When I finished my book tour for The Dark Corners of the Night, I planned to write a long, chatty blog post with plenty of photos, recounting the wonderful people who made possible the publication of the novel and its successful launch — my publisher, Blackstone; my agent, Shane Salerno; all the bookstores that hosted events, from San Diego to New York; the writers who joined me in conversation at every stop, which made for wonderful evenings and plenty of insight and laughter for everyone who came out. Incredible gratitude goes to Tess Gerritsen, Steph Cha, Don Winslow, Adrian McKinty, Joe Kenda, Amy Gentry, and S.C. Perkins.
I didn’t get around to that long, chatty blog post. COVID-19 overtook my plans. As I know it did yours.
So, for now, here’s a photo I shot while flying home from the Pacific Northwest, coming into San Francisco. Right now, I just want to say: Stay well. Take care of yourselves. Let me know how you’re doing. I hope you’re in touch with loved ones, keeping a safe social distance, reading lots of books (of course!) and holding fast.
This Saturday, April 6th, I have the privilege of interviewing Harlan Coben about his new novel, Run Away. If you’re in the Houston area, come out to Murder by the Book and join us.
Harlan Coben in conversation with Meg Gardiner
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
I hope to see you there!
This coming week, September 5-8, I’ll be at Bouchercon 2018 in Tampa. Here’s my official schedule:
A Martini with a Twist of Plot: Thrillers
Thursday, September 6
Women Who Thrill
Saturday, September 8
Interview: International Guest of Honor Sean Chercover
Saturday, September 8
I’ll also be crossing my fingers for UNSUB, which is nominated for a Barry Award. I hope I’ll see some of you in Florida!
I’ve written an essay for Signature — Penguin Random House’s online magazine — about the Golden State Killer, and what it was like to find out he stalked my hometown and my childhood neighborhood.
I am relieved and grateful that a suspect has finally been arrested for these heinous crimes.
Growing Up in Santa Barbara While the Golden State Killer Was at Large.
This Saturday, April 7th, I’ll be speaking at the San Antonio Book Festival. Details:
San Antonio Book Festival
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Serial Killers: Facts & Fiction with Meg Gardiner and Kate Winkler Dawson
San Antonio Central Library
San Antonio, Texas
The festival runs all day, and is packed with great speakers. Sandra Cisneros, Jorge Ramos, Holly Black, Paula Poundstone… check out the entire program.
If you’re around, I’d love to see you.
My Reddit AMA is now live!
Click the link below and head to Reddit.com/r/books. If you have a Reddit account you can take part in the Q&A. (If you want a Reddit account, you can sign up in about a minute.) And everybody can follow along with the conversation.
Meg Gardiner — Ask Me Anything.
A couple of years back a reader asked for a playlist of music mentioned in my novels. It’s time for an update. Here’s the 2018 playlist.
Into the Black Nowhere
- Chris Stapleton, “Midnight Train to Memphis”
- Beyoncé, “Freedom”
- Gary Clark Junior, “Numb”
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Pride and Joy”
- Gary Clark Junior, “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Little Sister”
- Jerry Jeff Walker, “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother”
- The Chieftains, “Mo Ghile Mear” (Our Hero) (with Sting & Anúna)
- Taking Back Sunday, “What’s It Feel Like To Be a Ghost?”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give It Away”
The Shadow Tracer
- Sarah McLachlan, “In the Arms of the Angel”
- Foo Fighters, “Wheels”
- Radical Face, “Welcome Home”
- Florence & the Machine, “Dog Days Are Over”
- Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
- Foo Fighters, “Long Road to Ruin”
- Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama”
The Nightmare Thief:
- Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly With Me”
- Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”
- Beyoncé, “Crazy in Love”
The Liar’s Lullaby:
- “After Me”
- “The Liar’s Lullaby” (these three by Meg Gardiner/Paul Shreve, performed by Definitely Arson)
- “Amazing Grace”
- Shakuhachi — The Japanese Flute
- Alabama 3, “Woke Up This Morning” (The theme song from The Sopranos)
The Memory Collector:
- Slipknot, “Psychosocial”
- Incubus, “Sick Sad Little World”
- Foo Fighters, “The Pretender”
- The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”
The Dirty Secrets Club:
- The All-American Rejects, “Dirty Little Secret”
- Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor
- Cheb Mami, “Mamazareh”
- Los Lobos, “The Wreck of the Carlos Rey”
- T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
- Gipsy Kings, “Chan Chan”
- Ray Charles: “Sinner’s Prayer,” “You Win Again,” “Losing Hand,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “Hit the Road, Jack”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Can’t Stop”
- Willie Nelson, “Georgia on My Mind”
- John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
- Patsy Cline, “Crazy”
- Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”
- Trisha Yearwood, “How Do I Live”
- Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”
- Run DMC, “Walk This Way”
- Beethoven, Ode to Joy
- Aretha Franklin, “Chain of Fools”
- Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising”
- Dixie Chicks, “Long Time Gone”
- Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Jubilee”
- Bruce Springsteen, “She’s the One”
- The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love!”
- Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Chile”
- Puccini, Tosca: “Vissi d’arte”
- Eric Clapton, Crossroads
- Steppenwolf, “Born to Be Wild”
- Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower”
(Photo: Every Time I Die, performing at Webster Hall, New York City, July 14, 2017.)