May 8, 2011

Lawrence Block Announces New Scudder Novel


It hasn't been my habit to use this forum for publication announcements, but I've got a new book coming out May 12 and I find I want to tell y'all about it. The title is A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, the publisher is Mulholland Books, Little Brown's brand new imprint, and it's my seventeenth book about Matthew Scudder.

The book's set back in time, early 80s, a year or so after Eight Million Ways to Die, with Scudder making his way through his first year of sobriety. Here's a link to the Mulholland website, with the opening chapter that frames the story:

The trade reviews have been uniformly strong, and the online buzz is encouraging. The publisher has gone back to press for an additional pre-pub printing of 9000 copies. All of this is particularly gratifying, not least because a couple of years ago I honestly believed¬and duly announced¬that I was probably done writing novels. It turned out that, like Bogart in Casablanca, I was misinformed.

I've learned one lesson: although it seems unlikely, I won't say I'll never write another book about Scudder. But I'm pretty sure I'll never write a better one. I do like the way this book turned out, and hope you'll like it yourselves.

Not an extensive tour, but here's where I'll be:

Thursday, May 12. Publication day! I won't be signing, but you can catch me that night on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. I always have a good time on the program. The last time I was on, Craig kept nagging me to write more about Scudder, so I figure the least he can do is help me sell some copies.

Friday, May 13, 12 noon. BOOK CARNIVAL,348 South Tustin, Orange CA 92866. 741.675.2510; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, May 13, 7 pm. VROMAN'S, 695 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101. 626.449.5320; jramos

Saturday, May 14, 2 pm. MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks CA 91362. 805.374.0084; mail

Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm. BELMONT LIBRARY, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont CA 94002. Ed Kaufman of "M" IS FOR MYSTERY has put this program together and will be selling books on-site; reach him at 650.401.8077 or ed This event is something special: a joint program with Science Fiction Grand Master and multiple award winner ROBERT SILVERBERG. Bob and I have had similar careers in our separate genres, and boast (if that's the word) a shared past in the field of 1950s paperback original erotica. We'll interview each other on stage, sharing stories of the paths we've taken from Then all the way to Now. The library tells me they can seat 200 people, and I've a feeling those seats may fill up early.

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 pm. MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP, 58 Warren Street, New York NY 10007. 212.587.1011; ian

Friday, May 20, 7 pm. BOOK REVUE, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington NY 11743. 631.271.1442; annebookrevue

Monday, May 23, 7 pm. OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY, 101 Washington St, Toms River NJ 08753. 732.349.6200; srodas

Tuesday, May 24, 12 noon. OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY LUNCHEON. For information: 732.349.6200; srodas

Tuesday, May 24, 7 pm. WATCHUNG BOOKSELLERS, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair NJ 07042. 973.744.7177; margot

Wednesday, May 25, 7 pm. BOOKENDS, 232 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood NJ 07450. 201.445.0726; bkends2

Thursday, June 2, 7 pm. PARTNERS & CRIME, 44 Greenwich Ave, New York NY 10011. 212.243.0440; partners

Saturday, June 4, 11:15 am. HUNTER COLLEGE WRITERS CONFERENCE, 68th & Lexington, NYC. I'll be on a panel with Susan Isaacs, Bruce Jay Friedman, Sam Lipsyte, and Meg Wolitzer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 212.772.4294

Saturday, June 11, 3 pm. FRESH MEADOWS LIBRARY. For info: Lisa

If any of these dates work for any of y'all, come by and say hello!

Jim Madison Davis

Prof. Jim Madison Davis is the author of several crime novels and several nonfiction books, including the forthcoming Van Gogh Conspiracy. A President Worldwide of the International Association of Crime Writers, he teaches novel and filmscript writing in the Professional Writing Program of the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.



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