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TOM MENDICINO

Reading & Signing with authors Joe Okonkwo, Michael Thomas Ford, and Tom Mendicino

Saturday, July 29th from 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia PA

Joe Okonkwo will be reading from his novel Jazz Moon, a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris. Michael Thomas Ford will be reading from his dark fantasy title Lily, which follows the story of a girl who discovers she has the ability to see how others will die simply by touching them. Tom Mendicino will be reading from his novel Stealing Home, a smart, engaging, witty, sad and unusual book about the complicated nature of family and love. Join the Facebook event here.

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The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter
SAGE Book Discussion Group

Saturday, June 10 from 11 am - 12 pm
Stonewall Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

June selection presented by the SAGE Book Discussion Group is a character driven novel - The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter by Tom Mendicino. Set in an Italian immigrant neighborhood in South Philadelphia, it examines familial ties as two young brothers are bound together by a vow to their dying mother that they will always look out for each other. The vow is a pivotal event fully put to the test some forty years later when one brother commits an unthinkable act. A story of brotherhood, and the keeping of promises, the book is also a suspenseful and well-paced crime novel. Please consider joining us - all are welcome and no reservation is required. To learn more about this event please visit stonewallmuseum.org.

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter was named a Gold Medal Winner in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter was named the Gold Medal Winner in the Best Regional Fiction - Mid-Atlantic category in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 3,000 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. To see all the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Regional & Ebook Results please visit Independent Publisher

"All But True" reading series at Mighty Writers West with Stephanie Feldman

Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
3861 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Tom is very excited to be taking part in the "All But True" author reading series where he will be discussing and reading from his latest novel The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter. Since 2011, the "All But True" series has hosted more than 50 accomplished fiction writers hosted by the Working Writers Group. This year the series has a new home at Mighty Writers West. Mighty Writers' mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity. They offer daily afterschool academies, long- and short-term writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs, mentorships, College Prep courses and college essay writing classes. All of their programs are free to Philadelphia students. For more information about this event, please visit AllButTrue

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Tom Mendicino appearing at the Kensington Books events at Bouchercon

September 15 through September 18
New Orleans, Louisiana

The World Mystery Convention, is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. Bouchercon is their annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It's the world’s premiere event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter was named the Foreward Reviews INDIEFAB Silver Award Winner

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter was named the Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Silver Award Winner (LGBT Adult Fiction) at the 2016 American Library Association Conference in Orlando, Florida. Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.
“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry." INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter placed in the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter has been recognized as a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards in the category of General Fiction. The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses. Eric Hoffer Book Award

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter named 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter has been recognized as a finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its ninth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency. Next Generation Indie Books Awards

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter named 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter has been recognized as a finalist in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.
“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry." INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter nominated for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter is nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of Gay Mystery. “The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature,” said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. “In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes.” Now in their twenty-eighth year, the Lambda Literary Award is the most prestigious book prize in the LGBTQ community. Tom is so honored and thankful to Lambda Literary for including him in this group of terrific writers. Learn more about the Lambda Literary Awards here.

Magnet Book Club readsThe Boys From Eighth & Carpenter

December 29, 2015 – 7:30pm-9:00pm

4122 18th St., San Franciso, California
Magnetsf.org

Part two of the latest review forThe Boys From Eighth & Carpenter

The second half of Len Lear's review featured in The Chestnut Hill Local

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter Book Reading & Signing

Saturday, November 14 at 7pm

at The Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane, West Mt. Airy

Latest review forThe Boys From Eighth & Carpenter

"Move over, John Grisham, Scott Turow, Lisa Scottoline, Franz Kafka, Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason) . . . all lawyers who went on to hugely successful careers as novelists. Now they can make way for Tom Mendicino, the latest lawyer-turned-novelist who is earning encomiums for his just-published novel, ‘The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter."—Len Lear, featured in The Chestnut Hill Local

New review forThe Boys From Eighth & Carpenter

"Now an attorney living in Philadelphia, Mendicino's writing career has blossomed. He first dabbled in writing while in college but got sidetracked. His new novel, “The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter” (Kensington, $15) is about the bond between a pair of motherless boys, sons of a cruel immigrant from Italy. Their loyalty is tested as adults when Michael, a district attorney, has to cover for a crime Frankie commits." - featured in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tom Mendicino in conversation with Philip Cioffari

Thursday, October 22 at The Italian American Museum

Tom and another gentleman sitting in discussion

The Boys From Eighth & Carpenter Book Launch Party

On September 20, 2015, The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter was launched in Philadelphia at the Fleisher Art Museum

stack of the boys from eighth and carpenter books

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tom speaking to a crowd

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tom with man and woman

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Tom pens the Wall Street Journal’s “Five Best” column on Italian Americans: The Wall Street Journal

Tom recommends Blake Bailey’s The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait in The Miami Herald: The Miami Herald

Latest reviews forThe Boys From Eighth & Carpenter

“Part three begins back at the moment we finish finding that body in the prologue. By this time, the story is so engrossing, the page-turning becomes almost frantic . . . The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter is about all of us. It’s about us as individuals, us as siblings, us as children of our parents and us as life’s events mold us and wring us out. In the end, we should learn that our relationships are not just the day-to-day or the single-event memories but a whole life greater than the sum of its parts.” —Scott Drake, Philadelphia Gay News
“This beautiful story is the tale of two brothers, as well as a very gripping crime novel set in Philadelphia . . . this is a novel with real heart, focusing on the bond between two extremely different brothers; exploring family values, loyalties and responsibilities. The author has done a fantastic job penning a tale of suspense while making the working class family living on the streets of Philadelphia decades ago come to life.” —Mary Lignor, Suspense Magazine
“Tom Mendicino’s latest novel explores the bonds of brotherhood, literal and metaphoric, between two brothers who on the surface appear so dissimilar . . . The novel examines more than the ties that bind family members together, it provides an example of the immigrant experience set against the latter half of the twentieth century . . . This final paradox is one of many throughout Mendicino’s novel. The contradictory nature of family love—whether it is love between family by blood or family by choice—recurs repeatedly, and will surely resonate with anyone who has ever tried to explain to an outsider their fondness for and loyalty towards the people who simultaneously drive them up the wall.” —Keith Glaeske, Lambda Literary