Nelson author debuts first novel

Mark Nykanen will be hosting a book launch on Tuesday night for Nelson author Bill Moore.

Mark Nykanen, an internationally recognized master of the psychological thriller, will be hosting the launch of a new addition to the genre by first time novelist and long-time resident Bill Moore on Tuesday, November 13 at Booksmyth at 338 Baker Street.

Nykanen is the author of seven novels that have been widely praised in national magazines and newspapers, both in North America and abroad.

As an investigative reporter, he won an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America and four national Emmys.

“[Moore] does an extraordinary job writing from the points of view of numerous characters, including a wholly convincing portrait of a killer and the moving emotions of young men and women coming of age,” he said. “Yellow Dog Coming is a searing tale that is brilliantly told — and impossible to forget.”

Moore has lived in the Kootenays since 1980 and is visually impaired. Now 66, he has written all his life, but Yellow Dog Coming is the first to be published.

“I thought I might as well wait till I was almost blind before I hit the big time,” said Moore. “On one level, Yellow Dog is a thriller, the story of two boys on a collision course in a small logging town. On a deeper level it explores what happens when unthinkable trauma meets unconditional love.”

As a social worker and educator, he has worked with troubled youth throughout his life.

Besides hosting the evening, Nykanen will read excerpts and moderate a discussion. The author will be on hand to sign copies of his book and the fun begins at 7:30 p.m.