Book: ‘Bright’s Passage’ a smooth transition for Josh Ritter

‘Bright’s Passage’
By Josh Ritter. Dial Press; 208 pgs., $22.


Book: How to be an honest criminal … and brew tea

'Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld'

Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld
By Nicolai Lilin. WW Norton & Co.; 447 pgs., $24.95.


Culture: Good to be geeky

2011 Derby City Comic Con takes over convention center

Comic books aren’t just for kids or nerds anymore. In 2010, an estimated $418 million was spent on the sale of comic books and graphic novels in North America.


Book: Junk magic

Country singer’s novel tackles big issues

‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’
By Steve Earle. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 256 pgs., $26.


Book: Two local authors deliver thrills

Featuring Kevin Gibson and Will Lavender

There’s a pair of readings coming up this week where proven local talents show off what’s new — and you might get a shiver or two.


Book: Sugar free

Bob Mould’s autobiography — warts and all

See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody
By Bob Mould with Michael Azerrad. Little, Brown & Company; 403 pgs., $24.99.


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘The Book Show’ with Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Every time I hear Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina announce her name, I think of Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg

Watch out when Melvyn Bragg clears his throat. Unlike other veteran radio show hosts, Bragg won’t switch off the microphone in order to cough, cluck or otherwise clear his tonsils.


Book: Black holes, game shows and Kenny Rogers

Patrick Wensink's "Black Hole Blues"

Black Hole Blues
By Patrick Wensink. Eraserhead Press; 196 pgs., $10.95.


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘Wine for Normal People’ & ‘Craft Brew Cast’

You can tell just by looking at the icons of most beer podcasts that they contain the worst of all that’s wrong with programs not mediated by public airwaves.