University of Chicago Press director Morris Philipson

Congratulations to our friends at New Herring Press, who celebrated their launch on Sunday in Brooklyn with readings by Parul Sehgal, Lynne Tillman, Nitsuh Abebe, Amanda Davidson, and Francis Richard. And with a piano bar.

Random House in Canada is testing out a new, ticketed model of book tours that includes the cost of a book in the price.

New York Times critic Janet Maslin excoriates Haruki Murakami’s opus 1Q84, and the Onion’s AV club gives the book a "D" rating.

Morris Philipson, the former University of Chicago Press director responsible for first publishing translations of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as out-of-print works of fiction from André Malraux, Isak Dinesen, and Paul Scott, has died at the age of 85.

Stephen King has donated $70,000 to help low-income Maine residents heat their homes.

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jason Boog reviews the history of guerrilla libraries.

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