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This Weekend, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday March 13, I will be in the Oak Tree Press booth 119 at the Tucson Festival of Books, along with several other Oak Tree authors. This festival is the second largest such event in the US, with many differenct authors, publishers, celebrities, and programs. If you enjoy books this is the place to be. If you enjoy festivals with music and other entertainment, food booths, and arts and crafts, and other interesting things, it’s also the place to be. 9:30 to 5:30 both days; I plan to get down there when it starts and leave at closing both days. I would love to see friends there, so look me up.
Pueblo Grande Lecture
One week ago I presented a lecture accompanied by a slide show at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park is located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture. It’s located just minutes from downtown Phoenix next to Sky Harbor International Airport. This National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride has been a part of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department since 1929, and is the largest preserved archaeological site (of many) within Phoenix.
Because my books incorporate elements of both modern, historic, and ancient American Indian cultures, I talked about how I create my Indian-related storyline, background setting, and characters. While my books are clearly fiction, I strive to accurately represent the natural and cultural history and personality of the people of the Southwest. My character Sergeant Al Victor of the San Carlos Apache Police is a composite of real people I have known, and his opinions and personality reflects much from those models.
The lecture was well received and I had several intelligent and interesting questions asked at the end. The audience which I estimate at about thirty people was composed mostly of members of the Museum Auxiliary and staff, with some of my family members, and a few people from the general public. The audience was generally well informed on the subject, and in fact there were several Native Americans from three or four different tribes in attendance. One man who had lived in Globe and was familiar with Salado in that area made some salient comments and posed some good questions. Another great contributor was a museum archaeologist. It was a fun and rewarding event.
After it was over I mingled a bit with the audience, but before I was able to meet everyone I was hurried to the signing table where I signed fifteen books. My son Chris told me that two of the ladies in the audience were from Toronto, where I lived for a while, but I was swept away before I reached them. The Museum store then had me sign some books to be carried for sale in the store. So if you’ve been wanting a signed copy, stop by the store.
I thank the Museum and Auxiliary for inviting me; and since I was invited back when my current work is published, I look forward to another appearance.
The Baleful Owl Now in iBook Format
I received word this week from Jeana, Promotions Manager for the Oak Tree Press, that The Baleful Owl is now available in the Apple iBooks Store, so it’s now available in the three most popular e-book formats, Kindle, Nook, and I Book. She also said that the book is available on Allromanceebooks.com.
Mystery writer, Southwestern Historian, researcher, husband, father, grandpa, with an opinion on everything.