Writers joined the Occupy Wall Street movement in a big way this week—and we’re not just talking about Naomi Wolf getting arrested. A new “Occupy Writers” page has authors like Francine Prose and Alice Walker writing about what the movement means to them. Lemony Snicket’s contribution shows his trademark wit and humor in a list of 13 observations on watching the demonstrations (from a distance, of course!).
Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 comes out next week, and you can read all about it in the November issue of BookPage. If you want a preview now—and you’re interested in the process that goes into creating the design elements of a book—watch this video with Chip Kidd, the well-known art director at Knopf. In the video, he explains how certain aspects of the book influenced the beautiful book jacket and interior art:
He continues the conversation on Knopf’s blog, where you can also see a close-up of the 1Q84 book jacket.
This week, Slate posted a new short film by Spike Jonze and handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan that takes place inside an antiquarian bookstore. It’s a stop-motion bookstore love story . . . in which the books come alive. Check it out:
This week, there’s been a lot of buzz about the Ken Auletta profile of Jill Abramson in the New Yorker. If you’re wondering why Auletta spent a couple of paragraphs on Abramson’s voice, well, watch this clip from CBS Sunday Morning and wonder no more. By the time Braverman got around to asking her about the way she talks, this viewer was definitely wondering the same question! (Bonus: a behind-the-book story of her memoir, The Puppy Diaries.)