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Presenting the third and final book in the Messiah Trilogy, from Atticus Books! Click on the cover image above today to reserve your copy of Armageddon, Texas and have it delivered right to your door this Fall! Get ready to ride on the wings of the Dragon!

Tommy Z Takes Manhattan!
The Show & Tell Series at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City invited Tommy and two other (fantastic) storytellers to share a story about an object that has special meaning. So why did Tommy choose a little league baseball bat? Hear the sordid tale below!

Why Bookstores Rule The World

Words Without Borders invited Tommy to write about his favorite bookstore in the world. The choice was easy! Read his homage to the amazing folks at the Paperback Exchange in Florence, Italy by clicking on the image below!

Image of My Favorite Bookstore: Tommy Zurhellen on Paperback Exchange

Have You Seen Junior's Grades?!?

Check out the weekly FICTION SCHOOL podcast, featuring Tommy Z, Baker Lawley and Jody Gehrman! It's a show about writing and the writing life, complete with guest stars, writing advice, horror stories from the road, and even leprechauns! Catch up on all the episodes by visiting or by clicking on the FICTION SCHOOL icon below!

Fiction School

Tommy Z on Book Talk!
Breakthru Radio interviewed Tommy on the first two novels in his Messiah Trilogy, Nazareth, North Dakota and Apostle Islands. Listen to the show by clicking on the cover image below! Scroll ahead to the 8.00 minute mark for the start of the interview!

Chasing the Dragons
If you want to write a book with a dragon in it, you'd better go to where the dragons are. Read Tommy's latest travel essay "Chasing the Dragons" about traveling to Norway, hot on the trail of dragons, by clicking on the image below!

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What Not to Do on a Book Tour
Last summer, Tommy and fellow writer Baker Lawley went a bit insane: they drove across the country on what just might be the Worst Book Tour of All Time. (Oh, there's proof.) Check out Tommy's blog along the way that details all the destruction, from New York to Seattle -- join their wild ride by clicking on the image below!

Fiction: The Second Strongest Woman on Earth

What really happened to D.B. Cooper? Find out in Tommy's short story, "The Second Strongest Woman on Earth" on StorySouth by clicking on the image below!

Daylene Hooker Rides Again
Read an excerpt from the little book that started it all! The 2nd Hand published the chapter "The Finding at the Temple" in four serial installments, on their website! Follow the adventures of young Daylene Hooker, the modern-day Mary Magdalene, by clicking on the Naz cover icon below!


Tommy Zurhellen was born in New York City. He is the author of three novels in the Messiah Trilogy: Nazareth, North Dakota (2011), Apostle Islands (2012) and the final book, Armageddon, Texas, which is forthcoming from Atticus Books in the Fall of 2014. The first two books in the trilogy have both earned gold medals at the Independent Publishers Awards (IPPYs) in New York City. His short stories, essays and poems have appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Quarterly West, Passages North, and elsewhere.


Accepting the Gold Medal for Best Fiction for Apostle Islands at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards!

At some point, every writer is going to find themselves surrounded by cheese... with the walls closing in! Tommy Z in Parma, Italy.

Reading at the famed Astoria Hotel in Florence, Italy!

Come out and see Tommy Z on the next book tour!

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