New Book: The Getaway Car

September 25, 2014 in Books by pewestlake

I didn’t fully appreciate Donald Westlake’s career until adulthood. For as long as I can remember, my father was the guy on the other side of a closed door making a manual Smith-Corona sound like a machine gun with the
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New Year Message and Updates

January 2, 2014 in Books, Housekeping, Periodicals by pewestlake

New Year’s Eve marked five years of life on Earth sans the creative genius and ebullient personality of Donald Edwin Westlake, etc, etc. I have not and will not make a practice of recognizing that date in publishing and personal
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Darwyn Does it Again

October 28, 2013 in Books, Friends by pewestlake

Don had long maintained that he would not allow the name “Parker” to be used in a film unless the filmmakers agreed to produce a series instead of another one-off. The producers of the recent Jason Statham film, Parker, did
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Sortable Bibliography Sneak Peek

September 28, 2013 in Books, Housekeping, Periodicals by pewestlake

With 164 separate entries in the new master bibliography so far, we’re still only up to 1967. Ultimately, this table will become a comprehensive list of everything ever published under the name of Donald E. Westlake or one of his
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Short Stories and New Samples

September 28, 2013 in Books, Housekeping, Periodicals by pewestlake

The chronological trove of published novels and collections isn’t the only treasure in Don’s personal library. There are also several storage bins of periodicals containing Don’s published short stories, articles, essays and even a poem! This is a mountain of
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New eBooks, New Fans and New Pages

September 22, 2013 in Books, Housekeping by pewestlake

After a hiatus as I moved my family from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley and witnessed the birth of my “way above average cute” daughter (according to a third party, honest!), I’m busily trying catch up on the latest DEW-related
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Book Pages Update

September 20, 2013 in Books, Housekeping by pewestlake

After a bit of a hiatus, the work on rebuilding Don’s bibliography continues. I’m building a spreadsheet that will become the sortable master list for every edition in Don’s personal library. Look for a sneak peek next week. In the
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Opening Weekend for “Parker”

January 28, 2013 in Books, Screens by pewestlake

Opening weekend has come and gone and the results are in. “Parker” came in 5th overall at the box office with a $7 million take over three days in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide. One of my pet peeves with
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“Parker” Slips into Theaters Friday

January 24, 2013 in Books, Screens by pewestlake

Propelled by what is probably the most aggressive and persuasive marketing campaign for any of the movies based on the Richard Stark novels, Parker, from the book, Flashfire, starts its theatrical run tomorrow. And I really can’t say enough about
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Big Update 9-19-12

September 19, 2012 in Books, Housekeping by pewestlake

The project of rebuilding the Westlake bibliography continues and there are still a few surprises to be found. Yet another pseudonym has been uncovered but it mostly belongs to another author, Laurence Janifer (aka Larry Mark Harris). The title in
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New Additions 8-19-12

August 19, 2012 in Books, Housekeping by pewestlake

The epic project of building a database and uploading images from every copy of every book in Don’s personal library has begun. The full collection containing one copy of every edition of every book in print, and in every language,
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First Book

August 13, 2012 in Books by pewestlake

Donald Westlake was nothing if not thorough. In fact, there’s a very strong case to be made that he was a bit OCD, if not for the countervailing case to be made out of the disorder of his filing system.
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Audio is Back!

August 4, 2012 in Books, Housekeping, Interviews by pewestlake

Along with the other back-end trouble I had with the old host, I lost the ability to embed audio files in a reliable way. Well, that’s all over now, thanks partly to the migration, improvements in the new WordPress update
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SFF Audio Podcast: The Comedy Is Finished

August 4, 2012 in Books, Friends by pewestlake

Back on March 11, when this website was still in the throes of technical difficulties, I had the pleasure of joining in on a podcast discussion of The Comedy is Finished with Jesse Willis from SFF Audio and Trent Reynolds
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While We Were Out

July 24, 2012 in Books, Friends, Screens by pewestlake

Been a long time getting this site back to normal. Lots of updates while it was in safe mode. There will definitely be separate blog posts coming in the near future but, for now, here’s an annotated list of the
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