Thursday, February 01, 2007

Candy on National Public Radio Podcast

The first chapter of my latest book, Candy from Strangers, was selected by San Francisco public radio station KQED for a podcast series they call The Writers' Block. Normally, they simply have the author come into the studio to read his or her work, but because my initial reading was--how shall I phrase it--bad, the producer decided to have an actor read the chapter.

We also got permission to mix in some music from local jazz great Kurt Ribak, who plays bass and has his own trio.

The actor tapped for the reading is named Bill Arney and he is the voice of the Noir City film festival. Bill is a big fan of Dashiell Hammett. So big a fan, in fact, that he sought out and rented the apartment where Hammett lived while he wrote The Maltese Falcon. Hammett also put Sam Spade in the apartment in Falcon.

The kicker is that I, too, have placed my PI protagonist August Riordan in the apartment, although I never describe what connection it has to Hammett. You can imagine how pleased I was to find out that the person who "plays" Riordan in the reading actually lives there himself.

Follow this link to read the introduction to the podcast and listen to the mp3 file on your computer or iPod.


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