In Ghostly Japan

Lafcadio Hearn's folktale-like "kwaidan"—the Japanese word for ghost stories—aren't as well-known as they should be. You can rectify this lapse in your reading with this delightful volume (and learn more about its creator from Michael Dirda here).

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.