Summer Literary Picnics: Craig McDonald

July 23, 2010

“Ingeniously plotted and executed, Print the Legend is an epic masterpiece from Craig McDonald. Beginning to end, I was riveted by this story of character, history and intrigue.”

–Michael Connelly

Mystery, murder and an FBI conspiracy surround the next Summer Literary Picnic, when Edgar nominated author Craig McDonald comes to Thurber House on Wednesday, July 28 to read from his latest Hector Lassiter mystery, Print the Legend.

Print the Legend takes place four years after Ernest Hemingway’s death, where Hector Lassiter, Hemingway’s oldest and best friend, arrives in Idaho to meet with the widow Mary Hemingway. Lassiter is interested in the mystery surrounding Hemingway’s lost manuscripts. But Lassiter is not the only one interested in meeting with the widow. Professor Richard Paulsen has arranged a meeting with Mary under the guise of writing her biography, but is secretly trying to prove that she murdered Hemingway.  While Lassiter is searching for the manuscripts, he uncovers a conspiracy linked to J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. The characters converge at the famed Topping House where secrets unfold, and conspiracies are revealed.

Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist and crime writer. Print the Legend is the third novel in his Hector Lassiter mystery series, which also includes Head Games and Toros & Torsos. McDonald has also written Art in the Blood and Rogue Males, which are compilations of his interviews with other crime novelists including Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Elmore Leonard, and James Ellroy.

Dinner for the evening from Party Panache is a teriyaki chicken breast with provolone cheese on a fresh sesame roll, an Asian broccoli salad, and raspberry almond bars. A vegetarian option is available and must be requested when dinner is ordered. Dinner must be ordered by 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 26.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair, blanket, wine or other favorite beverage, and enjoy an evening of fun and friends. For more information on the full Literary Picnic season schedule, menus and to order tickets, visit our website or call (614) 464-1032, ext 11.

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