Sunday, May 19 at 2pm
DAVID TAYLOR & JOAN MORAN
speaking & signing
Night Watch & An Accidental Cuban
ABOUT NIGHT WATCH
In 1950s New York, Detective Michael Cassidy investigates a number of bizarre deaths while trying to avoid being assassinated himself. New York, 1956. A couple walking through Central Park on a fall evening are confronted by a hansom cab driver, only to kill him and casually walk away. Who are the couple and did they know the man? A man commits suicide by throwing himself through a hotel window. His colleagues claim he was depressed - but is there more to it than that? Before Detective Michael Cassidy even begins investigating these cases, he is threatened by an unknown man - the reasons for which are unclear. Are all three incidents connected? If so, how, and will Cassidy live long enough to find out before his would-be assassin claims his life?
ABOUT AN ACCIDENTAL CUBAN
Harry Cisneros desperately wants to escape moribund Cuba, but he is trapped by circumstances - a wife, a daughter and a lack of money. A dead ringer for Leonardo Di Caprio, Harry's three years in New Jersey as a teenager and perfect English make him an American at heart.
No longer content to work in a cigar factory, Harry hustles as a translator in the plaza of the colonial city of Cienfuegos. A chance meeting with a young American couple sets Harry off into a dark odyssey. The couple tells Harry about their experience in Havana of changing dollars into CUCs, the Cuban currency used for tourists. Harry decides to travel to the big city of Havana to explore the black market "dollar" business in hopes of making enough money to leave Cuba with his family.
ABOUT DAVID TAYLOR
David C. Taylor was born and raised in New York City with a few early detours to Europe. He was incarcerated in schools on both continents until finally set free after completing his formal education at Yale University. He was a free-range child in New York in the 1950’s who early on discovered the joys of Times Square, the games arcades, the pool halls, and the jazz clubs.
He joined the Peace Corps after college and spent two years in the Marshall Islands. He moved to Madrid, Spain at the end of the Franco era, to teach himself how to write. He returned to New York to work as a bartender in Greenwich Village, and then moved to Vienna, Austria for two years in pursuit of the cellist who became his wife. Realizing that they would starve to death on what he could earn as a short story writer, they moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a movie/TV writer for more than twenty years. He wrote for The Rockford Files and Kojak, and then got lucky and sold scripts that became movies with Gene Wilder, Tom Selleck, John Lithgow, and Robert Duvall. He has written short stories, a magazine column, and an Off-Broadway musical.
Night Watch is the third novel in the Michael Cassidy series of noir thrillers set in New York City in the 1950’s. The first, Night Life, was a finalist for Best Novel for the Edgar Award and won the Nero Wolfe Award.
ABOUT JOAN MORAN
Joan Moran is an author, motivational speaker, and an expert on health and wellness. She teaches management, employees and business leaders how to think creatively, implement innovative ideas, adapt to change, achieve work life balance and live a life of optimum wellness. Joan has developed the idea of stretching the mind at any age into an art form.
After a career that combined 25 years of theater experience, teaching and performing, Joan founded and was the artistic director of Nevada’s first professional year-round theater She transitioned to film studies and learned her craft as a producer and screenwriter at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
Joan spreads her knowledge and energy as a writer and blogger for the website Sixtyandme, and previously, the Huff Post. Her idea of a happy life is to roam the world dancing Argentine tango.
Writing credits include her humorous and incisive memoir, 60, Sex & Tango: Confessions of a Beatnik Boomer, a compilation of her over 300 blogs, I’m The Boss of Me! Stay Sexy, Smart & Strong at Any Age, a noir work of fiction, Women Obsessed(turned into a screenplay), and her most recent novel, An Accidental Cuban. She is currently working on The Homecoming Queen.
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