Wednesday, November 3, 2010

News From Barbara

November always offers you a cornucopia of good books of all sorts.
What could be better than a book for gifts? There is no better value for the dollar or the hours of pleasure you offer someone with a good read.

If you've missed an event many of them have been webcast and they are available for viewing at

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Treats for the rest of the week...

Tonight at 7:00 pm: Greg Rucka
Tomorrow night at 7:00 pm: JoAnn Mapson
Saturday at 2:00 pm, Warren Perkins, Laura Tohe
Mapson, Jo-Ann. Solomon's Oak. $25.00 Signed Thursday Nov. 4 at 7:00 pm

Glory Solomon, a young widow who has just recently lost her husband, Dan, is desperately trying to maintain the family farm in Northern California.  Renting out her farm to weddings, Glory is making just enough to survive on.  In their glory days, the Solomons cared for foster children.  When Juniper McGuire, a pierced, tattooed and angry young girl is left on Glory's doorstep, Glory can do little but try to care for her. However, with the help of good friend, Joseph Vigil, Glory may be able to survive life's new challenges.   Jo-Ann Mapson's latest novel, Solomon's Oak, is a moving piece of fiction that grabs at the heart and moves the soul.

Perkins, Warren. Putrefaction Live. $21.95 Signed Sat. Nov. 6 at 2:00 pm

Perkins, a native of Flagstaff, Arizona, brings a very human and endearing novel about a young Navajo mix-blood growing up on the Reservation.  From having run ins with the law, experiencing first hand the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, James attempts to get his life straight.  However, his life changes when James creates a heavy metal rez band- Putrefaction.  A moving story that chronicles many of the social issues plaguing local Reservation life in the Southwest.

Rucka, Greg. Last Run. $25.00 Signed Wed. Nov. 3 at 7:00 pm. 

Pat King says, "I have had read just about everything that Rucka has written and I am always amazed at his versatility. I started reading his graphic novels- he always managed to take your standard super-hero character and twist their characteristics to give them a more human edge. Rather than reading about a super-powered human you had a human who happened to have super-powers (flaws and all).

However, I was really hooked after reading Finder- taking his character Atticus Kodiak and watching his progression from body-guard to hit man.

 Rucka's latest Queen and Country novel, The Last Run does not disappoint. Tara Chase, British Secret Agent, burnt out from her last adventure wants nothing more than a desk job and the chance to heal emotionally.  However, when an important Iranian political figure wants to defect- Chase is called in for one last mission.  The emotionally raw Chase must make some hard decisions in order to extract him. This is my current favorite within his Queen and Country series!"

Tohe, Laura. Tseyi Deep in the Rock- Reflections on Canyon de Chelly. $15.00 Signed Sat. Nov. 6 at 2:00 pm.

Tohe is one of the finest current Native American writers today.  Tseyi- is a wonderful book noting the historical, archaeological and cultural importance of Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shellay).  Beautifully written- with beautiful photographs to couple the text- this is a beautiful gift for any southwestern enthusiast.

Next week:
Monday at 7:00 pm, Robert K Tanenbaum
Tuesday at 7:00 pm: Kirk Russell, Sheldon Siegel with Alan Jacobson
Wednesday at 7:00 pm: Priscilla Royal, Jonathan Stroud
Friday at 7:00 pm: Kathy Reichs
Saturday at 5:00 pm: Walter Mosley

Monday November 15 at 7:00 pm: Stephen Jay Schwartz
Tuesday November 16 at 6:00 pm: Dirk and Clive Cussler
Saturday November 20 at 2:15 pm: Archer Mayor with Dana Stabenow
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day but at 11:00 am the next morning, November 26, Black Friday for shoppers, Mike Huckabee signs
NEW: Sunday November 28 at 2:00 pm, Elizabeth Gunn
Tuesday November 30 at 7:00 pm, Robert Greer

Thank you for supporting The Poisoned Pen, and Poisoned Pen Press, winner of the 2010 Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Everyone needs an editor (which is why I warn you away from self-published books whether you are an author wishing to produce one, or a reader....)

Jeffery Deaver will be celebrating my birthday with me, a special treat, onDECEMBER 7, not November 7 as I wrote

Pearl Harbor took place almost a full year after I was born, so I can't claim to be a member of the Greatest Generation. But I like to think some of its standards are part of me.

Rob, and kids, and I are going to Egypt and Petra to celebrate: my birthday is also our 20th wedding anniversary, a canny move worked out by both of us so there is always something to look forward to instead of bemoan each time another birthday rolls around.

More celebrations are planned including a party with Graham Moore, a new author with First Mystery Pick The Sherlockian (Little Brown $26) on Dec. 15.

Jon Talton had planned to add another layer to the festivities but he's had some surgery and thus will join us to sign a new David Mapstone, South Phoenix Rules (Poisoned Pen $25) in January. If you can't wait or want copies for gifts, we will have some Signed copies for you at the end of November. There is also a trade paperback edition ($15).

New for November
A list of new titles for this month sorted by Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and Mass Market  Paperback can be viewed here

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