Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cool events coming next week

Cholos y cholas,

There are some great events coming in the next week:

Sunday, April 11th, Duane Swierczynski is signing copies of his latest thriller, Expiration Date, at Port Richmond Books. The event is at 2pm, and Port Richmond is one of my favorite bookstores in the world (It even makes an appearance in Wolves of Fairmount Park). Port Richmond is run by the excellent Greg Gillespie (in the pic at right), and if we're lucky Roger Pertersen will be working that day. Roger's a graphic artist who works part time for Greg, and you can see some of his stuff at his site, Dime Store Novels, as well as on the walls and signs of restaurants and clubs in Port Richmond and Fishtown.

On Monday, the 12th, I'll be at Bucks County Community Colllege for two seminars as part of their week-long event, "Writing For Our Lives."  I'm doing a panel at 11am with fiction writers Alan Hoey and Jim Freeman to talk about the writing process, and then at 1pm I'll be opposite Debra Niehoff, author of The Biology of Violence, to talk about fictional vs. actual violence, which should be really interesting.  Throughout the four days of the event people will be reading from the poetry of former Bucks instructor and Poet Laureate, the late Bev Stoughton, who was an amazing writer and my creative writing teacher at Bucks.

On Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30, I'll be at the Midtown Branch of the New York Public Library for an event called Crime Scenes—From Cities to the Back of Beyond: Why & How Mystery Writers Choose Their Settings. It'll be moderated by Peggy Ehrhart and include panelists Lorenzo Carcaterra, Henry Chang, Julia Pomeroy, Laura Joh Rowland and me. I'm standing in for Wallace Stroby, author of Gone Til November, Heartbreak Lounge and other fierce, affecting mysteries from Minotaur.

Wednesday, April 14th, Duane Swiercynzki and Ed Pettit will be at the Hiway Theater in Jenkintown, showing a great blast from the criminal past, "Hickey and Boggs," a film starring Bill Cosby and the late Robert Culp in a gritty urban action film they did together a few years after their 'I Spy" franchise ended. Ed is known as the Philly Poe Guy, having appeared in local and national press many times defending Philadelphia as the city with the most compelling claim on Poe's literary legacy, but Ed is also a teacher and literary and cultural critic whose work has appeared in newspapers all over the country. This should be a great time, and knowing Ed and Duane, moviegoers will walk away with a ton of cool info about the movie, its stars and place in the cultural firmament of crime films.

Next Saturday, the 17th, the Liars Club will be appearing again at the Trappe Book Center, at 130 W. Main Street in Collegeville, PA from 1-3 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, features free goodies, eight authors, and chances to win prizes that include book bags and signed books. There will even be a story time for kids, featuring an original picture book manuscript read by author Keith Strunk.

Visitors to the April 17th celebration will get to play Truth or Lie games for prizes, and will enjoy hanging out with the following Liars: Stoker and Nebula nominated fantasy author Gregory Frost (titles include Shadowbridge, and Lord Tophet, Del Rey/Random House); author of dynamic forensics thrillers Jon McGoran, who writes as D.H. Dublin (titles include Freezer Burn, Berkley); women’s contemporary fiction author Kelly Simmons (Standing Still, Washington Square Press/Simon and Schuster); celebrated crime writer Dennis Tafoya (Dope Thief, St. Martin’s); social media guru and magazine feature writer Don Lafferty; popular author of young adult novels Marie Lamba (What I Meant…, Random House); best selling mystery novelist Merry Jones (titles include The Borrowed and Blue Murders, Minotaur Books); and actor, playwright and historian Keith Strunk (Prallsville Mills and Stockton, Arcadia Publishing Images of America Series).

Locally owned and operated, Trappe Book Center serves as a hub of cultural activity for the area. They offer book clubs for adults and kids, free literary events, and they often work with organizations to help them fundraise for important local causes. The store has conducted a Battle of the Books to celebrate literacy, and has run an Angel Tree over the holidays to provide books for local children in need. “We are always seeking new ways to be involved in our community,” says manager Kit Little, who points out that the store also works with over 200 local schools to help with events, fundraising and special programs. For more information, or to reserve a copy of an author’s book before the event, call the Trappe Book Center at 610-454-0640.

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