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Early reviews for The Undesirables

The Undesirables (Picador UK) is drawing nice reviews from readers, bloggers and newspapers. Sorry for the absence of hyperlinks (seems to be down at the moment, so you'll have to cut and paste the links for full viewing).

*The Daily Mail (UK) gave it a nice mention here:

The highlight was: "This is another triumph from Dave Boling, whose first book, Guernica, met wide acclaim."

*And this from The Lady magazine, the longest-running women's magazine in the UK:

The highlight was : "This enthralling novel takes us straight to the nub of the second Boer War. Written from the perspective of a Boer adolescent, it captures with raw vividness the emotions stirred by war and loss."

*Here are a few from

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Video for King County Library gala

Okay, I mean, come on, it's pretty hard for somebody to cop to the fact that they've been asked to take part in something called a "Literary Lions Gala." Really ... how do you say that without sounding like an absolute arrogant braying donkey rather than a literary lion? So, when asked to do a video helping the KCLS Foundation to promote their fund-raising event on March 10, I had to have a little bit of fun with it.

Here's a link to the video.
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Upcoming events

Some fun author events are coming up, particularly the weekend of March 10-11.

It's a great privilege to have been invited to take part in the King County Library System Foundation's Literary Lions Gala at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency ballroom on Saturday, March 1o. Drinks, dinner, program emceed by Nancy Pearl, and authors to sign books and chat. Please visit the website and consider taking part in an event for a worthy cause. http:/​/​​literarylions/​biographies.cfm

The following day, I'm taking part in a presentation at the Tacoma Art Museum as part of their Literacy Month Lecture Series. http:/​/​​Page.aspx?nid=349

Also, on Feb. 25, the Seattle 7 Writers group is going electronic with the Write Here, Write Now seminars. Check out the format at
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New project update

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My son Jake tells me I'm not blogging nearly enough, and that readers might be interested in the progress of the new project.

Okay, a small look into the process. I don't know how others do it, but do not write from start to finish; I figure out my top three or four dramatic plot points and write those first. I then do chapters to connect those. I find that once I get up to 70-75,000 words or more, I have a hard time judging pace and proportion of the book. I do better, then, to give each scene a name, put them on small cards, and lay them out on a table where I can move them around much easier than actually cutting and pasting blocks of copy.

It leaves my house looking a little weird at times. And my table is off-limits for food or guests. But it's an important point when I can really tell how close I am to finishing, and how many holes I have left to fill. Read More 
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University Place Library event

I've been asked to do a reading/signing event for "Guernica" at the University Place library on April 20th, 7 p.m. It's a new facility for the Pierce County Library system. It's been a while since I thought much about the writing of "Guernica," however April is a time I think a great deal about the bombing. This April 27th will mark the 74th anniversary of the tragic event. I hope that next year's 75th will spur renewed interest and attention to the topic on an international basis.
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Time for a new blog post

Let's see ... the fine folks at the new library at University Place (near Tacoma) are setting up a date in early April to have a reading/signing event. We'll be finalizing the date soon and will pass that along. Since the last blog I've started a facebook page ( a twitter account (@daveboling).

A nice bookseller from Texas, Carla Smith, pointed out a video review of "Guernica" done in the UK by actor Benedict Cumberbatch. It is very nicely done ... a product of being named as one of the Summer Reads selections for the RIchard and Judy Book Club (a Brit tea time talk show). They sent him to a beach on the island of Mykonos as the backdrop. It is my opinion that they should have had the author fulfill those duties. I had not heard of Mr. Cumberbatch, but apparently he's a fine actor who has been very successful (cast as Sherlock Holmes in the recent BBC series).

Here's the link to the video review:

Also, "The Novel LIve!" project that 36 local writers conspired to produce in a mad flurry in a week last October will be published by Open Road Media as a 60,000 word e-original novel in May, with much of the proceeds going directly to charity!
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Parkplace Book event Dec. 10

Dec. 10, 7-10 p.m.: Holiday book event at Kirkland Parkplace Books

Our good friends at Parkplace Books invited me to join a few other authors at their holiday party; we'll be there to sign books (always a nice holiday gift!)

Here's the release:

Parkplace Books is hosting our
Eighth Annual Holiday Celebration!

Please join us for an evening of merriment and good cheer
as we celebrate the holiday season with friends, family
and lots of wonderful PacNW authors. Enjoy tasty goodies,
imbibe wine and wassail while visiting with friends ...
or have a book signed by one of our guest authors.

Donate any children’s book to Santa’s Sleigh or food item
in the Gift Box located at the front of the store.
Parkplace Books and KITH (Kirkland Interfaith Transitions
in Housing) will distribute them to Eastside families in need.
Your gift can make a difference!

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Picasso tour at Seattle Art Museum

I got a wonderful invitation from the Seattle Art Museum to lead a tour of its incredible Picasso exhibit Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. Here is the SAM release: My Favorite Things tour led by Dave Boling, whose debut novel Guernica became an international best-seller translated into 14 languages. Part of his novel follows Picasso's creation of the mural “Guernica.” Boling will focus on Picasso the man, and discuss the exploitation of his mistresses as muses.

The exhibit featuress 150 pieces from Picasso's personal collection. Of particular interest to me, of course, were the detail studies for "Guernica" and also the photo series taken by Dora Maar, which show "Guernica" at various stages of completion. Those pictures were very important for me (when I viewed similar at Reina Sofia in Madrid) in recreating fictional scenes of his work in his Paris studio that spring of 1937. Read More 
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Appearance at Kirkland Parkplace Books

Help Celebrate
National Reading Group Month

Great Group Reads Panel Discussion & Nancy Pearl!!!
October 26th 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Kirkland's Parkplace Books

Join PacNW authors, Jim Lynch (Border Songs), Dave Boling (Guernica), Robert Dugoni, (Bodily Harm), Boyd Morrison (The Ark), Carol Cassella ( Healer) and guest moderator, Nancy Pearl as they take a look at whatconstitutes a good read, ask and answer all sorts of quirky questions and help to celebrate...October is National Reading Group Month. The evening's event is sponsored by the Women's National Book Association and hosted by Parkplace Books.  Read More 
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The Novel: Live!

If you weren't able to catch any of the production of The Novel: Live!, you can still read the work of 36 local authors at this site:

What a wild and fun experience. There is some terrific writing in there, and I think it turned into a surprisingly cohesive and readable piece despite being written by authors with so many different styles, in two-hour segments, over the course of a week.

Garth Stein and Jennie Shortridge, in particular, did an incredible amount of great work on this thing. Information on the publication of the book will be forthcoming. Proceeds go to local literary causes. Read More 
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