I’m the 2020 president of Mystery Writers of America. This week, the organization issued this statement. Please read.
Mystery Writers of America does not support or tolerate discrimination of any kind. We stand proudly with our Black members, and implore our entire membership to start listening, speaking out, and amplifying the voices that have been silenced for far too long. Listening leads to understanding, and action leads to change. We cannot move forward as a society or culture without recognizing the disparities that permeate both.
As Chester Himes said, “Democracy is not tolerance. Democracy is a prescribed way of life erected on the premise that all men are created equal.’”
If you’re looking for a way to get involved, to educate yourself, or to expand your perspective, here are some places to start.
Follow the link for a list of resources and organizations to support.
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.)
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 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.
Order signed books by Meg Gardiner.
What are you waiting for?
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
My new novel, UNSUB, will be published at the end of June. But you can pre-order it now from these booksellers:
Barnes & Noble
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.
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.
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.