Smatterings, the pre-Bouchercon edition

I won’t be at Bouchercon this year, though it would have been lovely to see Alaska in the fall. So for those who have already landed or are about to board flights – have a great time. More later on what coverage I plan of the event and who already has previews posted.

Josh Getlin takes a close look at what the expanded NYT bestseller lists mean
for the industry and for book review culture.

More on Japanese cellphone novels from the Wall Street Journal.

The Baltimore Sun talks with Karin Slaughter, Larry Doyle, Harlan Coben and many other writers about that particular brand of humiliation known as the book signing.

The New York Times has more on the movie version of the #1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, directed by Anthony Minghella.

The Riverfront Times questions Qiu Xiaolong at length about his Inspector Chen series, the latest of which will be out in the US this December.

Colin Dexter talks about all things Inspector Morse with the Liverpool Daily Post.

This profile of Australian bestseller (and Confessions guilty pleasure) Tara Moss is, shall we say, of the sycophantic variety.

The Observer’s Leon Neyfakh profiles Cindy Eagan, Little, Brown’s doyenne of teen lit series like GOSSIP GIRL, THE A-LIST and more.

More about the Chopin Manuscript from Reuters.

Zoe Williams: not such a fan of V.S. Naipaul.

Linda Richards explains why it’s a bad, bad idea to pilfer images online.

Stuart Dybek is one very well-compensated short story writer this week.

And finally, Grover loves WHEN ONE MAN DIES. If Elmo had loved it, I might have felt otherwise….