Colin Bateman's absolutely right - it's no crime to be funny.
The Nairn Book and Arts Festival is on until 13th June.
How to get Ian Rankin on your iPhone. And The Daily Kos with a feature on Ian.
Alexander McCall Smith on the Sky Arts Book Show, talking to Minnesota Public Radio about his latest book, and being asked awkward questions by the Guardian at the Hay Festival.
Talking of the Hay Festival, Val McDermid is given a tenner to visit a second-hand bookshop, and here she is on the Sky Arts Book Show.
A review of Allan Guthrie's SLAMMER, in which the reviewer praises Allan for "grossing me out yet again."
Iain Banks on Israel, being environmentally friendly and refusing an OBE.