San Diego Book Event


 For Immediate Release

More Information: Harley B. Patrick, 541-973-5154, email:

 Shakespeare-quoting Cop Author at Upstart Crow, Tuesday, June 7

(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) The public is invited to join author T.B. Smith and members of the San Diego Shakespeare Society (SDSS) for a discussion and reading from Smith’s new novel􀀏 “The Sticking Place” (Hellgate Press, $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.

 The free event will be held on Tuesday, June 7,  5:00 p.m.,  at the Upstart Crow Bookstore, 835C West Harbor Drive, SeaportVillage.

Following a brief talk by the author on the role of Shakespeare’s plays in the development of characters in Smith’s book, six members of the SDSS will read excerpts from “The Sticking Place.” This will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

 Mr. Smith’s portion of the program will be followed by the SDSS’ monthly reading of a Shakespeare play, in this case, “Timon of Athens,” Rupert Essinger directing. For more information on this monthly gathering, visit


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.

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


2 Responses to “San Diego Book Event”

  1. carl linton kowlessar Says:

    Dear Mr. Smith:

    I read an interesting L.A. Times article about your novel ” The Sticking Place”.

    At once I recognized the potential for adapting your work into a screenplay. As the Times’ Tony Perry reported (6/1/2011), your book has “the literary conventions: young cop/old cop, after work drinking bouts, cynical cops with messy marriages, ribald humor”. Pretty good summary I would say.

    To the point, I am a screenwriter and I would like, with your approval and/or collaboration, to get a screenplay on board.

    The manic humor of the “Lethal Weapon” franchise comes to mind as a major element in the story. Not quite “Pulp Fiction” though. Luke Jones will/has to be a different protagonist.

    I live in North Hills in L.A. County. I have done Advanced Screenwriting at UCLA and at workshops by Emmy-winner Kate Wright. I have a Movie of the Month produced. I have done coverage for the Slamdance Film Festival of Hollywood.

    If I’ve got your attention, I’d appreciate a reply of how we may go forward.

    Thanks for your interest.


    Carl L. Kowlessar.

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