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Mark Stevens

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in Chapel Hill, N.C. , The United States
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I’m the son of two librarians.

My first mystery, "Antler Dust," was published in 2007 and made the best-seller list on The Denver Post. Two years later, it was back on the same list. Great reviews from The Aspen Times and Great Falls (Montana) Tribune, among others.

The sequel, "Buried by the Roan," was published in August, 2011. (Said Margaret Coel: "Flat-out terrific.") It was a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Book Award.

The third, "Trapline," came out in 2014 and won the Colorado Book Award the next year. And "Lake of Fire," number four, was published in 2015 and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in 2016.

I’ve worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles, covering a variety of events and issues
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Ninety Percent Mental takes its title from the old Yogi Berra quip “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”  Tewksbury (with baseball writer Scott Millre) makes a convincing case that Berra was right. It’s hard to imagine … Continue reading →
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Antler Dust (The Allison Co...

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Trapline

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A 2014 article on Stereogum included this great line about Galaxie 500: “One imagines the walls of the Galaxie 500 rehearsal space lined not with bikini girls with machine guns, but with posters of Buckminster Fuller and Trotsky.”

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Doug Glanville’s “The Game From Where I Stand” offers a winning combination—a likable narrator and tons of colorful details about life off the field and inside the game of baseball.

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Shake it up, stir it up, mix it up … go ahead and hit that button all the way over there on the right. The one past grind and blend. Yes, puree. Toss all those words and ideas in the glass container, make sure the rubber lid is snugly secured, and le ...more
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By the time Gary Shteyngart is done with Barry Cohen, he has taken him down, all the way down, from his lofty perch of wealth and prestige.

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The story of the Clarinda A’s is the story of baseball for baseball’s sake. "The Baseball Whisperer: A Small Town Coach Who Shaped Big-League Dreams" is the story of the man behind the team, Merl Eberly, and some of the key major league players who l ...more
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“If I hadn’t come back today to check on you boys, which one of you would have taken this puppy apart?” she said. “I was going to wing it,”
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“Allison Coil stroked the soft neck of the massive bull elk. The skin was still warm to the touch. She felt the smooth fur on the animal’s head, looked at the crimson dot on its skull that leaked blood, then pressed her index finger against the spot where death had found an opening.”
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“A lesson, please,” said Vic. “You might not be around to hold my hand the next time I bring down an elk.” “You’ve taken your kill for this season, mister,” Allison said. “If you learn how to do this right, you can hold one of your buddies’ hands.” She looked”
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message 11: by Susan

Susan Good early morning Mark, thanks for the welcome and have a great weekend too!


message 10: by Mark

Mark Stevens Not me, Sherrie -- no MFA in my pocket. I would have loved the chance to pursue one, but it's not me. Cheers !

Mark


Sherrie Miranda Hey, finally someone I know! Well, sort of. You are the Mark Stevens who got his MFA from NU in CW, right?


message 8: by Nina

Nina Thanks for the friend request :)


message 7: by Jesse

Jesse Hanson Thanks much for including me among your goodreads freinds, Mark. Want to wish you the very best in all.
Namaste, jesse


Penelope Marzec Nice to find someone else who thinks highly of Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities. :^)


Penelope Marzec Nice to find someone else who thinks highly of Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities. :^)


message 4: by Simon

Simon Hi Mark. Thanks for seeking me out.


message 3: by Terry

Terry Wright Hey Mark... It's good to be with you on Goodreads...
Terry


message 2: by Gusto

Gusto Dave You sexy beast, you.

Dave


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Mark,
Thanks for befriending me here as well as in real-life!
- Beth


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