Private: The value, or lack thereof, of book tours

Authors increasingly foot the bill for their book tours these days, and many, like Sara Nelson, argue the payoff isn’t worth it:

In an age of dwindling local-newspaper book coverage, formidable Internet, radio and TV outlets and—let’s face it—strained budgets and stagnant (at best) book sales, most authors shouldn’t spend thousands of anybody’s dollars to show their faces in Cleveland—unless, of course, they happen to have grown up in Cleveland.

No doubt you’ve encountered it elsewhere, but this article about drunks as literary characters has made the rounds thanks to Arts Journal.

Also via Arts Journal: book sales were up in September.