Book news from me, if not to you

A bit of book "news to me" (as opposed to "news") from the blogosphere:

Chris "Long Tail" Anderson’s next book is called Free. These are some of the candidate subtitles from which he’s trying to choose one: (1) FREE: The story of a radical price (zero); (2) FREE: How $0.00 changed the world; (3) FREE: How companies get rich by charging nothing); (4) FREE: The economics of abundance and the marketplace without money; and (5) FREE: The past and future of a radical price.  You can also find out about Chris’s concept here.

Kimbofo of Reading Matters writes a four-star review of The Colombian Mule by Massimo Carlotto. I knew from CrimeScraps that this author is one I should read; now I am doubly sure.

Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders writes about why you don’t need to read Bill James’s Harpur and Iles series in order. I’m pleased about that, because I have a few of these books as-yet unread and certainly out of order.

Of all the miles and miles of cyberspace so far devoted to the Hay festival, Libby Brooks on the Guardian books blog here reports on Ruth Rendell talking about crime, punishment and genre snobbery.

And here are the latest updates to the audio book podcasts listed by Open Culture. This is a useful catalogue of books available for free download onto your MP3 player, if you have one. Jane Austen, the Brontes, Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster and various poetry collections are but a few of the treasures described.

Karen C on Aust Crime has managed to complete her Colin Watson collection. Like Karen, I loved the Flaxborough Chronicles when I read them, more years ago than I care to mention.

And finally, for now, here are the books currently being read over at Mysterious Yarns blog. The socks (and similar) described on this blog are mind-blowing, never mind mysterious.

Soap opera shocks plus thriller chills

Soap opera shocks plus thriller chills | Inquirer | 05/27/2007.

My review of Lying with Strangers by James Grippando is out in the Philadelphia Inquirer (link above), published yesterday (Sunday 27 May).  Thank you, as ever, to the erudite Frank Wilson of Books, Inq, for asking me to review the book. An excerpt from my review:

The book races on at breakneck pace, running through so many themes that my head whirled. Eventually, in a little detective work of my own, I realized that the key to the book is in the main character’s name: Peyton. Yes, I was reading a pastiche soap opera, and the heroine’s name is a homage to the mother of all soaps, Grace Metalious’ 1957 classic Peyton Place.

Read on at the link at the top of this post. It is also worth checking out the whole set of book reviews in this week’s Inquirer section, which you can do via this round-up on Books Inq. In the United States, in particular, book-review sections of newspapers are being cut and/or are under threat. The selection commissioned, edited and published by Frank each week (and a few in between) epitomise what is great about book review sections. Long may this one, and all of them, live on.

Global health diagnostics

Improved Diagnostic Technologies for the Developing World

December 2006. Nature Publishing Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are proud to present this free-access custom publication which presents findings of the Global Health Diagnostics Forum, in partnership with the RAND Corporation, to determine global health diagnostics needs.

From the introductory article:

An essential component of evaluating and improving global health is access to appropriate diagnostic tools. Through this series of papers we hope to further the dissemination of current knowledge on global health diagnostic needs for the conditions that most severely affect those living in the developing world…………The findings clearly articulate the acute need for new diagnostic tools, the potential impact of new diagnostics for people in developing countries and the specific performance requirements of these tools. We hope this information will encourage technology developers in the public and private sectors to do more to accelerate the development and delivery of new diagnostic solutions.

Thrillerfest scholarship for debut authors

Via an email from International Thriller Writers:

Are you a debut author with a book out in 2007 or 2008? Would you love to attend ThrillerFest 2007 in New York City but haven’t quite figured out how to pay for it?
ITW is offering two scholarships for debut authors to attend ThrillerFest 2007 in New York City July 11-15. The scholarship is for the conference registration fee, CraftFest, and the Thriller Awards Dinner. Lodging and transportation is not offered as part of the scholarship.

Criteria. You must have a book published or scheduled for publication in 2007 or 2008 by an ITW recognized publisher. You do not have to be an ITW member to apply.

To apply, you must send the following information to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Allison Brennan.

Contact information (address, phone number and email)
Pen Name (if any)
Book Title
Release date (tentative is okay)
Brief synopsis (one page or less)
Essay telling the committee in 500 words or less why you would like to attend ThrillerFest and what you hope to gain from the experience.
All submissions are blind. Only the committee chair will have the identity of the author; the synopsis and essay will be sent "blind" to the committee for review and discussion.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2007. The two scholarship winners will be notified by June 7, 2007.