Monthly Archives: March 2010

Reading local

The very kind Teresa Bergen filed a blog posting about the mystery/thriller panel at the Public Library Association event last week in Portland. You can see her blog by clicking here.

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This would be me and Meg Gardiner looking like news anchors. We’re at the Public Library Association convention in Portland. She’s making the biker jacket work.

I just read her novel, “China Lake.”  Wow. Really good.


Very good event yesterday at the Public Library Association conference. We had a panel discussion with mystery and thriller writers and drew an estimated 600 people into our room at the Oregon Convention Center.

Meg Gardiner and Karin Slaughter had the funniest anecdotes. Jo Nesbo’s Norwegian tales had people on the edges of their chairs. (He’s a rock star. I don’t mean that as a colloquialism, he was literally a rock star before turning to fiction writing.)  Cara Black and Ted Dekker told tales of living and working overseas that were fascinating.

Then we signed books. The line circled the second floor of the convention center. It got so bad that Jo and Karin had the smart idea to start dashing down the line, signing books before people got to the table. I joined them and we turned a book signing into an aerobic event. It was hilarious.

I must have signed more than 300 advanced reader copies of “Crashers” today. Understand: I had three paperback mysteries published by Bantam, many years ago. In total, I doubt I signed 300 of those things over the years.

Yesterday was a hell of a lot of fun.

We have 7,000 librarians in town, folks. If you run into them at happy hour, give ‘em a shout-out.

Booklist gig

The Booklist cocktail party went very well yesterday. I have to say, there are maybe 10,000 librarians at the Portland Convention Center for the Public Library Association conference. It’s huge.

But the binary psychosis of my life is: at my day job, Portland Community College, we got a call from a Senate office staffer yesterday saying our appropriations request for fiscal year 2011 had gone missing and the deadline was looming and I was trying to prep for the librarians thing with Karin Slaughter and Phillip Margolin and Joe Nesbo and a bajillion book enthusiasts, while playing telephonic tetherball with half a dozen people on spring break who knew about our appropriations request (green jobs; I’ll explain more if you buy me coffee; long week). At one point I found myself telling a congressional staffer about my novel, then telling Phil Margolin about our federal ask for FY11 then thinking, “Hang on. That’s backward.”

End of the day, I found out our appropriations request was back on track and found out librarians had heard about my novel and were excited and hell, I even got Chinese takeout and got home to watch a Netflixed “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” before crashing into my bed.

I had a good day.

Librarians and wine and cheese. Oh my!

Booklist magazine has what you might call a track record. It’s been helping readers find good reads for, OK, let me check my watch… more than a century. It’s published by the American Library Association and delivers more than 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, video and DVD titles each year.

From 4 to 5 p.m. today, Booklist is hosting a free wine and cheese thing at the Public Library Association gig, at the Portland Convention Center. A little nosh, a little splash; what’s not to love? Look for Chelsea herself Cain to make an appearance, along with Gar Anthony Haywood, John Shannon, Karin Slaughter, Joe Nesbo, even New York Times Best Best Best Selling Author (could this guy sell more copies? Sheesh!) Phillip Margolin.

You should drop by. Did I mention the cheese? The best-selling? The WINE! Hello!

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