Wednesday, September 15, 2010

David Thompson

I read the sad news on Dec Burke's blog that David Thompson of the great Murder By The Book store in Houston has died. Thompson was a tireless advocate of new authors and crime and mystery writing in general. I never did a reading at Murder By The Book but I visited the store when I was in Houston and was impressed by everything about it.
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The big chains only carry the big authors, so we small fry, especially mystery authors, owe these plucky independent book stores a big debt of thanks for keeping our names in the public eye. Actually no, that's the passive voice. Let me rephrase that: I would like to thank every bookshop and bookstore owner that has ever hosted a reading for me or invited me to be part of a panel. I really appreciate it and I am in your debt.
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Mr Thompson, my best wishes to your friends, colleagues and family. You will be missed.

10 comments:

seana said...

I'm sorry that I never had the privilege of meeting him. Looked like a fairly young man, too, on Declan's blog, which makes it harder.

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

It said somewhere that he was only 32 but that cant be right as he seems to have been around forever.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

From what I have seen today in the blogsphere, he is getting a fitting tribute from those who knew him, or of him.

Glenna said...

I'm sorry to hear that, (especially how young he was). He sounds like a good guy.

Cameron Ashley said...

It's really horrible news. I never knew him, never spoke to him, but I know a few who have and they all are heartbroken. Over at Mulholland Books, Mark Billingham talks about the "clubbish" nature of the crime community. Well, it feels like we lost a founding member.

adrian said...

Sean

Well I'm glad that people are giving a shout out to the booksellers. Its a noble profession.

adrian said...

Glenna

He was somebody who found something that he loved and then did it until the day he died, far far too soon though.

adrian said...

Cameron

I'm beginning to believe in the clubbish nature of the book reading community. It really does seem to be an increasingly cultish, minority taste.

Peter Rozovsky said...

David Thompson was Dave Torrans with hair when it came to hospitality and enthusiasm for crime writing.
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Peter Rozovsky said...

Adrian, he was 38.