BOOK: Author J.K. Rowling, she of the Harry Potter mega-franchise, did her best to outwit devoted readers by writing under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith for her latest bestseller, the murder mystery The Cuckoo's Calling, released in April. For the experts, all it took was a bit of keen writing style analysis to discover that this absorbing tale of a private investigator looking into the death of a legendary supermodel is, in fact, the brainchild of the phenomenally acclaimed British scribe. Indeed, by their craft you shall know them. >> Also new in books: Kingston native Roland Watson-Grant's Louisiana-set new novel, Sketcher, published by the UK's Alma Books.
MUSIC: After releasing more than a dozen reggae albums, West African reggae stalwart Alpha Blondy has just put out out his newest effort, the 15-track Mystic Power, filled with his signature contemporary sound and vocals delivered in a mix of English, French and his native Dioula. Listeners can also expect messages steeped in social consciousness and a mix of reggae beats and jazzy, funk-infused rhythms on tracks like "Hope," which gets an appearance from Beenie Man and a gripping interpretation of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff."