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L.A. Review of Books Weighs In

L.A. Review of Books Weighs In


FIGHTING ERASURE by Yutaka Dirks JANUARY 25, 2016 LIKE ITS AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS, my Japanese-Canadian family was interned by their own government in the horrible years after Pearl Harbor. Most of…

Guest Blog for Mystery Fanfare

Guest Blog for Mystery Fanfare


  Is it “Write what you know,” or “Write to discover what you know”? Acclaimed author Gordon McAlpine explores this question, drawing from his experience writing the Edgar nominated novel,…



Starred Review from Shelf Awareness

Starred Review from Shelf Awareness


In this refreshingly innovative detective novel, Hammett Unwritten author Gordon McAlpine follows the life of a character cut–via the vicious blue editing pencil–from a novel. Takumi Sato is a Japanese-American…

Favorite Crime Fiction of 2015

Favorite Crime Fiction of 2015


Woman with a Blue Pencil, by Gordon McAlpine (Seventh Street): Don’t let all the highbrow praise for this metafictional head-spinner scare you away–McAlpine’s ambitions may be more high-falutin’ than those…

Book Talks at Independent Bookstores

Book Talks at Independent Bookstores


A wonderful trio of discussions about my new novel Woman with a Blue Pencil at three of the best independent bookstores  in Southern California: Vroman’s in Pasadena, Book Carnival in…

Paste Magazine Reviews Woman with a Blue Pencil

Paste Magazine Reviews Woman with a Blue Pencil


Hard-boiled detective fiction needs more writers like Gordon McAlpine. In his last two novels, the Maltese Falcon-deconstructing Hammett Unwritten and the just-released, parallel-narrative marvel Woman With a Blue Pencil, McAlpine…

Interview in

Interview in "The Big Thrill"


By John Clement Gordon McAlpine’s latest novel, WOMAN WITH A BLUE PENCIL (Seventh Street Books, 2015), is an engaging and imaginative palimpsest of stories, each unfolding in piecemeal through glimpses…

New French Translation of Hammett Unwritten

New French Translation of Hammett Unwritten


Hammett Unwritten has been published in translation by the distinguished French publisher Editions Payot & Rivages as Le Dossier Hammett.   Featuring  elements of noir and meta-fiction, the translation should…


Booklist Joins in the Pre-Pub Praise

Booklist Joins in the Pre-Pub Praise


On October 1, 2015, the distinguished publishing industry magazine Booklist offered another enthusiastic review of Woman with a Blue Pencil: “Japanese American art historian Sam Sumida reluctantly concludes that he…

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly


Woman with a Blue Pencil Gordon McAlpine, Author McAlpine (Hammett Unwritten as Owen Fitzstephen) once again ventures successfully into metafiction, jumping back and forth between two separate manuscripts while delivering…

Edgar and Allan Poe Honored

Edgar and Allan Poe Honored


Thanks to the Bank Street School of Education for honoring Edgar and Allan Poe for the second year in a row, this time by selecting “Once Upon a Midnight Eerie”…


Edgar and Allan Poe...and Legos!

Edgar and Allan Poe...and Legos!


On Monday, April 6, 2015, the Pagosa Springs Library in Colorado will initiate their Spring Break Programs. From 2 – 5:15, kids will listen to the audio version of “The…