- Let’s start off with the big bombshell that hit the literary world early on Sunday: J. K. Rowling wrote detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. And yes, it’s sold out – except, of course, the eBook version, which is available right here! The Guardian immediately chimed in with a Literary Pseudonyms quiz (I scored 5/10 ). Val McDermid must be chuffed she thought it was excellent long before the news broke. In related news, Joe Abercrombie has exclusively revealed that he is NOT J. K. Rowling.
- If you’re heading to the UK in the near future, be sure to save a £ 10 note with Jane Austen on it. She’s already on the stamps there, thanks to the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice (a book that many owe their love of literature to I’m sure!).
- For those of you who are still making travel plans: Flavorwire has 50 Places Every Literary Fan Should Visit. They also see the parallels between the (book) publishing industry and the music industry in their Indie Publishers and their Indie Record Label Equivalents list.
- Lists! Can’t decide what to read next? Then let yourself be seduced by one of these 100 Best Opening Lines. How about some summer reading tips? (Looks like the UK is about to rediscover Stoner, too…) If you like conundrums, look at these 10 Most Cryptic Texts.
- Here’s a rather chilling reminder that Big Brother is, indeed, watching.
- Talking about cameras, now you can not only look into both ABC Amsterdam and ABC The Hague online, but Diagon Alley, too.
- Interview! The Guardian sat down with Henning Mankell, who has said goodbye to Wallander and hello to Mozambique.
- Awards! The 2013 International Thriller Awards were handed out this weekend. Among the winners are Spilled Blood by Brian Freeman (Best Hardcover), Lake Country by Sean Doolittle (Best Paperback), The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Best First Novel), Blind Faith by C. J. Lyons (Best EBook Original) and False Memory by Dan Krokos (Best Young Adult). The 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award was given to David Constantine for his collection Tea at the Midland: And Other Stories.
- And finally, Grant Snider’s wonderful Story Coaster (via nytimes.com):
EBooks are available for: A Cuckoo’s Calling, The First Law trilogy, Stoner, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Spilled Blood, Lake Country, The 500, Blind Faith, Faceless Killers and A Treacherous Paradise.
Many thanks to Simone, Sigrid, Steven and Tom for several of the above links. Have literary news of your own you think should be in a Bookbits? Mail email@example.com!