Well, I just realized that I haven’t posted anything much since Cry Father was released. And, not only that, my October is packed with related events, and I should probably tell some people about them, in case anybody wants to show up.
So . . .
October 11: If you’re a bookseller, I’ll be at the MPIBA Fall Discovery Show, so you’ll get to laugh at me trying to mumble-pitch Cry Father in a speed-dating format. I really like the idea, even as I’m hoping I don’t crash and burn.
October 13: I’ll be meeting with some folks in a book club in Stapleton who have taken on Cry Father. Which I’m really looking forward to. Speaking of, if you have a book club in the area, I am housebroken and promise not to eat all your cheese cubes. It had never occurred to me that anybody want me in their house for that kind of thing, but if you do, I’ll be there.
October 15: I’ll be at the Jefferson County Open School in the afternoon. From 12:30-1:00 PM I’ll be helping out in the student writer’s workshop, and then from 1:00-2:00 PM the venue will open up to the entire community and I’ll talk some about noir.
October 20: We’ll be beginning the next session of the 8 Week: Intermediate/Advanced Novel Workshop at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop. There’s still a couple of slots left, I think, if anybody wants in.
October 24: This one’s a little tentative, but I think we’ll be taking our first Noir Walk after the Friday 500 at Lighthouse. If you’re interested, the plan as I understand it is to meet at Lighthouse at 7:30. It’ll be hop alley, hard bop jazz, and a whorehouse. You can’t go wrong. (I’ll update to confirm and add details on this one.)
October 25: I’ll be talking Cry Father at Lighthouse for the Writer’s Buzz: The Story of a Book, 5.0. Drinks and snacks start at 6 PM, the rest of it gets underway at 7 PM.
Also, Cry Father’s gotten a lot of really kind book reviews since I posted last. My memory’s no good, so I won’t remember them all, but the Dayton Daily News, Bookreporter, and Book-Alicious Mama have weighed in, among others. There’s also a piece about the locations in Cry Father up at Crimespree Magazine, and the ever-brilliant Amanda Gowin threw some fantastic questions at me the other day. (And if you haven’t yet, get yourself a copy of Ms. Gowin’s Radium Girls. It’s fantastic.)
That’s all I got for now. It’s been a pretty exciting few weeks since Cry Father was released, and it looks like we’re just firing up.