As a writer of private eye novels set in the big, bad city--who illustrates his books with scene-setting photographs--it's perhaps not too surprising that I had a photo accepted for 1650 Gallery'sUrban Landscape show.
"Grade School Fog" by Mark Coggins
What may be a little more surprising is the photo I had accepted in Through a Lens: 10, this year's theme for the annual Michael H. Kellicut International Photo Show.
I'm very pleased to announce that my fifth August Riordan novel, The Big Wake-Up, is now available as an unabridged audio book. Stage actor Richardson Jones does a tremendous job narrating the book. His portrayal of Riordan's sidekick, Chris Duckworth, is worth the price of admission alone, not to mention the great job he does with all the South American characters (and their associated accents) and the villainess, Isis.
Getting into the whole prom night spirit, some pals from my writers group hired a limo and driver to transport them the event:
And went so far as to dress in prom-appropriate attire:
Ann, John and Sheila at The Booksmith
I read a portion of the title story in the collection, "Prom Night," which describes the improbable circumstances under which a shy nerd like me took the homecoming queen and head cheerleader to the senior prom at my high school:
(Photo by Russ Wyllie)
And afterward, a number of us retired to Aub Zam Zam, the venerable Persian-themed bar across the street where Herb Caen once quaffed Silver Bullets:
Here's a clip from my appearance on book talk program "In a Word" with host Kathy Cordova. I'm there to discuss Prom Night and Other Man-made Disasters, my new collection of humorous, first-person essays describing episodes in my life from childhood, school, career, and relationships.