As you may have guessed from the lowly post this week, the days got away from me. Too much to do, too little time. The story of my life as of late. Thankfully, we made it to the weekend. Any plans? I, for one, am simply hoping we don’t get snowed in. Although, a good excuse to stay home with my nose in a good book, does sound like a delightful idea.

With that, a few bookish bits from the week . . .

The only known novella of Charlie Chaplin has finally been published!

But there’s more–they’ve also discovered a wee bit of text in Jane Austen’s handwriting. Now, before you get too excited, please note: it’s not her own work. Apparently, she wrote out her brother’s sermons. This is a sample.

How Raymond Chandler changed crime fiction.

Books to watch out for . . . courtesy of The New Yorker.

Stanford University published An interview with Philip Roth: “The novelist’s obsession is with language.” True enough. Therein lies the rub for many of us: we love to write–and yet it’s a difficult thing to do. It’s an endless quest for that perfect word or turn of phrase.

The Huffington Post gives us 9 Life lessons everyone can learn from children’s books.

Spectacular news for librarians: ALA Council approves Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.