April #Torchat lineup revealed!

Edgar-nominated author Bruce DeSilva, debut mystery novelist Wayne Arthurson, and Fantasy noir specialist Alex Bledsoe to chat mystery genre over Twitter on Wednesday, 4/20 from 4 PM – 5 PM (EST)

New York, NY – Tuesday, April 19 2011 – Tor Books is excited to announce the lineup for April’s #Torchat, the third in a new monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter, to take place tomorrow at 4 PM EST.

Edgar season is upon us! Next Week, the Mystery Writers of America will announce the 2011 winners of their prestigious award series. But FIRST, #Torchat will beat them to the punch with a mystery-themed discussion tomorrow at 4 PM EST with three guest authors from different ends of the genre spectrum: Associated Press mystery critic Bruce DeSilva (@brucedesilva), whose debut novel Rogue Island is Edgar-nominated for Best First novel; critically-acclaimed debut novelist Wayne Arthurson (@Waynthurson); and the fantasy noir genre-bending Alex Bledsoe (@AlexBledsoe) will chat and take questions on all things mysterious.

The chat will be introduced and (loosely) moderated by Tor publicist Justin Golenbock (@jgolenbo), and fans are invited to follow or join-in using the Twitter hashtag #Torchat. Special book giveaways from @Torbooks will precede and follow the 4 PM chat.

About the Authors

Bruce DeSilva (@brucedesilva) is the Writing Coach and Crime fiction reviewer for The Associated Press. He and his wife, NBA poetry nominee Patricia Smith, live in Tarrytown, New York, with their granddaughter, Mikaila. His debut novel Rogue Island is nominated for the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First novel.

Wayne Arthurson (@Waynthurson), like his protagonist Leo Desroches, is the son of Cree and French Canadian parents. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band and as a freelance journalist. He was born in and lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife and child. Fall From Grace, out this month, is his first novel.

Alex Bledsoe (@AlexBledsoe) grew up in West Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (home of Tina Turner). He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for mustard and trolls. In their starred review of The Sword-Edged Blonde, Publishers Weekly wrote that his “genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.” His new Eddie Lacrosse novel, Dark Jenny, is out this month.