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The Tommy Z 2013 Summer Book Tour is Ready to Roll!


Tommy is crossing the country this Summer, sea to shining sea! And chances are he'll be reading at a venue near you! Don't miss it!

Special Guest for part of the Tour: fiction writer extraordinaire, Baker Lawley!

Did your hometown make the final cut? Check out our On The Road Again link for complete information, including updated dates and times! Come hit the road with Tommy Z and Baker Lawley this summer!

This is going to be a Summer for the Books!

Apostle Islands wins a Gold Medal at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards!

Tommy Z and Atticus Books are Two for Two at the Independent Publisher Awards! Last year, the first entry in the ongoing Messiah Trilogy, Nazareth, North Dakota, won a gold medal at the 2012 IPPYs for the "Best Fiction: Midwest" category. And this year, Apostle Islands followed with another gold! The third book in the Messiah Trilogy, Armageddon, Texas, is scheduled for a 2014 release from Atticus -- will there be a clean sweep? Stay tuned! And STAY GOLD, pony boys and girls!

Click on the IPPY GOLD below for more info!

Apostle Islands
receives a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

"If Jesus needs new PR, this is one imaginitive possibility," says Publishers Weekly of Tommy Z's latest, Apostle Islands. Wow! Click on the cover above to read all the latest reviews of Apostle Islands on the Atticus Books website!

Nazareth, North Dakota
wins a Gold Medal at the 16th annual Independent Publisher Awards in NYC!

Tommy was there with other Atticus folks to whoop it up and accept his award for Best Fiction -- Midwes!

Read more about the 2012 IPPYAwards by clicking on the Gold Medal below!


Check out Tommy's latest essay on sequels and the writing life at the Atticus Review!

In "Sequel: Part Two," Tommy travels to France to research his new book, Apostle Islands to find inspiration in the streets of Marseille!

Click here to read the article!

Read Tommy's essay "Sequel: Part One"

How writers do research? Tommy has no idea, but he sets out across the lonely shores of Lake Superior anyway to find out! 

Click here to read the article that started it all!

About Tommy Z!

Tommy Zurhellen is the author of two novels, Nazareth, North Dakota, the sequel Apostle Islands, as well as the forthcoming third book in the Messiah Trilogy, Armageddon, Texas -- along with numerous short stories and essays in literary journals like Carolina Quarterly, Quarterly West, Appalachee Review and South Dakota Review. He likes to write fiction because he likes to make things up. He grew up in New York City, and after moving around from Seattle to Alabama and parts unknown, he now lives in upstate New York.

He hangs out in places like the VFW and the Fish House (pictured below.) If you don't know to get to the Fish House, well, you probably don't belong there.

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