Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Thursday, July 23, 2009

News of the week.















Minions,

I spent the day last week with Martin Buday, a photographer from D-Town Magazine. Martin took some great shots of locales from Dope Thief that will run with an interview next month. This is the Cherry Top, a custard stand in Ottsville.

Really nice review at Las Vegas Weekly by Ed Pettit. Excellent to get a real print review and this one is amazing. I may get T-shirts made up with the text of this one.

This weekend...going to be at Between Books in Claymont with the Liars Club on Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, the 25th of July. It should be a lot of fun, with giveaways, games and lots of great authors on hand.

On hand from the Liars Club will be: Marie Lamba (WHAT I MEANT..., Random House), Jonathan Maberry (PATIENT ZERO, St. Martins), Keith Strunk (PRALLSVILLE MILLS AND STOCKTON, Arcadia Publishing), Kelly Simmons (STANDING STILL, Washington Sq. Press), Merry Jones (THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS, Minotaur), Gregory Frost (LORD TOPHET, Del Rey/Random House) and me, signing copies of DOPE THIEF.














So glad Martin got this shot of the Neshaminy, an ancient strip club in Warrington. The owner sold out and the place is going to be torn down for a bank and a restaurant. It was pretty much unnoticed by anyone except those of us who knew it from the old days, until the township tried to pass an ordinance banning signs showing nudity. At that point the owner painted the place with rainbow colors and put a wild sign out front reminding people of President Bush's drug use. It will be missed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rewards

I had such a great week last week I wanted to stop and make sure I said thanks to everyone who helped me get the word out about Dope Thief. My friends Laurie and Whit Webb were the most gracious hosts, putting me up in a beautiful house in Wilmington, North Carolina and showing me an excellent time.

Laurie set up my Crime Workshop at Pomegranate Books AND my interview with NPR affiliate WHQR, which were both a ton of fun and went really well. This is Laurie, Whit and their little guys, Gray and Micah.

The folks at Pomegranate were also amazing, getting the word out so effectively that the Crime Fiction Workshop I did at their store was attended by more than thirty people; a great, funny and smart crowd of readers and writers.

I also wanted to thank Olivia from Ukazoo again, who also did an excellent job packing the house when I did the Crime Writing Workshop at Ukazoo Books in Towson, MD. She got the word out all over the place and event got the workshop a mention on WYPR, the local NPR affiliate.

Friday night I was at the Chestnut Hill Book Festival, a brand new event in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, and that was also a great time. I sat on a panel hosted by Ed Pettit and including Kelly Simmons and Jon McGoran, who helped organize several panels and speakers for the event. Kate O'Neill from the Chestnut Hill Business Association did an excellent job coordinating what must have been an incredibly complex event featuring dozens of panels and speakers.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Today at Tinicum Arts Festival

I'll be signing copies of Dope Thief, haranguing the nice suburbanites and generally making a pest of myself at the Tinicum Arts Festival today. It's going on all weekend at 932 River Road, in Erwinna, and I'll be there today, Sunday, from noon until 2:00pm.

There'll be 250 artists and artisans, a book sale, live entertainment, childrens' activities and tons of food.

Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Coming to North Carolina

I'll be at Pomegranate Books on Thursday at 7:00pm to put on my Crime Writing Workshop. This should be a great trip - I'll be seeing my pal Laurie Webb, the world's best developmental editor, putting on the workshop, and getting a chance to be interviewed on Midday Cafe on WHQR, the local NPR affiliate.

Pomegranate Books is at 4418 Park Ave, Wilmington, NC. The phone number is 910-452-1107. The Crime Writing Workshop starts at 7:00. I'll be reading my own work as well as from classic crime writers, and having the attendees do a little writing themselves.

Hope to see you all there.