Conversation With Librarian Caroline Pak

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I had a chance to sit for a one-on-one with the librarian at the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library.  I was happy to address my personal writing practice, my first novel Long Way Home: A World War II Novel and the difficulty of research for that project.  I address the growing representation of diverse crime writers in the mystery/crime genre, and pose a challenge to mystery readers to go beyond their comfort zones.  I mention two other unpublished works that are completed, and read an excerpt from Book 6 in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series: Warn Me When It’s Time.

Reading starts at: 37:45

The Big Apple, Good Books, and the Holidays!

It’s always a pleasure to visit New York City in December. I do it almost every year. NYC feels like the backdrop of so many of my childhood Christmas memories, starting with my wide-eyed viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and movies like Miracle on 34th Street.

I’m heading to NYC again this year, and I’ll take in the sights of the decorated department store windows, the ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, the light displays on Fifth Avenue, and the hustle and bustle of Holiday shoppers.

But the main reason for this December visit to the Big Apple is to support a handful of fine writers who will be reading from their works in the anthology: our-happy-hours-graphic-small Our Happy Hours. 

This book, published by Flashpoint Publications, and with cover art by Ann McMan offers the reminiscences, essays, poetry, and short fiction of 40+ gay and lesbian authors (I’m one of them) about the impact of the bar scene on our lives.  The book’s curators: Lee Lynch and S. Renée Bess were inspired to launch this project after the horrific hate crime at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016.

Happy Hours book cover

Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit the LGBTQ youth programs at the Ali Forney Center in New York City, and the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia.

I hope you have safe, joyful, fun-filled Holidays. And don’t forget, books make wonderful Holiday gifts for family and friends!