Upcoming readings/book signings in St. Louis, Columbia, Mo., and Key West



FYI, I’ll be reading from my new mystery novel Fail at these venues in the coming days and weeks:

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St., Columbia, Mo. Also speaking that night will be plein air landscape painter Brian Mahieu.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., STL Books, 100 W. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, Mo. It’s a party, with wine and snacks, hosted by bookstore owner Robin Theiss and my publisher, Blank Slate Press.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m., St. Louis Public Library, Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis. The beautiful old Carnegie-funded building has been recently renovated, and I’m eager to see the results.

Sunday, Feb. 15, noon, Coffee Plantation, 713 Caroline St., Key West. Hosts Dianne and Theo Glorie will be serving great coffee and baked goods.


Fact mirrors fiction in St. Louis

Coincidentally and sadly, what’s going on these days in Ferguson, Missouri, mirrors some of the events of my forthcoming St. Louis mystery, Fail, including the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop. The book also deals with political corruption and educational malpractice that puts thousands of miseducated teen dropouts on the streets each year–not exclusive to my hometown.

FYI, below is a link to my publisher’s page for the novel, slated for an October 27 launch in St. Louis. You’ll find a précis and an excerpt if you scroll down…