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Rick Skwiot

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Rick Skwiot's new urban mystery, "Fail," is being released by Blank Slate Books in fall 2014. Skwiot is the author of three previous novels--the Hemingway First Novel Award winner "Death in Mexico," the Willa Cather Fiction Prize finalist "Sleeping With Panocha Villa," and "Key West Story"--and two memoirs: the critically acclaimed childhood memoir "Christmas at Long Lake," and "San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Memoir of a Sensual Quest for Spiritual Healing."

He's taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and served as the 2004 Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is co-founder and director of the Key West Writers Lab (www.KeyWestWritersLab.org), which mentors serious novelists, memoiri
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Rick Skwiot The initial seed for FAIL was planted by my colleague and fellow author John Leslie over lunch one day, when I told him about my attempt once to teach…moreThe initial seed for FAIL was planted by my colleague and fellow author John Leslie over lunch one day, when I told him about my attempt once to teach remedial grammar to inner-city college freshmen, who had gone through 12 years of education in the St. Louis Public Schools but still had trouble putting together grammatically correct sentences. He said, "You should write a book about that." I initially dismissed the idea, saying, "It's a short story, maybe." But the idea took root and, after a couple years, blossomed into an urban mystery.(less)
Rick Skwiot The best thing about being a novelist is being able to put to use everything you've experienced, everything you know, everything you feel, to create…moreThe best thing about being a novelist is being able to put to use everything you've experienced, everything you know, everything you feel, to create something out of nothing, something with substance that endures. Including characters and events and stories and places and ideas that exist due only to your hand. Nothing else I've ever attempted requires so much of me or gratifies me as much. (less)
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Fail

4.13 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Key West Story

3.95 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2012
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Death in Mexico

3.84 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2010
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Christmas at Long Lake - A ...

4.04 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexi...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2010
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Sleeping with Pancho Villa

4.15 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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Flesh

4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1998
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexi...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2010
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Winter at Long Lake: A Chil...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2003
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Key West Story | A Novel

3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2012
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Some three years ago I was asked to edit the English language version of noted Cuban exile author Carlos Alberto Montaner‘s compact history of the Cuban people, The Cubans. The history–ranging from 1492 to possible future scenarios for the island–serves as a good foundation for understanding the island’s politics and people as we debate the U.S. role in its future. You can buy the Kindle versio... Read more of this blog post »
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FAIL (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: An excerpt from the urban mystery FAIL
La Mordida (The Bite) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: The first chapter of my novel Sleeping With Pancho Villa, which features love, lust, humor and a blundering murderer. Here's what two noted reviewers said of the novel: “A thoughtfully layered backdrop of Mexican culture...impressively crafted labyrinthine setting...Snappy and often funny dialogue.”— Publishers Weekly “Life in a Mexican town...laid out beautifully...A skillfully written portrait of an entire community. Highly recommended.”— Library Journal

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Christmas at Long Lake - A Childhood Memory by Rick Skwiot
"Beautiful memoir; I'm going to use some passages when I teach memoir to my elementary students this year, in terms of writer's craft but also as a salute to a simpler time when children didn't rely on electronics in their every waking moment."
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“Chinga a los ricos!”
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“There are three things a man must do before he dies: plant a tree, father a child, and write a book.”
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“I do not drink from this jug every day. But sometimes at night when the wind blows and I am alone and feeling very solitary, it is my only friend and comfort. Right, Pancho?”
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