The Last Policeman is Quirk's first-ever mystery novel, and previous Edgar winners include Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block, John le Carré, Laura Lippman, S. J. Rozan, Donald Westlake, Lisa Scottoline--basically, every mystery writer you've ever heard of, dating back to Raymond Chandler himself (he won in 1955 for The Long Goodbye). So last night a bunch of us joined Ben at the Edgar Awards banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel--and let me tell you, it was pretty mind-blowing.
After spending four glorious days in the Windy City for C2E2, Nicole and I are back in Philadelphia. And while we're happy to be back... Chicago, you sure were good to us. We miss you. Keep in touch, okay?
During C2E2 we gave out a ton of Planet Quirk totebags, met new and old fans, and introduced convention goers to Ben H. Winters and E.B. Hudspeth. Both Ben and E.B. spoke on panels, and signed advance copies of their upcoming books, Countdown City and The Resurrectionist.
We also saw a ton of great cosplayers, met some awesome bloggers and press folk, and got to know the kind people at Valiant (they had a sax player!) and Topshelf Comics. They made excellent neighbors.
We managed to capture a number of cosplayers on camera, as well as Ben and E.B.'s signings. Check them out in the video above, or in the photos below. See you again soon, Chicago!
There's nothing funnier than a good dramatic reading. It's an art (I'm using the term loosely) that all literary-minded people can appreciate. Sometimes a book (or a song or a poem) is written so horribly that it needs to be analyzed, with special attention given to every sentence, every word, every thought. While the writing may not be all that spectacular, the performers are certainly talented. I don't know how any of the following can get through a dramatic reading without bursting into laughter. Props to them.
Here's a compilation of the best dramatic readings the Internet has to offer.
Media--whether in the form of books, movies, tv, plays, lithographs, or what have you--has been creating unrealistic expectations of human awesomeness for centuries. You don’t think that people were slavering over Romeo in Shakespeare’s time*? And for good reason: made-up guys are just better on paper (talk about storybook romance!) So, forget real-life dudes. Imagine happy days with the following fictional fellows!