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It’s “Barry” Season!

It’s Berry (Barry) Season!

When Virginia first arrived here from Texas her concept of jam was the grape variety (Welch’s preferred). As a native Oregonian I embraced my duty to expose her to berries. Now I am not talking about the obvious blues, rasps and strawberries (even though Oregon strawberries know no equal), but those more sophisticated varieties that tease the palette of the most hardened skeptic – Marions, Waldos, Boyzens, Logans, Huckles, and my favorite, Tayberries. We are always on the lookout for something new, unique and exciting.

So what’s new from the thorny branches of the literary scene? Yes, I am talking about Berrys (Barrys)!

Barry LancetMeet Barry Lancet, a long-time American expat in Japan. His first novel, “JAPANTOWN,” a contemporary thriller with Japan as the backdrop was received with rave reviews. It is the story of a San Francisco-based American antique dealer with strong ties to Japan and clues to a horrible crime committed by a secret society of ancient killers. This mystery adds a fresh perspective to the archetype of the gaijin detective. The author possesses stronger knowledge of the culture than others who have tackled the genre, and actually contributes new insights into the themes and rhythms of the charm, history, and culture, people and places that flow from his stories.

Now he returns with TOYKO KILL.

TOKYO, 2:36 P.M.

Eight people had already died by the time Akira Miura showed up at our door fearing for his life.

When the commotion broke out I’d been on a long-distance call to London trying to track down an original ink painting by Sengai, the renowned Japanese painter-monk of Circle, Triangle, and Square fame. The rumor had come out of the United Kingdom, so I was plying channels to nail down the potential gem for a client in San Francisco who would kill to get it, and kill me if I didn’t.

Read the rest of chapter one. Not enough? Here’s chapter two! You can reserve your copy here. You will be thrilled.

We are pleased to add Barry Lancet to our ever expanding field of berries. A field that includes Award-winning author Sebastian Barry’s THE TEMPORARY GENTLEMAN, Max Barry’s LEXICON, Dave Barry’s YOU CAN DATE BOY WHEN YOU’RE FORTY, and don’t forget, Brunonia Barry and Barry Eisler. And of course the most prominent berry in our field is none other than Steve Berry!

Now that’s “jamming!”


John Talks About Reading to the Kids

Read to your kids!

In 2004 Mitchell was 7, and Evan was 4.  Virginia and I have always read to our kids, but that year a new tradition was born, thanks to our friends Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, for that was the year that Peter and the Starcatchers arrived.

Each evening we read to them from the Peter Pan prequel, and soon our home echoed with the sound of young voices . . . “Just one more chapter Dad, pleasssssse.”  We have read many books since then, most notably Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, and Peter and the Sword of Mercy

A couple of weeks ago when we received The Bridge to Neverland, I asked the boys if they wanted to read it together, and they quickly beat a path to our bed, pillows in hand, eagerly waiting for the adventure to begin.  At 14 and 11, I half expected them to have better things to do than have their old man read a fairy tale to them, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Many thanks to Ridley and Dave for keeping the dream alive.

Read to your kids, lifelong memories will be created!


Ridley Pearson is our Author of the Month!

Kingdom Keepers 4

I first met Ridley Pearson in 1988 on his tour for Undercurrents, as he, along with Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews, made there way to Tower Books in east Portland.  It was my first author signing and I was electrified as I stood in line waiting for him to sign my lone copy of Undercurrents.  I still have that book.  He inscribed it, “To John, watch out for The Angel Maker, Ridley Pearson.”  From that day forward I have been a book collector, and as such have every book he has written since.

Boldt and Matthews became regular visitors to my house each year.  In off years they would send others in their place, sometimes Chris Klick and more recently Walt Fleming.  There was even an odd visit one year by Ellen Rimbauer.

The excitement grew to a fever pitch when Peter and the Starcatchers reached our home.  Mitchell was 7 at the time and Evan had just turned 4.  Every evening we would read from “Starcatchers.”  The conclusion of each night’s reading you could hear the echo of young boy voices “one more chapter dad!”  We read the sequels in the same way, as Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, and Peter and the Sword of Mercy finally arrived.

Ridley with co-author Dave Barry

The boys are older now, (more…)

Now in Stock – Ready to Ship!

VJ Books has received: Jim Nisbet – Windward Passage, Dave Barry – I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Robert B. Parker – Blue-Eyed Devil, P.J. Tracy – Shoot To Thrill, Scott Turow – Innocent, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Prince of the Mist.