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Reese Hirsch: 5 Books That Changed My Life

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Five Things | 0 comments

Reese Hirsch: 5 Books That Changed My Life

5 Books That Changed My Life By Reece Hirsch Here are five books that had a huge impact on me and my writing: Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone. I first read Robert Stone’s novel about a heroin deal gone very wrong for the first time when I was a teenager but I reread it every couple of years as a reminder of how much can be packed into a thriller without sacrificing narrative momentum. Dog Soldiers is my Platonic ideal of what a thriller can be – it’s fast, violent, sharply written and conveys so much about what America, and particularly...

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Longlist for 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year announced

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Awards | 0 comments

Longlist for 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year announced

The folks behind Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival have released the longlist for the 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Below is the press release in full: Giants of the genre are pitted against a clutch of new voices in one of the most prestigious crime writing prizes in the country. Renee Knight’s debut, Disclaimer, has been pitched as the new Gone Girl. The former TV documentary maker spent a decade writing film scripts, with her first novel turned down by every publisher, but persisted to write Disclaimer,...

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Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim

Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim Brian Michael Bendis with Neil Kleid 2016 Thomas Dunne Books I often tell my son, a 13 year old comic book fan, that he is living in a golden age—that the glut of high quality comics-inspired movies and TV he takes for granted was not always so. Until the waning moments of the 20th century, there were few occasions on which film could do justice to the storytelling gifts of a Frank Miller, an Alan Moore, or a Neal Adams. Now that moviemakers have the technology, they can bring the unique aspects of...

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Jessica Knoll in Milwaukee Tuesday the 19th

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Books, Events | 0 comments

Jessica Knoll in Milwaukee Tuesday the 19th

Jessica Knoll, author of Luckiest Girl Alive, in conversation with Carole E. Barrowman Tuesday April 19, at 7:00 pm at Boswell. Please join us at Boswell for an exciting conversation between Jessica Knoll, author of one of Carole E. Barrowman’s “Top 10 Books of 2015,” Luckiest Girl Alive, and Alverno professor, Carole E. Barrowman. With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition...

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TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Profiles | 0 comments

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze by Rick Ollerman My latest book, TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS, was dedicated to Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze, the former owners of that fine Minneapolis independent crime fiction bookstore, ONCE UPON A CRIME. Unfortunately, we lost Gary to leukemia just last week, just days before I was due to hold a signing at the store on a date that Gary chose himself. I never imagined he wouldn’t be there to see it. The book itself isn’t particularly Gary-like, other than that he appeared to like the thing. He sent me...

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Ellen Hart wins the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Awards | 0 comments

Ellen Hart wins the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction

Saturday night, The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library announced the winners of the 28th annual  Minnesota Book Awards. In the Genre Fiction Category, Ellen Hart won for THE GRAVE SOUL. The other finalists were: THE DEVEREAUX DECISION by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions) HE’S EITHER DEAD OR IN ST. PAUL by D.B. Moon (Three Waters Publishing, LLC) SEASON OF FEAR by Brian Freeman (Quercus)...

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The Shortlist for the 2016 Bony Blithe Award

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Awards | 0 comments

The Shortlist for the 2016 Bony Blithe Award

The shortlist has been announced for the 2016 Bony Blithe Award The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award is an annual juried literary prize, presented at the Bloody Words Mystery Conference for a “book that makes us smile.” The book can be a print or an e-book, submitted by the publisher or the author, published in the previous year. The 2015 award is open to books published between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Self-published books are included. All novels must be a minimum of 60,000 words. The author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent...

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Simone St. James’ LOST AMONG THE LIVING Reviewed

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Simone St. James’ LOST AMONG THE LIVING Reviewed

Lost Among The Living Simone St. James Penguin/Random House April 5th, 2016 Lost Among The Living by Simone St. James is a haunting story. As with her previous books the plot takes place in England during the 1920s and examines the challenges brought upon to those living in the post World War I era. The novel is a great combination of many genres, a riveting historical fiction intertwined with a murder mystery and a touch of the paranormal. Both fans of gothic stories and non-fans can enjoy this book. The plot has several factors that the...

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GOOD BEHAVIOR: TNT offers up 1st promo for Blake Crouch based series

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Television | 0 comments

GOOD BEHAVIOR: TNT offers up 1st promo for Blake Crouch based series

TNT is giving folks an idea as to what they can expect from GOOD BEHAVIOR, the upcoming series that stems from the stories of Blake Crouch. GOOD BEHAVIOR tells the story of Letty Dobesh ( Michelle Dockery), a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, or one bad decision from implosion – which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty tries to stay afloat; reunite with her 10-year-old son, who is currently being raised by her mother Estelle (Lusia Strus); and regularly see her substance-abuse counselor, Christian...

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HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Reviewed

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Films | 0 comments

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Reviewed

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Directed by Michael Showalter Written by Laura Terruso and Michael Showalter Starring: Sally Fields, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser You say no one actually dresses like Doris, and I say you are wrong because Doris’ doppelganger worked in the office next to me for 20 years. Additionally the glimpse or two I got of that woman’s car similarly spoke to a hoarding disorder. Both of these are features of Doris, as played by Sally Fields in HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS. Although Sally does...

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