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For a delightful summer read of the eccentric English murder mystery variety, we highly recommend the two books (so far) in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. Set in 1950, the lead detective (of sorts) is the agreeably precocious, 10-year-old girl Flavia, whose vast knowledge of chemistry (and poisons) serves her interests, and those of the local constable, well.

The New York Review of Books site has gotten a nifty redesign, one more reason to visit the electronic complement to the magazine, home to great writers and writing since 1963.

Summer Reading List:
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, a novel of connected stories about a Herald-Tribune like newspaper and the people who work for it. Best novel we've read in ages. [Side note to Willa Paskin at New York magazine: Your takedown attempt of the novel: witless, pathetic.]

Ben Greenman has a new collection of short stories called What He's Poised To Do. He'll be at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton [Lafayette/Hanson] 718.246.0200 Ft. Greene, tonight, 7:30pm.

David Mitchell could probably write about anything, anywhere, during all of history, and he's well on his way to doing that, with the novels including Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and Ghostwritten to his credit. Out next month, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is set in 1799 off the Japanese mainland. Mr. Mitchell will be at four different NYC bookstores from July 15-18, details here.

Science writer Jonathan Weiner has a new book out Tuesday called Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality, in which he asks and entertainingly answers the question, could we live forever? Mr. Weiner will be at the Columbus Circle Borders this Thursday, 7pm.

Get your Joyce game on—specifically, Ulysses—with a weekly podcast taking you through the novel, 3-5 minutes at a time, courtesy of author and former BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney.

Graphic Novels:
At the Strand tonight, 7pm, graphic novelists Megan Kelso and Kim Deitch discuss and sign their new books Artichoke Tales and The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Today on Wish You Were Here:
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