1498 – Michelangelo commissioned to carve the Pietà.
1839 – The ship Amistad is captured off Long Island.
naughty • The UK judge has demanded extra efforts should be made to recover rare books stolen by a librarian from Manchester’s Central Library.
something new • from the NYT a review of Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer:A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them.
event • John Updike will be one of seven writers who will speak at this year’s