Rinker Rides And Writes Again

Rinker Buck, the former longtime Courant staff writer, is not afraid to travel long distances for an uncertain reward. So on July 2 he will travel from northwestern Connecticut to Madison to talk about his new book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.

As most of Rinker’s friends in journalism know, he and his brother took a covered wagon cross country retracing the famous Oregon Trail; and Rinker, of course, wrote about it. The work has gotten some good early reviews, he reports.

Rinker will be at the R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443 July 2 at 7 p.m.

Rinker’s first book was about his cross-country flight in a small aircraft.

His next mode of travel writing has yet to be determined.


Editor, One Size Fits All

The Courant is looking for a one-size-fits-all, multi-platform, news editor. Here is the text from a recent ad (sorry, guys, no more applications are being taken):

The Hartford Courant is redefining what it means to be a frontline editor in a 21st century newsroom. We are looking for full-time news editors/page designers with demonstrated experience in online and print production.

We’re looking for people who possess sound news judgment, solid editing skills and an ability to write enticing and accurate headlines for courant.com, the daily Courant and multiple print products. Strong SEO skills are a requirement.

Editors will be expected to work on a range of stories throughout the day, including breaking news, daily and advance stories. Editors will also work on two monthly magazines The Courant produces. We work in a fast-paced environment, with stories edited for online content and then assembled for print.


Eric Lipton wins his second Pulitzer Prize

He won his first Pulitzer at The Courant with colleague Bob Capers, and now Eric Lipton has another for some single-handed investigative journalism.

His reporting “showed how the influence of lobbyists can sway congressional leaders and state attorneys general, slanting justice toward the wealthy and connected.”

If there ever was a core issue in American government, that is it.

Congratulations, Eric. Your former colleagues are all rooting for your continued success.

(Now, if you could just write a book on how to take back the government.)


DeSilva Publishes No. 4.

A Scourge of Vipers, the fourth novel in Bruce DeSilva’s Edgar Award-winning series, has just been published. The protagonist is Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I., the city where  Bruce began his journalism career way back in 1968. He moved on to become the Courant’s Boston guy and, later, writing coach.

The pre-publication buzz has been great, Bruce says:

Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, two of the bibles of the publishing industry, have both given it coveted starred reviews, the latter calling it “quality all the way.”

The Providence Journal review says: “DeSilva plainly belongs in the company of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, a contemporary tour guide through society’s seedy underbelly who has fashioned a masterpiece of hard-boiled crime melodrama.”

And James Lee Burke, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, says: “Bruce DeSilva writes a story in the tradition of Hammett and Higgins, and he writes it with the knowledge of an old-time police reporter. DeSilva knows cops, corruption in eastern cities, wiseguys, rounders, bounders, gamblers, and midnight ramblers. He writes with authority about the issues of our times, and he does it with honesty and candor. If you want a hardboiled view of how a city actually works, this is your book.”

Here’s an interview with the cigar-chomping Courant refugee.

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