Special Editions ARRIVE!! (video)

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Yesterday the new copies of the special edition arrived. I'll be signing all day today and can't WAIT for these babies to land in your hands!

Special thanks to Sachill Pages for the music!

Triad Death Match - Episode 2 NOW!!

We're back! Not late, not ever and always delivering the best of the best audio goods directly to your ears. Not for kids, not without earmuffs, and never in a mini-van.

Click here to listen or download today's episode of Triad Death Match.

In addition to 28 minutes of kick-ass story, I also talk this week about YOUNG MONDAY, the big push day for YJ, a new review of the book that just came out in Booklist, how you can get signed copies of the new release mailed to you, avatars for you to bang and rock solidly, and finally the big Podioracket show that'll wrap up (sort of) YOUNG MONDAY at 9PM EST and 6PM PST. So be there to talk it up with your boy and throw down in the chat rooms!

You heard? Listen now.

Booklist Reviews YOUNG JUNIUS

After his older brother is gunned down, six-foot-three-inch, 14-year-old Junius sets his heart on vengeance and makes for the Rindge Towers, a three-building slum uneasily shared by two rival pushers. What starts as a narrative limited to the point-of-view of the remorseless teen widens—and widens and widens—until it encompasses a huge cast of characters, including kids, cops, and a legion of small-time thugs. Harwood’s cutaway view of a single bloody day in a housing project is an impressive feat, undercut only by the sameness of some of the warriors, who come fast and furious with names like Big Pickup, Black Jesus, and Seven Heaven. Despite these monikers, there’s nothing cartoonish about the story, which powers forward with a blunt and violent vulgarity: “He pushed the door open and headed out to see what the fuck.” There is a mystery here—who really pulled the trigger on Junius’ bro?—but the point is clearly the bad-versus-worse decisions brought on by bloodlust. Given the characters’ brutality, Harwood’s empathy runs deeply indeed. --Daniel Kraus

So last time out, with Jack Wakes Up, I only got a single trade review--Publishers Weekly. Now, Booklist follows the superlative review of YOUNG JUNIUS in Publishers Weekly (see post) with one of their own. 

There's ups and downs here, "Big Pickup" not a great name?? But this one comes firmly down on the good side of things. Here's how my agent, Stacia Decker, truncated the news:

"Harwood’s cutaway view of a single bloody day in a housing project is an impressive feat . . . Harwood’s empathy runs deeply indeed." -- Booklist on YOUNG JUNIUS

For the full review, you can see it on the YJ Amazon page for the book or... read on after the break...

Word by Word interview - Young Junius

Thanks to Gil Mansergh for having me on his literature talk show Word by Word this month! This show aired Wednesday, October 6th on KRCB, Sonoma's NPR station. You can find more from KRCB here.

I'm happy to pass this 60 minute discussion of YOUNG JUNIUS on to you guys. In it, I read a few bits from Jack Wakes Up and sections of YOUNG JUNIUS. The new book comes out next week and you know we rock YOUNG MONDAY on 10-18.

Direct link to listen to or download the full interview. Enjoy!

If you're in the Bay Area, I hope you'll come out to see me tomorrow night (Friday 10/8) at A Great Good Place for Books at 7PM in Oakland. more soon! Keep rocking!



YJ PDF serialization rolls on...

What more can I say...

As we continue to roll forward toward YOUNG MONDAY on 10/18, I'm kicking out more content than just TDM episodes. I'm also giving out serialized PDFs from the new Young Junius. Here, today is totally new content: Chapters 5 and 6 just for you! Enjoy!

Check back here regularly to see when new posts go up ever day or two. You can also see them hit my wall as it happens over at Facebook or Twitter! Holla!

I've also got new Avatars for you to use over on your own profiles for these blessed sites. Kick 'em here.

Thanks and good luck!

Also got a reading this Friday in Oakland! You gone be there?


You've waited long and hard for this. I've broken promises in the past but now TDM is here and JACK is Back!! That's right, your boy JACK PALMS has returned to you.

Click here for direct download or to listen to episode.

What could be better than this? I know, not too much. Plus, combining this with the print release of YOUNG J together for October means I'm totally pumped right now too. Look at all the goodness!

Oct. 18th is YOUNG MONDAY, the day we rush Amazon or your local bookseller to pick up a copy of the book. If you'd like a signed copy, you can use one of these two fine shops near me. They'll be happy to ship it after I've signed.

If you want a free PDF, you can check my Scribd page for installments and on Oct. 18, you'll be able to get the whole thing.

Scribd Plan Unleashed and Reading Events!

YOUNG JUNIUS - in stores 10/18YOUNG JUNIUS - in stores 10/18So first, after my great talk about Scribd.com with Ransom Stephens, I've hatched this place for using the Scribd website to publicize YOUNG JUNIUS: I'll be adding a new chapter of the novel to my page at Scribd every day this month. If you'd like to catch wind of these, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, where I'll be *readcasting* these drops. Please help out by readcasting too, if you follow along.

You'll also be able to catch updates of the PDF's here from time to time.

For now, here's the PDF of the first four chapters of the novel, newly edited, just for you! Click to download!

Today's also the day I start talking it up about upcoming readings. If you're in the Bay Area, here's the list of upcoming events:

YOUNG MONDAY -- Coming Soon!!!

This is it, folks, we get ready now to rock and roll again, to crank up the band and fire up the wagons! Put your earmuffs on your kids!

Click here to download and listen to episode.

Listen up and get ready for October 18th: YOUNG MONDAY!!

  1. It's the day we rush Amazon like crazy people to see how high we can get Young Junius up the charts.
  2. It's exactly three weeks from today.
  3. It's gonna be awesome, baby!
  4. We'll be having a live call-in podcast interview show via PodioRacket at 9PM EST/6PM PST!

Be there! Join in all the fun. Coming soon: new Twitter and Facebook Avatars to help spread the word!


Know what else? In ONE WEEK, I'm bringing you Episode 1 of TRIAD DEATH MATCH!

CrimeWAV Episode 62: Gary Phillips reads from The Underbelly

Click here to listen to episode 62 of the CrimeWAV: Gary Phillips reads from THE UNDERBELLY

Thanks much to Gary for coming back on the show! Some of you might recall his excellent story "Swift Boats for Jesus" from all the way back in Episode 5.

Now Gary re-joins us to deliver the opening of his new novella The Underbelly, out now from PM Press. Gary has published over 7 novels including, bangers, Freedom's Flight, Perdition USA and most recently, The Jook, also from PM Press.

PM Press is a dynamite publisher who's recently come onto the crime fiction scene displaying superb cover art and an impeccable choice in authors and books. Visit them now at PMPress.org.

Gary's website is GDPhillips.com You can also contact him here for your questions and feedback.

Young Junius hits Bouchercon on 10/14 and will be in stores on 10/18 when we'll be rushing the amazon charts! If you're in Northern California, Boston or NYC, I'd love to see you out at one of my reading events! Full info is here: http://sethharwood.com/tour

Just because it's awesome

I had to share this. This movie gets two BIG thumbs up from me. If you want to see a pitch-perfect review, watch these two guys (Burr and Morris from Boston.com) break it down.

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