Capital Area District Libraries is pleased to present Steve Hamilton, author of the popular Alex McKnight series. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Holt Jr. High School, when he talks about his work and inspirations. Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Bestsellers Books & Coffee Company.
A New York Times-bestselling author, Hamilton has won or been nominated for every major crime fiction award in America and the UK. In 2000 he published A Cold Day in Paradise, a mystery novel that featured an ex-Detroit cop working as a private investigator in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula. Now there are nine titles in the Alex McKnight series, including 2012’s Die A Stanger. Hamilton has also written several stand-alone novels and short story collections.
Hamilton was born and raised in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan. In 2006 he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work, making him a perfect choice for CADL’s Thumbs Up for the Mitten series, a celebration of all that’s unique about our state.
“My childhood dream of being a writer was born in the Dearborn Public Library,” says Hamilton. “That’s where I’d go every week and bring home as many books as they’d let me check out. I would absolutely not be writing today if not for public libraries, simple as that.”
When trying to come up with a unique setting for his first novel, this Michigan native didn’t have far to look. “Just like everyone else my family went ‘up north’ every summer. It doesn’t take more than one trip across the Mackinac Bridge to realize it’s a whole different world up there. So when I wanted to write a hard-boiled crime novel, in a setting that was very different from the usual urban ‘mean streets,’ well, it was just a natural choice for me.”
Today he lives in upstate New York with his wife and children, but he’s grateful for the Michigan roots that run deep, and for achieving the dream that started here. “I’m incredibly lucky to be doing what I wanted to do when I grew up, even if it’s a lot of hard work sometimes. It’s what I always wanted to do.”
For a complete list of Thumbs Up for the Mitten events, visit cadl.org/mitten.