The idea that some people actually think I know what I'm talking about always amuses me. The idea that other people think I don't know what I'm talking about amuses me even more.
I don't consider myself -- and have claimed to be -- the be-all and end-all of knowledge, but when pushed I guess I can fake it pretty well. I'm not a "self-appointed expert," since I've never appointed myself anything of the sort. But I know some stuff, and you're free to listen to my opinions. Or not.
As a result,But over the years, a lot of people have invited to voice my opinions, including the CBC, Sleuth-TV, The Los Angeles Times, Booklist and Musica Jazz, among others, and I've been asked to speak at various crime fiction events, gatherings and conventions.
Here are some of the places where I've risen up on my hind legs to speak...
In chronological order. More listings and details to come...
- Bloody Words | Panelist
Panelist, alongside Kerry Schooley and others. Kerry and I hit it off right away. I still miss the big lug... he was just an awesome force.
- "Book Beat"
WPON, 1460 AM "Book Beat" Radio Interview
Radio interview on a Detroit literary program, hosted by P.I. writer Lee Meadows.
- Bouchercon 2001 | Panel Moderator
"Click Me Deadly"
Moderated a panel on internet crime fiction. Co-panelists included Victoria Shea-Esposito, D.L. Browne and Jane Kelly. I liked Browne so much I married her.
- CBC Radio Interview
March 2, 2002
Radio interview on a Montréal arts program about The Thrilling Detective Web Site.
- Bloody Words | Panel Moderator
Moderated a panel which included convention Guest-of-Honour Walter Mosley and Peter Robinson. A free-wheeling, swirling passionate discussion of crime fiction, politics and where they meet. One of my all-time favourite panels. At one point things got so giddily boisterous I asked the panellists if THEY had any questions for the audience. There were no survivors, but a rollicking good time was had by all.
- Left Coast Crime 2003 | Panelist
February 28-March 2, 2003
Panelist, alongside Jack Bludis, Eddie Muller, Woody Haut and William F. Nolan on hard-boiled detective fiction, Chandler's influence and other goodies. A special panel for me -- the Girl Detective and I were on our honeymoon.
- Bouchercon 34
October 16-19, 2003
Las Vegas, Nevada
- Bouchercon 2004 | Panelist
- Bouchercon 2006 | Panel Moderator
September 28-October 1, 2006
"I Could Kick Your..."
Moderated and participated in a panel on "manliness" with authors Brett Battles, Michael A. Black, J.D. Rhoades and John McFettridge. Then we all went out to have pedicures and facials....
- "America's Top 25 Sleuths" | Commentary
The Sleuth Network
My television debut. I was interviewed on on several television and film detectives for a 90-minute documentary which aired frequently (and may still be in rotation) on the satellite/cable network that specializes in crime fiction.
- The Los Angeles Times | Calendar Section
February 21, 2007
"Latest Twist from L.A.'s Crais"
Interviewed by journalist Scott Timberg extensively, and quoted in his profile of Robert Crais.
- Noircast Special #2: Alternative Noir Publications | Interview Subject
May 18, 2007
This "Noircast Special," by Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards, hosts of the popular podcast features "Out of the Past" and "Behind the Black Mask," featured interviews with the creators of three alternative noir publications: Tee Morris, founder of podiobooks (www.podiobooks.com) and author of the fantasy-hardboiled podiobook "Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword;" Seth Harwood, author of the podiobook "Jack Wakes Up" starring movie-star one-hit-wonder and ex-drug-addict Jack Palms, and me. They introduced me as the "creator of the superlative "Thrilling Detective" website and ezine" but I still think I was there mostly to cleanse the palate. I dunno... I don't think it's my finest moment (does anyone really like listening to themselves talk?) but it was fun chatting with Shannon and Richard.
- "America's Top Sleuths" | Commentary
Back-up features on DVD releases of The Rockford Files (Season Four), Murder, She Wrote (Season Six) and Columbo: The Mystery Movie Collection
My "television debut" from the Sleuth Network, featuring me and several other talking heads, repackaged and boiled down to the top ten sleuths, tacked on as a back-up feature on assorted DVD sets, including The Rockford Files, Murder, She Wrote, and probably a few others. But it's being included on the Rockford package that I'm most proud of. I'm a stone-cold fan.
I mean, come on. Jimbo, Angel, Rocky, Beth, Dennis and me? How cool is that? I wish my mom was still alive -- she'd get a real kick out of THAT one.
- The Los Angeles Times | Calendar Section
June 22, 2007
"Mystery writer prowls the city's unseen streets" by Josh Getlin
Interviewed by journalist Josh Getlin extensively, and quoted in his profile of John Shannon.
- Crime Prevention 101 | Guest
I was a guest on this weekly, hour-long, magazine-format web-based variety show and podcast, hosted by Susan Bartelstone, which offers an optimistic perspective on a very sober subject. We discussed Christmas gifts for mystery readers.
- Lancaster Public Library | Panelist/Moderator
Meet the Local /Authors and Writers
November 5, 2011
I was part of a meet-and-greet thing at the library down the road, and moderated a Q&A/panel on self-publishing. Diane also attended, and moderated a panel on fiction.
- Publisher's Weekly
November 18, 2011
"Parker's Brothers" by Lenny Picker
I'm quoted in this overview of the P.I. genre, and Robert Parker's influence on it. as well, Picker kicks off with a great quote from Harlan Coben that I slipped him. The aerticle's accompanied by another great article by the way, "A Suitable Job for a Woman" by Jordan Foster.
- Musica Jazz
"Il jazz nei gialli? Un falso storico!" by Franco Bergoglio & Luca Conti
My first-ever Italian interview, in which I'm grilled about the connection between jazz and hard-boiled crime fiction. Supposedly I'm utterly brilliant, or at least that's what journalist Franco Bergoglio told me.
- Likely Stories: A Booklist Blog
As part of the festivities for "Mystery Month," editor Keir Graff from Booklist, the American Library Association publication, grilled me about The Thrilling Detective Web Site. He called me "affable and entertaining." There goes my reputation...
The truth is, I love doing things like this. I am, after all, a man who likes to talk to a man who likes to talk. If you'd like to add me to your dog-and-pony show, I can be reached via e-mail.
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