This Week in the World of Books

Happy Valentines Day:11 Reasons Books Are Better Valentines Than People

House of Cards: Sourcebooks to publish the book that inspired Netflix Original House of Cards. No release date given, but they plan to fast-track both books written by Michael Dobbs.House of Cards: To Play the King and The Final Cut are both based on Dobb’s experiences at the British Conservative Party headquarters & working with Margaret Thatcher.

That’s So Lena: Lena Dunham instagram-released the cover of her book due out Oct 7. Dunham describes the book: “If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

RIP: Maggie Estep, a pioneer of slam poetry, passed away on Wednesday after complications from a heart-attack. She was fifty years old.

SO MUCH CUTE: Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA has a program called “Book Buddies in which kids read to cats. We repeat: KIDS READ TO CATS.Their campaign went viral after a Reddit post was made about them earlier in the week. It’s heartwarming and adorable. You can get more information about the program on their site.

DC on Top:  The list of the 10 most literate cities in America for 2013. Each year the list is compiled by Central Connecticut State University, and DC has been #1 four years in a row now. The list is a ranking of the largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States focusing on number of bookstores, educational attainment, internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources, and newspaper circulation.

Team USA: The Folio Prize shortlist of names was released this week. The prize is given to English-language authors/writers of novels, short stories & poetry from around the globe. 5 (Amity Gaige, Rachel Kushner, George Saunders, Kent Haruf, & Sergio de la Pava) out of the 7 writers are from America, with Jane Gardam (English) & Eimear McBride (Irish) rounding out the rest of the list.

Big Papa Hemingway: Hemingway’s collection of writings & letters from his time in Havana have been archived. This is the second batch of letters received from Finca Vigía to be archived in the Hemingway Collection located at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. A bit of a hoarder, this batch contained over 2,500 documents to be preserved.

Because Today is the Day of the Romance: Unpublished letters by J.R.R. Tolkien show his defense of the relationship between Arwen & Aragorn. The correspondence shows that W.H. Auden had assessed the relationship as “unnecessary & perfunctory,” while Tolkien argued, “I still find it poignant: an allegory of naked hope.”

Pack Your Suitcase, We’re Going on an Adventure!: Business Insider listed their “Best Bookstores in the World 2014.” We’re honored that BookPeople is included on the list, but we’re just as excited to check out all of their finds.

Weird Words: Author John Green sits down with the Mental_Floss’s List Show to talk about the origin of weird words.

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