I’ve attempted some so-so April Fool’s jokes in my day, such as purporting that our very male and very fixed dog Mikey had puppies, which I’m proud to say fooled a couple of people for a couple of seconds. I’ve also witnessed some amazing pranks, like the time a college classmate called home from London (this was 1984, when that meant something) and told his father he’d been arrested for smoking marijuana. I’m pretty sure his father forgave him eventually.
But this is no trick: the official release date of Capitol Punishment, the third in my Andy Hayes private eye series, is this month, on April 15. Here’s some of my upcoming events associated with the series and the new book:
_ Westerville Library, April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., appearing with fellow Columbus mystery writer Yolonda Tonette Sanders to talk about the process of writing mysteries.
_ Ohioana Book Festival, April 23, Sheraton Columbus on Capitol Square, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a must visit event for book lovers with dozens of authors available for conversation and book signings. Added bonus: in addition to being the day we celebrate Shakespeare’s birth, it’s also Sant Jordi day in Catalonia, when lovers traditionally give each other books and roses.
_ Statehouse tour, May 21, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., beginning in the Statehouse map room. A tour of sites in the Statehouse that play a role in Capitol Punishment, followed by a signing at the museum shop. More details soon!