartwright and Catherine Hardwicke talk about Red Riding Hood.

TV show Funny Or Die launches it’s own imprint.

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, announces a time travel graphic novel series.

Is Edward Gorey haunting our collective unconcious?

A directory of writers living in Japan that use twitter.

James Frey will self publish a radical book on Jesus.

The Guardian interviews Philip Pullman.

Guillermo Del Toro backs out of the Mountains of Madness.

Harper Collins is taking apps very seriously.

Poet, RF Langley, dies at 72.

The Guardian UK picks their top 10 American poems.

Tran Anh Hung talks about his film adaptation of Norwegian Wood.

The inspiration for Oliver Twist is saved.

Michelle Obama lands a book deal for a gardening book.

Philip K Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth is adapted for the screen.

See the cover for Haruki Murakami’s new novel 1Q84.

Suzanne Collins endorses Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss for the film adaptation of The Huger Games.

Get recipes from 2010’s best cookbooks.

The Google Book Settlement with the Author’s Guild is rejected by a New York Federal judge.

Powell’s get’s it’s own app.

The 10 best locked rooms in literature.

A lost Doctor Who serial by Douglas Adams will be published next year.

The Guardian UK talks to Jonathan Ames.

Read an essay by Roberto Bolaño.

Confessions of a book hoarder.

Books that inspired fashion designers.

 

 

News This Week (February 26th)

We hope that Michel Gondry will direct a film adaptation of Ubik.

6 reasons Borders went bankrupt.

See fan-created trailers for The Hunger Games.

Kathryn Stockett is sued by her brother’s maid.

James Franco will play the Wizard of Oz.

See what’s on Michael Showalter’s bookshelf.

T.C. Boyle’s top 4 books.

J.K. Rowling’s life is a made-for-TV movie.

The Great Gatsby as a Nintendo game.

Captain Ahab is found.

Jonathan Lethem is in southern California.

8-bit Lego letterpress.

Tony Morrison turns 80.

15 pieces of advice from Kurt Vonnegut.

Top 10 dirty old men of literature.

See a trailer for the film adaptation of Norwegian Wood.

The first real David Foster Wallace documentary.

Tips on identifying a first edition.

Nick Cave opens World Book Night in London.

Read an interview with New York City’s beloved bookstore, Strand.

 

News This Week (February 12th)

A list of book cameos in film.

The New York Public Library tries a social experiment: don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Want to learn about Egypt?

Fictional books with fictional authors.

What would Alice listen to in wonderland?

The evolution of Alice in Wonderland.

See production photos of On the Road.

Matt Kish is doing a drawing for every page in Moby Dick.

Now you too can write like Grant Morrison!

The 10 best mustaches in literature.

Film adaptations of anti-romantic novels you can watch right now.

Everyone is waiting for Borders to file bankruptcy.

Authors who doodled.

Make your own interactive comic.

The Russian fan fiction novel based on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is translated to English.

Save the publishing industry by reading for 10 minutes a day.

Blair Fuller recalls an evening with J.D. Salinger.

Children’s author, Brian Jacques, dies at 71.

What is Watson?

What the Bible really says about sex.

“Txting” children have better literacy skills than others.

Read a live chat transcript with Michael Lewis.

The 10 best love stories in literature.

What Crispin Hellion Glover is up to.

Belgium looks to Lysistrata for political help.

See Jeff Bridges talk about True Grit.

97 things you didn’t know about William S. Burroughs.

Famous literary fights.

The Paris Review will serialize Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich.

Powell’s lays off 31 employees.

Lisa Simpson get’s a book club.

10 of the best bookends.

The Malcolm Gladwell book generator.

News This Week (February 5th)

Eric Carle writes a new book on banned expressionist art.

Poet David Morice publishes a 10,000 page poem.

Jane Lynch will write her memoirs.

Jimmy Fallon lands a 2-book deal.

Patti Smith is very disappointing. She is also writing a detective novel.

Nominations for the Best Translated Book Award are revealed.

Writer Eduardo Labarca urinates on Jorge Luis Borges’ grave as an act of art.

Ursula K. Le Guin writes about Roberto Bolaño’s Monsieur Pain.

Was Herman Melville the last great American enigma?

The anonymous author of the Obama novel, O, is revealed.

Dashiell Hammett’s lost works are found in Texas.

The Turkish government declares used books unsanitary.

Booksellers look for inspiration in a bicycle shop.

What do Katy Perry, Jack Kerouac and Ayn Rand have in common?

The extreme sport of book jacket design?

Emma Watson will star in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The MoMA acquires 23 digital typefaces for its permanent collection.

The coolest apps for books.

60 years later, Barnaby Conrad keeps his promise to Sinclair Lewis.

As it turns out, Nabakov’s theory on butterfly evolution is correct.

Idle doodles from famous authors.

Egyptian protesters are protecting their libraries as British authors try to protect theirs.

Download short stories in origami form.

What the kids are reading these days.

How and why to write as explained by some wonderful authors.

Haruki Murakami’s newest novel, 1Q84, will be published in English and ready by October!

Judging books by their covers, UK vs US.

News This Week (January 21st)

An anonymous, fictional novel about Barack Obama spawns a witch hunt.

We can expect 6 books from Bob Dylan.

Poet, May Ivimy, dies at 98.

Painter and poet, Malangatana Ngwenya, dies at 74.

Anthony Horwitz will write a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Ann Hathaway will be the new Cat Woman.

Watch a free H.P. Lovecraft documentary.

Margaret Atwood will release a new children’s book.

See Jonathan Safran Foer explain the formatting of his new book.

Kids reenact A Wrinkle in Time in 90 seconds.

Fight Club . . . a Fincher/Reznor musical?

The 2011 Edgar Award nominees.

It turns out… hideous fonts may serve a purpose.

Patti Smith talks to Charlie Rose about her memoir.

A writer consults her Magic 8 Ball.

Chicago gets a Literary Hall of Fame.

Top 10 dead bodies in literature.

Is your favorite book out of print? Neversink Library would like to help.

Yoko Ono sells the publishing rights to John Lennon’s letters.

News This Week (January 15th)

Contemporary authors pick their top contemporary authors.

Gish Jen picks 3 modern fables to capture your imagination.

On America’s failure to keep up in the digital library race.

The Yearly Moby Dick Marathon and other reading marathons.

The importance of the Divine Comedy on modern physics.

Book signing events in clothing stores?

America’s third poetry only bookstore opens in Boulder Colorado.

Author, journalist, and Latin American Literature champion, Bella Jozef, dies at 84.

On the love of book inscriptions.

Paulo Coehlo, who’s books are banned in Iran,  asks Brazil to intervene on his behalf.

Trent Reznor will score the American production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The new production of The Great Gatsby might be filmed in 3D.

Read an article on Jane Gardam.

Sophie Calle writes about her experiences as a photographer.

Art critic and biographer, B. H. Friedman, dies at 84.

On Zora Neale Hurston and 3 of her out of print stories.

Door to door book sales in Brazil is a growing industry.

A new device lets you make your own digital books.

The JFK library is digitizing it’s entire collection.

What corporate America is reading.

Washington D.C. is America’s most literate city.

McSweeney’s will publish the mock memoir of Donald Rumsfeld.

The British Library publishes an app for some of it’s oldest manuscripts.

Top 10 beards in literature.

Neil Gaiman will be in the Simpsons.

After more than a year of legal debate, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye settles with the J.D. Salinger estate.

Staff picks from the Paris Review.

What books were bestsellers the week you were born?

The Hipster Huckleberry Finn.

Julian Assange has his own online coloring book.

Salma Hayeck will produce a Wicked miniseries.

Diamond book distributors, the largest distributor of comics and graphic novels,  has suspended shipments to Borders.

Get a lifetime subscription to Black Ocean Books, tattoo required.

Borders closes Tennessee distribution center.

Batman recruits a Muslim crime fighter and stirs up opposition among American conservatives.

See celebrity libraries.


News This Week (January 8th)

How True Grit became a bestseller in 1968 over skewed bulk sales, and is it the Coen Brothers best film ever?

Charles Portis, recluse?

Listen to Garrison Keillor talk about Mark Twain’s autobiography.

Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow star in an adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel.

Public Domain Day was celebrated.

Christopher Hitchens teaches Americans to make tea.

Poet Janine Pommy Vega dies at 68.

Tolstoy is still causing upheaval in Russia, 100 years after his death.

A Sacramento public library is bombed.

Top selling 100 books of all time.

In defense of “junk” as the word of the year.

How many books did you read in 2010?

The Kaffeehaus Canon: the must read Austrian writers of 1930.

Read a one-on-one conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and Tom Rachman.

Which book to bring to a gun fight.

Top 10 talking animals in literature.

Children’s author, Dick King-Smith, dies at 88.

A censored edition of Huckleberry Finn is released, prompting Stephen Colbert to demand a more thorough censorship.

James Franco will adapt Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner for the silver screen.

JFK Day By Day, a multimedia e-book, marks 50 years after the President’s death.

Listen to a Tintin inspired mixtape.

What ever happened to the coats of Edward Gorey?

Daniel Handler on reading poetry in the living room.

A portrait of Thomas de Quincey as an opium and book eater.

Books as art-objects: content optional.

Which translation of Proust should you read?

J.K. Rowling escapes another plagerism charge.

Staff picks from the Paris Review.

A study from the Book Industry Study Group finds that students prefer print to digital.

The Huffington Post uses the recently censored Huckleberry Finn to bring attention to other censored books.

The Chinese J.K. Rowling.

See photographs of private libraries from the archives of the Museum of the City of New York.

Check out people at the Toronto’s Human Library.

The internet is creating an influx of verbs.

News This Week (December 26th)

Gift books for millionaires.

The imaginary legal consequences for superheros.

On creating the first openly gay character for Archie.

Scott Pilgrim wins two Satellite Awards.

A new documentary on Grant Morrison airs in England.

Julian Assange expects to use the money from his book deal on legal fees.

Creator of the Wombles, Elisabeth Beresford, dies at 84.

Top 10 fictional hangovers.

Read a poem by Carol Ann Duffy.

An interesting history on the Book of Genesis.

News This Week (December 18th)

Authors try to help Obama with his Presidential Narrative.

Quentin Blake and Eric Carle auction original illustrations to help fund an illustration museum in London.

Listen to Anne Enright read a Raymond Carver short story.

Suzanne Collins on writing the screenplay for the Hunger Games.

On Lewis Carroll and Finnegans Wake.

Microscopic numbers (or letters) are discovered in Mona Lisa’s eyes, immediately sparking a new Dan Brown novel.

A forgotten Roald Dahl piece is auctioned on eBay.

Stieg Larsson’s companion will write her memoirs.

Listen to Jeanette Winterson read an Italo Calvino short story.

Penguin sells a promotional Mini Cooper to raise money for the New York Public Library.

Fans attempt to save Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle’s home.

A literacy laundromat movement.

Is your e-book reader spying on you?

Shakespearean letters to Santa.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much was caught in San Francisco.

Listen to Julian Barnes read a short story by Ernest Hemingway.

News This Week (December 11th)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams will become a BBC television series.

J.D. Salinger’s note rejecting filmmaker Hubert Cornfield‘s request to adapt Catcher in the Rye will be auctioned.

An edition of the Wizard of Oz signed by the 1939 film cast is expected to fetch over $40,000.

Batman’s first appearance in a restored 1939 edition of Detective Comics is expected to fetch £25,000 at auction.

Was this the man who inspired Tintin?

Watch Jonathan Franzen talk about environmental activism,  and read an exclusive clip from the Paris Review’s interview with him.

Comedians top the Grammy nominations for best Spoken Word Album.

See the best Cookbooks of 2010.

A film adaptation of Norwegian Wood opens in Japan.

Keith Richards kills an Orchid in the New York Public Library.

Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals becomes the fastest selling non-fiction title of all time.

People don’t seem to care how awesome Steve Martin really is.

Melville hoped for a life that steers happily between two dangers: nihilism and fanaticism.

An investor wants a Borders / Barnes & Noble merger.

A handwritten first draft of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein goes on display.

Mario Vargas Llosa will not run for president again.

The best and the worst book trailers.

The year’s most disturbing celebrity book deals.

Meet Matthew Carter, creator of the Veranda typeface.

See the original Garth Williams sketches for Charlotte’s Web.

A lost Leonardo da Vinci manuscript fragment is found in France.

A Chinese publisher accidentally releases a book of erotic fairy tales.

Why we always think the butler did it.

Clifford will become a musical.


News This Week (December 2nd)

Top 100 books of 2010.

Ana Maria Matute wins the Cervantes Prize.

5 literary families more dysfunctional than yours.

Margaret Atwood does like being an icon.

17 years later, the Norwegian publisher of Satanic Verses offers a reward for new information leading to an arrest in the attempted assassination of its publisher, William Nygaard.

A tribute to 4 wordsmiths lost in 2010.

See Truman Capote talk about his true crime novel, In Cold Blood.

Penguin brings classics to the Arab world.

The Discovery Channel publishes its first comic book.

Russian poet, Bella Akhmadulina, dies at 73.

Listen to Russell Hoban talk about Ridley Walker.

Rowan Somerville wins the bad sex award for literature, and how he feels about that.

David Constantine wins the 2010 BBC  National Short Story Award.

Paul Thomas Andersen might adapt Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

The murder that inspired Stieg Larsson.

Listen to new stories for Hanukkah.

On keeping our literary heroes on top.

Simon & Schuster has a press release with God.

The Dylan Thomas prize goes to a US poet.

Secret US Embassy Documents show Solzhenitsyn’s support of Vladimir Putin.

Christopher Fowler’s memoir, Paperboy, wins the inaugural Green Carnation prize.

James Ellroy stars in a new TV series for Investigation Discovery.

A new short film of Haruki Murakami’s short story The Second Bakery Attack stars Kirsten Dunst.

News This Week (November 27th)

Top 10 writer themed bars.

Salman Rushdie’s top 4 fantasy novels for adults and children.

How the King James Bible influenced the English language.

Why Mark Twain tried to move Thanksgiving.

Listen to the short story Hermit Wanted by Mick Jackson.

Writer and wife of Norman Mailer, Norris Church Mailer, dies at 61.

Tim Burton picks 11 Christmas images from his new book.

Tintin meets H.P. Lovecraft!

Doctor Who Day was celebrated with time travel books.

A secret chamber was discovered in the National Library of India.

Nabokov’s love letters will be published.

Patti Smith talks to Jonathan Lethem.

Books that have become blockbusters.

The importance of libraries in literature: test your knowledge.

Tom Waits will publish a book of poetry.

James Howson will be the first black actor to play Heathcliff in a film adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

David Tennant talks about Roald Dahl.

What happens to the many books given to the President of Harvard as gifts?

Newsweek visits the David Foster Wallace archives.

How to become a sex writer.

Daniel Day Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln in Stephen Speilberg’s adaptation of Team of Rivals.

Read an interview with Jonathan Safran Foer.

Pitch your book to a Chronicle editor, for charity.

For $12 you can have a perfect hand sharpened pencil.