The British edition of the Harry Potter series has gotten a visual makeover for its latest complete set, Bloomsbury has announced. The new editions have been redesigned with art by Jim Kay, an artist chosen by J.K. Rowling, and The Telegraph has a look. [The Telegraph]
Following Nelson Mandela’s death, NPR revisits his books, the autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and Conversations with Myself. Among all the coverage, there are also standout pieces from The New York Times, which published an extensive interactive graphic outlining his speeches and memorable quotes, and The New Yorker, which revisited the power of Mandela’s words through verse.
The Blue Peter Book Awards has announced its 2014 shortlist. The award celebrates children’s books in fiction and non-fiction categories, with the two winning books to be announced on March 6, 2014. [The Telegraph]
On to some must-reads: New poems by John Ashbery have been published in The American Reader. [The American Reader]
Susannah Jacob examines the life of Rose Williams, Tennessee Williams’ schizophrenic sister and the inspiration for The Glass Menagerie’s Laura Wingfield. [The Paris Review]
Megan Garber predicts birds will be the primary enemy of Amazon’s delivery drones. [The Atlantic]
USA Today has a roundup of the best cookbooks for the holidays. [USA Today]
And ICYMI: Lena Dunham interviewed Judy Blume for Believer magazine. [EW]