Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We interrupt our regularly scheduled foolishment... give you some unfortunate news.

Robert Crais is unable to attend Bouchercon this year. He's really disappointed not to be able to see all of us but an issue arose that, well, even Joe Pike couldn't fix it.

The silver lining is that now you get to guess who's going to interview Lee Child and David Baldacci.

More to come....


Blogger Fran said...

Oh sadness and boo!

But these things happen, I suppose, although I don't see WHY Joe Pike couldn't fix it.

Ah well. . .

October 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you guys have a great time in San Francisco.

Bouchercon by the Bay coincides nicely with the publication of the new anthology 'Jack London: San Francisco Stories'.

In the autumn of 2009 I visited Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon at Jack London Square in Oakland. I drank a glass of white rum at the very table Jack London wrote parts of 'The Call of the Wild' and 'The Sea-Wolf'. I’d been enticed to grab a BART train under the bay from San Francisco after reading a meditative article on Heinold’s and London by my editor at PopMatters Rodger Jacobs. The article is called ‘Ghost Land’.

Sitting alone in Heinold’s, I got to thinking. There are numerous collections of Jack London’s stories of the Klondike and also collections of his Pacific tales. But had anybody ever collected Jack London’s stories set in the San Francisco Bay Area? And if not, why not? Isn’t Jack London as iconic a San Francisco writer as Dashiell Hammett?

Well, I’ve done it. 'Jack London: San Francisco Stories' is now available as a carefully edited and designed print-on-demand title through's CreateSpace. I’m very pleased to say that Rodger Jacobs’ ‘Ghost Land’ serves as the preface to the new collection. Rodger was also a help with story suggestions and encouragement as I pulled dusty Jack London story collections – usually century-old UK first editions – from a university library here in Sydney. Dale L. Walker’s mammoth 20-part story-by-story commentary on the 'Complete Stories of Jack London' was an invaluable guide, as well.

In 'San Francisco Stories' you’ll find often anthologised classics like ‘The Apostate’ and ‘South of the Slot’, key extracts from 'John
Barleycorn' and 'The Sea-Wolf', all seven exciting 'Tales of the Fish Patrol' – a complete book in itself – as well as a bunch of more-or-less forgotten stories. Some gems turned up, as well as some light entertainments. I didn’t
include every last story that happened to be set in San Francisco (there’s potboiler trash to be found in the Jack London catalogue). I was pleasantly
surprised to discover that the stories constitute a multi-faceted portrait of the San Francisco Bay Area in the time before the Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire. San Francisco as the wild west. London’s classic eyewitness account of the devastation of San Francisco is included as an epilogue.

The book is for sale here -

And you can find out about the collection at:

All the best
Matthew Asprey

October 14, 2010 at 3:37 AM  

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