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November 21, 2017

Kirk Landers: Constructing an Angry Veteran »

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JKLandersMugThe beginnings of Alone on the Shield originated when President George W. Bush landed on an aircraft carrier in full battle regalia and stood beneath the Mission Accomplished banner for a prolonged photo op orchestrated by a military band.

As a Vietnam veteran, the event made me crazy. A man who …

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March 16, 2017

Setting the scene: T. Frank Muir discusses how the rainy town of St. Andrews, Scotland inspires his DCI Gilchrist series »

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With Tartan noir picking up on the dark trends left in the wake of Scandinavian crime fiction, T. Frank Muir makes waves with his gory police procedural, the fifth in his series with hard-boiled detective Andy Gilchrist. Muir discusses how the rainy town of St. Andrews, Scotland inspires his books f…

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October 12, 2016

Flashback: Production manager (and Beach Boys fan) Allison Felus recalls working on the first edition of Wouldn’t It Be Nice »

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Originally published in 2003, a revised & updated edition of Chuck Granata's Wouldn't It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds officially hit shelves on October 1. We asked our production manager, Allison Felus, to share her memories from working on the fir

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September 28, 2016

Read along with me: A Night in the Lonesome October »

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Night In the Lonesome2It began with a dare, or so the story goes.

Roger Zelazny, the award-winning author of the Chronicles of Amber series and a geek deity of science fiction and fantasy, accepted a dare to write a book in which Jack the Ripper was the hero—or at least a sympathetic character. In 1993, A Night in t

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August 30, 2016

Shawn Shiflett: Why I Wrote Hey, Liberal! »

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Author photo2I say up front that Hey, Liberal! is a work of fiction. However, it is inspired by true events that I experienced. The story is about a white boy, Simon Fleming, who, like me, was sent by his socially activist parents to a predominately African American and Hispanic school in the Lincoln Park neighb…

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