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News and Upcoming Events

My tenth book and first novel, Gifted, was published April 11, 2017 by Counterpoint Press. The movie, Gifted, was released the following day, in an unprecedented experiment in binge-consumption of cultural matter. The filmmakers changed my 15-year-old country boy who cheats on math tests to a 7-year-old female math prodigy. The movie only got two stars.

Sales of the book, on the other hand, have been brisker than for any other of my titles at this stage. A strong review in Publishers Weekly no doubt is helping. (See Home page or Books page.) Some extraordinary review attention, which I can't yet disclose, is likely coming in the first week of May.

If I had known that readers wanted me to write a novel, I would have tried hard to write one quicker than this:

2006: jotted a few notes
2009: began drafting
2013: first complete draft, very bad
2015: second complete draft, not much better
2016: third complete draft...ding!

The following readings and appearances are scheduled.

An Evening with John Daniel and Garth Stein

Location: Fern Ridge Library
City: Veneta, Oregon
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
A benefit for Fern Ridge Library
Readings and conversation
Adult refreshments available for purchase.
Colin Rea, Library Director

Gifted: LAUNCH READING in Portland

Location: Powell's City of Books
City: 1005 W. Burnside St.,
Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Reading, Q and A, signing.
Jeremy Garber, Events Coordinator
503.228.4651 ext 5855

John Daniel and Kathleen Dean Moore

Location: Tsunami Books
City: Eugene,
Date: May 12, 2017
Readings and conversation by the authors of Gifted and The Piano Tide.

A benefit for Tsunami Books

Information to follow...

Gifted: Seattle Launch

Location: Elliott Bay Books
City: Seattle,
Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Reading, Q&A, signing....

Gifted: Reading at Broadway Books

Location: 1714 NE Broadway
City: Portland,
Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Reading, Q and A, signing.

Sally McPherson

Squaw Valley Community of Writers

Location: Squaw Valley
City: , California
Date: July 9, 2017
The oldest writing conference in the American West, July 9-17, 2017.

I'll be teaching creative nonfiction workshops.

Florence Festival of Books

Location: Florence Event Center
City: Florence, Oregon
Date: September 29, 2017
I'll be giving the keynote address.