I don’t really have time today to put together a full-blown wrap-up, but here are a few interesting items that have caught my eye recently:
• The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival opens today in Harrogate, England. Tonight will bring the presentation of the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Nominees are here.
• A wide-ranging two-part interview between veteran novelists Lawrence Block and Robert Silverberg has been posted in the Mulholland Books blog. Part I is here, Part II is here.
• Meanwhile, Sandra Ruttan interviews herself in Sea Minor.
• Has true-crime writer Ann Rule been a little “sloppy” with her storytelling? (Hat tip to Craig Pittman.)
• Keeping track of mistakes in private-eye novels.
• Lee Child has prepared a prequel to his Jack Reacher series, titled Second Son, which will be released as an e-book on August 15.
• And tickets now on sale for the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award presentation, set to take place in Christchurch, New Zealand, on August 21. The longlist of eight novels contending for that commendation can be found here. And readers anywhere in the world are invited to enter a contest to win copies of all of those books; look for more information here.