Publisher’s Press Release for March Events

I’ve attached my publisher’s press release announcing March events in San Diego for the official Release of “The Sticking Place.” Look for a Q & A interview by feature writer John Wilkens in the San Diego Union-Tribune this Sunday, March 13, 2001.

* Former SD Police Lieutenant Debuts Cop Novel *

(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) The public is invited to join author T.B. Smith at any of several events celebrating the March release of his novel, The Sticking Place (Hellgate Press, paperback, $19.95), a gritty police procedural about a Shakespeare-quoting rookie cop who fights crooks and fellow officers as he learns to survive on the streets of 1970’s San Diego.

Event times and locations:

Saturday, March 12, 3:30 p.m., at the Kensington Branch of the San Diego Public Library, 4121 Adams Ave., San Diego. The discussion will center on the creation of “The Sticking Place” as an example of how to write a first novel by focusing on what the author learned throughout the process. A reception and book signing will follow at the Rex Downing Associates Realty office, 4134 Adams Avenue, Suite # 105.

Friday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Villa Capri by the Sea, 1417 Orange Ave., Coronado. San Diego. Join the author for a book signing at the site where portions of “The Sticking Place” were written and edited.

Sunday, March 20, 3:00 p.m at the San Diego Police Officers’ Association (SDPOA), 8388 Vickers St., San Diego. This will be a fundraiser for the SDPOA, with proceeds of the sale of Mr. Smith’s novel going to the SDPOA Widow’s and Orphan’s Fund.

Author Timothy “T.B.” Smith served as a police officer for twenty-seven years with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District Police Departments, retiring as a lieutenant in 2003. He’s a graduate of San Diego State University, where he studied English Literature and creative writing.

“The Sticking Place” could only be written by a police insider with an intimate knowledge of the back alley politics of San Diego in the late 1970s,” says San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. “It’s a must read for…anyone with an appreciation of realistic literature that depicts what it will always mean to be a cop.”

San Diego County D.A. Bonnie Dumanis says, “Mr. Smith reminds us that cops are human beings, too.”

The book is “…the right choice for anyone who wants realistic insight into the world of cops…,” says Bill Kolender, Former Chief of Police, SDPD, Former Sheriff, SD County.

“The Sticking Place” is published by Hellgate Press (, an Ashland, Ore.-based publisher of fiction and non-fiction titles available wherever books are sold.



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