Book News: Japan for All Seasons

Book News: Japan for All Seasons


17th-century technology on 19th-century books, Murakami’s Nobel buzz, and the digital rebirth of Dr. Seuss.

Fore-edgeA rare-book librarian at the University of Iowa discovered fore-edge paintings on four nineteenth-century books, each on a different season.


MurakamiSpeaking of seasons, “Come Rain or Come Shine” was one of Haruki Murakami’s first works. The Japanese author is now a favorite for the Nobel Prize.


CenterThe Center for Fiction has announced the shortlist for its 2013 First Novel Prize.


NineAnd this nine-year-old kid is already working on his.


SeussHard to beat the master, though–especially if he’s available in ebook form!


RoomIf this had been the case in the fictional world of Room, 5-year-old Jack might have better entertained himself. The upcoming movie adaptation of this literary gem sounds promising, but we’ll have to wait for a trailer.


PynchonNo need to wait when it comes to Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, though. Check out Penguin’s sneek-peak of this much-awaited fall release.


SandersonIf you’re more into comics than literary fiction, you might opt for a taste of Brandon Sanderson’s new superhero novel instead.

This article originally appeared on Zola Books.