849 S Auto Mall Road
First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
The featured readers are: Joseph Walker and Ray Zdonek
Morgenstern Books 849 S Auto Mall Road (the old Pier 1 Imports)
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Joseph S. Walker‘s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Tough, and a number of other magazines and anthologies. His story “Etta at the End of the World” was chosen by Lee Child for inclusion in “The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year, 2021.” He has been nominated for the Edgar Award and the Derringer Award, and has won the Bill Crider Prize for Short Fiction and the Al Blanchard Award. Joe has lived in Bloomington since 2004 and teaches online literature courses.
Ray Zdonek has four mystery novels to date: Bad Blood, The Killing Floor, Belly of the Beast, and The Last Roundup are now all published as Kindle e-books and quality paperbacks by Amazon. Zdonek’s recurring lead character is Lee Kosak, left-wing radio talk show host and jazz DJ; the setting is the Indiana Dunes, the Calumet Region, and Chicago. This concept represents a step away from the hard-boiled private eyes of the past, such as Mike Hammer, or Spenser. No, Lee is an activist, a networker, an outspoken critic of the status quo and the powers-that-be. His close friend, Lieutenant Terry Jamison of the Indiana State Police, has found Lee’s assistance and insights valuable in the solving of several disturbing murder cases over the years. This is the premise of these socially-conscious crime novels, which are full of colorful characters, local history, and smart dialog.
In addition to writing Zdonek is a practicing jazz DJ at Community Radio WFHB in Bloomington and has co-hosted the All That Jazz radio program for over thirteen years, and has two books of poetry available from Amazon in paperback, as well as the Lee Kosak books, available in e-book or paperback.