Fidali's Way's Released in Danish Translation!

On October 15, 2010, the Danish translation of Fidali's Way will hit bookstores in Denmark.  Our Danish publisher is the imprint Mrs. Robinson, and the book shall be released under the translated title "Fidalis Vej."  Click on the link to connect to the official publisher's page.    

Don't Miss Left Coast Crime 2010 (March 11-14)!

I will be appearing at Left Coast Crime Book Fair Friday and Saturday, March 12-13 of 2010, at the Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA.  Lots of all star authors and panel discussions.  For more information, check out the "Booked In LA" website! 

The two panels I'll be participating in are entitled:

"Not In My Backyard: Stories From Faraway Places," Friday, March 12 at 9:45 AM, along with fellow authors Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (moderator), Lou Allin, Timothy Hallinan, and Lise McClendon; and 

"Screenwriter's Rountable," Saturday March 13, at 9:45 AM along with fellow authors/screenwriters Lee Goldberg (moderator), Donald Bain, Steve Brewer, April Smith, and Derek Haas.  Hope to see you there!   


George Mastras at the West Hollywood Book Fair on October 4th

Don't miss the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, October 4th!  From 1:15 to 2:15, I will be participating in a panel entitled "It's a Small World: Fiction from Faraway Places" with fellow authors Anne Cherain, Isla Morley and Kwei Quartney.  Afterwards, I will be signing "Fidali's Way" at the Book Events stage!

Come one come all!  647 N. San Vincente Blvd., West Hollywood!...

For more information, just click here for the West Hollywood Book Fair website.




I will be discussing and signing Fidali's Way on July 21st at 6:30 pm at the Palms-Rancho Park Library in Los Angeles.  The event is hosted by the Mystery Book Group and the Los Angeles Public Library, Palms-Ranch Park Branch, and is open to the public, so please come on down!  The Palms-Rancho Park Library is located at 2920 South Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064, tel. (310) 840-2142.  See you there!

Mastras nominated for Edgar Allen Poe Award

"Fidali's Way" author George Mastras was nominated for the 2010 Edgar Allen Poe Award for his teleplay of Breaking Bad (season 2) entitled "Grilled."  The Mystery Writers of America announced the list of Edgar nominees on January 19th, the famous author's birthday.  Winners will be announced at the Edgars Awards Ceremony on April 29th in New York City.

Mastras's Edgar nominated episode "Grilled" was also selected by the editors of Entertainment Weekly to be among the Top Ten Best Television Episodes of 2009.  EW columnist and master of suspense Stephen King called "Breaking Bad" the best written show on television, citing Mastras's "Grilled" as "a case in point," comparing the episode to "watching No 'Country for Old Men' crossbred with the malevolent spirit of the original 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre.'"


Mastras Wins PEN USA Literary Award

PEN Center USA has officially announced that George Mastras has won the 2009 PEN USA Literary Award in the Teleplay category for his episode of Breaking Bad entitled "Crazy Handful of Nothin'."  Mastras will receive the honor in a ceremonly to take place on December 2nd in Beverly Hills, California.  Other award winners shall include Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Elmore Leonard, novelist Kim Barnes (A Country Called Home), columnist and non-fiction writer Steve Lopez (The Soloist), and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk).  


Great Reception in India!...

Fidali's Way hit bookstores in India with critical acclaim.   Comparing Fidali's Way to Domonique LaPierre's "City of Joy" and Vikas Swarup's "Q & A" (aka "Slumdog Millionare"), the India Tribune calls Fidali's Way...

"a journey full of suspense, danger and soul-rendering experiences that keeps a reader's interest hooked till the last page."

 The Tribune continues...

"[Fidali's Way] takes the readers on a journey of love, compassion, courage and despair...[that] gives us a glimpse of the Islamic culture and the hopes and aspiration of the people of Kashmir...  Mastras' unbiased and non-preachy tune comes as a positive step toward bridging the gap between Islam and the West and at the same time is a befitting answer to the ruthlessness of the fundamental forces working in this complex region." 

-- Parbina Rashid, India Tribune

 Check out the full review here:  India Tribune -- Fidali's Way: Journey of Love and Despair -- June 28, 2009