The National Book Critics Circle has announced its finalists for the publishing year 2012.

George Saunders at Greenlight Books. From chowmeyow's Flickr stream.

Cory Doctorow has posted a moving tribute to Aaron Swartz, the deeply innovative tech activist and Baffler contributing editor who committed suicide on Friday. And the Huffington Post details the federal charges Swartz faced for hacking.

With fans unable to get inside, George Saunders got the rock-star treatment at Brooklyn’s Greenlight Books last Thursday: “Though the event wasn’t slated to begin until 7:30, by 6:20, about 30 people had already gathered; by 6:40, staff members were encouraging fans to move to the back; by 10 after seven, the crowd had been warned that copies of Tenth of December were running low, and by the end of the night Greenlight sold out of the 300 they had on hand for the event.

Asked to contribute to a New York Times series on anxiety, Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai responds with “a lyrical essay about the terrible meeting between boorishness and aggressiveness,” or better put, “a meditation on a type of violent person who produces in him ‘the deepest personal anxiety.’”

To mark the paperback release of IQ84, Random House UK has released a Haruki Murakami calendar app.

After impressing crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, Fifty Shades of Gray parody “50 Shades! The Musical,” arrived in the U.S. this weekend to sold-out shows in New York and New Jersey.

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