If you're not yet a reader of Duane Swierczynski's genre-busting novels, now is a good to time to get started. His latest, Expiration Date is maybe his best yet (Macmillan is serializing the first 50 pages of the novel here). And you have two chances to meet Swierczy this week. On Sunday, April 11, he'll be at Port Richmond Books signing and talking about Expiration and on Wednesday, April 14, you can catch him at the Hiway Movie Theatre in Jenkintown with me.
Port Richmond Books is a great used bookstore, owned and operated by Greg Gillespie. A former movie theatre, the store is a real gem in the heart of Fishtown. Well . . . a gem if you like old books. Be sure to check out one of the backrooms, full of old pulp paperbacks. The festivities begin at 2PM. Hopefully Swierczy will bring beer. More info here.
But you should also come out to Jenkintown on Wed night at 8PM. Swierczynski will sign copies of his book, then he's the guest programmer for the evening and he's chosen the Walter Hill scripted 1972 crime flick Hickey & Boggs, starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp. I haven't seen this one yet and I'm very excited to catch it for the first time on a big screen. After the movie, I'll do a Q&A with the author (a good question to ask him is, "Which of us is the best BBQ griller?"). Then we'll all probably get drunk at the VFW post. You can't beat this for a Wed night at the movies. More info at the Hiway site. And there's lots of parking in Jenkintown!