A little January 26 whatnot.

Remember to submit your display images for the January Books & Whatnot display contest. Email images to me at beth.golay@booksandwhatnot.com or text them to 316-208-3438. All entries will be posted in the display gallery. The winning bookstore–announced on February 1–will receive a $100 Visa or Mastercard.

And here are some sharable bits:

“Ursula K. Le Guin loved this world — among others! — and rather than flowers, we are making a donation in her name to the non-profit closest to her heart, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.” – Gavin Grant, on the Small Beer Press blog. They are also donating specific dollar amounts for each print copy of Le Guin’s Words Are My Matter and her translation of Angélica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial sold through their website in the first three months of this year.

“I love the challenge of taking on a project that makes me really think and then trying to do something unexpected.” – Jaya Miceli, art director at Scribner and freelance cover designer (think Little Fires Everywhere, The Girl on the Train, and Sing, Unburied Sing), in this piece about cover design on Bustle.

And speaking of book covers, check out The Book Cover Archive. Edited and maintained by Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen, The Book Cover Archive site is for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design. (Hat tip to Mitchell Kaplan. Thanks for sharing.)

“Tell us about a moment in your life regarding love or relationships, and NPR’s Rachel Martin and author Kwame Alexander will find you a poem that captures that feeling.” – from NPR.org. For Valentine’s Day, NPR’s Morning Edition is offering a love poem request line. The form used to submit those life moments can be found here.

And I have a few more author interviews available on the Marginalia podcast. I spoke with Megan Hunter, Chloe Benjamin, Peter Heller, and Charles C. Mann in the last couple of weeks, and I’ll be talking with Jojo Moyes and Maggie O’Farrell next week. Stay tuned!

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay