September 2021
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Archer Mayor
Mon Sep 27 @ 5:00pm
Sep
27
Mon
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Virtual event
Archer Mayor discusses Marked Man click here to order a signed first edition! Archer Mayor. Marked Man (Minotaur, $28.99 Signed). In Archer Mayor's Marked Man, the death of a local millionaire become…
Nancy Goldstone
Wed Sep 29 @ 5:00pm
Sep
29
Wed
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Virtual event
Nancy Goldstone discusses In the Shadow of the Empress Click here to order a copy! Nancy Goldstone. In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and He…
Candace Robb
Thu Sep 30 @ 6:00pm
Sep
30
Thu
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Candace Robb discusses The Riverwoman's Dragon Click here to order a signed copy! Candace Robb. The Riverwoman's Dragon (Severn House, $28.99 Signed). When the wise woman Magda Digby is suspected of…
Cadwell Turnbull
Fri Oct 1 @ 6:00pm
Oct
1
Fri
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Cadwell Turnbull discusses No Gods, No Monsters Click here to order a signed copy! Cadwell Turnbull. No Gods, No Monsters (Blackstone, $26.99 Signed). One October morning, Laina gets the news that her…
Barbara Peters in conversation with J.T. Ellison and Jayne Ann Krentz
Sat Oct 2 @ 10:00am
Oct
2
Sat
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Barbara Peters in conversation with JT Ellison and Jayne Ann Krentz on the 32nd birthday of The Poisoned Pen Bookstore! The Pen celebrates its 32nd birthday on October 3rd! Bestselling authors Jayne A…
Alex Schulman in conversation with Ivy Pochoda
Mon Oct 4 @ 12:00pm
Oct
4
Mon
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Alex Schulman discusses The Survivors Special Guest Host: Ivy Pochoda click here to order a copy! Alex Schulman. The Survivors (Knopf, $25.00 unsigned). INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • A gripping psycholo…
Susanna Kearsley in conversation with Diana Gabaldon
Mon Oct 4 @ 6:00pm
Oct
4
Mon
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Susanna Kearsley in conversation with Diana Gabaldon To attend: A purchase of Susanna Kearsley's new book The Vanished Days from The Poisoned Pen is required to attend this Zoom webinar. You must have…
Rhys Bowen
Tue Oct 5 @ 6:00pm
Oct
5
Tue
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Rhys Bowen discusses God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen Click here to order a signed first edition! Rhys Bowen. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen (Berkley, $26.00 Signed). Georgie is back and hanging the stockin…
Val McDermid
Tue Oct 5 @ 12:00pm
Oct
5
Tue
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Val McDermid discusses her new novel, 1979. click here to order! Val McDermid. 1979 (Grove Atlantic, $27.00 unsigned copies, UK signed copies $45.00). First in a brand-new series! Hailed as Britain's …
L. Allison Heller
Wed Oct 6 @ 6:00pm
Oct
6
Wed
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L. Allison Heller discusses The Neighborhood's Secret Click here to order! L Allison Heller. The Neighborhood's Secret. “Addictive, suspenseful and masterfully written...will delight fans of Big Lit…
Alice Hoffman
Thu Oct 7 @ 5:00pm
Oct
7
Thu
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Alice Hoffman discusses The Book of Magic Click here to order a signed first edition! Alice Hoffman. The Book of Magic (Simon & Schuster, $27.99 signed). Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the…
Lisa Unger in conversation with Karin Slaughter
Sat Oct 9 @ 3:00pm
Oct
9
Sat
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Lisa Unger discusses Last Girl Ghosted Special guest host: Karin Slaughter Click here to order a signed copy! Lisa Unger. Last Girl Ghosted (Park Row, $27.99 Signed). “You won’t be able to stop turni…
Peter Lovesey
Tue Oct 12 @ 1:00pm
Oct
12
Tue
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Peter Lovesey discusses Diamond and the Eye Click here to order! Peter Lovesey. Diamond and the Eye (Soho Press, $27.95 unsigned). A Bath antiques dealer has disappeared, and detective Peter Diamond h…
Ed Tarkington in conversation with Ashley Winstead
Tue Oct 12 @ 5:00pm
Oct
12
Tue
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Ed Tarkington discusses The Fortunate Ones. Hosted by Ashley Winstead, author of In My Dreams I Hold A Knife. Ed Tarkinton. The Fortunate Ones (Algonquin Press, $16.95 unsigned). A 2020 Notable New F…
James McGrath Morris
Thu Oct 14 @ 7:00pm
Oct
14
Thu
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James McGrath Morris discusses Tony Hillerman: A Life Click here to order a signed copy! James McGrath Morris. Tony Hillerman: A Life (University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95 Signed). The author of eight…
Sci Friday Book Discussion Group
Fri Oct 15 @ 7:00pm
Oct
15
Fri
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Book Discussion Group
Sci-Friday Book Group discusses Frank Herbert's Dune This group now meets in-person and virtually on Zoom. Please email pat@poisonedpen.com for an invitation. We welcome new members. Frank Herbert. Du…
Jeffrey Archer
Sat Oct 16 @ 10:30am
Oct
16
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Lord Jeffrey Archer discusses Over My Dead Body Click here to order a signed US copy! Jeffrey Archer. Over My Dead Body (Harper Collins U.S., $28.99 Signed. Also a signed UK copies available at $45. …
Croak and Dagger Book Discussion Group
Sat Oct 16 @ 10:30am
Oct
16
Sat
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The Croak and Dagger Book Group discusses Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club Click here to order a copy! Richard Osman. The Thursday Murder Club (Penguin, $17.00). Four septuagenarians with a …
Spencer Quinn
Mon Oct 18 @ 5:00pm
Oct
18
Mon
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Spencer Quinn discusses It's a Wonderful Woof click here to order a signed copy! Spencer Quinn. It's a Wonderful Woof (Forge, $26.99 Signed). Holiday time in the Valley, and in the holiday spirit—de…
John Connolly
Tue Oct 19 @ 12:00pm
Oct
19
Tue
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John Connolly discusses The Nameless Ones Click to order! John Connolly. The Nameless Ones (Atria, $28.00, unsigned book with custom book tote and signed oversized playing cards). From the internation…
Lori Rader-Day in conversation with Catriona McPherson
Tue Oct 19 @ 5:00pm
Oct
19
Tue
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Lori Rader-Day discusses Death at Greenway. Special Guest Host: Catriona McPherson Lori Rader-Day. Death at Greenway (Morrow $16.99). Click to order! From the award-winning author of The Day I Died …
Clea Simon
Thu Oct 21 @ 4:00pm
Oct
21
Thu
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Clea Simon discusses Hold Me Down Click here to order! Clea Simon. Hold Me Down (Polis, $26.99) A riveting work of dark suspense from acclaimed author Clea Simon Gal, a middle-aged musician, is back i…
Catherine Prendergast
Thu Oct 21 @ 5:00pm
Oct
21
Thu
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Catherine Prendergast discusses The Gilded Edge: The Audacious Women and the Cyanide Love Triangle That Shook America click here to order a copy! Catherine Prendergast. The Gilded Edge: The Audaci…
Andrew Child and Lee Child
Mon Oct 25 @ 6:00pm
Oct
25
Mon
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Andrew Child and Lee Child discuss Better Off Dead Click here to order a double signed first edition! Andrew Child and Lee Child. Better Off Dead (Bantam, $28.99 Signed by both authors). Jack Reacher …
Colleen Cambridge
Tue Oct 26 @ 1:00pm
Oct
26
Tue
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Colleen Cambridge discusses Murder at Mallowan Hall click here to order a signed copy! Colleen Cambridge. Murder at Mallowan Hall (Kensington, $26.00 signed). The first in an exciting new historical m…
Scott Carson (aka Michael Koryta)
Tue Oct 26 @ 6:00pm
Oct
26
Tue
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Scott Carson (aka Michael Koryta) discusses Where They Wait Click here to order a signed copy! Scott Carson. Where They Wait (Atria, $27.00 signed). A new supernatural novel about a sinister mindfulne…
Gregory Galloway
Wed Oct 27 @ 5:00pm
Oct
27
Wed
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Gregory Galloway discusses Just Thieves Click here to order a signed copy! Gregory Galloway. Just Thieves (Melville House, $26.99 Signed). "A sucker punch noir that is also a powerful and haunting…
Rachel Howzell Hall and Yasmin Angoe
Thu Oct 28 @ 6:00pm
Oct
28
Thu
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Rachel Howzell Hall discusses These Toxic Things. Click here to order a signed copy! Yasmin Angoe discusses Her Name is Knight Click here to order a signed copy! Rachel Howzell Hall. These Toxic Thi…
Hardboiled Discussion Group
Thu Oct 28 @ 7:00pm
Oct
28
Thu
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Book Discussion Group
The Hardboiled Discussion Group So Young, So Wicked by Jonathan Craig. Click here to order a copy! This group now meets in-person. We welcome new members! Jonathan Craig. So Young, So Wicked (Black…
Cherie Priest
Fri Oct 29 @ 4:30pm
Oct
29
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Cherie Priest discusses Grave Reservations Click here to order! Cherie Priest. Grave Reservations (Atria, $26.00 Signed). A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quir…
Oct
14
James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris discusses Tony Hillerman: A Life

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James McGrath Morris. Tony Hillerman: A Life (University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95 Signed).

The author of eighteen spellbinding detective novels set on the Navajo Nation, Tony Hillerman simultaneously transformed a traditional genre and unlocked the mysteries of the Navajo culture to an audience of millions. His best-selling novels added Navajo Tribal Police detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee to the pantheon of American fictional detectives.

Morris offers a balanced portrait of Hillerman’s personal and professional life and provides a timely appreciation of his work. In intimate detail, Morris captures the author’s early years in Depression-era Oklahoma; his near-death experience in World War II; his sixty-year marriage to Marie; his family life, including six children, five of them adopted; his work in the trenches of journalism; his affliction with PTSD and its connection to his enchantment with Navajo spirituality; and his ascension as one of America’s best-known writers of mysteries. Further, Morris uncovers the almost accidental invention of Hillerman’s iconic detective Joe Leaphorn and the circumstances that led to the addition of Jim Chee as his partner.

Hillerman’s novels were not without controversy. Morris examines the charges of cultural appropriation leveled at the author toward the end of his life. Yet, for many readers, including many Native Americans, Hillerman deserves critical acclaim for his knowledgeable and sensitive portrayal of Diné (Navajo) history, culture, and identity.

At the time of Hillerman’s death, more than 20 million copies of his books were in print, and his novels inspired Robert Redford to adapt several of them to film. In weaving together all the elements of Hillerman’s life, Morris drew on the untapped collection of the author’s papers, extensive archival research, interviews with friends, colleagues, and family, as well as travel in the Navajo Nation. Filled with never-before-told anecdotes and fresh insights, Tony Hillerman will thrill the author’s fans and awaken new interest in his life and literary legacy.

 

James McGrath Morris a biographer and writer of narrative non-fiction. His newest book Tony Hillerman: A Life will be published in October.

 

Aside from his last book The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and A Friendship Made and Lost in War, Morris’s books include the New York Times Bestselling Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press, which was awarded the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize; Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power—which the Wall Street Journal deemed was one of the five best books on American moguls and Booklist placed on its 2010 list of the ten best biographies; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism—a Washington Post Best Book of the Year; and, Jailhouse Journalism: The Four Estate Behind Bars.

 

He is also the author of the Kindle Singles Revolution by Murder: Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, and the Plot to Kill Henry Clay Frick. and The Radio Operator: Robert Ford’s Last Stand in the Fight to Save Tibet.

 

Morris has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, as well as some academic journals.  Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he spent a decade as a journalist, a decade working in the book and magazine business, and a decade as a high school teacher.

 

He is the former president of Biographers International Organization, of which he was among the original founders. In 2019 he received the BIO Award, which is given to a writer who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the art and craft of biography. Previous winners, among others, include: Jean Strouse, Robert Caro, Arnold Rampersad, Ron Chernow, Stacy Schiff, Taylor Branch, and Candice Millard.

 

Morris earned his bachelor’s degree from American University and his master’s from George Washington University.

 

Morris lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Patty McGrath Morris.

 

Date
October 14
Time
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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