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August 24 - 27, 2017

WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO COMICON

Rosemont, Illinois

Return to Chicago Comic Con!

I participated on a panel, "Start Your Creativity Engines," with Sam Weller, Tim Lees and Genese Davis and signed books in the exhibit hall.

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July 19 - 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL

San Diego, California

I spoke on a panel about villians and antagonists with Susan Spann, Genese Davis and Eric Kieron Davis.

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June 22 - 27, 2017

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

Chicago, Illinois

I spoke on a panel with Scott Turow, Susanna Calkins, Kate White and Diane Vallere, moderated by Barbara Hoffert of Library Journal, followed by a book signing.

Here's my guest blog post about the event. And a recap by ReadSpace.

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January 10, 2017

WINNETKA BOOK CLUB

Winnetka, Illinois

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August 19 - 21, 2016

WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO COMICON

Rosemont, Illinois

Guest Author!

Book signing with John Everson, Darren Callahan, Jeff Jacobson, Sam Weller, Raymond Benson, Jay Bonansinga, Mort Castle and Rebecca Makkai.

Saturday panel: "From Concept to Contract: Tips on Creating and Publishing" with Sam Weller and Jeff Jacobson, moderated by Genese Davis.

2016 Chicago Comic Con photos

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

NORTHBROOK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Northbrook, Illinois

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Up and Coming Author Event

Meet the authors, book sales and signing

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December 7, 2015

DEATHSCRIBE 2015

8th Annual International Festival of Horror Radio Plays

WildClaw Theatre

Chicago, Illinois

I served as one of the competition judges.

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September 26, 2015

CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Author guest; participated in book signing and writers panel with John Everson, Jason R. Davis, Hailey Suits and David C. Hayes, moderated by North Roberts

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September 11 - 13, 2015

HORROR HOUND WEEKEND

Indianapolis, Indiana

Book signing at the Samhain Publishing booth

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

PRINTERS ROW

Chicago, Illinois

Book signing, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Mystery Writers of America tent

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May 7 - 10, 2015

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel

I took part in a live reading, panel discussion and book signing

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA MIDWEST present

MURDER AT THE MIC

Hidden Shamrock

Chicago, Illinois

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Live readings

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March 20 - 22, 2015

HORROR HOUND WEEKEND

Cincinnati, Ohio

Book signing all three days at the Samhain Publishing booth

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

HOMEGROWN HORRORFEST

Iannelli Studios

Park Ridge, Illinois

2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Live readings and book signing with

Chris Larsen, John Everson, J. Michael Major and Richard Thomas

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 Sunday, June 8, 2014

PRINTERS ROW

Chicago, Illinois

Book signing, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mystery Writers of America tent

with live reading and interview

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June 6 - 7, 2014

DUCKON

Annual science fiction and fantasy convention

Westin Chicago North Shore

Wheeling, Illinois

I took part in Saturday's Writer's Showcase and three panels.

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April 18, 2014

JOLIET MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Crest Hill, Illinois

Talking with students on writing and storytelling

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February 8, 2014

LOVE IS MURDER

Mystery and Suspense Conference

Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare

My schedule includes:

Author Chat (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Panel: "Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror & Fantasy" (1:00-2:00 p.m.)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

WYCC PBS TV NEW YEAR'S MYSTERY MARATHON

Channel 20, Chicago

WYCC PBS-TV Chicago interviewed me for their New Year's Mystery Marathon. Three interview segments were broadcast during the day on December 31 and this fourth one was posted on YouTube.

As part of the year-end fundraising drive, donors who pledge $100 or more were placed into a raffle for mystery books, including one of 15 signed copies of KILLER'S DIARY.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

BARNES AND NOBLE

Racine,Wisconsin

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Horrorfest 2013 book signing with

John Everson, W.D. Gagliani, Christine Verstraete, Linda Godfrey and Chris Larsen

Christine Verstraete's blog post about the event.

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September 19 - 22, 2013

KILLERCON

Horror and thriller convention

Stratosphere Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

I participated on a panel, "The Life of a Writer," with Christopher Rice, John Shirley, William Gagliani, Edward Lee and David J. Schow, moderated by Gene O'Neil; and signed books at the Samhain Publishing table with William Gagliani, Brian Moreland, Mick Ridgewell and Jonathan Moore.

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June 28 - 30, 2013

DUCKON

Annual science fiction and fantasy convention

Westin Chicago North Shore

Wheeling, Illinois

I participated in events on Friday and Sunday, including panels on plotting, book cover art and ebooks.

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June 13 - 16, 2013

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION

New Orleans, Louisiana

Hotel Monteleone

World Horror 2013 photos

Celebrating the premiere of Samhain Publishing's edition of my book KILLER'S DIARY. Clive Barker and Robert McCammon were this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winners. My schedule included:

Live reading from KILLER'S DIARY -- Friday, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Horror Writers Association booth -- Friday, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Book signing -- Friday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bram Stoker Awards banquet -- Saturday

"Dialogue that crackles" author panel -- Sunday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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 Sunday, June 10, 2012

PRINTERS ROW

Book signing and readings

10 a.m. to noon: Mystery Writers of America tent

noon to 2 p.m.: Horror Writers Association tent

2 to 4 p.m.: Mystery Writers of America tent

Chicago, Illinois

An excerpt from my live reading of ROUGH CUT appeared in an episode of Authors Showcase on Chicago community television.

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February 3 - 5, 2012

LOVE IS MURDER

 Mystery and Suspense Conference

Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare

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September 22 - 25, 2011

KILLERCON

Horror and thriller convention

KillerCon 2011 photos

Meeting with readers and writers, doing a reading from ROUGH CUT and signing books

Stratosphere Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Monday, September 12, 2011

PARK RIDGE BOOK CLUB

Park Ridge, Illinois

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February 4 - 6, 2011

LOVE IS MURDER

Mystery and Suspense Conference

Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare

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February 1 - 3, 2008

LOVE IS MURDER

Mystery and Suspense Conference

Wyndham O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, Illinois

Chicagoland's biggest and best mystery and suspense conference for writers and fans.  Special guests this year included Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Carolyn Haines, and J.A. Konrath.  I moderated a panel and participated on several others.

Above: Paneling on Sunday morning with Darren Callahan, Barry Eisler, Marcus Sakey and Lee Child

Below: Meeting author-pilot Kevin Lamport

 

 

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

THE BOOK CELLAR

Chicago, Illinois

7 p.m.

CHICAGO BLUES signing / reception

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

CENTURIES & SLEUTHS BOOKSTORE

Forest Park, Illinois

1 p.m.

CHICAGO BLUES author discussion and signing

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

WINNETKA COMMUNITY HOUSE

Winnetka, Illinois

7 p.m.

CHICAGO BLUES panel and book signing

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Friday, October 12, 2007

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS

Chicago, Illinois

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The official CHICAGO BLUES book launch party

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Saturday, September 26, 2007

GREAT LAKES BOOKSELLER SHOW

Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center

Schaumburg, Illinois

CHICAGO BLUES pre-launch signing

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Sunday, May 6, 2007

BARNES AND NOBLE

Arlington Heights, Illinois

10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Book signing

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Friday, October 20, 2006

BARNES AND NOBLE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa

7:00 p.m.

A thriller-horror panel and book signing.  View the press release.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

MIDWEST LITERARY FESTIVAL

Aurora, Illinois

Guests of honor included Joyce Carol Oates, Harry Shearer, Helen Thomas and Dennis Lehane.

Upper left: Making pirate faces with J.A. Konrath and Raymond Benson

Upper right: Book signing with Libby Fischer Hellmann

Left: Reading from VENGEANCE

Photos by Martel Sardina

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 3, 2006

PRINTERS ROW BOOK FAIR

Chicago, Illinois

(photo by William Gagliani)

The Midwest's largest free outdoor literary event.

Book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Twilight Tales tent.

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February 3 - 5, 2006

LOVE IS MURDER

Mystery and Suspense Conference

Wyndham O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, Illinois

An annual conference for authors, editors, agents, publishers, academics and fans.  This year's special guests included Barry Eisler ("Killing Rain"), William Kent Krueger ("Blood Hollow"), Kevin Guilfoile ("Cast of Shadows") and David Morrell (creator of Rambo).  I spoke on several panels, including "Time Management for Writers," "How It All Began/Writer's Stories," "Writing Violence," "It's All About Appearances," and "Prep Talk For The As-Yet Unpublished."

At the Saturday night banquet with Judith Guest, author of "Ordinary People." (photo by Michael Allen Dymmoch)

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

PALATINE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Main Library - 700 N. North Court

Palatine, Illinois

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mystery Authors Visit - Discussion, Book Sale & Signing

Joining authors Barb D'Amato and Joe Konrath to meet with mystery fans.  Open to the public.

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Bookseller Terri Smith has sold hundreds of my books!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

WALDENBOOKS

Stratford Square Mall

152 Stratford Square

Bloomingdale, Illinois

11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A book signing on the Saturday before Christmas.  Customers who bought both VENGEANCE and ABDUCTED had their names entered into a raffle for a $10 gift card, courtesy of the bookstore.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

WALDENBOOKS

Stratford Square Mall

152 Stratford Square

Bloomingdale, Illinois

Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Book signing

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

BORDERS BOOKS REGIONAL MEETING

Crowne Plaza O'Hare

Rosemont, Illinois

I was a featured author at this event for 100 bookstore managers

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

BARNES AND NOBLE

Deer Park, Illinois

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Book signing

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Sunday, October 9, 2005

BARNES AND NOBLE

Westfield/Old Orchard Mall, Skokie, Illinois

3 p.m.

 I participated in a mystery panel/group signing with local greats Barbara D'Amato ("Death of a Thousand Cuts"); Jay Bonansinga ("Frozen"); J. A. Konrath ("Bloody Mary"); and Libby Fischer Hellmann ("A Shot to Die For")

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September 10, 2005

MIDWEST LITERARY FESTIVAL

Aurora, Illinois

A celebration of all things literary featuring a large roster of authors including Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Berg, Stephen J. Cannell, and Peter Straub.  

My schedule for Saturday:

2:00 p.m. - Live reading from "Vengeance"

2:30 p.m. - Speaking on an author panel: "Doing What It Takes To Sell Your Books" with Robert W. Walker, D.C. Brod, and Robert Dunn

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Book signing for "Vengeance" and "Abducted"

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September 1 - 4, 2005

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

The largest mystery convention in the world.  Guests of honor included Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben.  

The Bouchercon Auction auctioned off the handwritten first draft of a chapter from my novel Vengeance with proceeds going to the Chicago charity Centro Romero.

Appearances:

Friday, September 2 - Book Signing (11:30 a.m. to noon)

Friday, September 2 - International Thriller Writers booth (noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 3 - Mystery Writers of America booth (1:00 to 2:00 p.m.)

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

AUTHOR FEST

Schaumburg Township District Library

130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, Illinois

10 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

A gathering of Midwest authors speaking on panels, doing readings, meeting fans, signing books.  I spoke on a panel entitled "Creating complex characters."

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

WALDENBOOKS

Chicago Ridge Mall, Ridgeland & 95th Street

Chicago Ridge, Illinois

Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Book signing

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

PRINTERS ROW BOOK FAIR

Chicago, Illinois

Signing "Vengeance" and "Abducted" from 10 a.m. to noon at the Twilight Tales booth.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

THE BOOK STALL

811 Elm Street

Winnetka, Illinois

3:30 p.m.

Book signing and talk

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Saturday, May 7, 2005

WALDENBOOKS

Stratford Square Mall

152 Stratford Square

Bloomingdale, Illinois

Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Book signing

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April 7 - 10, 2005

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION

Park Central Hotel

New York City

A huge annual gathering of writers, artists, editors, publishers and filmmakers who specialize in the "dark and horrific." Harlan Ellison was a Guest of Honor this year. I met a lot of great authors, participated in a mass signing, pitched to film companies, attended panels and readings, visited the offices of Dorchester Publishing, met with a literary agent, and explored various parties, including the Leisure Books bash.

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Saturday, March 5, 2005

WALDENBOOKS

Stratford Square Mall

152 Stratford Square

Bloomingdale, Illinois

Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Book signing

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February 4 - 6, 2005

LOVE IS MURDER

Mystery and Suspense Conference

Chicago, Illinois

An annual conference for authors, editors, agents, publishers, academics and fans.  Anne Perry was this year's keynote speaker.  I was on a couple of panels, including "The Second Book: How to Avoid the Sophomore Slump."  (photo by Ann Chernow)

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

BARNES AND NOBLE

2621 Plainfield Road

Joliet, Illinois

Noon to 4 p.m.

A group signing with a great line-up of other Chicago-area mystery/thriller authors: Libby Hellmann ("An Image of Death"); Joe Konrath ("Whiskey Sour"); E.G. Schrader ("For the Defendant"); and Rob Walker ("Grave Instinct")

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

WALDENBOOKS

Chicago Ridge Mall, Ridgeland & 95th Street

Chicago Ridge, Illinois

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

A return to Chicago Ridge!

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Saturday, November 20, 2004

WALDENBOOKS

Chicago Ridge Mall, Ridgeland & 95th Street

Chicago Ridge, Illinois

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Book signing

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Saturday, November 13, 2004

WALDENBOOKS

Fox Valley Mall, 

2272 Fox Valley Center

Aurora, Illinois

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Book signing

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September 13, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

TWILIGHT TALES

Live Reading Series

Red Lion Pub

2446 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

A live reading of excerpts from my books, including a preview of "Vengeance"

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August 12, 2004, 6-9 p.m.

PROJECT GREENLIGHT party

hosted by REELCHICAGO

The Moonshine Café

1824 W. Division, Chicago

A gathering to recognize the seven Chicago-area filmmakers -- including myself and John Zoppi -- who scored high in the 17,000-entry Project Greenlight competition in 2004.   "Perfect Order," a screenplay I cowrote with John, finished in the Top 100 of the screenwriting competition.

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May 22, 2004, 4:30 p.m.

SCOTLAND YARD BOOK STORE

556 Green Bay Road

Winnetka, Illinois

A book signing for "Abducted" and "Killing the Boss."

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April 20, 2004, 9:35 a.m. (eastern time)

WLGC RADIO INTERVIEW

with Mark Justice

Kentucky/West Virginia

A radio interview discussing the eerie similarities between my book "Abducted" and a real-life missing persons case in Philadelphia where a mother chanced upon her kidnapped daughter several years after the girl had been declared dead.  The story broke on CNN the day that Abducted was released!

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March 12, 2004

POISONED PEN BOOK STORE

Scottsdale, Arizona

A "drop-by" signing after I climbed Mount Camelback with some friends.  I was sweaty and gross.

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September 22, 2001

SCOTLAND YARD BOOK STORE

556 Green Bay Road

Winnetka, Illinois

The first book signing!

 

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