The Millions gives us an enormously comprehensive preview of the most anticipated books of 2011.
And there is this argument again. And again. And again. A new edition of Huck Finn will be published sans the n-word, to be replaced by "slave". Because calling all African Americans in a novel slaves is so much less offensive.
Fresh off playing Allen Ginsberg in a movie and releasing a short story collection, James Franco will direct film adaptions of As I Lay Dying and Blood Meridian. Good luck with those. As I Lay Dying might make the most boring movie ever (nothing happens!) and Blood Meridian will make people cry and faint.
The story of how David Foster Wallace's other undergraduate thesis, for his Philosophy degree, came to be published (his undergraduate English thesis was his first novel, The Broom of the System).
J.K. Rowling has been cleared of plagiarism charges.
Dick King-Smith, the author of Babe, died. He was 88.