I'm delighted (and a little bit jealous, TBH) to say that my old friend and frequent TW contributor Leo W. Banks has published his first novel—and as they say in the reviews, it's a real page-turner. Leo and I share a fondness for pulp mystery novels and Double Wide fits the bill. If you've got mystery lovers on your holiday shopping list, pick up Double Wide for them. And if you'd like to meet Leo, he's gonna be at Clues Unlimited on Saturday, Nov. 18 and down at Benson's delightful Singing Wind Bookshop on Sunday, Nov. 19. You can find the details for those events in this week's feature package.
In other news around here: I mentioned last week that feature writer Emily Dieckman was leaving us to go to work for UA College of Engineering, although she'd still be writing our City Week calendar. We've replaced Emily with Jeff Gardner, who graduated last year from Humboldt State with a degree in journalism. Jeff, who has done some music writing for us in recent months, tells us he's an art/movie/music/literature snob who enjoys hiking and a good burrito. We've got him working on various features, as well as our Nightcrawler, Reel Indie and Quick Bites columns.
So what's in the book this week? Danyelle Khmara shows you how CDO students have put together an extraordinary show of photography about traumatic experiences; Margaret Regan reviews a great show of art related to the border (and including an actual segment of the border wall) at Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art; Bob Grimm writes an obituary for Louis CK's career; Sherilyn Forrester tells you about the latest productions at Invisible Theatre and Arizona Repertory Theatre; Brett Callwood tells you why you should check out musician Elysia Crampton's show at Club Congress; Lee Allen attends a celebration of Arizona wine country; Mark Whittaker celebrates the ongoing expansion of Seis Kitchen; Linda Ray catches up with legendary indie filmmaker John Waters ahead of his upcoming Christmas show at the Rialto Theatre; and there's a whole bunch more.
Oh, I almost forgot: We've got a double-length Skinny from yours truly, recapping last week's election results and wondering if U.S. Rep. Martha McSally might have something to say about the teen-stalking Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. (Spoiler warning: McSally—unlike Sens. Jeff Flake, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and so many others—is remaining silent on whether Moore's accusers should be believed. Not exactly championing the cause of women there, Congresswoman!) We also check in the latest nonsense coming from my favorite loon on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Ally Miller, as she tangles once again with County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.
Hope everyone—especially Ally!—enjoys this week's issue. See you next week!
— Jim Nintzel, Executive Editor