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I always say I love our events for the things I learn from authors speaking of their work.
Philip Kerr, who didn't win the 2012 Edgar for Field Gray ($15) but gave Mo Hayder a run for her money IMHO, pointed out he enjoys Prague Fatale (Putnam $26 Signed) as much for its Agatha-Christie style country hose/locked room murder as its history. Bernie Gunther in fact faces a circle of suspects all of whom are criminals, for a nice twist. And Heydrich, the evil Nazi at the plot's center, was in real life an Agatha Christie fan. Go figure. Anyway, a delight on many levels in a series that began some 20 years ago and remains fluid in geography and chronology. All the Gunthers are highly recommended by our staff: think John LeCarre, Alan Furst, David Downing...but Kerr is his own man, an original.
Norman, Michael. Skeleton Picnic(Poisoned Pen $25 or $15).
I've cited Tony Hillerman's work as an analogue because of the pot-hunting culture in the Utah setting (Vermilion Cliffs/Lake Powell) worked by BLM agent JD Books. But Norman points out that the work of CJ Box (Joe Pickett) is a better link, not to mention the fiction of his two favorite authors, Michael McGarrity and Archer Mayor. This second in series is stronger than On Dangerous Ground which was more of a prequel, and is a Surprise Me! Club Pick,
Finally, I like the little literary zingers put out from time to time in PW on-line. This one is for famous book titles that come from poetry. Quiz yourself -- click here.
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We are poisoned to link to May publications and Staff Picks as I write the May Booknews. Meanwhile...
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Events This Weekend at The Pen
SUNDAY APRIL: 29
Allison Brennan 1:15 PM
It has been seven years since Lucy was attacked-and almost killed-by an online
predator. Today, she is well on her way toward a new life. While waiting to begin her training at the FBI Academy, he current mission: to find out who killed a high-priced call girl linked to a powerful Congressman. A number of known prostitutes-with scores of high profile clients-are turning up dead all over D.C. Is this the work of a depraved killer? Or the result of an inside job?
Christopher Farnsworth 2:00 PM
Cade, the President's Vampire who keeps America safe from the hidden evils who threaten everything, is pitched into a violent, bloody duel with the Bogeyman (bog, Russian for god), a force that possesses humans and changes them into a vessel for harm. Screenwriter Farnsworth constructs arresting scenes in his narrative, high body count, and presents Cade and his handler for the President with
NEW: MONDAY APRIL 30
Lindsay Faye 7:00 PM
Signs The Gods of Gotham ( Putnam $25.96)
The author of a super hot debut and our March History Club Pick pays us a visit. Here is the Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
Set in 1845 New York City, Faye's knockout first in a new series improves on her impressive debut, Dust and Shadow (2009), which pitted Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper. As Irish immigrants pour into the city, fleeing the potato famine in their homeland, Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old former bartender, adjusts to life as a policeman in New York's newly formed police force. As one of the first to wear the copper star, Wilde soon discovers more than one unwelcome surprise. In short order on his lower Manhattan beat, he runs across an infanticide and the body of a 12-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed. The investigation the novice detective launches into the boy's murder brings him deep into the heart of human darkness. Vivid period details, fully formed characters, and a blockbuster of a twisty plot put Faye in a class with Caleb Carr.
Our May Events Calendar!
THURSDAY MAY 3 7:00 PM Travelogue Event!
Paul French and Rob contribute photos to our show
Tour Colonial China/Indo China - plus Treats
Paul French signs Midnight in Peking (Penguin $26)
SATURDAY MAY 5 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Cozy Con at the Phoenix Public Library, 1221 N Central Avenue
Registration: $25 includes box lunch
Avery Aames, Kate Carlisle, Donis Casey, Jane Cleland, Hannah Dennison, Earlene Fowler, Rebecca Hale, Carolyn G. Hart, Beth Kendrick, Jenn McKinlay, Page Shelton, Betty Webb
TUESDAY MAY 8 7:00 PM
Ace Atkins signs Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Putnam $27) Spenser
WEDNESDAY MAY 9 7:00 PM
Jefferson Bass signs The Inquisitor's Key (Morrow $25) Dr. Bill Brockton
The Body Farm's Dr. Bill Bass via Skype, Jon Jefferson live
SATURDAY MAY 12 10:30 AM
Coffee and Crime Club discusses the humorous mysteies of Chris Ewan
SATURDAY MAY 12 2:00 PM
Joseph Nassise signs The Heretic (Harbinger $10.95)
Aprilynne Pike signs Destined (Harper $17.99) YA
MONDAY MAY 14 7:00 PM
Marcia Clark signs Guilt By Degrees (Little Brown $26) DA Rachel Knight
TUESDAY MAY 15 Books at the Biltmore
Michael McGarrity with Jon Talton
Party starts at 6:00 PM, Program 7:00 PM
Free but books to be signed must be bought from The Pen. Cash Bar & Buffet
McGarrity signs Hard Country (Dutton $29) Kevin Kerney's family
Volume One of a New Mexico trilogy
THURSDAY MAY 17 7:00 PM
Jon Talton signs Powers of Arrest (Poisoned Pen $25 or $15). Cincinnati Casebook #2 after The Pain Nurse ($15)
FRIDAY MAY 18 TGIF Party
Mark Coggins 6:30 PM
Coggins signs Prom Night and Other Man-Made Disasters ($15) Memoir
Of growing up, some of it in Phoenix
Craig Johnson 7:00 PM
Johnson signs As the Crow Flies( Viking $26) Walt Longmire
SATURDAY MAY 19 5:00 PM Potluck Party
John Sandford signs Stolen Prey (Putnam $28) Lucas Davenport
TUESDAY MAY 22 7:00 PM
Benjamin Busch signs Dust to Dust: A Memoir (Harper $27)
WEDNESDAY MAY 23 7:00 PM
Brian Freeman signs Spilled Blood (Silver Oak $25)
Leonard Goldberg signs Patient One (Midnight Ink $14.95)
THURSDAY MAY 24 7:00 PM
Hardboiled Crime Club discusses Scott Sparling's Wire to Wire ($16).
FRIDAY MAY 25 7:00 PM
Kick off your Memorial Day Weekend!
Richard Paul Evans signs The Road to Grace (SimonSchuster $20) Walk Series
MONDAY MAY 28
Closed for Memorial Day
TUESDAY MAY 29 7:00 PM
Clive Cussler with Graham Brown
Cussler and Brown sign The Storm (Putnam $29), NUMA Files
WEDNESDAY MAY 30 7:00 PM
Greg Rucka signs Alpha ( Little Brown $25) Jad Bell thriller
THURSDAY MAY 31 7:00 PM
Bruce DeSilva signs Cliff Walk Forge $25), sequel to Edgar-winner and First Mystery Club Pick Rogue Island ($15)
Eight Days in July
Plan Your Summer Break Now
By some fluke we have 8 days in July packed with fabulous programs. I could not get the authors' schedules all to mesh with our Friday the 13th Conference at the Arizona Biltmore but its great summer rate will apply to a stay and you can commute down to the Pen.
I will secure the hotel rate and announce it shortly.
Here is the schedule:
Thursday July 12: Linda Fairstein, Joe Kanon, Books at the Biltmore 7 PM. Stay on for:
Friday July 13: The Poisoned Pen Conference: Alex Kava, Francine Mathews, Dana Stabenow, Mark DeCastrique, 10-4 AZ $35
Monday. July 16: Tarquin Hall 7 PM new Vish Puri/Delhi
Tuesday. July 17: Karin Slaughter 7 PM, new Will Trent/Atlanta
Wednesday. July 18: Martin Walker 7 PM, new Bruno, Chief of Police/Périgord Hosts: Barbara and Dana Stabenow
Thursday. July 19: Daniel Silva, new Gabriel Allon, Books at the Biltmore Party 7 PM
Or come early
Monday July 2: James Rollins 7 PM new Sigma Force
Tuesday July 10:Steve Hamilton 7 PM new Alex McKnight
2012 Edgar Award Winners
Notable for the broadening of nominees outside the crime genre
To read the full list please click here
Best Novel: Mo Hayder, Gone ($14)
Best First Novel: Lori Roy, Bent Road ($15), published as general fiction
Best Paperback Original: RJ Bennett, The Company Man (Orbit $14), published as Horror
Best Short Story: Peter Turnbull, The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train" (Dell Magazine)
Grand Master: Martha Grimes
|Eight and The Poisoned Pen invite You
to a sneak preview of SHERLOCK
The wait is over!
Join Eight and The Poisoned Pen for an appointment with the world's foremost consulting detective:
at a special sneak preview event
Friday, May 4, 7:30 PM
City of Phoenix Civic Space Park - map
Gather in the company of your fellow Sherlockians for an evening of Baker Street-inspired sleuthing.
- Analyze how modern-day authors are inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Deduce how cutting-edge science solves even the most confounding of mysteries
- Obsess over a special sneak preview of Sherlock's latest case, A Scandal in Belgravia
RED A New Play from
Arizona Theatre Company
May 3-20 at the Herberger in downtown Phoenix
For details, please click here
Master Abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, one of the most visionary artists of the 20th Century, has landed the commission of a lifetime, a series of murals for New York's Four Seasons Restaurant. As he wrestles with the overwhelming task of creating multiple paintings on a grand scale, his new young assistant questions his views of art, creativity and commerce. What follows is a raw and provocative dialogue between master and novice, old guard and new guard exploring the question, "Is art meant to provoke, soothe or disturb?" Based on true events, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Red is the winner of six 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play, the most honored play of the Broadway season.
Saturday May 5
Phoenix Public Library
Join us at the Library for a delightful day (think Mother's Day gifts or bring your mom, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt.... Call the store at 480 947 2974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org register.
10 AM - 4 PM. $25 includes a box lunch and afternoon panels.
We begin with a free free-for-all hour at ten at 1221 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85004 in the Pulliam Auditorium. This is the main library in the very cool building, well worth a visit all by itself!
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