In looking around the world book pages this morning, it seems most links I would post–the Dublin Impac Award winner, The Hitch, more of McEwan’s Chesil Beach–are already here on Jane Ciabattari’s post on the NBCC‘s Critical Mass blog, so I’ve linked and pasted here for convenience (can I help it if my review of The Blood of Flowers is also there?).

CRITICAL MASS: Saturday Roundup:

The New York Observer’s Michael Calderone riffs on Christopher Hitchens, including his appearance on the NBCC Ethics panel at BookExpo America, where he discussed his friendship with Ian McEwan.

NBCC board member Geeta Sharma Jensen, book editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, talks with Ian McEwan about his new novel, “On Chesil Beach.”

NBCC member Christine Thomas reviews “The Blood of Flowers,”a first novel by Iran-born former Northern California dance critic Anita Amirrezvani, in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Proprietor of the Bibliothecary blog and NBCC member Edward Pettit finds RN Morris’s “The Gentle Axe” a worthy sequel to “Crime and Punishment”in his review in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Read an excerpt from Out Stealing Horses (Graywolf, 2007), in the narrator created by Per Petterson, newly announced winner of the 2007 Dublin IMPAC award, finds that his mission to steal horses leaves him robbed of illusions.Translated by Anne Born, as part of the Words Without Borders summer issue focusing on the work of “cool Scandinavians.”

NBCC board member Steve Weinberg’s new innocence project at the University of Missouri, which uses student journalists and faculty expertise from law and elsewhere at the University of Missouri School of Journalism to research wrongful convictions and prosecutorial misconduct, was much the buzz at last week’s Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Phoenix.