By Seth Harwood
(Tyrus Books, Hardcover, 9781935562283, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
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Six-feet-tall, fourteen-year-old Young Junius sets out to find his brother's killer in a cluster of Boston's low-income housing towersprime drug-dealing territory. After committing a shooting to protect his friend, Junius finds himself with fifty dollars and instructions to run, but, shocked by the violence that he's created yet determined to see its consequences through, he refuses.
Seth Harwood is the author of Jack Wakes Up. He lives in San Francisco.
Seth Harwood grew up in the Boston area, graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2002 and currently lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife Joelle and their dog. He teaches writing and literature at Stanford University and the City College of San Francisco.
In 2005, about a month after getting married, Seth and Joelle landed in San Francisco, where he started writing Jack Wakes Up. After almost 9 months of working on the novel, he decided he was ready to podcast it. In July 2006, the Jack Palms Crime Podcast Series was born. As JACK WAKES UP was followed by A LONG WAY FROM DISNEY, JACK PALMS II: THIS IS LIFE, and JACK PALMS 3: CZECHMATE, his podcast audience grew into a sizeable world-wide following, as covered by the San Francisco Chronicle here.
When Breakneck Books published JACK WAKES UP in March 2008, Seth's online audience (the Palms Daddies and Palms Mommas) jumped all over Amazon.com and bought enough copies to raise the book to #1 in Crime/Mystery and #45 overall in books.
JACK WAKES UP was subsequently purchased by THREE RIVERS PRESS (Random House) and will be re-released on May 5th 2009--Cinco de Harwood. It has already received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Michael Connelly, and will soon be featured in the New York Times Book Review.
Seth’s other jobs have included commodities floor trading clerk, bartender, copy-editor for Avon Products, rare book cataloguer, librarian, English teacher, and freelance journalist.
His stories have been published in Post Road, Ecotone, Inkwell, Sojourn: A Journal of the Arts, and The Red Rock Review, among others, as well as in the online journals Storyglossia and zeek.net. His story White” was nominated for a Pushcart prize.