I’m moderating a panel at 4 p.m. Saturday. Guests: Suzanne Chazin, Christine Goff, Parnell Hall, Diana Hansen-Young, Reece Hirsch and Patrick Lee!
The topic: “The First Time I Felt Like a Writer.” That sentence spoken by, say, Parnell Hall, will be fun and fascinating. Spoken by, say, Hannibal Lecter, and it’s pretty creepy. Which would be a better description of our panel? No way to tell unless you drop by.
The Minotaur playbook for winter 2013 has a little something for everyone.
• “ALOHA LADY BLUE” by Charley Memminger, a noir tale from Hawaii that’s being compared to John D. McDonald’s classic series.
• A couple of cozy mysteries: “MISS DIMPLE SUSPECTS” by Mignon F. Ballard and “ARSENIC AND OLD PUZZLES” by Parnell Hall. The former takes place in Georgia during World War II and the latter is designed for the puzzle-lovers among us.
• “DECEMBER’S THORN,” a moody Appalachian thriller from Phillip DePoy.
• And Daniel Stashower’s “THE HOUR OF PERIL,” a true story about a plot to kill President Lincoln before the Civil War began.
It’s a wine and cheese social from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Metropolis Books, 444 S. Main St., Los Angeles (just three blocks from the Omni Hotel). The guest host is none other than author Lee Child. Guest authors are Toni L.P. Kelner, Don Bruns, Jacqueline Winspear and Parnell Hall. You could do something else more fun that evening like…. um, I got nothin’. Sorry.