Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Poddy Mouth

After a few months of relative radio silence Broken River Books publisher J. David Osborne has made good on his promise to re-emerge in October. There's a brand new BRB website and a podcast where he speaks with writers, artists and criminals about almost anything but writing, arting or crime-ing. Guests so far include Max Booth III, David James Keaton, Benjamin Whitmer, Johnny Shaw, Cody Goodfellow and Constance Ann Fitzgerald.  And here's me on the JDO Show shooting shit in a barrel - mostly talking about movies that are almost good. Now... when will we see that next crop of Broken River titles? Soon, methinks.

Another podcast recommendation? Erik Arneson's Word Crimes podcast is having fun with an ongoing event called E-Off wherein homonymoniously named authors read stories by the others. I had the experience recently of hearing my story Have You Seen Me? from St. Louis Noir read on the audio product by a professional (Mirron Willis - thanks, man, nice job) and it was very cool to hear somebody else interpret and express material I'd created. These guys don't have professionals reading their shit though. They have their peers... their petty, competitive peers eviscerating their work (or maybe they're really trying their best). Tune in to hear stories by Erik Arneson, Eryk Pruitt, Eric Beetner and Erik Storey read by the other guy. (BTW - purse beers and dildo shopping with Erik Storey and his lovely wife was a highlight of my Bouchercon experience)

Pruitt's podcast The Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt's latest episode has S.W. Lauden chatting up Naomi Hirahara and Rob Hart about writing a series character. And senor Hart, whose latest, South Village, just dropped this week contributed this article to Strand Magazine about some titles by up and coming crime writers to get your hands on (including Pruitt, Lauden, Danny Gardner, Angel Colon, Steph Post and Nick Kolakowski). Strand also just nominated Todd Robinson's Rough Trade alongside names like Laura Lippman, Mark Billingham, Nicci French and Peter Spiegelman for crime novel of the year. Sweet.
Saturday I'll be at the third annual St. Louis Small Press Expo hosting a reading at the Central Library downtown at 2pm. The best worst thing you'll hear all year. Come see N@B favs Fred Venturini, Josh Woods, LaVelle Wilkins-Chinn and myself for a Noir w/o the Bar event that ought to send you running for some liquid amnesia promptly.

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