February 6, 2012

Patton Oswalt on Derek Raymond, and other Melville International Crime news


“Holy s***”

When asked in a recent GQ interview if he could recommend a good book, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt got our attention with this wonderful recommendation:

“I’m also re-reading the five Factory novels by Derek Raymond about this nameless police detective who works in the unsolved crime unit. Holy s*** are they harsh.  I Was Dora Suarez blew me anyway – beyond hard boiled.”

In other Raymond news, there is an unofficial (but endorsed and co-run by MHP) facebook page up for the Factory Series, which will host news about the author, movie rumors and other “hellishly bleak and moving” news.

The Final Penguin Tally

We have the news from B&N about last weekend’s Nook Daily Find, in which we pledged to adopt a penguin for every 300 copies of the discounted eBook we sold on last Saturday.

This was the epic finish to our Adopt-a-Penguin promotion we ran with brick & mortar stores across the country. The grand total, between digital promotions and bookstore sales was a 20 penguins adopted. Again. 20 penguins!

Which brings us to the next topic at hand…

Andrey Kurkov is coming to the U.S.

For the release of The Case of the General’s Thumb, Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov is touring bookstores and colleges. The brief tour ranges from February 20th through 25th and includes several college and bookstore visits. There are several events still in the works, but as of now you can check out details concerning his events his book launch at RJ Julia (winners of the Adopt-a-Penguin campaign), Columbia University and Back Pages Books. There are several more events to come, including an appearance at Partners & Crime at 7pm on Thursday, February 23rd. So stay tuned!

One way to do that would be to join he Melville Inernational Crime facebook community. Just saying …


Paul Oliver is the marketing manager of Melville House. Previously he was co-owner of Wolfgang Books in Philadelphia.