From Levi Stahl, Our Man at the University of Chicago Press:
…I’ve just signed a contract with the University of Chicago Press (my employer when I’m wearing my publicist’s hat) to edit a volume of Donald Westlake’s nonfiction–a celebratory miscellany, sort of like the wonderful Charles Portis volume that [...]
I haven’t had time to look at it yet, and don’t have time even to find a graphic to illustrate this post like I usually do, but I wanted to get this posted ASAP on more than just Twitter.
In order to celebrate fifty years of Parker, and on the eve of the release [...]
Sort of fooled ya there. The above image is not one of the covers. It was rejected, and I can see why. I really like it, but it doesn’t fit the book at all.
You can see the actual covers for the upcoming University of Chicago Press reprints, as well as some other rejected [...]
There’s a novelty song by a local artist that got some airplay in Austin a decade or so ago. I don’t remember the artist and minor Googling based on likely-misremembered lyrics didn’t turn it up, but the closing lines were something like:
I think there’s one thing on which we can [...]
Promo bookmark from the University of Chicago press. The line is from Firebreak, the last reprint to date. There’s not much to say about a bookmark beyond “Hey! Pretty cool bookmark!” (which it is), so I’ll use it as an excuse to ramble on about other things.
I relearned a lesson in the [...]
Ever since I started this site back in the olden days, I’ve gotten one question over and over again: Is anyone going to reprint the Grofield books? (If you’re not familiar with Parker’s occasional partner Alan Grofield, you can find out more by going here and clicking the links.)
And the answer [...]
Today, Mulholland Books posted Lawrence Block’s foreword to the University of Chicago Press edition of Butcher’s Moon. This means that all three of Block’s forewords, which form a trilogy of sorts, are now available for reading online.
The foreword to Butcher’s Moon, titled to make it more article-like “Canarsie and Westlake, [...]
I know some people skip introductions, forewords, afterwords, &c. Not me. I love ‘em. There are several posted on this site, and every single one of them is interesting.
Of course, on this site I can only post forewords and so on from out-of-print editions, usually long-out-of-print editions, and even then I’m walking a fine line. (I’ve gotten permission for some, and I’m happy to report that to date no one’s complained about the others.) I’ve never printed a foreword from an in-print edition until now.
Fortunately, the University of Chicago Press and Lawrence Block have been kind enough to grant me permission to post Mr. Block’s foreword to Backflash, one of three he wrote for the latest batch of Parker reprints. If you haven’t picked up one of U of C’s reprints yet, the material below the fold will give you a good idea of what you’re missing. Enjoy.
Continue reading Lawrence Block’s introduction to U of C Press’ Backflash
As part of the launch of the latest batch of Parker novels (Butcher’s Moon in particular), Levi Stahl of the University of Chicago Press has a terrific interview with Brian Garfield about his friendship and sometimes working relationship with Donald Westlake. As a bonus, it features some great photos.
I had a small [...]
Note: New content will be light to non-existent for the next week or two, as I travel to celebrate a belated Christmas and an on-time New Year with my family back home.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this (very) hurriedly-written summary of 2010.
I hope that your holidays have been and will [...]