Foreword Reviews: With quirky yet compelling intelligence, Queen of Spades creates its own small, interconnected universe, including those who want to escape the seductive lure of gambling, those who think they can outsmart Lady Luck, or those who simply put on a name tag and uniform and offer casino chips, cards, and drinks. (Meg Nola)
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Newfound: Why not assume our auras can glitter and glow as we shuffle closer towards death? Why not suppose that planetary magnetism, celestial bodies, and their curious dance in the night’s sky have a direct effect on the meaningful moments in our lives, the times when some personal mystery is unraveled to our utter disbelief and delight? This is the happy, hopeful high ground Shum takes, and his characters, though all losers, each somehow win. In an age where there are seemingly no more happy endings, Shum pulls several off. As it turns out, this is what we’ve all been waiting for. (Jennifer Lynn Christie)
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As Always,: Adapting a 19th Century Russian fable into a contemporary setting, albeit one 30 some years back in the hey-days of the early eighties, and from a first-time author no less, can be considered a gamble. With Queen Of Spades, Michael Shou-Yung Shum doubles down and beats the house. (Joe Kucharski)
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PokerTube: The solid, professional prose and richly imagined characters, are probably sufficient to keep you entertained but the book does have interesting ideas swimming about beneath its light entertainment surface. None of the explanations for the strange turns of chance and coincidence at the Royal seem sufficient. This constant hinting at the beyond without ever showing us the monster means the book operates in an ambiguous liminal area somewhere between being Rounders, and being a 21st Century fairytale. (Jon Pill)
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Queen of Spades will officially come out in October. I will be making a few personal appearances around that time in support of the novel and would love to see you! More dates coming soon.

Monday, October 2, Knoxville, TN — University of Tennessee, Hodges Library’s Lindsay Young Auditorium–7:00 pm

Sunday, October 8, Portland, OR — Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Show, Red Lion Hotel on the River, 909 North Hayden Island Drive–8:30 pm*

Wednesday, October 11, Portland, OR — Powell’s City of Books, 1005 West Burnside Street–7:30 pm*

Friday, October 13, Corvallis, OR — Oregon State University, Withycombe Hall’s Black Box Lab Theater–7:30 pm*

Thursday, October 19, Yakima, WA — Inklings Bookshop, 5629 Summitview Avenue–7:00 pm*

Friday, October 20, Spokane, WA — Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 West Main Avenue–7:00 pm*

Friday, November 10, Minneapolis, MN — Milkweed Editions, 1011 South Washington Avenue–7:00 pm*

Thursday, December 7, Brooklyn, NY– Spoonbill and Sugartown, 99 Montrose Avenue–Time TBD*

Wednesday, December 20, Manhattan, NY — KGB Bar Red Room, 85 East 4th Street –7:00 pm*

*Jaclyn Watterson will also be at this event promoting the October release of her award-winning collection Ventriloquisms