Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Roughly a year after launching a redesigned website, the Los Angeles Review of Books is putting out its first print issue.

Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker Prize for her short stories. (Read Rivka Galchen's essay of Davis's translation of Madame Bovary.)

Pulitzer prize-winning New Yorker staffer Katherine Boo won the New York Public Library’s 2013 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism this week for Behind the Beautiful Forevers, her nonfiction account of life in a Mumbai slum.

Former Bookforum editor Eric Banks has been appointed the new director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He will be replacing outgoing director Lawrence Weschler.

Massachusetts Senator and all-around badass Elizabeth Warren is going to publish a book about “how Washington is rigged against America’s middle class” and “the conflict... between giant institutions and the needs of everyday citizens” with Henry Holt’s Metropolitan Books imprint. Warren's book, which does not yet have a title, is slated to come out in 2014.

Mario Vargas Llosa didn’t pull any punches during an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper last week, going after fellow writers such as Milan Kundera, Paul Auster, and Haruki Murakami, for whom he saved his harshest critique: “An interesting case. He writes easy books, but with the appearance of a complexity that reassures the readers. Let’s be clear: that this type of literature exists seems to me to be a great thing. But if everything becomes like this, there’s little to be tranquil about.”