UPDATE: MAY 13, 2014: Thanks to all of you who attended our event last night. Had a great time. After the intro by Scott Montgomery, the BookPeople / MysteryPeople / Number one Austin bookseller, played a couple of songs, starting with one I haven’t played in a while, “Girl From Armageddon,” followed by a newer one, “Mary Anne (Won’t Marry Me Till I’m Dead.”
Jim Wilsky read from his new novel, Blood on Blood, published by Snubnose Press.
George Wier read from The Devil to Pay, his sixth Bill Travis novel.
Ace Atkins read the dynamite first chapter of his new Quinn Colson novel, The Forsaken.
And I read from Grave Digger Blues, my most recent novel, about detective Hank Zzybnx and The Blues Cat and the end of the world.
[Please note: This is a quickie repost of a lost blog post. Please excuse any errors that were made in my haste to recover lost material. Hope to have things fixed soon.]
Austin crime fiction fans, please help me welcome Ace Atkins, a fine writer and friend, appearing May 12 at 7:00 PM at our semi-regular Noir at the Bar event at Opal Divine Penn Field. Ace is the author of many novels, including his Nic Travers and Quinn Colson series as well as the late Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels, including the just-released Cheap Shot. I’ve been following Ace ever since his debut, Crossroad Blues, in which he tackled the story of that musical genius and icon, Robert Johnson; and I remember saying, Jesse, YOU should have written that book!
[Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, by Elijah Wald, dissects and analyzes the true history and legend of Robert Johnson and the many other performers who were around pre-war in the South. A great piece of music scholarship.]
George Weir, writer of the Bill Travis series, will also be a featured author, along with Jim Wilsky, who recently did an interview about publishing his first novel, Blood on Blood, with Snubnose press. Read it here. Scott Montgomery will host as usual. There will be cool songs, great writing and libations (that’s French for booze and other liquids, plus bar food). Look for more details on Scott’s MysteryPeople blog, which should be up by the time I post this.
Flashback: Little Black Book Post from the 2010 archives: Badass Gangster Novelist Ace Atkins Strafes BookPeople.