There is a certain romance and allure to hitting rock bottom. Stripped of pretension and expectations one is free to discover what is important. Over the last few months we’ve spent time with the degenerates of San Francisco’s notorious TL, courtesy of the newest Rogue, Court Haslett. Gambler, raconteur and writer, Court will be editing The Rogue Reader for the next few months contributing interviews with writers such as Brian Koppelman, Urban Waite, Chuck Greaves and many others, while offering wisdom on poker, boxing and drinking. So stay tuned and check out Court’s kick ass debut novel Tenderloin (A Sleeper Hayes Mystery).
November 15, 2013 by Court Haslett
It’s been a little dark this week on The Rogue, with all the talk of Jonestown (don’t worry, there’s more to come of that on Monday, the 35th “anniversary” of the tragedy), so I thought I’d lighten it up with a collection of stories you might have missed this week:
Wes Anderson made an 8 minute short film starring Jason Schwartzman.
Variety features 10 full-length concerts you can watch on YouTube.
Don Cheadle will play Miles Davis in a new biopic.
I completely agree with this critic on Homeland and don’t understand all the hate.
I also agree with Andy Greenwald on Eastbound and Down‘s greatness, but then again I almost always agree with Greenwald.
Bad dating advice from novels.
Variety talked with Patton Oswalt, who always gives good interview.
Struggling with your latest project? Don’t give up, these ten famous works also had humble beginnings.
Man imitates a cop to get free donuts. Now that’s an idea for a crime novel. Or maybe not.
Finally, Buzzfeed’s all-positive book review website.
November 13, 2013 by Court Haslett
Thirty-five years after the Jonestown Massacre, there is still no memorial for the victims in San Francisco, the city most affected and most responsible for the tragedy. My piece in the San Francisco Bay Guardian today asks why, and makes the case for correcting this disgraceful omission.
The Guardian article is the polite argument. Here at the Rogue, we are less concerned with niceties. By looking the other way, San Francisco helped create the monster that was Jim Jones. The argument that nobody knew what was really going on at the Temple and therefore could not have foreseen this tragedy is only partly true—918 deaths is beyond anyone’s most macabre imagination. But San Francisco knew something malignant was going on at 1859 Geary Street. The politicians who sucked up to Jones for his support knew it, too. You didn’t have to be an insider to be in on the secret, either; all you had to do was read the newspaper.
Out of sight, out of mind seems to be San Francisco’s position now. Building a memorial, however, would not discredit San Francisco for its association with Jim Jones any more than the Oklahoma City National Memorial discredits that city for housing Timothy McVeigh. Nobody other than Jim Jones and his henchman were criminally responsible for the massacre. But just because you aren’t legally culpable doesn’t mean you don’t owe the victims and their families the bare minimum, which in this case is a solemn memorial to their lost lives.
November 8, 2013 by Adam Chromy
I’m happy and proud to announce that The Rogue Reader has made it to its first birthday. We’ve published some great books, introduced some of our favorite authors, and met countless wonderful fans and readers along way. We are also excited to announce that The Rogue Reader looks forward to an even bigger and better second year.
To celebrate this auspicious milestone we will make the entire Rogue backlist of novels from Mark T. Conard and Ro Cuzon available for the 99 cents during the month of November. Be sure to take advantage of this fan appreciation pricing to complete your Rogue library.
And looking to the future, we introduce Court Haslett as the next Rogue author. Stay tuned for news about Court’s terrific debut novel Tenderloin (A Sleeper Hayes Mystery) and his upcoming tenure as editor of The Rogue Reader with an eclectic mix of content including interviews with writers like Brian Koppelman, Urban Waite, and Chuck Greaves, as well as interesting supplemental material about the TL, San Francisco, and Jim Jones.
Thanks for being here and join us for another year!
September 6, 2013 by Adam Chromy
Mark T. Conard, author of the Philly Payback Series novels among other books, will be reading at NYC’s KGB Bar at 7pm Saturday in The Fall Reading Series of At The Inkwell.
August 15, 2013 by Adam Chromy
I have been working with Don Rearden since he queried me for a novella entitled Permafrost Heart on March 23 of 2006. I loved the story that blended unique glimpses of the “bush” country and the people of Alaska that Don so clearly loves told in cuts and flashes reminiscent of the film “Momento.”
Alas, the novella did not sell. (how many do?) But over the years Don kept writing, working, and disappearing into the bush only to return each time an even better writer. His next book, a novel entitled The Raven’s Gift, eventually followed and is a true revelation of the beauty and horror of his world.
For several years Don’s fiction, like private dispatches from the edge of the world, have always thrilled and shocked me and often made me cry. But now, finally after so much of Don’s hard work and so many revisions, I get to share his amazing work with others…
The Raven’s Gift was published by Pintail, Penguin Group this summer. And judging from this amazing review by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post Don is finally getting the accolades and growing readership he deserves.
Any number of writers could have produced a fine literary novel about a young couple discovering Yup’ik culture. But only an exceptional writer could write that fine literary novel and then relegate it to backstory, using its fragments to heighten the eeriness and drama of what is an intense thriller. And yet “The Raven’s Gift” also remains a love story — in fact, two love stories. What more could you ask? — Michael Dirda, The Washington Post.
July 18, 2013 by Adam Chromy
As the dog days of summer persist, here’s a giveaway to get your mind off the heat. This month, buy any Rogue ebook Bundle and you’ll be entered to win a 2×3 foot poster of our one-of-a-kind graphic below. Featuring original design and quotes from crime and mystery legends, it’s a collector’s item for any rogue reader.
Lovers of crime and mystery fiction, simply buy a Rogue collection directly from our site and send a screenshot of your order confirmation page, or a copy of your PayPal receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’re officially in the running.
Choose a couple of Scando-crime thrillers from Weinman and Jungstedt in this bundle. Or load your reader with Hogan’s Rust Belt trilogy. Pick up both of Ro Cuzon’s Adel Destin novels. Conard’s Philly Payback series awaits you in this bundle.
We’ll choose winners in a week or so and send a finely printed poster to five lucky winners for display wherever you like. You can’t get this poster anywhere else, and you can’t find bundles like these anywhere else either. So grab a couple of books, turn on the AC, and find a blank spot on your wall for some Rogue Art.
July 17, 2013 by Adam Chromy
Publishing Perspectives invited Ro Cuzon to open up about his writing and publishing journey, including his success as part of The Rogue Reader.
I’m a high school dropout. I never studied writing. And when I first signed with an agent I don’t think I even knew what “plot” was. But over the past decade, I’ve learned how to write, learned how to revise, learned how to promote — essentially, I’ve learned how to be a professional author. My only instructor through it all: my agent. Every writer has his own story. Here’s mine.
Read the full story here.
July 15, 2013 by Adam Chromy
No doubt this weekend’s biggest book story wasn’t about a New York Times bestseller. It was about a solid crime debut that landed quietly in the U.S. in April, despite its fabulous blurbs by Val McDermid and Mark Billingham and general appreciation by PW and Library Journal. In the course of 48 hours, its leapt from an Amazon ranking of over 40,000 to the second best-selling book in the land. How?
It was written by J.K. Rowling.
Less that a year after publishing her first novel for adults,The Casual Vacancy, Rowling published a private eye novel. The Cuckoo’s Calling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The secret has only come to light this weekend in a statement to The Sunday Times of London, in which Rowling admitted Galbraith is she:
“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
Massive congratulations to our friends at Mulholland Books, who will now count Rowling among their star ranks–and who no doubt worked all weekend (somebody’s got to push that reprint through in record time!).
May 11, 2013 by Adam Chromy
By MARK T CONARD Ralphie rode in the back of Pete’s Chevy Impala, while Pete steered, and Quentin sat in the front seat next to …
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