Heaven-Sent Friends, Parisians, Countrymen

My fellow Cedarville (Ohio) High School graduate, J. Saunders Elmore, will be releasing his debut novel, The Amateur American, this summer. Crown is publishing the book, which apparently a mystery/thriller about "a young American expatriate in France who is drawn into a web of violent political intrigue, corruption and murder when he takes a job translating for a shadowy powerbroker."

The NY-based production company Likely Story (Synecdoche, NY) recently picked up the film rights to Elmore's novel.

Also, Katy Lederer, a fellow literary/poker enthusiast whom I interviewed here back in 2005 (and whose poetry appeared on Identity Theory a couple of years ago...and who helped me meet my current girlfriend...) is still touring for her new poetry collection, The Heaven-Sent Leaf. Read this very nice write-up in The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town."

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