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My essay on the Golden State Killer, in Signature

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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.

Coming up: San Antonio Book Festival

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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
12:00-1:00 PM
Swartz Room
San Antonio Central Library
600 Soledad
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.

Reddit AMA: Ask Me Anything

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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.

The playlist of music in my novels, 2018

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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”

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  • 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)

Phantom Instinct

  • 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”

Ransom River:

  • 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:

  • “Bull’s-eye”
  • “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”

Kill Chain:

  • 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”

Crosscut:

  • John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
  • Patsy Cline, “Crazy”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”
  • Trisha Yearwood, “How Do I Live”

Jericho Point:

  • 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”

Mission Canyon:

  • The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love!”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Chile”
  • Puccini, Tosca: “Vissi d’arte”

China Lake:

  • 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.)

Hurricane Harvey: How to help

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Since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, messages of worry and goodwill have been pouring in. I’m immensely grateful for your concern.

My family and I are fine. We’re in Austin, which escaped the full fury of the storm. Our neighborhood got only 6.5 inches of rain over the weekend. The city is up and running. The sun rose on blue skies this morning.

But in the photo above, you can see a low line of cloud on the eastern horizon. Everybody under those clouds, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico two hundred miles away, is still at risk. The Texas coast suffered catastrophic damage. Towns down the highway from us are covered with flood water. And Houston is bracing for more devastating rain.

If you want to help, here are a couple of great articles with links to organizations providing rescue, shelter, food, and help to the hundreds of thousands of people who need both immediate lifesaving assistance and longer term help to rebuild. Check them out.

Hurricane Harvey: where you can donate to help with disaster relief and recovery

Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

Thanks!

New: Order signed, personalized books

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Thanks to Austin’s terrific independent bookstore, BookPeople, readers can now order signed, personalized copies of my books.

Yep — if you order one of my novels from BookPeople (or all of ’em, because, come on) — you can now get a copy that not only features my signature, but one that includes a personal message.

Just order online. The bookstore will ship the copies to you. A pretty good deal.

Here’s how:

Order signed books by Meg Gardiner.

What are you waiting for?

April 8: Bayou City Book Festival

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Next month I’ll be in Houston for the Bayou City Book Festival, where I’ll have the fabulous opportunity to spend an hour on stage in conversation with Heather Graham. If you’re anywhere in the area, come on down.

Afternoon Keynote Conversation
Meg Gardiner & Heather Graham
Saturday, April 8, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Student Services Center
Lone Star College-Kingwood
20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX