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May 18, 2015

I hope you'll enjoy this post with a behind the scenes look at my book tour for The Last Bookaneer, just completed.

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The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
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May 1, 2015

I hope you'll enjoy this post:

How this outdoor bookstand gave me an idea
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I hope some of my friends from Goodreads can come say hi on my tour! Along the way, I'll bring some fun mementoes to show and some to give away. Here are the details:

BOSTON, MA
The Last Bookaneer Reading (Launch!)
Friday May 1, 2015, 7:00pm @ Harvard Bookstore
1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

SEATTLE, WA
Monday May 4, 2015, 7:00pm @ Elliott Bay Books
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:00pm @ Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

SAN DIEGO, CA
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 7:30pm @ Warwick's Books
7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

DANVILLE, CA
Thursday May 7, 2015, 7:00pm @ Rakestraw Books
Iron Horse Plaza, 550 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526

CORTE MADERA, CA
Friday May 8, 2015, 7:00pm @ Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925

HOUSTON, TX
Monday May 11, 2015, 6:30pm @ Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005

ST. LOUIS, MO
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 7:00pm @ Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid St. St. Louis, MO 63108

CHICAGO, IL
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:00pm @ Anderson's Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

CINCINNATI, OH
Thursday May 14, 2015, 7:00pm @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Rookwood Pavillion, 2692 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
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Published on May 01, 2015 08:37 • 13 views

April 28, 2015

Dear Friends,

Today my new novel The Last Bookaneer arrived. I hope you'll run, or at least walk briskly, to your favorite store and pick up a copy or click the buy button of your favorite website.

In The Last Bookaneer, a golden era of literary piracy approaches its end as two rivals converge on Robert Louis Stevenson's island home to try to retrieve his final masterpiece. I really hope you'll be one of the first to read it. Bookpage Magazine writes the novel "seamlessly braids fact and fiction into an imaginative yarn that will enthrall bibliophiles and adventure fans alike," Newsday calls it "a seductive read," and the New York Post just labeled it "required reading" (is there some way to enforce that?). It's also an IndieNext selection (chosen by independent bookstores).

I'll be starting my book tour at Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Mass., this Friday, May 1 and then will be in Seattle, Southern California, Northern California, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati. Tour details below… If I'm coming to a bookstore near you, I hope you'll say hi. I will have some manuscript pages to give out at my events, and I always give first dibs to the person who has traveled the farthest. If you don't live near any of the venues, most stores happily accommodate requests to purchase a signed book over the phone and have it shipped.

Please share this message with anyone you think might be interested and also any members of book clubs looking for a new pick. If you'd like to help me spread the word please tweet with the tag #thelastbookaneer or post on your Facebook page about the book. (If you would like to follow me on Twitter, please go here, and like me on Facebook here).

Yours sincerely,

Matthew
BOSTON, MA
The Last Bookaneer Reading (Launch!)
Friday May 1, 2015, 7:00pm @ Harvard Bookstore
1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

SEATTLE, WA
Monday May 4, 2015, 7:00pm @ Elliott Bay Books
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:00pm @ Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

SAN DIEGO, CA
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 7:30pm @ Warwick's Books
7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

DANVILLE, CA
Thursday May 7, 2015, 7:00pm @ Rakestraw Books
Iron Horse Plaza, 550 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526

CORTE MADERA, CA
Friday May 8, 2015, 7:00pm @ Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925

HOUSTON, TX
Monday May 11, 2015, 6:30pm @ Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005

ST. LOUIS, MO
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 7:00pm @ Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid St. St. Louis, MO 63108

CHICAGO, IL
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:00pm @ Anderson's Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

CINCINNATI, OH
Thursday May 14, 2015, 7:00pm @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Rookwood Pavillion, 2692 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
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Published on April 28, 2015 18:09 • 44 views • Tags: the-last-bookaneer

April 14, 2015

Two weeks until the publication of The Last Bookaneer on April 28 from Penguin Press!

Some news updates:

… My website has been renovated. Hope you'll check it out! www.matthewpearl.com

… Don't forget I might be at a bookstore near you. Make sure to check this tour list: Friday 5/1: BOSTON, MA—Harvard Bookstore, 7pm... Monday 5/4: SEATTLE, WA—Elliott Bay, 7pm... Tuesday 5/5: LOS ANGELES, CA—Vroman’s, 7pm... Wednesday 5/6: SAN DIEGO, CA—Warwick’s, 7:30pm... Thursday 5/7: DANVILLE, CA—Rakestraw Books, 7pm... Friday 5/8: CORTE MADERA, CA—Book Passage, 7pm... Monday 5/11: HOUSTON, TX—Murder by the Book, 7pm... Tuesday 5/12: ST. LOUIS, MO—Left Bank Books, 7pm... Wednesday 5/13: NAPERVILLE, IL—Anderson’s Bookshop, 7pm... Thursday 5/14: CINCINNATI, OH—Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 7pm

… Finally for now, to (hopefully) whet your appetite for the upcoming novel, I'd like to share three more reviews with you, here below, which I greatly appreciate.

From The Library Journal
goo.gl/ZyRkPs
"Don't-Miss Fiction"
Pearl, Matthew. The Last Bookaneer.

“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest. Yo-ho-ho and a trunk full of manuscripts!” At the tail end of the 19th century copyright law has yet to be established and publishers are making a killing by printing unauthorized editions. In this world of literary piracy the men and women employed to do the dirty work of procuring the unpublished texts are called bookaneers. When a young bookseller named Fergins is swept off to the South Pacific island of Samoa by his mentor Pen Davenport, he becomes involved in one of the last great adventures of bookaneering, involving dodging missionaries, cannibals, German settlers, and a dastardly competitor for a treasure of unknown value—the latest and, possibly, last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson. VERDICT This swashbuckling tale of greed and great literature will remind you why Pearl (The Dante Club; The Poe Shadow) is the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers. His latest is guaranteed to delight lovers of history and mystery and will likely find an enthusiastic crossover audience among those who enjoy the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Watcher in the Shadows), Erik Larson (In the Garden of Beasts), and Katherine Howe (The House of Velvet and Glass). —Liv Hanson, Chicago

From Booklist
Issue: April 15, 2015
The Last Bookaneer.
Pearl, Matthew (Author)
May 2015. 400 p. Penguin, hardcover, $27.95. (9781594204920).

Writing mischievously clever novels about famous writers is Pearl’s forte. His first “bookaneers” or literary pirates appeared in The Last Dickens (2009), and they now command this entire tale of obsession and nefariousness. This passionately researched and ebulliently imagined yarn is narrated by Fergins, an unassuming English book dealer who ends up in cahoots with the bookaneer Penrose Davenport, culminating in a mad voyage to Samoa, where the ailing Robert Louis Stevenson is reportedly finishing a new novel. Intent on stealing the manuscript, the duo manages to ingratiate themselves with Stevenson and his outspoken wife, Fanny, only to discover that Davenport’s archrival, Belial, is also on the scene. As the bookaneers scheme, tall, gaunt, zealous Stevenson, coughing and smoking, serves as a veritable king to the Samoans in his employ and becomes embroiled in opposition to the German occupation. As the action erupts into the sort of significant cliffhanger exploits Stevenson specialized in, Pearl’s vividly descriptive and energetically plotted novel churns and charms with intriguing literary history, acid social critique, witty dialogue, and delectably surprising and diabolical reversals and betrayals.
— Donna Seaman

From Bookpage Magazine

The Last Bookaneer is a rollicking romp in which the publishing industry is depicted as a business as scintillating as mining for gold. Equal parts adventure on teh South Seas and literary fiction set in civilized and cerebral England, this story is chock full of sly remarks skewering the publishing industry. The questions of intellectual property faced in the 1890s are just as complex and engaging as those we encounter in today's technological world. As in his previous work, Matthew Pearl seamlessly braids fact and fiction into an imaginative yarn that will enthrall bibliophiles and adventure fans alike.


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March 5, 2015

I've posted the fifth entry in my posts on the stories behind my book covers. Check it out!

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Published on March 05, 2015 07:52 • 45 views • Tags: book-cover, the-last-bookaneer
Wanted to share the first advance review of the new novel, a really nice, starred review in Kirkus:

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Published on March 05, 2015 07:50 • 36 views • Tags: historical-fiction, kirkus-reviews, last-bookaneer, matthew-pearl, robert-louis-stevenson

February 13, 2015

The website and book tour guide for THE LAST BOOKANEER is up and running! We'll probably still be tweaking it and correcting errors. You can read the synopsis and see some images relating to the novel.

www.lastbookaneer.com

(of course, also accessible from www.matthewpearl.com)

In the weeks and months to come, I'll be sharing some posts here and elsewhere on the story behind our cover design, choosing the title of the novel, some strange facts I found on Robert Louis Stevenson, and how I came to write about literary pirates or "bookaneers."

As for the book tour in May: If you are in or near one of these places, or have long lost relatives you want to visit, please mark your calendar now! (I'll be reminding as we get closer, too)

Friday 5/1: BOSTON, MA—Harvard Bookstore, 7pm... Monday 5/4: SEATTLE, WA—Elliott Bay, 7pm... Tuesday 5/5: LOS ANGELES, CA—Vroman’s, 7pm... Wednesday 5/6: SAN DIEGO, CA—Warwick’s, 7:30pm... Thursday 5/7: DANVILLE, CA—Rakestraw Books, 7pm... Friday 5/8: CORTE MADERA, CA—Book Passage, 7pm... Monday 5/11: HOUSTON, TX—Murder by the Book, 7pm... Tuesday 5/12: ST. LOUIS, MO—Left Bank Books, 7pm... Wednesday 5/13: NAPERVILLE, IL—Anderson’s Bookshop, 7pm... Thursday 5/14: CINCINNATI, OH—Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 7pm

I'm so glad to have Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter (@matthewpearl) as a way of staying in touch with you. This is a good time to ask that if you aren't also on my email list, please join by adding your email here. I am very conscious of inbox fatigue, so I keep this to really one or two emails *per year*. Mostly a reminder when a new book comes out or I'm coming to your neck of the woods.

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Published on February 13, 2015 07:57 • 65 views • Tags: historical-fiction, last-bookaneer, matthew-pearl, robert-louis-stevenson

December 27, 2014

Dear friends and readers,

I'm excited to share news of my next novel! But before we get to that:

I have a nonfiction story that is available to download starting today from the terrific storytelling online magazine, Atavist.com. My story is called "Company Eight." Though I have done a fair share of articles and essays in the past, this is my most extensive work of narrative nonfiction. It's a true story--and up until now an untold story--of a 19th century volunteer fire company in Boston that fought to overturn a corrupt and dangerous system. It was a kind of "Untouchables" for firefighters.

There are two ways to download "Company Eight."

The first comes with images and can be read on your computer, iPad or other tablet, phone:

download at The Atavist

The second way is text only for your Kindle:

download at Amazon

And of course the Goodreads entry: Company Eight

On to news of the next novel! It's called THE LAST BOOKANEER. It will be published in the US by Penguin Press on April 28, 2015, and around the same time in the UK by Harvill Secker. It's about literary thieves in the 19th century (fuller tease at the end of this blog entry). Because I like to keep my emailing to an average of 1-2 emails a year for those who prefer slim inboxes, please make sure to check back in on my site (www.matthewpearl.com) for further news, the cover, and also stay up to date by choosing to "like" my Facebook author page, ...and follow my Twitter feed

Want to be the first to get the book? Pre-order now! Here or your favorite book selling site.

And again, the Goodreads page:
The Last Bookaneer

As always, I'm honored to have you as readers.

THE LAST BOOKANEER

Mystery, celebrity, theft and a thrilling adventure set at the ends of the earth.

On the island of Samoa, in a house perched on a cliff beneath a smoldering volcano, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labours over a new novel. It is rumored that this may be the author of Treasure Island's greatest masterpiece.

On the other side of the world this news fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, literary pirates who steal the latest manuscripts by famous writers to smuggle them to a hungry public. But a changing world means the bookaneers will soon become extinct.

Two adversaries set out for the south Pacific: Pen Davenport, a tortured criminal genius haunted by his past and Belial, his nemesis. Both dream of fortune and immortality with this last and most incredible heist.

THE LAST BOOKANEER thrillingly depicts the lost world of these doomed outlaws, a tropical island with a violent destiny, a brewing colonial war and a reclusive genius directing events from high in his mountain compound.
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Published on December 27, 2014 08:06 • 145 views • Tags: company-eight, last-bookaneer, matthew-pearl

February 28, 2012

Two more days of this one of a kind giveaway! Here is my message from email and my Facebook blog... there's still time to get your photo in with my new book, The Technologists!

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For the first time, I'm doing a giveaway FOR EIGHT DAYS ONLY open to everyone, including all those who cannot come to my events. And "winning" is easy. Just take a photo of yourself with a copy of my brand new novel THE TECHNOLOGISTS between now and the end of leap day, February 29 and post it on my Facebook author page, tweet the pic to my Twitter account (@MatthewPearl), or email it to me at mpearl [at] matthewpearl.com with the subject "Tech Pic" with your mailing address and the name to whom you would like the page personalized (I do need to ask that I personalize to you or any other name of your choice). No purchase is necessary, it can be a photo with the book at your local library, or at the bookstore, or at a friend's house--be creative, I just thought it would be a fun way to get the word out and to give back a bit to some of my readers! So get out there right now, find the book, take a picture! (I think the e-reader screen would show up on a photo, but let me know if you have any problems!)

There's more! (Yes, I'm really getting into this). The first FOUR readers to post or send their pictures will receive one manuscript page from each of my four novels! Alternatively, if you manage to take a photo with all FOUR of my novels, you will also receive one manuscript from each of my four novels. What are you waiting for?

The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
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Published on February 28, 2012 06:53 • 528 views