This post is in memory of David Thompson, of Busted Flush Press and Murder by the Book bookstore, who passed away suddenly earlier this week. Lou Boxer just announced a tribute to David at this year's Noircon in Philadelphia (Nov 4-7) and I wanted to share that information, which is posted below.
But first I also wanted to say a few brief words about David, who meant a great deal to the mystery community. He was very thoughtful and encouraging, and generous with not only his vast array of knowledge, but more importantly his passion for literature. He turned me on to so many great writers -- Tom Piccirilli, Vicki Hendricks, Reed Farrel Coleman, Daniel Woodrell, James Sallis, Dave Zeltserman, and many others that I still have yet to get to (like Ted Lewis). It was always a joy to receive an email, or even a Yahoo chat message, from him -- especially those chat messages when I had to work long night shifts at the video store. In this information age when technology can do so much to alienate us from one another, David seemed to be able to bring a community closer together. He was a great publisher, and a great friend.
You'll be missed, David.
Here is the information on the Noircon Tribute:
David Thompson : A Celebration of Life
Please join McKenna Jordan and the Murder by the Book family for a celebration of the life of David Thompson, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, September 13, 2010. David loved a good party, and we will honor him by celebrating the life of an extraordinary young man who touched the lives of many in his 21 years at the bookstore.
Place: The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane, Houston, 77027
Date & Time: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 2 to 5 p.m.
There will be margaritas and Mexican Hors d'œuvres – great favorites of David’s -- along with other drinks. No RSVPs are necessary.
Many have asked about tributes to David’s memory. Alafair Burke has set up a fund for those who would like to make a donation in David’s name. The charity will be determined later. For those wishing to contribute, here are the details:
Checks to the order of "In Memory of David Thompson" (NOT simply David Thompson)
Mail for deposit to:
7 E. 14th St. #1206
New York, NY 10003
For those who would like to make a direct payment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for account information.