7 October 2010 0 Comments

Urinal-top video

We were on the Hessian plain somewhere outside Frankfurt when I felt as though the drugs had taken hold. Why am I paraphrasing the great Hunter S. Thompson? Because I endured an experience that Professor Gonzo could only have imagined in his wildest LSD frenzies. Something that made me feel I must be hallucinating, as […]

24 January 2010 0 Comments

Matt Rees NY book reading Feb. 2

Award-winning crime writer Matt Beynon Rees reads from THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, his new novel, Feb. 2 in New York. The fourth installment in Matt’s Crime Writers Association Dagger-winning series about Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef is published Feb. 1. In New York for a UN conference, Omar uncovers an assassination plot. The suspect: his own son. […]

15 October 2009 0 Comments

Location, location

Writers live in their heads. What may be travel to you is location-scouting for me. In some ways, I’m never where I am. I’m imagining that place on the page in a future book. It won’t exist until I’ve written about it. I was standing on a deserted bridge across the Rhine in the Swiss […]

14 October 2009 0 Comments

Those disorganized Swiss

You know the reputation. “Swiss” isn’t a nationality. It’s really an adjective meaning highly organized and perhaps even a little too punctilious. That’s a myth. The place is just like the Middle East… (Look, I write fiction, but I may be onto something. Read on.) On my recent reading tour, I stopped in Basel as […]

8 October 2009 0 Comments

Leselust! Reading to Germans

Here’s my latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: When authors travel to promote their books in the US and UK, they’ve given up on referring to their appearances as “readings.” Now they’re “events.” Because no one wants to hear an author read. It could be because authors aren’t such compelling readers […]

2 October 2009 0 Comments

Neon pee on the Reeperbahn, and other travels

The whole point of travel is to see Red Light districts around the world. That’s what I assume my German publisher C.H. Beck thinks. Or maybe that’s what they think I’ll like. Anyway, they keep sending me to Hamburg, which has one of the most famous naughty neighborhoods in the world. At the invitation of […]

9 August 2009 0 Comments

Five smokes and a new novel: Klaus Modick’s Writing Life

When my second novel A GRAVE IN GAZA was being translated into German, I received an email from my translator. He had a number of penetrating questions about certain phrases I’d used in the book. He also happened to be the only translator who asked me a question about any of my books (and my […]

24 July 2009 0 Comments

Omar Yussef for President of Palestine!

My latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: Unlike the Palestinians (who don’t have one), Palestinian politics is in a real state. A civil war that’s been bubbling and sometimes burning for two years plus. No government in Gaza because Hamas, which rules there, is isolated. Accusations by a top PLO official […]

12 July 2009 0 Comments

Ingenious book readings: Just don’t mention books!

In his terrific book “On Writing” Stephen King notes that he once asked Amy Tan what she’s NEVER asked about at public readings. “They never ask about the writing,” Tan tells him. Which spurs King to write a book about exactly that. Now controversial UK publishing guru Scott Pack goes one better. Public appearances by […]

28 June 2009 0 Comments

Hot Reading in East Jerusalem!

This weekend I was the guest of Munther Fahmi, who runs the excellent bookshop at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem, for a reading from my newest Palestinian crime novel THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET. Munther and I have been scheming for some time to organize an event, so it was great to finally get it […]