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Craig will be appearing at 2022's PulpFest, where he'll be selling and signing books from Aug. 4-7, including his newest, THE BLOOD OGRE, which will debut at the festival. He will also have two special appearances at the event.

At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, please join PulpFest's William Patrick Maynard and a quintet of today's best writers of genre fiction to discuss 21st-century pulp in a rousing panel! Christopher Paul Carey, Ron Chandler, Noir Hayes, Craig McDonald, and Will Murray comprise the stellar lineup sharing their views on writing pulp fiction today.

On Saturday, August 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Craig and William Patrick Maynard will explore the topic, "Influence or Coincidence: Hemingway's Fiction and Hammett's Hardboiled Pulp."

Also look for two Craig McDonald articles in PulpFest's annual collectible souvenir magazine—one regarding William Lindsay Gresham, author of the recently film—adapted carnival noir, NIGHTMARE ALLEY, the second honoring the classic pulp hero Richard Henry Benson, AKA, "The Avenger," who is marking a very special anniversary.
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Craig is among the many authors and personalities featured in a new collection celebrating Ernest Hemingway's celebrated attempt to present, "One True Sentence." Along with Craig, other Hemingway "fans" share their personal favorite Hemingway one true sentences, including Stacy Keach, Elizabeth Strout, Sherman Alexie, Paula McLain, and Russell Banks; filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick; Sean Hemingway, A. Scott Berg, and many others. More here.

Check out a new interview conducted by Pete Giakoumis and Chris Moore at IFB Interfleet Broadcasting. (Interview starts at the 27-minute mark.)

Craig discusses his favorite "One True Sentence" from the works of Ernest Hemingway with the Hemingway Society Podcast. Hear it here.

A new short story is featured in Columbus Noir from Akashic Books, titled "Curb Appeal." Publishers Weekly said of the anthology, "One highlight is Craig McDonald's 'Curb Appeal,' one of several invoking the homicidal search for housing." The Akron Beacon Journal remarked, "Edgar nominee Craig McDonald, whose books like Toros & Torsos qualify him beyond question, offers 'Curb Appeal,' about a lonely man who inherits a house and strikes up a relationship with the woman flipping the place next door. As a character in McDonald's 2011 'One True Sentence' remarked, 'It's not art until somebody dies.'"

James Ellroy scholar Steven Powell interviews Craig McDonald about the Hector Lassiter series, and the final Lassiter novel, THREE CHORDS & THE TRUTH.

Hector Lassiter series

The entire Hector Lassiter series and a collection of Lassiter short stories is being made available in eBook and uniform trade paperback editions over a course of mere months.

Each novel features a new introduction and reader discussion questions, along with new covers and overall packaging.

I see these as the definitive Lassiter editions and they will in fact represent the first paperback editions available in English of PRINT THE LEGEND and ONE TRUE SENTENCE.

There's something else very different about this edition of releases.

Readers of the Lassiter series know time is used in a most unusual way in the novels. The books are designed to present a larger story and arc for Hector when the series is viewed as a whole.

However, the novels can also be read in any order. Upon original publication, the first four novels jumped back and forth through time, with Hector variously presented as an older and younger man.

The new releases of the Hector Lassiter series will try for something different. We're presenting the books in roughly chronological order—at least in terms of where the main story starts as the novel opens. In other words, the repackaged series now begins with ONE TRUE SENTENCE, the fourth novel in original publication sequence, but the first novel chronologically.

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