birthday girl • 1902 – Jessamyn West, American writer (d. 1984)
• 1906 – Clifford Odets, American writer (d. 1963)
• 1939 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist, creator of Gonzo journalism (d. 2005) by age 10, Thompson was publishing his own two-page newspaper, which he sold for four cents. By his early teens, he had already launched on the life of drinking, vandalism, and pyromania that would turn him into a bestselling writer. At age 18, he was jailed for robbery.
audio • Bat Segundo has a new podcast interview with John Updike.
product placement • NPR’s John Ydstie reports on how publishers are using movie trailers to market their books.
classifieds • The Maryland Institute College of Art is looking for several small book presses, preferably in the Baltimore/DC area. If anyone has one to sell or donate, would you please contact Abby Uhteg at MICA.
obit of note • NYT Mickey Spillane at 88, writer.
audio • NPR interviews Max Allan Collins about Mike Hammer.
cool toy • No you can’t buy it. Bookminder is a dandy little item, you can build yourself out of Lego pieces.