Hitlist - the best books
* Ian Rankin's picks
*Denise Mina & Leonardo Manco Scotland’s noir dame collaborates for the latest John Constantine adventure with Hellblazer: The Red Right Hand which has demons running amok in Glasgow. Insert own joke here. Vertigo/Titan.
Alice Sebold The celebrated author of The Lovely Bones drops in for a signing event to mark her new affair, The Almost Moon, which, to be blunt, has received a mixed reception. Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Nov.
Carol Ann Duffy & Liz Lochhead Two of the nation’s favourites read from their latest works, and launch Vital Synz, a new poetry society for Glasgow. Oran Mor, Glasgow, Tue 6 Nov.
100 Favourite Scottish Football Poems Some folks have been spouting off about a new dawn for our game, and maybe some of that ‘spirit of 78’ will be in evidence for this launch of a new poetry volume. Sportsters Bar, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Nov; Borders Books, Glasgow, Thu 15 Nov.
Don McCullin The London-born war photographer gets personal with his new collection, In England. Jonathan Cape.
Denis Johnson While McCullin made a name for himself with his ‘Nam images, this author has taken that conflict as the basis for an impressive doorstopper of a debut novel, Tree of Smoke. Picador.
Steve Niles & Scott Hampton Niles scared you witless with 30 Days of Night and now frightens the bejesus out of his adoring public with a monthly DC debut, Simon Dark. DC.