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Children’s Bookshelf
Lauren DeStefano talks about her Chemical Garden trilogy, which wraps up this month with Sever (S&S), and what she’s working on next.

Religion Bookline
How publishers reacted to the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.

Tip Sheet
Books that rewrote history.

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In honor of Black History Month, the current episode of Publishers Weekly Radio features author Beverly Jenkins, who writes African-American historical romances, and PW senior news editor Calvin Reid, who discusses some significant recent works by and about African-Americans. Later this week, senior editor Mark Rotella will recap the 2013 Paris Cookbook Fair.


A blogger sets out to read the bestselling book of every year since 1913, based on PW’s annual bestseller lists.

Books that are so good, you just don’t want them to end.

Listen Up
Enter to win a digital copy of the audiobook edition of Josh Rolnick’s debut story collection, Pulp and Paper.

The most-read review on last week was Hair Shirt by Patrick McEown (SelfMadeHero).


The Week Ahead

More to Come
New research shows that 1950s anticomics crusader Dr. Fredric Wertham used faulty evidence to prove a link between comics and juvenile crime; and Orson Scott Card’s just-announced Superman story creates controversy.

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Check out a video of Jeff Kinney talking about The Third Wheel, the horror of being on camera, and why he sometimes hides under blankets.

A Web-exclusive interview with George Rowe, who went undercover to help the ATF break up an outlaw motorcycle gang and is now in the witness protection program. Rowe wrote about the experience in his new book, Gods of Mischief.

If you weren’t able to catch last week’s webcast on the future of YA literature, don’t worry—you can stream it on-demand.