The Books Report: August 13

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— The anatomy (and evolution) of a book cover.

— Did you know that there is HUGE market for ‘kosher’ fiction in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community? NEITHER DID WE.

Larry McMurtry, author of Terms of Endearment, auctioned off a ton of books in Texas. (“Eric Stuart, 30, and his wife, Caitlin, 23, came to the auction from Magnolia, Ark., with a 24-foot trailer and 900 broken-down boxes. They’re starting a store called the Full Nelson, named after their infant son.”)

— The battle to save St Mark’s Bookshop is still being waged! Do your bit here.

— The Hairpin has an excellent interview with Caitlin Moran, savior of British feminism and author of How to be a Woman.

— Junot Diaz and Jeffrey Eugenides in an Edith Wharton photo shoot in Vogue? Rawwrrrr.

— Victor LaValle’s Mom thinks books are weird.

Tonight!

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— Elissa Goldstein was born and raised in Melbourne. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and is the Online Editor of Electric Literature. You can find her here.

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