Last month, I visited the Summit of Uptown in Park Ridge to read from THE BLACKENING OF FLESH and talk about the connections between the book and the city’s past during their regular book club gathering, and somehow, the Chicago Tribune got wind of it:
A regular activity on the calendar, the Summit of Uptown Book Club provides a thought-provoking interlude for people who live there as well as like-minded people from the community who are looking for a place to explore the world of books.
Recently that world came alive in a whole new way when Christian A. Larsen came to talk to the group about his latest novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, published by Post Mortem Press. Explaining how he gets his ideas, Larsen said, “I was in between projects and started reading up on crime in my hometown, Park Ridge, which has always been a very safe place. When I discovered an actual crime-a murder/suicide-that happened the year I was born, that became the germ for BLACKENING. The book explores the notion of right and wrong, and it kind of turns it on its head. In broad terms: what if the good guy was the bad guy, or vice versa? History doesn’t always get it right,” said Larsen. “Plus, throw in some ghosts and some Prohibition-era gangsters, because who doesn’t like those?”
Read the rest of the article here, which doesn’t tell the whole story. Before my portion of the program, the book club discussed the various pros and cons of Scott Turow’s ORDINARY HEROES, which everyone seemed to agree was too ‘racy’. That being the case, I wasn’t sure how they would accept me and my work.
But they were great. I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to the Summit of Uptown for having me, and to the book club, especially for making me feel so welcome. Up next, I’ll be at Mighty Con in Milwaukee. The pop culture convention visits American Serb Hall at 5101 West Oklahoma Ave from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m this Sunday.