1) i adore you guys so much. i have the best fans of any writer on the planet. i know i don't always (ever) respond, because life can be kinda crazy and sometimes shitty, but i always read your emails and they very often make my day, and sometimes make my month. thank you for writing and reading and thinking.
2) writing these books has been maybe the biggest adventure of my life.
3) THE INFINITE BLACKTOP, the third Claire DeWitt book, is coming out September 18 2018 from Atria/Simon & Schuster in the US. It's coming out nearly the same time from Faber & Faber in the UK, and in 2019 across Europe, Japan, and everywhere else.
4) I'll be doing some touring for the book in September. If you have a bookstore or reading series or whatever and you want me to come let me know and if I can, I'll do it! Eventually I'll post the upcoming events here in a semi-organized fashion.
I am thinking about starting a podcast/newsletter where I will give writing advice every week-ish and answer questions about writing, work, and creativity from readers/listeners/fans/humans/however you define yourself.
I've realized over the past few years that as much joy as I get from my own creative projects (and that's a lot!), I get just about as much from helping other people with their projects. So I want to do more of it.
So if you like, you can go to the contact page and submit questions for me, and maybe I will answer them! And maybe not! But maybe yes! I won't use anyone's real names, so no worries there.
Please don't hesitate to ask questions that might seem strange or stupid or invasive or otherwise uncool. If I don't dig it I just won't answer it. No big deal. I'm far more likely to address the strange stuff, though, so don't hold back. When I do public events, and we get to q and a, I always encourage the audience to ask questions about anything...
Also coming up: I have a pre-Halloween reading in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, one of the most interesting places in the world. Did you know it was established by Griffith Jay Griffith, who shot his wife in Santa Monica in a state of alcohol-induced psychosis? True story! Also, the single most famous and important person/cat/whatever in Los Angeles, P-22, lives there. Here are the details:
Join us in a (haunted? Let's call it haunted) train car at Griffith Park's famous Travel Town for a pre-Halloween reading with some of our favorite writers sharing stories both spooky and strange... The reading will take place in a train car in Griffith Park's Travel Town. Sunday October 30th at 3. The address is 5200 Zoo Drive.
Hosted by Anne-Marie Kinney and Sara Finnerty
Admission to the museum is FREE. Park in the parking lot and walk right in. Once you are down the staircase, directly in front of you you will see old train...
OUT TODAY! I am very very pleased to be in this anthology with some of my favorite writers, edited by one of my favorite booksellers, published by one of my favorite publishers. So many favorites! But you know I wouldn't say that if it wasn't true.
I will be reading at an event for the book on November 15th at 7:00 p.m., along with some probably-more-interesting writers. Details below!
Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004323-465-1334
Vroom! Vroom! A High Octane Panel of Crime Writers – Featuring Super Nova Michael Connelly, Ben H. Winters, Gary Phillips and Sara Gran with editor Patrick Millikin – Peel Out with Sublime New Collection The Highway Kind, Talk & Signing
Hi. For a few years now I've had a private instagram account for family and a few close friends. Now I also have a public account -- @butterfliesofzembla -- and you can follow me there if you like. Mostly I'm going to be showing off my book/ephemera collection, along with some other stuff I like. Someday I'd like to have my own publishing company and my own public library where you can all come and see my books. But for now, there's this. This week I'm sharing some exciting photos from my collections of vintage Golden Guides and occult postcards. If you're reading this, maybe that's your idea of a good time too.
I think it starts at eight. It costs some amount of money -- ten or fifteen bucks. If you want to come but don't have ten or fifteen bucks let me know, I think there's a list or something, or I'll pay for you, or whatever. I will be reading with the wonderful team of Paul Tremblay & Stephen Graham Jones & Vesta Vaingloria & David D. Levine & Glen Hirshbergand.
Not sure what I'll be reading from. Maybe a work in progress. If you have a request let me know.