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June 13, 2012

I'm extraordinarily pleased to announce that Learning to Swim has been nominated for an Anthony Award for best first novel. I got the news while in the midst of a 950-mile nonstop drive with 155 pounds of dogs (no, there aren't any motels I know of where you can stop with a giant boisterous Newfie mix and a semi-senile Aussie shepherd/blue heeler mix, so you nap at a rest stop at 1 am, and keep on trucking).



And, oh, it's a kick-ass list:




Learning to Swim - Sara J. Henry

Nazareth Child -...
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Published on June 13, 2012 06:24 • 77 views

May 31, 2012


An enormous congratulations to Madeline Miller (whom I met at the wonderful Booktopia Vermont event in April) for winning the Orange Prize for Fiction, with her debut novel, The Song of Achilles.



From her website, a brief description (and trailer, below):


Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the
epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating
love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and
glory, immortal fame and the h...
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Published on May 31, 2012 06:28 • 83 views


Here she is, coming in November from Crown, the sequel to Learning to Swim (I have several more planned).

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Published on May 31, 2012 05:52 • 65 views

Here she is, coming in November from Crown, the sequel to Learning to Swim (I have several more planned).

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May 15, 2012

On April 18, I flew to St. Louis, beginning what would be my most amazing twelve days ever, and I've done a guest blog over at Jungle Reds about it (thanks to the Jungle Reds writers for having me, and a particular huge thank you to Julia Spencer-Fleming). It starts out ...



I live on a dirt road in southern
Vermont—excitement is when a fox tunnels into my
yard and I try to referee a chase between dog and fox as they lap the yard, me
alternately trying to grab my 105-pound Newfie mix and dir...
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Published on May 15, 2012 05:00 • 54 views

May 2, 2012


Richard Mason



Me, in ponytail mode post-event

About a million years ago (okay, really just over a week ago) I attended an insanely wonderful event called Booktopia, a weekend retreat for readers and authors, organized and hosted by the folks who run the beloved Books on the Nightstand podcast, Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness. Over at their website, you can hear my talk at the Celebration of Authors event that closed out the event. And you can also hear my new pal, the inimitable, delig...
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Published on May 02, 2012 08:40 • 84 views

April 30, 2012

I'm more than delighted to announce that I won the Agatha Award for best first novel on Saturday night at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland - here's a list of all the nominations and winners (I'm still on the road, so please forgive the short post.)





In good company: Just after I won the Agatha for best first novel, with Margaret Maron, winner of the Agatha for best novel


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Published on April 30, 2012 09:34 • 58 views

April 26, 2012

And I'm posting via my just-acquired iPad before I leave town ... But I am extraordinarily grateful to have just won the 2012 Mary Higgins Clark award for my first novel, LEARNING TO SWIM. Can't at the moment figure out how to post a photo from here, but there's one over at the Crimespree mag blog - http://crimespreemag.com/blog/2012/04....
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Published on April 26, 2012 02:23 • 83 views

April 20, 2012

Just a few reasons I love St Louis and St. Louis County Library, which recently hosted Reed Farrel Coleman, Duane Swierczynski, Frank Bill, and me at their annual Suspense Night:





What a lovely coincidence that three of my high school classmates from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, live in St. Louis - and all came out for this event! L-R, Linda Groppe Eissenberg, Greg Edmondson (okay, we were in grade school together too), Joel Eissenberg (with whom I took my first-ever bike trip, back when no one to...
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Published on April 20, 2012 06:18 • 28 views

April 17, 2012

Sorry I’ve neglected my blog so long – and now I'm about to hit the road for two weeks, so I'm going to hurriedly tell you where I'll be when, in hopes that some of you can come to some of these events.



Wednesday, April 18: St. Louis County Library Suspense Night, 7 pm, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, Missouri – This is a free event, a panel with Reed Farrel Coleman, Duane Swierczynski, and Frank Bills - phenomenal writers all. Books from all authors will be available for sale, and of cou...
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Published on April 17, 2012 05:15 • 26 views