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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

UNSUB: Available for pre-order

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My new novel, UNSUB, will be published at the end of June. But you can pre-order it now from these booksellers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Indiebound

And from these wonderful independent bookstores:

Book People — my wonderful local Austin bookstore

Murder by the Book — Houston’s amazing mystery bookstore

Come on. Pay attention to Don Winslow and Stephen King. You know you should.

And yes, I’ve been whooping and hollering ever since I saw this on Twitter.

Published today: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

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I’m thrilled that Echoes of Sherlock Holmes is published today. This is the third volume in an award-winning series of short stories inspired by the Holmes canon. I’m honored that editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger asked me to contribute to this book, and that it includes my story “Irregular.”

Kirkus Reviews says: “‘Inspired’ is the key word here… every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they’ll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives.”

Publishers Weekly has named Echoes of Sherlock Holmes one of its Top 10 Mystery Books of Fall 2016.

And I’m absolutely stoked to see my name on the cover alongside authors like David Morrell, John Connolly, Cory Doctorow, and so many other amazing writers.

Coming in September: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

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Here’s something cool and exciting: the cover for the upcoming anthology Echoes of Sherlock Holmes. It will be the third volume in the bestselling, award-winning series edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. I’m thrilled that one of the stories in the anthology is mine.

These are “stories inspired by the Holmes canon.” Authors were given the freedom to write whatever we wanted, as long as the Sherlock Holmes tales somehow informed our work. Some of the stories will probably be Holmes pastiches, set in 19th century London. Others, including mine, take place in modern times, and connect to Arthur Conan Doyle’s work at an oblique angle. This should be an eclectic and dynamic anthology, and a lot of fun.

Echoes of Sherlock Holmes will be published in September. I’ll have more details nearer to the date.

Thank you, David Bowie

One day in my twenties, I picked my dad up at the airport. As I drove him home, we chatted about his trip.

It was good, he said. He paused. “At LAX, I ran into David Bowie.”

“You… did?” I managed not to say, You know who David Bowie is?

My dad said that he was changing terminals and when he stepped outside, Bowie was standing at the curb, waiting for his ride.

“Did you speak to him?” I said, though I already knew the answer to that. My dad never shied from anything.

“I told him I admired his music. We talked about his influences, from twentieth century classical composers to the avant-garde.”

They chatted for a minute, then my dad hustled to his terminal and Bowie climbed into his limo.

I should not have been surprised by any of this. My dad, who looked every inch the English professor he was, also was a classical pianist and professional organist. What delights me is how my dad just ambled up, chill as all get-out, and started talking to Bowie about his music. Bowie engaged with a complete stranger, warmly and genuinely.

Thank you, David Bowie, for being so cool, and for helping me understand that my dad was cool too.

We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day.