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  • timhallbooks 11:45 am on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Deadly Ink Conference 

    I’ll be appearing at Deadly Ink 2015 on Saturday, August 8th, as part of the “Pros Vs. Amateurs” panel. I’ll be talking about Bert Shambles and why I love the amateur sleuth genre so much.

    The conference once again will be here:

    Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
    Two Albany Street
    New Brunswick, NJ

    I had a really nice time last year and am looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

  • timhallbooks 8:32 am on July 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Quantity Is Quality 

    My first post for the Cozy Cat Chronicles.

    The Cozy Cat Chronicles

    SIMENON, Georges, 1963,  Ecrivain (F)                                     © ERLING MANDELMANN © SIMENON, Georges, 1963, Ecrivain (F) © ERLING MANDELMANN ©

    Recently I made the mistake of reading about Georges Simenon. He’s one of my favorite writers, but I didn’t know much about his life until recently. I’ve been in something of a funk ever since.

    It’s always tricky reading about other writers; biographies leave so much out that we’re inevitably left with the romantic sheen that hides the unsavory parts of a person. Look behind the myths of Hemingway, Bukowski, Kerouac, Highsmith and others, and the romance quickly dissipates in a haze of alcoholism, pettiness, prejudice and violence. As I like to say, we writers are only semi-human, after all.

    But I was talking about Simenon (wasn’t I?)—oh yes. Simenon had his faults too—for example he bragged that he had bedded 10,000 women, in addition to the 2 or 3 he married—but those flaws don’t concern me right now. What I’m…

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