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Auction to Benefit Japan

While Lisa and David were in Seattle last week, they signed copies of Heads You Lose at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, along with promotional boxes including the book that the fine folks at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop are auctioning to benefit Japan.

The Seattle Mystery Bookshop (blog) writes:

Their publisher sent us two promotional boxes. Each includes a hardcover copy of the book (signed and dated), a pack of bookmarks promoting the book, a small easel stand promoting the book (signed by both) and a tin of special M&Ms—red, yellow and blue, the same colors as the book—decorated to tie in with the book (sorry, they're a bit too small for two signatures…). Oh, and the tops of the boxes are signed by Lisa and David as well.

As before, the winning bids will go directly to the American Red Cross to Benefit Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in Japan, checks will be made out to the Red Cross and mailed to us before boxes are shipped out. Since these contain hardcover, we'll start the bidding with the price of a new book, $24.95.

Bids will be accepted until noon, Seattle time, Friday April 15. Yes, that's income tax time but think of the deduction you'll be able to declare in 2012!

To bid, call the Seattle Mystery Bookshop at (206) 587-5737 or email staff@seattlemystery.com. For more information, visit their blog, and to find out more about the shop, visit their website.

Heads You Lose Book Tour - Starts April 5

Lisa's latest book Heads You Lose will be available on April 5, 2011 and it's quite possible that Lisa (and her co-author David Hayward) will be coming to a bookstore near you.

The almost complete tour schedule is listed below. For more details about her joint venture and dueling blog posts visit www.headsyoulose.com.

SEATTLE:
Tuesday, April 5 – 7:00 PM
THE GROTTO AT RENDEZVOUS
2322 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-5823

Wednesday, April 6 – 12:00 PM
SEATTLE MYSTERY BOOKSHOP
117 Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98104
206-587-5737

PORTLAND:

Wednesday, April 6 – 7:00 PM
POWELL'S BOOKS – BEAVERTON
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
503-228-4651

SAN MATEO:

Thursday, April 7 – 7:00 PM
M IS FOR MYSTERY
86 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
650-401-8077

SAN DIEGO:

Friday, April 8 – 7:00 PM
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Ste 302
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

LOS ANGELES:

Saturday, April 9 – 2:00 PM
MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR
2940 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805-374-0084

Saturday, April 9 – 5:00 PM
VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-449-5320

HOUSTON:

Sunday, April 10 – 2:00 PM
MURDER BY THE BOOK
2342 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
713-524-8597

DENVER:

Monday, April 11 – 7:30 PM
TATTERED COVER BOOK STORE – COLFAX AVE
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303-322-7727

SCOTTSDALE, AZ:

Tuesday, April 12 – 7:00 PM
POISONED PEN
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4327
480-947-2974

SAN FRANCISCO:
Thursday, April 14 – 7:00 PM
BOOKS, INC. – OPERA PLAZA
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
415-776-1111

SACRAMENTO:

Friday, April 15 – 7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815916-565-0644

MINNEAPOLIS:

ONCE UPON A CRIME
604 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-870-3785

MILWAUKEE, WI:

Thursday, April 21 – 7:00 PM
MYSTERY ONE BOOKSTORE
2109 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-347-4077

CHICAGO:

Friday, April 22 – 7:30 PM
WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-6729

OAKLAND, CA:

Friday, April 29 – 7:00 PM
A GREAT GOOD PLACE FOR BOOKS
6120 LaSalle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
510-339-8210

The Heads You Lose website has launched!

The Heads You Lose website hit the Web today, and it looks like a million bucks. Highlights include a blog in which Lisa once again attempts to explain what the hell she was thinking and a poll that lets you express your relative opinion of the two coauthors. Hint: Hayward is openly soliciting pity votes. But the real highlight might be one of the least likely three-word phrases in the history of the English language: Lisa's Poetry Corner.

Heads You Lose website

Visit the site at: www.headsyoulose.com. Thanks to Juxtaprose!

Enough with the Postmortem

(Reposting here; originally posted 1/11/11 at AskLutz.com.)

Many authors learned the news today that the L.A. Mystery Bookstore will be closing on January 31st. The store has helped launch many authors' careers (mine included) and has been a major influence on the mystery community for years. It's also one of the few independent bookstores left in West Los Angeles. The odds of a new mystery bookstore springing up to take its place and build a comparable customer base seem beyond remote.

Today Facebook and Twitter are swarming with warm thoughts and condolences as if we were already drinking whiskey at a wake. But I question whether that's an appropriate attitude for authors whose future livelihood will depend, in part, on the existence of independent bookstores.

We can jabber all we want about the publishing model needing to change to adapt to e-books, but if the trajectory continues as it does, the book itself—the kind with pages that you turn with your fingers and not a button—might disappear or be reserved for only the highest level of authors. And when I say "highest level," that can also mean James Patterson.

Call me naive, but I don't understand why we aren't considering another option. While I know most mystery writers are scraping by, there are others who aren't scraping so much. It doesn't seem unrealistic to me that we could pull together enough local writers to invest in the store and keep it alive long enough to figure out how to make it competitive in this hostile climate. If we don't, we're consenting to a process that will soon completely kill the independent bookstore, the book itself, and potentially, many authors' livelihoods.

I, for one, am in. If there's anyone else out there interested in finding a solution, please email me.

The Spellmans on the Small Screen.....

Breaking news: We're hoping to bring the Spellmans to the small screen!

"House" exec producer Greg Yaitanes is aiming to turn the book series "The Spellman Files" into a crime drama for ABC.

Yaitanes, who won an Emmy in 2008 for directing on "House," would helm the project, should it go to pilot. Also on board is newbie scribe Katie Lovejoy, who will write the adaptation and serve as a supervising producer.

The Spellman Files author Lisa Lutz is also involved in a consulting role.

Read full article in Variety

Heads You Lose: Coming Soon!

Heads You LoseOne result of Lisa and the Spellmans' recent break from each other is Heads You Lose, a mystery she co-wrote with David Hayward.

It'll hit stores in April 2011. Fear not, Spellman faithful: Lisa is currently "hard at work" on Spellman V: The Wrath of the Spellmans (okay, that's not the real title), slated for a spring 2012 release.

Bouchercon 2010 Panel: San Francisco Noir

The organizers of the Bouchercon mystery writers' convention have finally yielded to Lisa's complaints and brought the event to her backyard. In return, she'll be discussing San Francisco noir on a panel called "No Minor Vices." Next Friday, Oct. 15, 3pm-4pm at the Hyatt Regency, Grand Ballroom A.

Event details:

Friday, October 15th @ 3 p.m.
NO MINOR VICES
San Francisco Noir
Treading a sinister landscape – walking the darker side of San Francisco's streets and exploring the literary crimes committed there
Peter Maravelis (M), David Corbett, Lisa Lutz, Eddie Muller, Kelli Stanley, Domenic Stansberry
Room: Grand Ballroom A
Full Program Info

Join Lisa at the SF Public Library

Lisa will be at the San Francisco Public Library Thursday, August 5th (that's tomorrow!) to read from and discuss the Spellman books. Details here.

San Francisco Public Library (Main Library Branch)
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A & B
100 Larkin Street
TIME: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Spellman Files was chosen for this summer's read for the Library's "On the Same Page" book club!

Free Books Contest and Interviews

Jim Halterman ("entertainment guru") has a great interview with Lisa on his website, and is giving away a complete signed set of all the four SPELLMAN books, as well as two additional signed copies of The Spellmans Strike Again. All entries need to be received by midnight tonight. Check out his website for details.

We've also added links to a few more recent interviews on the More Interviews page on this site, so check those out for some fun reading.

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