Georges Perec poster in St. Mark's Books, photo by Brendan Bernhard.

Writers Elif Batuman and Aminatta Forna, critics Tim Parks and Christopher Ricks, and novelist Yiyun Li will be deciding who wins the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

If you haven’t been following The Millions’s “Year in Reading” series (which so far has featured Geoff Dyer, Jennifer Egan, Scott Esposito, and John Williams), Benjamin Hale’s list is a good place to start.

Aside from going to recently rent-reduced St. Mark’s Bookshop in person, this photo-essay is the next best thing.

In its round-up of the best book reviews of December, Electric Literature features, ahem, Dennis Lim’s essay on Haruki Murakami, from our Dec/Jan issue.

Translucent jackets, 3-D covers, and extra heavy paper stock are some of the ways publishers are amping up the material appeal of books to compete with ebooks.

Tonight, we’ll be at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn for an event celebrating the publication of The Best Music Writing 2011, edited by The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross. Contributors Nitsuh Abebe, Franklin Bruno, Jeremy Denk, Wendy Lesser, Chris Norris, and Kelefa Sanneh will read their work.

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