For my first trip to Left Coast Crime conference in Portland OR this year, I’ll be on a panel on Friday with Lisa Fernow (Dead on her Feet), Darrell James (Pugatory Key and other Del Shannon novels), Carol Sojka (A Reason to Kill) moderated by Meg Gardiner (China Lake, Evan Delaney novels and other thrillers). I’m also looking forward to a Chinese meal with some readers on Friday night, and perhaps a visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden when I get in before the conference on Wednesday. With Sisters in Crime and MWA Midwest get togethers planned it should be a fun trip. Some of my favorite authors including Steven Saylor, Laurie R. King and Jeffrey Siger will also be on panels. And 60 degrees in Portland will be a nice change from the frigid Chicago winter that has gone on way too long…
07 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
I’ll be at Cook Memorial Public Library District Tuesday night to do a presentation about Chicago’s Chinatown as portrayed in DEATH AT CHINATOWN. There’s so much more interesting history than can be covered in a novel. The two young Chinese women doctors that Emily meets were real women who had important careers back in China. The 1890’s were a time when American young people like Emily were working on progressive reforms for social ills. At the same time in China young people were going abroad to study and returning with ideas for reform that eventually led to the fall of the Ching dynasty and the 1911 Revolution. At a time when China is once again reaching out to the rest of the world, it’s a good time to remember the struggles that were necessary to reform a society with such ancient roots. It was also a time when Wang Chin Foo was an early activist for Chinese American rights despite the harsh laws that sought to prevent immigration from 1882 until 1943. So it’s a great topic!
18 Jan 2015 1 Comment
I’ll be in good company reading from Death at Chinatown. Here’s the lineup:
SUNDAY SALON CHICAGO
JANUARY 25 AT 7 PM
**PLEASE NOTE THE NEW VENUE**:
RIVERVIEW TAVERN, 1958 W. Roscoe St (corner of Roscoe & Damen)
DONALD EVANS, GOLDIE GOLDBLOOM, ERIC MAY, FRANCES MCNAMARA, AND MARK TURCOTTE,
January isn’t far away, and we’ll be bringing you five outstanding authors for this month’s reading.
Please join us!
Donald G. Evans is the founder and executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. He is the author of the novel Good Money After Bad and editor of the anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year. He is the Chicago editor of the Great Lakes Cultural Review. He serves on the American Writers Museum’s Chicago Literary Council and the committee that selects the Harold Washington Literary Award.
Goldie Goldbloom’s novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won the AWP Award and the Novel of the Year from the Independent Publisher’s Association. Her writing has appeared in such journals as The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly and many others. This year, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Brown Foundation – Dora Maar Fellowship. Goldbloom teaches writing at Northwestern University and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Chicago with her eight children.
Eric Charles May is the author of the novel Bedrock Faith. A native of Chicago and a former reporter for The Washington Post, his short fiction has appeared in Fish Stories, Solstice, Hyper Text, Flyleaf Journal, F, and Criminal Class magazines. In addition to his Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the personal essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck.
Frances McNamara is the author of the Emily Cabot mysteries, historical mysteries set in Chicago in the 1890s — Death at the Fair, Death at Hull House, Death at Pullman, and Death at Woods Hole. The most recent book in the series, Death at Chinatown, is set in Chicago’s original Chinatown in the summer of 1896. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and is now a librarian at the University of Chicago. She is currently working on the sixth book in the series, Death at the Paris Exposition.
Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. His poems and stories have appeared in POETRY, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, and other journals. He has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Grant, and two Literary Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board. He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at Chicago’s DePaul University.
SUNDAY SALON CHICAGO IS A LITERARY READING SERIES HELD ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CHICAGO AT THE RIVERVIEW TAVERN (IN THE ROSCOE & DAMEN ROOM.) THERE IS STREET PARKING AND THE RIVERVIEW IS ALSO ACCESSIBLE BY THE BROWN LINE EL, THE ADDISON BUS AND THE DAMEN BUS.
THIS EXCELLENT EVENT IS FREE!
07 Sep 2014 1 Comment
Death at Chinatown is available. Sept. 1 was the official publication date. One of our favorite review sources is Foreword Review. Their review is available at https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/death-at-chinatown/
And the Publishers Weekly review is at Although I think the reviewer is wrong about it being 21st century. Actually the concern for immigration and women’s issues was there at that time. And Wong Chin Foo really was an early Chinese American activist who clearly saw the issues. And there were women like Emily who did manage to have academic careers as well as families. They were unusual, but they existed. Anyhow I appreciate the kind words and hope they will get people to read and enjoy the book.
18 May 2014 Leave a comment
Allium Press is publishing Death at Chinatown in September. We’ll be previewing it along with the other 4 Emily Cabot mysteries at the Printers Row LitFest in Chicago June 6-9. I’ll also be a Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park IL Thursday July 31 along with D.M. Pirrone who also has a historical mystery set in Chicago being published by Allium this summer.
02 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
HPHS has asked me to come and talk about Hyde Park in the Emily Cabot mysteries. Of course, Emily is a student at the University of Chicago and lives in Hyde Park, the Fair in the first book is in Hyde Park and apparently Pullman was part of Hyde Park at the time of the strike in DEATH AT PULLMAN. I’ll put together some slides for that talk at 5529 South Lake Park Avenue, from 2-4 pm.
02 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Looking forward to Love Is Murder Mystery Conference Fri. Feb. 7, Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare, Cassatt A/B 3:30-5 PM
I’ll be doing the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland interview with Featured Author thriller writer Jamie Freveletti, author of Emma Caldridge novels RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL, RUNNING DARK, THE NINTH DAY, DEAD ASLEEP and Robert Ludlum Covert One series THE JANUS REPRISAL. Hope to see lots of the Sisters in Crime folks there.