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November 6, 2008

Achievements on screen

Excellent news for Reverend Carroll Pickett and Kartemquin Films: AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR will play at the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this year. IDFA runs from November 20-30 and is the largest documentary festival in the world.

"[AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR is] An impassioned portrait of a quest for truth." - Loren King, Chicago Tribune

"A quiet powerhouse… The Rev. Carroll Pickett makes for a subject you won’t soon forget." - Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

"A-. There is much to be gained from weighing Pickett’s moral quandary." - Entertainment Weekly

"Pickett’s courageously naked honesty about his experiences make ‘At the Death House Door’ indelible viewing." - David Kronke, LA Daily News

"May fill you with righteous anger or keep you up nights in despair." - Andrew O’Hehir,

In other film news, Bill Minutaglio's book FIRST SON was one of the resources that Oliver Stone used for his new Bush biopic "W", as mentioned in Alan Peppard's column in the Dallas Morning News, the New York Post, and the New York Times to name a few.

A round of applause for Michael Koryta, who's being recognized by Indiana University today. The 2008 College of Arts and Sciences Annual Recognition Banquet is honoring Koryta with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for bringing "great honor and distinction" to his alma mater.

Koryta's fine interviewing skills must have also counted in his favor!

November 4, 2008

In top form

THE COLD SPOT is hot! Tom Piccirilli's novel is one of's Top 10 Mystery & Thrillers of 2008. Pick up a copy today and then get in line for the sequel THE COLDEST MILE. The action's just getting started.

Reed Coleman is also "a writer at the top of his game. Winner of several prestigious mystery awards, he never cheats the reader. There are well-delineated reasons his characters do what they do, and his stories leave you thinking.

[In EMPTY EVER AFTER] Coleman writes lush back story, and wry observations are coupled with broad comedic touches that lighten the tone. Character gems pebble the landscape, like Auschwitz survivor Mr. Roth and pregnant Puerto Rican PI partner Carmella Melendez. After several well-constructed twists in the plot, Coleman delivers a nice pyrotechnic conclusion." (Anthony Rainone, Lincoln Journal Star)