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."