New Year Message and Updates

January 2, 2014 in Books, Housekeping, Periodicals

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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Sortable Bibliography Sneak Peek

September 28, 2013 in Books, Housekeping, Periodicals

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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Mini Update… Literally

July 19, 2013 in Housekeping, Personal

I apologize for the delay in approving comments over the past month or so but I have a good excuse. My wife and I welcomed our first child, Madelyn Elizabeth Westlake, into the world on June 24th. She is Don’s
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Opening Weekend for “Parker”

January 28, 2013 in Books, Screens

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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Big Update 9-19-12

September 19, 2012 in Books, Housekeping

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

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

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

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

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

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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And We’re Back!

July 17, 2012 in Housekeping

At long last, the site has been migrated over to the new host and the back-end works again! I have full control of the website for the first time in months. Big, tremendous thanks to those who left messages or
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Maxim Jakubowski on Donald Westlake

March 2, 2012 in Friends

After a long delay, I hope to reset the site with a new host very soon. Meanwhile, here’s an interview I did with Maxim Jakubowski while on a recent trip through London. Until 2009, Maxim was the owner of the
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Tech Stuff

December 19, 2011 in Housekeping

Content Management Systems can be easy to work with. A simple blog is a no-brainer for blogger or wordpress. But the more complex the site, the more complex the issues CMS has to handle, the more quirky the system gets.
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The Stepfather Artifacts

November 25, 2011 in Screens

A few tidbits from the creation of the screenplay and shooting script for The Stepfather. I’ll put together a more comprehensive movie page in the near future. For now, here’s a few scans from Don’s files.        
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Sample Chapter – The Mercenaries

November 20, 2011 in Books

You can find links to sample chapters in some of the book pages on this site and more are being added over time. Indicating which books have sample chapters in the bibliography is on my list of things to do,
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