Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LA Times Festival of Books: The Stars Come Out


Check out my coverage of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with thirteen--count 'em, thirteen--author photos over on The Huffington Post.

(And that's not even counting the bonus photo shown above of Gayle Lynds, Denise Hamilton and Naomi Hirahara at the Mystery Bookstore pre-party.)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Evita Plays Oakland?


Travel writer Wayne Bernhardson, who is author of the Moon Handbooks to Buenos Aires, Chile, Argentina, and Patagonia, has a nice post on my latest novel, The Big Wake-Up, over on his Moon Handbook blog. Check it out here.

I particularly enjoyed his observation that The Big Wake-Up has a connection to both his homes--the apartment he and his wife keep in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires and his home base in Oakland, California (which is very close to a certain cemetery).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Lady from Shanghai

My recent piece on the "Subterranean San Francisco" event with Domenic Stansberry, Peter Maravelis and Kelli Stanley over on The Huffington Post featured this photograph of the Li Po Lounge:

Li Po

where the event took place.

Li Po was featured in another well-regarded noir outing: Orson Welles' 1947 The Lady from Shanghai, starring himself and his then wife Rita Hayworth.

Here's a screen capture from late in the movie when Welles runs past the bar:

And another as Hayworth follows him:

It's amazing how little the bar has changed. Same neon sign, same faux gold cave-like entrance.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ray and Cissy

As reported by The Rap Sheet, there's an effort afoot to reunite Raymond Chandler and his wife Cissy at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.

Read more about it, and find out how to register your support if you're so inclined, in my piece on The Huffington Post.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Subterranean San Francisco

Check out my write-up of an evening of hardboiled fare with Domenic Stansberry, Peter Maravelis and Kelli Stanley over on The Huffington Post.