Literary Ashland with Bobby Arellano

Our November show was pre-recorded since it falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Our guest was Bobby Arellano, author of the Edgar-finalist Havana Lunar and forthcoming Havana Libre (Akashic Books, December 2017). His other books include Curse The Names, Don Dimaio of La Plata, and Fast Eddie, King of the Bees, all published by Akashic Books. He teaches at Southern Oregon University and is an Oregon Literary Fellow, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour and Excerpt: Desert Kill Switch by Mark Bacon

What’s it about?

On an empty desert road, stressed-out ex-cop Lyle Deming finds a bullet-riddled body next to a mint-condition 1970s Pontiac Firebird. When he returns to the scene with sheriff’s deputies: no car, no body.  Does the answer lie in Nostalgia City where Lyle works? The Arizona retro theme park re-creates—in every detail—an entire small town from the 1970s.  It’s complete with period cars, clothes, music, hairstyles, food, shops, fads, restaurants—the works.

Lyle swapped his job as a Phoenix homicide detective for a cab in Nostalgia City when the anxieties and disappointments of police work nearly pushed him over the edge.

Nostalgia City VP Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star, is in Nevada on park business when she gets mixed up with a sleazy Las Vegas auto dealer who puts hidden “kill switches” and GPS trackers in cars he sells—mainly to low-income buyers.  Miss a payment—sometimes by as little as a few days—and your car is dead.  Maybe you are, too.

When Kate’s accused of murder in Reno, Lyle arrives to help his blonde, not-quite-girlfriend and they plow through a deadly tangle of suspects and motives.  Kate and Lyle hit one dead end after another as they struggle to exonerate Kate, catch a blackmailer, save a witness’s life, and help find the missing corpse.

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Literary Ashland with Clive Rosengren

Our October guest was Clive Rosengren, by his own admission a recovering actor and author of now three Eddie Collins mysteries. The latest addition to the series, Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon, was just released by Coffeetown Press. Eddie is a Hollywood actor, but since any actor not on the A list needs another source of income, Eddie operates his own detective agency right on the Hollywood strip. And that gets him into more than his fair share of troubles. In the latest novel, an old flame shows up in his office on a Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

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Literary Ashland — Ashland Literary Arts Festival

The September edition of Literary Ashland Radio focused on the upcoming Ashland Literary Arts Festival, scheduled for October 28 at the Hannon Library on the SOU campus. Tod Davies, Vice President of the Board of the Friends of the Hannon Library, explained this years event and how it’s different from earlier years. Have a listen.

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