Just wanted to tip you off to my friend Scott Heim's new book "We Disappear" and his upcoming book tour. You may be familiar with his first novel, Mysterious Skin, which was turned into an amazing movie by director Gregg Araki.
Here's the description of the book:
"The body of a teenage boy is discovered in a Kansas field. The murder haunts Donna—a recent widow battling cancer—calling forth troubling details from long-suppressed memories of her past. Hoping to discover more about "disappeared" people, she turns to her son, Scott, who is fighting demons of his own. Addicted to methamphetamines and sleeping pills, Scott is barely holding on—though the chance to help his mother in her strange and desperate search holds out a slim promise of some small salvation.
But what he finds is a boy named Otis handcuffed in a secret basement room, and the questions that arise seem too disturbing even to contemplate. With his mother's health rapidly deteriorating, he must surrender to his own obsession, and unravel Otis's unsettling connections to other missing teens ... and, ultimately, to Scott himself."
Here's a "trailer" for the book:
And, finally, here are the tour dates (I'll be at the San Francisco stop for any would-be stalkers):
Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 7:00 PM
279 Harvard St.
Thursday, March 6, 2008, 7:00 PM
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS
25 White St. (Porter Square Shopping Center)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS – CHELSEA
675 6th Avenue @ 22nd St.
New York, NY
Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:00 PM
8818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 7:00 PM
BOOKS INC. (Castro)
2275 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 7:30 PM
1005 W. Burnside
Thursday, March 20, 2008, 7:30 PM
ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY
101 South Main St.
Thursday, March 27, 2008, 5:30 PM
345 South 12th St.
Monday, March 31, 2008, 7:00 PM
THE ENORMOUS ROOM
Four Stories Reading Series (with additional authors TBA)
569 Massachusetts Ave.
Saturday, April 5, 2008, 1:00 PM
MYSTERY ON MAIN STREET
119 Main St.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 7:00 PM
BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC
143 Providence Place
Monday, April 21, 2008, 7:00 PM
RUTH SOKOLOF THEATER
Film Streams Series (screening of Mysterious Skin with reading/signing)
1340 Webster St.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 7:00 PM
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (in conjunction with RAINY DAY BOOKS)
4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 7:00 PM
THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
1601 Irving Hill Rd.