Prom Night at The Poisoned PenI just got back from a great event at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona for my new book, Prom Night and Other Man-made Disasters. Prom Night is a collection of humorous essays describing episodes in my life from childhood, school, work and relationships, and since I grew up in Phoenix in the 60's and 70's, a visit to Barbara Peters' bookstore in Scottsdale (a suburb of Phoenix) was just what the doctor ordered.
A number of friends and classmates from my high school, Central High, attended the event, including some who figured prominently in the essays. Here is a picture of me with my old pal Mary Holden, a writer and editor in her own right. (Say, interesting how our pose in the photo sort of echos the couple in the cover photo.)
I was the opening "act" for Craig Johnson, who is touring for his new book, As the Crow Flies. It was great to hear Craig talk about Crow and the forthcoming TV show, Longmire, based on his series of Walt Longmire books. Craig and I have done events together in the past, including this signing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, right after his first novel, Cold Dish, was released.
It goes without saying that I snagged a copy of As the Crow Flies. I thought it was terrific--as I have all of Craig's books--but I had to laugh when I came to a passage about Wyoming Sheriff Longmire struggling to use a complicated DSLR camera to take pictures at a crime scene. It reminded me a lot of Craig's own struggles when he took this picture of me in his hat with my camera.
Mystery reviewer extraordinaire, library manager and hostess of the Glendale Library authors program, Authors @ The Teague, Lesa Holstine, was also present. She did a wonderful write-up of my conversation about Prom Night with Poisoned Pen's Patrick Millikin, so if you'd like to read more, check out her blog post here.