To “celebrate” election season, I’m doing a brief northern California tour promoting my two novels. I hope you can make it to one of my readings in Berkeley or Mill Valley.
Oct. 15 (Saturday) 4 pm — Mo’Joe Cafe (Sacramento + Blake, Berkeley)
Oct. 23 (Sunday) 2 pm — Tam Valley Cabin (Tennessee Valley Road)
I didn’t consciously plan this, but both books take place during campaign season. Bones in the Wash is set in New Mexico during the 2008 presidential campaign, and Wasted, a “green noir” mystery, is set in the Berkeley recycling world against the backdrop of a pivotal city council election. What ties the books together is the daunting challenge of doing the right thing. Not just in politics, but work, family, love, and murder.
In Bones in the Wash, ambitious Albuquerque Mayor Tomas Zamara has a strong sense of integrity, but understands that politics is like playing football on a muddy field. If you don’t get dirty, you’re not giving your all. That’s why I call these novels “page-turners with a conscience” — I’m aiming for that sweet spot between trashy beach reading and literary masterpiece, where the plot gallops like a racehorse, but the characters are three-dimensional and face tough moral choices.
I’ll be talking about those tough moral choices and reading some brief excerpts. Bring your friends.
And don’t forget to vote.