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Rick Skwiot

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Rick Skwiot's critically acclaimed novel "Fail: A Carlo Gabriel Mystery" was re-released by Antaeus Books in fall 2020 in both paperback and Kindle versions. 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 Pancho Villa," and "Key West Story"--and two memoirs: the highly praised 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. A veteran journalist, he also works as a feature writer.
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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 s…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: A Carlo Gabriel Mystery

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Christmas at Long Lake - A ...

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Key West Story

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Sleeping with Pancho Villa

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Death in Mexico

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Flesh

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Recommended: a concise history of Cuba by a noted author

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 version f Read more of this blog post »
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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.”
Rick Skwiot, Sleeping with Pancho Villa

“Chinga a los ricos!”
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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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