Doyle & Houdini: Spirits & Skeptics


Joe Alterio, an illustrator and artist based in New York, creates images, comics, and cartoons for commercial clients, and speaks about digital media and storytelling at venues such as the San Diego Comic Con, Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, and at the upcoming SXSW 2010. See his work at

Matthew Battles is a frequent contributor to the Barnes and Noble Review and cofounder of the arts-and-culture blog; on Twitter, he's @MatthewBattles.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).