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I'm a writer, publishing both as SJ Rozan and, with Carlos Dews, as Sam Cabot. (I'm Sam, he's Cabot.) Here you can find links to my almost-daily blog posts, including the Saturday haiku I've been doing for years. BUT the blog itself has moved to my website. If you go on over there you can subscribe and you'll never miss a post. (Miss a post! A scary thought!) Also, I'll be teaching a writing workshop in Italy this summer -- come join us!
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Or, rises? Can a moon launch? And if it can, would you want it to?

Anyway, the official launch party for THE SHANGHAI MOON -- which, if you've been on the moon, is my new book -- is this Wednesday at Partners and Crime in Manhattan. That event, and all the rest, are here. But this afternoon I'm reading at Sunny's Bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Sunny's is one of the coolest literary venues I know. The reading series is run by Gabriel Cohen, it's the first Sunday of every month, and I always go. The vibe is laid-back, the bar's nice and dim and has no TV, there are 3 readers and they're always interesting. Except today one of them is me!

The first reading for any new book always makes me nervous. Sure, I've done it a million times. Sure, it's my 11th book (how did that happen?) so you'd think I'd be relaxed and cool about the whole thing. Not the case. Later on in the tour, yes. But not the first time for each book.

And all those of you who plan to come to an event on this tour, including the one today, will hear something few have heard before. Due to poor planning on my part, the only pages of the book that make sense to read to an audience contain four lines of song lyrics. Nothing's more of a thud than a spoken song lyric. Therefore, I intend to sing.

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