The Washington Post’s Linton Weeks talks with M. Sindy Felin, who is up for the National Book Award in the Young People’s category.

Also in the Post, Patrick Anderson quite likes Richard North Patterson’s political thriller THE RACE.

The Philly Inquirer has a lengthy and thoughtful piece on Robin Hathaway, a late bloomer to the crime fiction garden.

Why do I get the feeling that C. Ben Bosah is going to be envied by a lot of self-published folk?

Will Self: inveterate walker.

Yokai folklore is sweeping Japan and popping up a lot in its novels.

Allen Barra chats with Judith Freeman about Raymond & Cissy Chandler for the American Heritage.]

In the wake of Crime Bake, Lee Lofland talks with the Daily News Tribune about teaching police procedure to mystery writers and crossing into the writer’s life.

The AP gets the lowdown on DETROIT NOIR.

The surging Canadian dollar has provoked some instances of “book rage” in Canadian bookstores.

And finally, Erie, Pennsylvania is one lucky town.