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In This Newsletter:
Joe Gores - Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 PM
Rodes Fishburne - Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 PM
More Author Events Coming Up in April

Joe GoresJOE GORES will read from
Spade & Archer: The Prequel to
Dashiell Hammett's
The Maltese Falcon
Thursday, March 19th at 7 PM

Three-time Edgar winner Gores, author of the novel Hammett (1975) and a former PI, has written a gritty authorized prequel to Dashiell Hammett's classic. Published on February 14, which was also the original publication date for The Maltese Falcon in 1930, Spade & Archer begins in 1921, when Spade sets up his own agency in San Francisco and clients quickly start coming through the door. In the next seven years, he will deal with booze runners, waterfront thugs, stowaways, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, bumbling cops, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen; with murder, other men's mistresses, and long-missing money. Spade will tangle with a villain who's planned what he thinks is the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love - though it won't turn out for the best.

"Edgar-winner Gores has not only pulled off the Herculean task of writing a prequel to The Maltese Falcon but also created a rip-roaring yarn of his own that will please even the crustiest of Hammett devotees."
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rhodes FishburneRODES FISHBURNE will read from
Going to See the Elephant
Wednesday, March 25th at 7 PM

A magazine and newspaper writer for over ten years, Fishburne has written a zany, entertaining first novel starring Slater Brown, Writer Extraordinaire, who arrives in San Francisco with little more than the clothes on his back and a large trunk full of books. Slater has come to "see the elephant," to stake his claim to fame and become the greatest writer ever. But financial necessity brings him to a reporting post with the third-rate Morning Trumpet, where he gains access to the city's secrets with the aid of a mystic known as Answer Man. Slater parlays these secrets into sensational stories that save the Trumpet and enrage the corrupt mayor. Slater becomes the journalistic toast of the town, and falls in love with a beautiful chess champion. But it is the astonishing inventor Milo Magnet - a man obsessed with harnessing the weather - who will force Slater to navigate the most dangerous straits.

"Slater Brown, the wide-eyed young hero of Rodes Fishburne's delightful debut novel, is just the man I'd want to lead me through the streets of San Francisco and regale me with its stories...a rollicking good tale with an old-fashioned sense of fun; one can't help falling in love."
– Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog

Coming in April:

  • MARY ROACH will discuss
    Tuesday, April 28th at 7 PM

  • SHAWNA YANG RYAN will read from
    Water Ghosts
    Thursday, April 30th at 7 PM

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