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Dennis Lehane’s latest novel, Since We Fell, was published this week. I reviewed it for Shelf Awareness, and interviewed Lehane for the same issue. Below is our conversation, reprinted with permission.
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Seussian Thanksgiving

November 23, 2012 – 11:12 pm | 10 Comments
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For the past two decades, I’ve most often spent Thanksgiving with my dear friend Mari, who hosts a theme dinner every year. She never fails to make my jaw drop in wonderment at her creativity …

Thank You, Universe

November 21, 2012 – 11:35 pm | 2 Comments
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I have so many reasons to be thankful—the most loving family, friends more generous than I deserve—but luckily those have been true my whole life. This year, I thought I’d mention my thanks to the …

Movie Review: HITCHCOCK

November 21, 2012 – 1:55 am | 2 Comments
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Hitchcock (out Friday, Nov. 23), which takes place during the making of Psycho, should be called Hitchcock and Alma. Yes, we get to peek behind the shower curtain to see how the iconic movie was …

Weird Casting Conversation

November 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

Some of you know Mr. PCN is a casting director. I sometimes help answer phones. Yesterday, I had this conversation.
Man on the line, in heavy accent: “Yes. I have Japanese ladies. You looking for Japanese …

Movie Review: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

November 16, 2012 – 4:12 am | 8 Comments
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I still have to see many more awards contenders, but Silver Linings Playbook is an early favorite. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, charming, moving, wacky, and…well, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar …

ANNA KARENINA Review + Notes from Q&A with Joe Wright & Keira Knightley

November 14, 2012 – 1:04 am | 10 Comments
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I attended a Variety screening Monday night of Anna Karenina, and stayed afterward for the Q&A with director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley. It’s the kind of movie that benefits from such a chat.
For the …

Nerdy Special List November 2012

November 12, 2012 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
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Here are the November titles we enjoyed:
 
 
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
The Right Hand by Derek Haas (Nov. 13, Mulholland Books) is an action-packed spy thriller. Haas introduces his American spy, Austin Clay, in …

Movie Discussion: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 – 7:19 pm | 6 Comments
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The AFI Fest started last week (wrapping up today) and for the third year, I’ve been attending as a press member. Last night was the annual “Secret Screening,” revealed at the last minute as Skyfall. Guess …

Literary Conversation Starters

October 23, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 15 Comments
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When you read in public, do people often come up to you wanting to discuss your book? It doesn’t always happen to me, but it did tonight while I was at a cafe reading Michael …

Book Review: THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton

October 21, 2012 – 9:17 pm | 4 Comments
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Kate Morton is one of the few authors I think can get away with writing fat, 500-page novels because she fills up those pages with a lot of story. I was a bit surprised, then, …

You Will Not Believe This Story

October 15, 2012 – 8:18 pm | 31 Comments
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As some of you might know, I’ve been doing a play called Year of the Rabbit at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA for the past couple months. The experience has been more rewarding professionally and personally …

Fun at Bouchercon 2012

October 13, 2012 – 1:07 am | 11 Comments
Robert Crais

Last week was Bouchercon, but it was also my fourth blogoversary. While everyone thought they were attending the world mystery convention, I knew it was really my blogoversary party, where I celebrated with some wonderful …

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