As previously announced, Hunters Point is now available as an unabridged audio book! Check it out on your favorite platform.
I got to work with Feodor Chin, an amazing actor based in Los Angeles. Feo also does voice work and we were connected through the production team at Scribe Media (thank you to my producer Jeff Guillott!) Feo has a great range and really brought the characters to life. I was also taken with the fact that he is originally from San Francisco and he gave the story his local blessing.
Roy Peter Clark is an esteemed journalist, a former editor of the Tampa Bay Times and a long term faculty director of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies here in St. Petersburg. He is also known as ‘America’s Writing Coach’ due to his prolific authorship of writing resources such as Murder Your Darlings, How To Write Short, and his latest, Tell It Like It Is: A Guide to Clear and Honest Writing.” Simply put, he is the writer’s writer.
Earlier this year I was thrilled to have him read and ultimately ‘blurb’ my debut novel, Hunters Point. Now I am even more honored to be among this year’s nominees for the Roy Peter Clark Award for Literature!
The award debuted in 2022 and celebrates outstanding contributions to the St Petersburg story and is presented in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the greater St. Petersburg literary community.
Other nominees this year:
Third generation bookseller, Michelle Jenquin of Wilson’s Bookworld, Pulitzer prize winning journalist for the Tampa Bay Times Leonora LaPeter Anton and Lakewood High School librarian Heather Robinson.
The award went to poet and literary activist Denzel Johnson-Green. Congratulations Denzel and keep up the great work!
Thank you to Roy Peter Clark for the support and encouragement and to Keep St. Pete Lit for their work in supporting writers and publishing in the community.
All feedback is appreciated, even the less than stellar, but some is more meaningful than others. I recently received a ‘blurb’ back from someone my publisher had submitted a request to a few weeks ago.
Roy Peter Clark is a senior scholar and Vice President of the Pointer Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is also the founder of the National Writers Workshop and known as “America’s Writing Coach.” So you can imagine my response to this commentary:
“I enjoy historical novels with real people bumping into fictional ones. So imagine my surprise and delight when a Japanese-American private detective befriends Jimmy Stewart in “Hunters Point.” Yes, that Jimmy Stewart. It’s a wonderful life Jimmy Stewart. And it’s a wonderful read, Peter Kageyama.”
Roy Peter Clark, author of “Writing Tools” and “Tell It Like It Is.”
I felt like a student who had gotten an A+ and a smiley face from the really tough teacher. Thank you Mr. Clark, I am honored.
Last month my wife Lisa and I were in San Francisco for a few days. We took a walking tour of Japantown (thank you SF City Guides!) and during that tour we walked past 2031 Bush St. In 1942, photographer Dorothea Lange memorialized that location in this photo:
Here we see the processing of Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps. I am struck by how well dressed everyone is and the number of small children.
I am very happy to announce that pre-orders for the ebook version of Hunters Point is now available on Amazon – Click Here. Unfortunately the print version is not currently eligible to pre-order but will be available once the book is published on January 17, 2023.