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I'VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR
A MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD
It's true. My novel STEALING
THE COUNTESS has been nominated for a
Minnesota Book Award in the Genre Fiction category. For those keeping
track, this is my seventh nomination. I've won three times for PRACTICE
TO DECEIVE, , JELLY'S
GOLD , and
CURSE OF THE JADE LILY. That might
seem like a lot until you consider that William Kent Krueger and Louise Erdrich
have both won five times.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ONCE UPON A CRIME
Or is it Happy Birthday? In any case,
Once Upon A Crime Mystery Bookstore
turns 30 on Saturday, April 1, and it's celebrating with an author bash starting
at noon. I'll be there to help them along with a clutch of Minnesota mystery
writers including Laura Childs, Jess Lourey, Kristi Belcamino, Ellen Hart,
Brian Freeman, Julie Kramer, Jenifer LeClair, PJ Tracy and Allen Eskens. Allen
and I are both scheduled to appear at 3:45 PM so you can see us wrestle over which
one of us is going to win the Minnesota Book Award this year. There's an
open house with wine and apps starting at 5 PM. OUAC is located at 604 W 26th Street.
That's on the northeast corner of Lyndale Avenue and 26th in Minneapolis for those
without GPS. Call 612-870-3785 for details.
4 PM Friday, April 7 - Join me at the
Waterville Public Library at
210 E. Paquin Street, Waterville, MN. Call 507-625-6191 for details.
6:30 PM Saturday, April 8 - You'll find me somewhere near the bar at the
InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront at 11 East Kellogg Boluevard in
downtown St. Paul during the reception for the
29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards sponsored by the Friends of the
St. Paul Public Library. The awards ceremony takes place at 8 PM. Call 651-222-3242
7 PM Monday, April 24 - Meet me at the
Perham Public Library. Call 218-346-4892 for details.
1:15 PM Friday, June 30 - I've been invited to a join a panel featuring fellow
Minnesota mystery writers William Kent Krueger and Ellen Hart that
will discuss the theme - "was student am now writer" of the 14th International
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference held June 25 - July 1 at
Hotel 340 at 340 Cedar Street in downtown St Paul. This is only the second time
that the conference will be held in the great author's hometown and will feature
academics and Fitzgerald aficionados from around the world. This is very humbling!
4:30 PM Thursday, Sept. 28 - I'll be taking part in an author event sponsored by the
Friends of the Rochester Public Library. The event will be held at
Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, MN. Call 507-328-2300.
THE RETURN OF HOLLAND TAYLOR
- FOR REAL!
After a 16-year absense, I've decided to resurrect the Holland Taylor novels and
my good friends at St. Martin's Minotaur have agreed to publish them! Look
for DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG in November of 2017 followed by the fifth book
in the series a year later. I have to give some props to my man Otto Penzler for
talking me into releasing the original Taylor novels -PENANCE
TO DECEIVE, and
DEARLY DEPARTED - in ebook form through his
MysteriousPress.Com imprint. That, and so many fans buying so
many copies, is what inspired us to continue the series.
Friends of Rushmore McKenzie do not dispair. We will also continue writing
that series. In fact, you can expect another adventure in June of this year and
in 2018 as well.
JUST CALL ME "EX-PREZ"
Alas, my time as President of the
Private Eye Writers of America
has come to an end. The great Gary Phillips has replaced me. Now I join the legion
of ex-presidents including William Campbell Gault, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton,
Sara Paretsky, Ed Gorman, Linda Barnes, SJ Rozan and Steve Hamilton. Not bad, huh.
Meanwhile, my volume of short stories -
- is now available at fine
bookstores everywhere, as well as in eBook format. It's published by my pals at
Down & Out Books in Florida. They're
the folks who brought you THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA, the Minnesota Book Award
nominee that I wrote with Renee Valois (the main squeeze) and FINDERS KEEPERS,
my young adult crime novel (see below). The volume contains every short story I've
ever written to date, including a Holland Taylor adventure for Ellery Queen Mystery
Magazine and a piece for True Romance.
To my great joy,
HighBridge is bringing out all
three of my Holland Taylor novels in audiobook starting with
(that's the Edgar Award winner, folks). Veteran actor R. C. Bray is providing the
voice (he has also narrated books by James Ellroy, Joseph Wambaugh and Ross Thomas,
one of my heroes). I'm told the audiobooks for
PRACTICE TO DECEIVE and
will be available soon.
FINDERS KEEPERS - AN EBOOK
ORIGINAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS.
my first young adult crime novel about a 13-year-old boy who finds a suitcase
filled with cash and thinks all of his problems are over, is out! You can find
it in eBook format in all the usual places. Plus, my publisher,
Down And Out Books, is also releasing it in trade paper. You'll
be able to get it through your favorite bookstore any day now.
AN ADULT EBOOK
Meanwhile, sales for
THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA, a decidedly
adult ebook original I wrote with writer and theater critic Reneé Valois,
remain strong. A "gothic suspense thriller adventure romantic crime novel with
jokes," - think Beauty and the Beast in the wrong hands - is available in ebook
format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Sony, Diesel and others. It's also
available as a trade paper book through Print On Demand outlets, although my good
friends at Once Upon A Crime and
bookstores in Minneapolis are stocking it on their shelves as well.
VIDEOS, WE HAVE VIDEOS
(AND AUDIO, TOO)
Click on the various links below to watch my acceptance speech
2010 Minnesota Book Award, an interview with my pals at the
Minnesota Crime Wave,
and a radio interview with Heidi Holton on
Minnesota Public Radio.
WHAT SHOULD YOU READ NEXT?
According to Mary Lou Metzger, program specialist and librarian at Sterling Heights
Public Library in Sterling Heights, Michigan, it's the Rushmore McKenzie and
Holland Taylor mystery series. Heremail reports that both series will be included
in the SHPL's upcoming What Do I Read Next, Mystery III program. She says
the books are "hot ticket items." Yowzer! Check out
www.SHLP.net for details.
A CHAIR FOR ME?
It's true. Because they say I have visitied their store more often than any other
author, Jo Gilbertson and the good folks at Barnes and Nobel in Eden Prairie, MN
(3000 Eden Prairie Center) have tagged a very nice, blond-wood chair with the name
"House" in my honor. They pull it out for me every time I'm there. How cool is that?
A HISTORICAL NOTE.
The Anoka County Historical Society here in snowy Minnesota has recommended
to readers during I Love To Read
Month at the Anoka County Library (that would be February for those scoring
at home). After spending several paragraphs praising the book, it concludes
"While certainly not in the class of a book like War And Peace, Tin City
is fun and set among places we all know."
ANOTHER HISTORICAL NOTE.
Mary Anne Grossman of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has listed Tin City
among her Top Ten Mysteries written by Minnesota Authors in 2005. So I have that
going for me.
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD.
Empire Pictures, an independent production house, has purchased the film rights
to my novel
PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. These are
the good folks who brought you Barry Levinson's film Bandits starring
Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchette and who released The Big
White starring Robin Williams,Holly Hunter and Woody Harrelson. I'm afraid
I can't give you any more details at this time, but watch for an announcement soon.
JABBO AND ME.
That's the title of a brief memoir I wrote for the Feb./March edition of
Crime Spree Magazine. It tells the tale of how as a young man
I met the great Jabbo Smith and became a jazz fan for life. You might also be
interested in a brief sidebar I added which features a list of eight classic jazz
albums from my personal collection. These are not necessarily my best albums nor
my favorite. But if you don't like these, you don't like jazz. The articles
will accompany a much longer piece exploring the birth of jazz by mystery author
David Fulmer (JASS).
A MAN OR MYSTERY.
That's what my high school alma mater - Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota
- calls me in the Fall 2004 issue of Traditions Magazine. Which was awfully
nice of them considering all the silliness if perpetrated when I went there.
IT'S A GREAT HONOR
to learn that my novel
PENANCE (that's the one that
earned the Edgar in '96) is being taught in the mystery writing class at the
Roseville Area High School in Roseville, Minnesota (where I now live).
BE SURE TO VISIT
my good friends at Once Upon A Crime bookstore for the latest titles.