September 2021

Hell and Gone comes out in October, so I'll keep this brief.

If you pre-order Hell and Gone before October 23rd, you're entered in a give-away for a Vancouver Crime Library chosen by me. Details in the pic below. 

The number of entries so far has been really heartening. The book business is going through some very weird shifts, and pre-ordering guarantees that, A, you'll get the book on time, and B, sends a message to stores that the book has an audience.

Thanks to everyone who pre-orders! It means a lot.

There is a Hell and Gone book trailer, as well. The footage was shot by Carly as we drove through Whalley, a neighbourhood in Surrey with a lot of great pawnshops and character. Thanks to Josh and Patrick for their help with the editing and typeface.


One the nicest things about the last month is getting to go back to the theatre. I've seen Paul Schrader's The Card Counter and Clint Eastwood's Cry Macho, and really enjoyed both. Both Schrader and Eastwood started directing films in the 1970s, the era of rockstar critics who could make or break careers. And they're both winding down their careers in a time where reviews are aggregated and criticism pretty much devalued. And their films have often confounded and perplexed both systems.

To be misunderstood for five decades is a mark of real artistry


Today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to reflect on the legacy of colonization and residential schools. It's embarrassing and enraging how little kids were taught about Indigenous cultures in schools, at least where I grew up. The first time I saw the world 'Salish' was in the Sega Genesis game Shadowrun.

This is a very short list of books by (or in collaboration with) Indigenous authors that you might enjoy, a mix of literary, genre fiction, criticism and true crime. I think it's especially important to support Indigenous genre writers, since too often publishers don't know how to market or support these books.

Buy one and let me know how you like it! .

Until next month...

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