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At the final Talking Volumes event of the 2013 season, crime novelist (and jazz lover) Michael Connelly said he was co-producing a documentary about Minneapolis-born jazz saxophonist Frank Morgan, who died in 2007. Connelly said he often listens to jazz when he writes, especially when he's writing about his popular detective hero Harry ("Hieronymous") Bosch.
Connelly said that Morgan's family members, some of whom were in the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Tuesday, had been very helpful in making the documentary, "Sound of Redemption," which Connelly said is likely to be released in spring 2014.
Morgan was born in Minneapolis in 1933, raised mostly in Milwaukee and then moved to Los Angeles, where drugs soon led him to an adult life spent in and out of prison. His late-in-life comeback began in the mid-1980s, and included gigs at the Dakota in Minneapolis, after he moved back to Minneapolis in 2005. The Morgan documentary is being directed by N.C. Heikin, and includes interviews as well as archival footage. James Egan is another producer.
Connelly has written about his love of Morgan's music, and how he came to the idea that detective Bosch would love it, too.
Michael Jackson and Madonna already got theirs. So have Beyonce, Drake and Adele. Cher and 50 Cent, too.
Now Prince is going to be profiled in a comic-book biography. It’s called “Fame: Prince,” published by Bluewater Productions. The 32-page comic, offered in both digital (at iTunes) and print formats (at Comic Flea Market), is available with two different covers.
Bluewater has collaborated with William Shatner, Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price on comic projects. Next up in its biography series are Johnny Depp and Sharon Osbourne.
“Fame: Prince” author Michael Frizell admits to preferring Prince over Jackson. "Writing [it] was like reliving my teenage years,” he said in a statement. “For me, the music scene wasn’t defined by Michael Jackson, despite his success with Thriller. The 80’s, and music in general for me, were defined by Prince. He takes chances in his music, doesn’t sell out as an artist in order to make money, and still ends up on top.”
Crime writer Michael Connelly is coming to town Dec. 3.
Michael Connelly, author of "The Lincoln Lawyer" and many other best-selling crime novels, has been added to the Talking Volumes live book-club season. He will be at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to talk about "The Gods of Guilt," his 26th novel and the fifth to feature his second most-recurring lead character, defense attorney Mickey Haller. This time around, Haller's on the case when a former client is murdered.
Minnesota is one of just four U.S. states Connelly will visit on his tour. He'll also be appearing in New York, California, Arizona and six cities in the UK.
"The Gods of Guilt" comes out Nov. 21. Read the first two chapters here: http://www.startribune.com/a2500
Advance $23 tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at noon (for Star Tribune subscribers and members of MPR and The Loft). General-public $25 tickets go on sale Oct. 8 at noon. http://fitzgerald theater.publicradio.org
Vince Flynn was working on a 14th Mitch Rapp novel when he died in June. Star Tribune photo by Jim Gehrz.
Vince Flynn, the author of the best-selling Mitch Rapp political thrillers, was working on the 14th installment in the series, titled "The Survivor," when he died of cancer in June. The book was to have been released in October.
His publisher, SImon & Schuster, has released a statement saying that the St. Paul native's book is "postponed indefinitely" because it is "too soon to know" how much he had completed.
Ordinarily Vince's editor, Emily Bestler, would have been in constant communication with him about the book, but during his last six months, Flynn's health was the only priority, said Simon & Schuster spokesman David Brown: "We know Vince was working, we just don't know yet what he was able to accomplish. It's just a matter of waiting for an appropriate time to sit down with his family and discuss everything. Right now we're still mourning the loss."
The implication of the statement seems to be that if it is determined there is enough material to publish the book posthumously, another writer or editor may be called in to finish it. Otherwise, it will likely be cancelled.
The same holds true for a collaboration Flynn was working on with writer Brian Haig, the statement said, though that book is still available for pre-order.
Read Flynn's Star Tribune obituary here