- From the "headlines that made me smile" department, in the Indy Star, "'The opposite of lost': IU Library claps back at The New Yorker over Sylvia Plath story." Unpublished, yes. Lost, no.
- Over at The Collation, Elizabeth DeBold on "Folger collections in times of war."
- From Leo Robson in the New Statesman, a piece on the "contested world of literary estates."
- Lindsay McKenzie reports for Inside Higher Ed on recent paper shortages and other issues that have bedeviled the production of many university press books and journals.
- Will Noel will give the 2019 Sandars Lectures in Bibliography at Cambridge in March, on "The Medieval Manuscript and Its Digital Image."
- Much news this week about a recent finding of lapis lazuli fragments in the tartar of a 10th-century German nun, most likely as the result of her working with the pigment while she was illuminating texts. See Steph Yin's NYTimes report or Sarah Zhang's Atlantic piece.
- Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston writes for the TLS on the Bodleian Library's Phi Collection (of books deemed obscene or otherwise inappropriate).
- Cheap books were the order of the day for the Princeton Rare Book Working Group.
- From R. B. Bartgis at Sammelband, "Building and Displaying a Teaching Collection."
- The Bibliographical Society of Canada and Concordia University Press have announced a new book series: "Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture."
- Jill Lepore's These Truths; review by Christine DeLucia in the LARB.
- David Blight's Frederick Douglass; review by Adam Goodheart in the WaPo.
- "Say it Loud": The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History at Heritage Auctions on 15 January.
- Printed Books, Holy Land Maps, Posters & Jewish Graphic Art at Kestenbaum & Company on 17 January (online).