Authors on Tap: Keir Graff to Interview Bryan Gruley over a Beer in Oak Park, IL

Bleak Harbor by Bryan GruleyAs part of Authors on Tap, an interview series sponsored by Oak Park, Illinois, independent bookstore The Book Table, Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff will join author Bryan Gruley on Wednesday, January 16 at the BeerShop (1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL) to discuss Gruley’s latest novel, Bleak Harbor. Gruley, a lifelong journalist who was part of the Wall Street Journal staff who won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 9/11 attacks, is also the award-winning author of the Starvation Lake trilogy of novels. The eponymous first installment earned a starred Booklist review and a comparison to Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. Subsequent novels The Hanging Tree (“another winner”) and The Skeleton Box (“wonderfully imagined”) earned strong reviews as well.

Bryan Gruley

Bryan Gruley

Bleak Harbor is an intricately plotted thriller focusing on the disappearance of 16-year-old Danny Peters, who is on the autism spectrum. All signs point to a kidnapping, but with many characters possessing strong motives, the truth is anything but simple in the fictional southwest Michigan beach town where his family has reluctantly settled. Gruley layers complication upon complication until the can’t-see-it-coming ending. In her review, Michelle Leber writes, “Gruley gradually reveals connections between characters and their secrets as he builds suspense in this impressively constructed plot about attaining justice for those once wronged.

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Keir Graff

Keir Graff

In addition to his Booklist duties, Graff edits anthologies (Montana Noir), and writes both crime fiction (The Price of Liberty) and middle-grade fiction (The Phantom Tower). He is also reputed to have authored novels under pseudonyms.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, January 16
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: BeerShop (1026 North Blvd., Oak ParkIL)




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