Villainy and Vines
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Villainy and Vines

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Can you pair a bubbly with a brawl? How about Chablis and chase scene? Oh, hell yes! Just ask the folks at Park Avenue Wines in Portland! They’e hosting me from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, for a ticketed event at 626 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. The evening will include the international research I did for “St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking” with wines and snacks from those parts of the world! Annie Bloom’s, one of Portland’s great indie bookstores, will be selling books!

Go online to Park Avenue Wines for tickets. Adults only.

And remember: Read responsibly.

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Dark and Stormy Night  — Lincoln City Edition
Oct
3
4:00 PM16:00

Dark and Stormy Night — Lincoln City Edition

So excited to be part of this year’s Dark and Stormy Night book series at the awesome Driftwood Public Library, 801 S.W. Highway 101, Suite 101, Lincoln City!

The library is bringing an awesome array of writers to town to talk about their craft, including Christa Yelich-Koth (Oct. 10), Valerie Davisson (Oct. 17), Alexandra Mason (Oct. 24) and Caitlin Starling (Oct. 31).

All readings begin at 4 p.m.

This is such a cool annual event. Honored to be part of it!

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Bouchercon. Say that with a smile, partner.
Oct
31
to Nov 3

Bouchercon. Say that with a smile, partner.

Murder, she drawled.

Murder, she drawled.

So excited to head to the World Mystery Convention, or Bouchercon, in Dallas, Texas! I’ll be on a panel discussion regarding dialogue (Spoiler Warning: I’m in favor of it).

My first-ever publishing short story also will appear in this year’s Bouchercon anthology edition! So very excited. The protagonists are new; sort of. If you’ve read “St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking,” you’ve brushed up against them. I’m super excited to introduce them to everyone!

This year’s guests of honor: Peter Lovesey (Lifetime Achievement); Hank Phillippi Ryan (American Guest of Honor); James Patterson (Distinguished Contributor); Deborah Crombie (Local Guest of Honor); and Felix Francis (International Guest of Honor.)

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The Thrill Ain’t Gone!
Jul
12
to Jul 13

The Thrill Ain’t Gone!

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I’m heading to the International Thriller Festival at the end of this coming week! Cannot wait!

I’ll be on a panel at 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, on the topic of dialogue. Our moderator is the great A.F. Brady (“The Blind,” “Once a Liar”), and joining us will be novelists Dave Bell, Susan Alice Bickford, Patricia Gussin, Dennis Hetzel and Francine Ward. This should be a blast!

The whole thing takes place at the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan, where we stage-up every year. This year’s honorees include John Sandford, 2019 Thriller Master; Harlan Corben, Silver Bullet recipient; Margaret Marbury, Thriller Legend; James Rollins, the 2018 Silver Bullet winner; and Lisa Unger and Stephan Hunter, the 2019 Spotlight Guests. Kimberley Howe (“The Freedom Broker,” “Skyjack”) is this year’s executive director.

This is one of the best events each year in the mystery and thriller field. Cannot wait!

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Auntie's Bookstore
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Auntie's Bookstore

Back to my roots.

Auntie’s Books in Spokane

Auntie’s Books in Spokane

So excited to be at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane! I attended Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane and served as student body president. I also got my start in both theater and in student journalism there. So this truly is heading back to my roots.

Pretty awesome timing, because that’s the day of Spokane’s Pride Parade! I’ve marched in Portland’s parade three times. It’ll be a blast to see a pride event in another city.

I’ll be speaking at this gem of an independent bookstore at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 8. Cannot wait!

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Mister Sister!
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Mister Sister!

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I have proudly been a member of Sisters in Crime — a Mister Sister, as the saying goes — since my first books, the Harry Bishop mystery series, way back when. Sisters promotes women writers, female protagonists, would-be writers and fans of all stripes. 

Proud to speak before the Portland chapter later in May! I’ve been a guest several times before and it’s inevitably one of the best, most-knowledgeable, most badass group of mystery writers and aficionadas to be found anywhere! Meetings take place at Szechuan Chef, 331 S.W. Macadam Ave., No. 115, Portland.

If you want to become a mystery writer; if you love mystery books; or if you just enjoy the company of the well-read set, think about joining!

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Book Bin!

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Heading back to my roots in May: I’ve got a gig at The Book Bin in Salem. I spent eight years around the corner, working at the Statesman Journal and sneaking into the Book Bin to take care of my various lit addictions whenever I could. Awesome staff, great selection. Cannot wait!

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May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Sunriver!

Me at Sunriver Books, promoting an earlier novel.

Me at Sunriver Books, promoting an earlier novel.

Returning in May to Sunriver Books & Music, one of Oregon’s great indie bookstores! I’ve never done a gig there that wasn’t a total knockout. The place always draws a good crowd and exudes a positive vibe. Special thanks to proprietors Deon and Rich Stonehouse and their chief executive officer, Flashman. (Goes without saying. Like so many Northwest authors, I owe a lot of my success to Flashman. He’s modest about it.)

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Poisoned Pen!

So very excited to return to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in the Arts District of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona! Barbara Peters created this terrific indie bookstore back in the 1980s and it remains one of the best mystery bookshops in the nation. My last visit was amazing! Looking forward to being back. Author and actor Robert Knott will be on hand that day as well; he’s the guy writing Robert B. Parker’s Cole and Hitch series of westerns. If you’re a mystery fan and you’ve never made the trip to The Poisoned Pen, do yourself a favor and get there. Truly worth it.

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Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Ladd Tower Book Reading

Looming Large Over Portland

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I’ll be speaking on Wednesday, April 17, to the residents of the Ladd Tower at Southwest Jefferson and the Park Blocks in downtown Portland. It’s a great place to live (we live there), within walking distance of everything. We’ve been here for about seven years now and just love it.

The event is open to nonresidents, if you want to stop by. Thanks to the awesome staff at the Ladd for making this event happen!

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Cannon Beach Library
Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

Cannon Beach Library

Very excited to do an event for the independent Friends of the Cannon Beach Library in April! This is a great organization of volunteers, taking care of an awesome library. So very excited!

The Cannon Beach Book Co. is participating, too. This is one of the great independent bookstores that dot the state of Oregon and make this state so cool. Craig Johnson, author of the “Longmire” series of mysteries (which are great novels!) once told me he toured through the smaller towns of Oregon on his motorcycle, because he was gobsmacked by the awesome array of indie bookstores this state has to offer. I couldn’t agree with him more. (except for the part about the motorcycle. Yeah, not so much.)

If you need a break and want to experience spring at the Oregon Coast, head to Cannon Beach April 14. A good time will be had by all.

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Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Heading back to Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, which always draws a great crowd with great questions. So excited to visit the Beaverton location of Powell’s, the world’s greatest bookstore (Eat your heart out, Strand).

I also have had the great good fortune to serve as managing editor of the Beaverton Valley Times and the Washington County Times for the last two years, so this event is near-and-dear to my heart.

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Book Launch!
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch!

So excited to head back to this awesome bookstore in the heart of Multnomah Village! Annie Bloom’s is iconic in Portland (as is the shop cat, Molly). Portland is blessed to have so many great independent bookstores. Annie Bloom’s is a gem!

PS: Not to influence you or anything, but we’ll have cupcakes from a local Multnomah Village shop and wine on hand. Also, Molly. Who’ll stroll languidly through my speech and grab everyone’s attention. It’s OK. I’m used to it.

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PNBA!
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

PNBA!

I’ll be at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma! I’ll be at the Blackstone Publishing table. Come by and visit. We hardly ever bite.

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