News: April 2008

Anyone who wants to track Don down at the NoirCon in Philly will find him hanging around the bar from April 3 through 6. Doesn’t look as if there will be a formal panel devoted to Charles Willeford during the convention, but they have a “tribute” set for Sunday morning and Don popped in a little essay for the program book, spotlighting a previously unreported quote that Willeford fans will love. Say hello or just come over and talk noir if you feel like it.

DON WANDREI HITS 100

April 20 of this month marks the centennial birthday of fantasy and science-fiction titan Donald A. Wandrei, who was born on that date in 1908 (though we should mention that April 20 actually irked Wandrei, since he shared the day-of-month birth date with Adolph Hitler). Our Hammett Tour Don knew Wandrei pretty well, and figures he may as well see what he can do to recognize the centenary. First up for this month you’ll find the article “Collecting Donald Wandrei,” which will give you a quick and easy overview of his life and writings.

TOURS BY APPOINTMENT

For April Don is offering only tours by appointment, but you’ll find walks offered every Sunday in May if you can hang on till then. And if you’re in Stockton, you could kick off May with a walk on Saturday May 3rd being hosted by another “Big Read” program covering The Maltese Falcon, this one sponsored by the Stockton Public Library.

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