I am proud to announce The Cutting Season was awarded the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence on January 23rd of this year at ceremony hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in Louisiana. The highlight of my trip, besides sharing a stage with Mr. Gaines, was spending a warm afternoon having lunch with Mr. Gaines and his beautiful wife, Dianne. This is me in his back yard, standing in the entryway to the old plantation church and school he restored.
My thoughts on books, race, film, Obama, Louisiana, Texas, crime and more…
As a part of Writing From California’s “Tales From Two Cities” Conference, and in conjunction with the Los Angeles Library Foundation’s ALOUD series, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorites, Mr. Walter Mosley. Watch it here:
KEY WEST, FL / JAN 9-12
I’ll be participating this year’s Key West Literary Seminar: The Dark Side
Session One is SOLD OUT, but check out Session Two with Sara Gran, Michael Connelly, Lee Child and more.
BATON ROUGE, LA / JAN 23
As the 2013 winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Literary Award, I’ll be doing a public reading at the Manship Theater in downtown Baton Rouge. Check their website for more details.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL / JAN 24-25
I’ll be teaching a workshop at the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise. And doing a reading with none other than Laura Lippman!
PALM SPRINGS, CA / FEB 8
I’ll be doing a reading and signing at the Palm Springs Library.
LOS ANGELES, CA / FEB 20
I’ll be in conversation with Walter Mosley at the LA Public Library, as part of the ALOUD series.
WHITTIER, CA / MAR 15
I’ll be a featured speaker at the Whittier Bookfaire.
LOS ANGELES, CA / APR 12-13
I’ll be joining the fun at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
LITTLE ROCK, AK / APR 24-27
I’ll be at the Arkansas Literary Festival.
IRVINE, CA / MAY 10
I’m honored to participate in the 21st Annual Festival of Women Authors, put on the Literary Guild of Orange County.
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