The International Festival of Authors has announced their lineup for this fall and as Rebecca Caldwell reports, it skews very young. Look for the session with Jonathan Safran Foer to fill up quickly. On the crime fiction front, Minette Walters and Louise Welsh are due to be there, as well.
One of the IFOA's featured authors, Helen Oyeyemi, talks to the NY Times about her debut novel and why she's still in school (studying political science, at that.)
Michael Connelly is interviewed by USA Today's Carol Memmott. I'm surprised it took this long for the piece to show up since Memmott spoke of it at our panel at BEA...and spoke of it some more...and then some more.
David Terrenoire is offering an unusual tuckerization deal for his next book: Donate $100 or more to his favorite nightclub, Hillsborough's Blue Bayou, and you could be a character.
Another day, another rant about what book publishing needs to do next. Look, we know the current model sucks, but changing things takes just as much time and it may not necessarily be for the better...
The Book Standard's Doug Seibold climbs on the trade paperback original bandwagon. All good, I say. But I'm on record as saying I love the format, so this should not surprise anyone....
Over at January Magazine, Simone Swink talks to Jasper Fforde about his new series (beginning with THE BIG OVER-EASY), what's next for Thursday, and why that book-a-year pace is so damn important.
Martha O'Connor and Colleen Curran begin their first installment of their Author2Author interview over at Beatrice. I've hosanna-ed enough about O'Connor's THE BITCH POSSE, but Curran's WHORES ON THE HILL is a pretty damn good read, too.
The Freakonomics bandwagon has hit the UK, and its main author, Steven Levitt, talks to the Guardian about the little things that lead to big conclusions.
And finally, TMFTML sums up the career trajectory of Nick Hornby.