Westlake-Leonard Panel at the FIRN

The comedic writing of Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard will be the focus of one of several roundtables at the 2016 Festival International du Roman Noir (FIRN) [International Festival of the Noir Novel]. The roundtable, Masters of laughter: Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake, will be hosted by Michel Abescat, respected Editor-in-Chief of the French culture and TV magazine Télérama. The panel will include: Abby Westlake, author, Read More …

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Darwyn Cooke Remembered

Many articles about Darwyn Cooke have appeared since his untimely passing ten days ago. Below are excerpts and links to some of the best, with a slight bias for mentions of his work on the Parker graphic novels. If you doubt the impact Darwyn had on fans, colleagues, friends and the comics industry as a whole, read on. George Gene Gustines Read More …

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Mourning a Good Friend

Darwyn Cooke, the highly regarded award-winning graphic artist who brought Parker to a whole new generation of fans, passed away on Saturday in the early morning. He had been battling an aggressive form of lung cancer. On Friday, his wife, Marsha, posted the following message on Darwyn’s blog: It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Darwyn is now receiving Read More …

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Additions, Fictitious and Otherwise

It has taken several months to plow through all the material for the most recent page updates, mainly due to the addition of the most recent, and probably last, of Don’s grandchildren (right). But also because it’s just a lot of material. There are still several non-fiction works to curate and transcribe, which will be forthcoming in the next update, Read More …

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Happy 82nd Birthday

Unbeknownst to everyone at the time, the birth of Donald Westlake–82 years ago today–would eventually result in the immaculate conception of more than a dozen other personalities all living within the same man. The best known of these, of course, is Richard Stark, creator of the Parker series. Tucker Coe took up residence a couple decades later and told five Read More …

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New and Updated Pages

The Getaway Car headlines the 54 new pages that have been added to the site. The other 53 cover short fiction and short non-fiction gathered from the original periodicals found in the Westlake library. Nine of the short non-fiction pages include the full piece, reproduced as large images from the original publications, most of which were not reprinted in The Read More …

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Praise for The Getaway Car

It took a while for The Mysterious Bookshop to post the video and even longer for me to put it up here but below is, at last, the video of Levi Stahl, Lawrence Block, and Abby Westlake–introduced by longtime friend, publisher and bookstore owner, Otto Penzler–as they mark the release of The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany at Read More …

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