I had a fun time signing copies of Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery along with my fellow Hit List writers Carlos Hernandez and Sergio Troncoso. This was at Book Expo at the Javits Center. Very overstimulating in there. But it was great to meet the very sweet Marina Tristan and Carmen Peña Abrego of Arte Publico as well as a some nice fans and some people who didn’t know me from an empanada but who were curious about the book.
My story “Rough Night in Toronto” is now up at Plots with Guns. The editors of this normally noir site (in which, natch, every story involves a gun) this issue decided to venture into the future — 500 years into the future — to see what pistol-packing pieces of prose would be produced. Thanks to editor Anthony Neil Smith for giving my story a nod. “Rough Night” involves killer androids, terrorists, and a sap with a weapon. The title and a couple character names reference an old Dean Martin movie for no reason at all and without any impact at all on the plot or enjoyment of the story; that was just to help me get started on writing it. Having said that, I think it could be a movie on its own starring, ummm, anyone but Will Smith. But, Will, baby, if you’re interested, let’s have lunch. Let me know what you think.
On May 21, the well-named Mysterious Bookshop, located near City Hall, hosted a reading by authors from the anthology Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery. Clever Carlos Hernandez, Sunny Sergio Troncoso, and myself as well as co-editors Sagacious Sarah Cortez and Literary Liz Martinez were there.
There were some great guava bars served. And wine! Thanks to all those who came by, from far and wide and a few blocks away.
I had the pleasure of reading from my story “In the Kitchen with Johnny Albino” from Hit List at the East Harlem Cafe, at Lex and 104th Street last night. I read with (left to right) Carlos Hernandez, Liz Martinez, and Sergio Troncoso. Great little place, terrific audience. The event was sponsored by the good people at La Casa Azul Bookstore. Buy their books! People actually bought books — so we must be doing something right. Thanks to everyone who showed. And to those of you who didn’t, you have been de-friended from my Facebook list. Cheers! I think you can see my haircut here. Photo supplied by Aurora Anaya-Cerda. Thanks, Aurora!
Huzzah! Yesterday I was interviewed by Victor Cruz (you know that face) and Gil-T (no relation to Mr. T, but possibly to Royal T?) on Urban Latino Radio, a very cool and hyper-fun (and intellectual-like) Internet-based radio show. Studio over in DUMBO, right by the water — lovely view. Anyway, you’ll be able to hear the interview via their podcast. I was there to chat about Hit List and the La Casa Azul-sponsored reading at the East Harlem Cafe. I think, among all the odd directions our conversation took, I got to mention those things. I was there along with Aurora Anaya-Cerda of La Casa Azul Bookstore and the talented Sergio Troncoso, one of the other writers from the book. It was a lot of fun, reminded me of my old days in college radio. But it smelled a lot better and I was sober. Thank, fellas!
I read my poem “Metro” as well as Patrick Shawn Bagley’s “110 M.P.H. in a Stolen Pickup.” Gerald So reads his poem “Four Minutes,” “Prayer of an Arson Investigator,” by Sarah Cortez, “Don Henley Will Be Mine,” by Misti Rainwater-Lites, and “Visiting Hours, State Pen” by Amy MacLennan. Stephen D. Rogers reads his poem “A Whisper of Smoke.” And Christopher Watkins reads his poem “A Wild Flaw Amongst Us.”