Wednesday, March 30, 2011


noon until 4:00
604 W. 26th St. Mpls.

From Pat and Gary at Once Upon a Crime:

It's beginning to look a lot like Spring, and there's lots to celebrate, so we're throwing a party! We're approaching our 24th year anniversary (on Friday April 1st - seriously), we'll be off to the Edgar Awards Banquet to receive our Raven Award later this month (April 28th), and between the two, we have an incredible lineup of authors heading our way.

We're kicking off the month (and don't forget Brian Freeman tonight, and C.J. Box Thursday night) with our annual author open house: The Write of Spring. Most of you are familiar with it - it's a wonderful way to relieve your cabin fever. This year's slate has 50 authors and honored guests. Attached is a printable schedule. Lots of local authors to meet, from award winners and nominees, debut authors and seasoned best sellers...something for everyone and every taste. We'll even have a few pre-release sneak previews of upcoming books. Plus give-aways, lemonade, and cookies! So check out the attached flyer, or visit our website for more information.

Thanks for a great 24 years!
Pat & Gary

Friday, March 4, 2011


It's been a busy couple of weeks. Hardly any time to blog or tweet. I'm being vain, wishing my hair didn't look horrible because I'm flying to New York to meet my editor and various people in the publishing house. Hopefully have a drink with my wonderful agent and hug her hard. And I have to give a five minute talk at an event. Last year's speaker was Tina Fey. No pressure. For someone who rarely does readings and hardly ever steps out of my writing cave...well, this could be interesting.

I've been around long enough to know how unusual all of this is, and I'm not sure I'm ever going to grasp going from being unable to get anyone to even read The Orchard to what is beginning to look like some pretty major backing. The good news keeps coming. I try not to get my hopes up, and yet at the same time I tell myself I might as well enjoy the sense of anticipation no matter what happens down the road. The best time is often before the book comes out. Like waiting for Christmas.

The cover is beautiful. The back is beautiful too. A red apple. Genius!

I had to shut off the comment section because of spam. I'll probably turn it back on for a couple of days after each new post, then shut it down again.