As the Book World Turns…

Favorite piece of book news this week: Stephen Colbert interviewed Maurice Sendak. Here’s Part 1. And Part 2. Watch it. You will not be sorry.

The late Johnny Ramone’s autobiography is coming this spring from Abram’s.

Winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and other children’s book awards were announced this week. PW spoke to winners Jack Gantos (Dead End in Norvelt won the Newbery), Chris Raschka (A Ball for Daisy won the Caldecott), and John Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back won the Michael L. Printz Award) about where they were when they got the call.

Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award were announced. Jeffrey Eugenides and John Jeremiah Sullivan are among those nominated.

Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, is putting together a list of 100 books every Russian student must read in order to preserve the “dominance of Russian culture”.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has struck a deal with Amazon to print and distribute all of the adult titles published by Amazon’s New York publishing arm.

NBC News has launched a digital imprint.

We had an incredible evening with Ben Marcus and American Short Fiction on Tuesday. The Rumpus has a wonderful review of The Flame Alphabet this week. (Signed copies available here.)

The L Magazine has a round up of authors (Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody) who have also written some song lyrics in their day.

World Book Night is still looking for givers. The deadline is February 1st. Sign up to help distribute free books to non-readers in and around Austin.


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