A quick note of thanks to Stephen Mortensen at Paper Triangle for a heartfelt and complimentary review of The Grievers! And thanks as well to my good friend Tom Powers for his interview with me in the latest online edition of Philadelphia Stories. I’m very pleased that people are enjoying my book.
Simon Read has a gift for bringing the past to life in a vibrant and compelling fashion. I’ve been reading his latest book, War of Words, for the past few days and, as a result, have been engulfed in the seedy world of San Francisco’s newspaper circulation wars circa 1865. What’s more, Read’s research brings such a high level of detail to the narrative that I have to brush the nineteenth century dust from my clothes every time I put the book down. Just skimming through his bibliography and source notes is an education in itself on how much time and effort goes into researching a work of historical nonfiction. In short, it’s an excellent book — and Read is giving a copy away for free on his blog! All you have to do is drop by, make a comment in response to the “Win a Signed Copy” post, and you’ll be in the drawing.
Here’s as far as I got in my reading at Rosemont College on Tuesday before my camera died. Until I can resolve my battery issues, Plan B is to record about thirty seconds of footage from each reading and then string them together into a coherent narrative.
How’s that for a teaser? What happens next? you’re surely wondering. Why is he screwed? And where can I find a copy of this book?