James Ellroy: Talking Books
You may remember last week I wrote a piece about the supposed title of the forthcoming novel in James Ellroy’s second Los Angeles Quartet. Although my source was impeccable, when the matter was brought to Ellroy’s attention he was not best pleased. The title, apparently, was wrong. After taking some advice from a novelist who had been in similar situation, I decided to delete the post and any related tweets. I don’t want to be responsible for false information about Ellroy’s work spreading on the internet. Nevertheless, I was a tad disappointed as I had put a lot of work into the post.
My mood was lifted immeasurably when I tuned into the radio on Sunday evening. Talking Books is a wonderful book discussion programme which has produced episodes on authors as diverse as Rudyard Kipling, Iris Murdoch and David Foster Wallace. The most recent episode was devoted to the work of James Ellroy, and I was thrilled to have been invited to contribute to a panel discussion about Ellroy’s life and work with host Susan Cahill and Trinity College lecturer Dr Elizabeth McCarthy. Also contributing to the show, although sadly not on the panel discussion as I would have loved to have talked with him, was legendary “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller.