No, I don’t mean he IS, I mean he WROTE. In a pathetic attempt to be occasionally useful to somebody, I’m instituting Actual Content Tuesdays on this blog, wherein I host suckers authors and other interesting people while I inflict myself on post at Fatal Foodies and (every other Tuesday) Echelon Explorations.
After borrowing time from his youthful passions, such as baseball, golf, romance, and trying to make music, to earn degrees in literature and writing from San Diego State University and the University of Iowa, Ken got serious (more or less).
Since then, his stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines, and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and a columnist for the San Diego Reader.
With Alan Russell, in Road Kill and No Cats, No Chocolate, he has chronicled the madness of book promotion tours.
Ken’s novels are Midheaven, chosen as finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first novel and the Tom Hickey California Century series:
The Loud Adios, San Diego and Tijuana, 1943 (Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First PI Novel); The Venus Deal, San Diego, Mount Shasta, and Denver, 1942; The Angel Gang, Lake Tahoe and San Diego, 1950; The Do-Re-Mi, rural Northern California, 1972 (a January Magazine best book of 2006 and finalist for the 2006 Shamus Award); The Vagabond Virgins, rural Baja California, 1979; The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1926 (coming in May 2010).
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And here is what folks are saying about his book:
Who is THE BIGGEST LIAR IN LOS ANGELES?
Ken Kuhlken’s unique and genuine characters lead readers on an adventurous trip through the mysteries of 20th century California.
In the words of gifted writers:
“Elegant, eloquent, and elegiac, Kuhlken’s novels sing an old melody, at the same time haunting and beautiful.” Don Winslow, author of The Winter of Frankie Machine
“Ken Kuhlken writes about characters most authors wouldn’t touch.” Raymond Carver, author of Fires
“Some of the finest historical writing in the private eye field.” from They Died in Vain
“Tom Hickey is one of detective fiction’s most original and intriguing creations.” San Francisco Chronicle
Drop by and see what he has to say about his inspiration and process in creating a book I can’t wait to read!
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