'Anatomy of a Murder' 50th anniversary A murder committed decades ago, and the blockbuster book and film that followed, really did put Ishpeming, Michigan on the map. Fifty years after Anatomy of a Murder premiered, Michigan's Upper Peninsula is planning to celebrate, as the Detroit Free Press recently observed. For more about the author, see Legends of True Crime Reporting: John Voelker.
A Great Interview Aunt Agatha's book shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan specializes in true crime and mystery titles. On their website, they recently posted a Q&A with true crime author Kathryn Casey. As the bookshop owners remark, "I think you'll agree this is one of the more interesting interviews we've ever published." It includes a particularly interesting exchange on the Edgar awards (and I happen to agree with the question!).
Lousy Literature Map The "literature map" is supposed to tell you which authors you'll like based on your current tastes. But what claptrap is this -- there's no Edmund Pearson, William Roughead, or F. Tennyson Jesse. There's no Jack Olsen. Alright, they're all dead... but there's also no Gregg Olsen, Stephen Michaud, Carlton Stowers, or hardly anybody else in our favorite genre. Type in "Harold Schechter" and you get Kurt Vonnegut. Huh? Type in "Truman Capote" and you get Jack Kerouac. Here's the best of the worst: type in "Ann Rule" and you get Lorna Landvik - author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. I assume that's a fiction title, but maybe it's a memoir.