November 18, 2016 –Public Reading in Sonora & News on ‘Detour
On Friday, November 18, Scott will be the featured reader at Sonora
Joe's Coffee Shop in Tuolumne County, CA. This free event begins at 7
p.m. Scott will read from The Cutting Four-piece: Crime and Tragedy
in an Era of Prison-Overcrowding. He'll also answer questions from
the audience and sign books.
In other news -- heads up: Scott’s new magazine travel series on Northern California, "Detour Before Dark,"
has been re-published on Medium.com, where it can be read for free
with no paywalls or advertisements. Links to each installment are
available on Scott's homepage at www.scottthomasanderson.com under
October 16, 2016 – The Symposium on Truth in the West
On Sunday, October 16, Scott will be one of the main speakers for
Fleeting as Gold Dust: A Symposium on Truth in the West," held at the
Angels Camp Museum in Calaveras County, CA. This free event is part
of the city's annual Mark Twain Festival. Beginning at 3:30 p.m.,
Scott will share the stage with Jim Fletcher, author of Mark Twain’s
88 Days in the Mother Lode, and Stephan Archer, author of
Searchers: The Irish Clans, for an in-depth discussion on how the
California Gold Country's history is written, re-written and
re-interpreted in the digital age. The discussion includes the state
of modern archives, the pitfalls of online research and reflections
on interviewing witnesses to history. The question of the symposium
is: Beyond lure, legend and mystique, how does writing find truth in
the meaning of the West? A $10 donation is suggested for members of
the public not participating in the Mark Twain Literary Festival.
October 4, 2015 – Shadows on the Range: An Evening with
Damon Wyckoff and Scott Thomas Anderson (Sutter Creek,
On Sunday, Oct. 4, critically
acclaimed songwriter Damon Wyckoff of Forever Goldrush
and award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson,
author of Shadow People, will team-up for an
acoustic performance/spoken-word event at Sutter Creek
Provisions tap house. Wyckoff and Anderson both grew up in
Amador County, and both are known for exploring the hard,
hand-to-mouth life that defines rural communities in the
West. Beginning at 4 p.m., the two will take turns
sharing the stage as Wyckoff unveils songs from his
upcoming solo album and Anderson reads passages from his
new book, The Cutting Four-piece, and discusses
working behind the scenes at the Angola Prison Rodeo.
There is no cover charge for this event. Sutter Creek
Provisions is owned by locals Darin and Casey Sexton. The
tap house has been making a name for itself as having one
of the best beer selections in the entire Mother Lode.
Casey Sexton is also a noted aficionado of Roots-Americana
music, hosting the weekly Highway 49 Radio Show on KVGC.
The Shadows on the Range show is meant to feel like a
party thrown by Cormac McCarthy, Neil Young and Townes Van
Zandt's dying liver. Sutter Creek Provisions is located
at 78 Main Street, Sutter Creek.
September 26, 2015 – Public reading of The Cutting
Four-piece in Tuolumne County, CA
As part of the Tuolumne Writers'
“Nuggets of Prose & Poetry Night”, Scott will be
reading from The Cutting Four-piece. The event
takes place inside Angelo's Hall in Columbia State Historic
Park and is free to the public. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
Columbia State Historic Park is a highly-preserved
California Gold Rush town located at 11255 Jackson Street,
Columbia in Tuolumne County.
May 23, 2015 - Calaveras County public talk & book launch for The Cutting Four-piece
On Saturday, May 23, Scott will be at the Calaveras County Historic Courthouse Museum in San Andreas to discuss his new book, The Cutting Four-piece: crime and tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding. He’ll review his findings on the local, state and national levels and talk about Calavera’s ongoing challenges with methamphetamine, and how they related to new laws like AB 109 and Prop. 47. He’ll also sign books. The talk begins at 3 p.m. sharp. The Calaveras County Historic Courthouse Museum is located at 30 North Main Street in San Andreas.
April 19, 2015
- Sacramento area/Roseville book launch for
The Cutting Four-piece
will be at The Monk’s Cellar
in Roseville to talk about his
new book, The Cutting Four-piece: Crime
and Tragedy in an Era of Prison Overcrowding.
his findings, answer questions from the audience and sign
books, all within the confines of one of his favorite
breweries in the greater Sacramento area. The talk begins at
6:30 p.m. The Monks Cellar is an all-age venue and is
located at 240 Vernon Street in Roseville’s downtown district.
Ample free parking is available nearby in Vernon
Street’s downtown parking structure next to the Tower
April 12, 2015
- Amador County book launch for The Cutting
in Ione will host a special
hometown book release for Scott’s new offering, The Cutting
Four-piece: Crime and Tragedy in an Era of Prison
Scott will speak about his journey from
completing Shadow People
to immediately starting The Cutting
He’ll also answer questions from the audience and
sign books. The event begins at 6 p.m. Clark’s Corner is located at 12 West Main Street in Ione.
A SPECIAL THANKS
Similar to Shadow People, the publishing of The Cutting
Four-piece was made possible by assistance and support of
a number of organizations and individuals. In addition to
Manzanita Writers Press, Small Press Distribution and the Robert
Novak Journalism Fellowship, the author would like to thank the
following individuals for following and funding the Arts:
Carolyn Grable, Kelly Trottier, Jasmin May, Julie Gianni,
Allison Breland Crotwell, Gretchen Kingsbury, Russ and Nancy
Lindgren, David and Jo Ann Daugherty, Karen Karam, Jay and MunDen Michel,
Janis and Randy Jones, Cliff Edson and Tom Anderson. Such backers
are an antidote to the poor priorities and schizophrenic
timidity of the corporate media landscape, which funds less and
less investigative reporting every year.
June 8, 2014 - San Mateo Fair Writers Series, San Mateo, CA
will be a guest speaker on June 8 at 3 p.m. at the San Mateo
Fair's Writers Series. Appearing on the Gallieria Stage, he'll
discuss Shadow People, crime, methamphetamine,
heroin and the role of Literary Journalism in the public
sphere. The presentation is free with admission into the
June 1, 2013
- Scott directs Literary Journalism workshop
at American River College's Summer Words Festival, Sacramento CA.
Scott returns as a guest
speakers for American River College's second annual Summer Words
Festival. The event runs from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.
Headline speakers are PEN/Faulkner award-winning novelist T.C.
Boyle and critically acclaimed writer Anthony Swofford. On
Saturday at 11:30 p.m., Scott will teach a workshop entitled,
"Reality with a Pulse: Literary Journalism and Audacious
Creative Nonfiction." This class is open to writers of all
levels. For a full three-day schedule of events at Summer
January 31, 2013 - Stockton Meth & Crime Townhall, CA
Scott will be a speaker at the Stockton
Meth & Crime Townhall meeting, held Thursday, Jan. 31 at
6:30 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Behavioral Heath Services
building, conference rooms A & B. Scott will discuss the
impact of methamphetamine addiction and meth-driven crime on
San Joaquin County, as well as Stockton's regional connection
to the Mexican meth pipeline. He'll also answer questions about
the 18 months he spent as an embedded reporter with northern
California law enforcement agencies. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva
will also be a guest speaker at the event. The San Joaquin
County Behavioral Health Services building is located at 1212
N. California Street, Stockton, CA.
Sept. 29, 2012
County book launch for Shadow People
Scott will be at the Oakdale Public Library
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. to talk about the relationship
between methamphetamine addiction and crime in northern
California, as well as drug trafficking trends that connect
Stanislaus County to the meth pipeline in Mexico. He’ll also sign
copies of Shadow People. Former methamphetamine cook
Matthew Learned will be on-hand to talk to the crowd and engage
in a question-and-answer session. The Oakdale Public Library is
at 151 South First Avenue.
July 1, 2012
- Shadow People book launch for San
Joaquin County, CA
Scott will at the Lodi Public Library on
July 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign copies of Shadow
People. He’ll also speak to the crowd about the
relationship between meth addiction and spiking crime rates, as
well as answer questions about his time as an embedded reporter
with law enforcement and drug trafficking trends connecting San
Joaquin County to California’s meth pipeline from Mexico.
Shadow People will be for sale at the event. The Lodi
Public Library is located at 201 W. Locust Street.
June 2, 2012
- Scott discusses Shadow People at
American River College’s Summer Words festival, Sacramento, CA
Scott will be a guest speaker at American
River College’s literature and writing colloquium, Summer Words,
on June 2 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the intersection between
Shadow People and Literary Journalism. American River
College describes the event by noting, “Creative nonfiction
begins from the premise that life can speak for itself if we can
only find the structures to contain it and the words to
celebrate. Join moderator Lois Ann Abraham, writer and
poet Traci Gourdine, and special guest investigative reporter
Scott Thomas Anderson for a reading and discussion.” The
three-day Summer Words festival will be held on the campus at Raef
Hall, Davies Hall and the college theater. Shadow
People will be on sale at the event. For more
information, call the American River College box office at
April 21, 2012
- Shadow People book launch for El
Dorado County, CA
Scott will be at The Placerville News
Company on Main Street, Placerville from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to
sign copies of Shadow People. He'll also talk about
several meth-related cases that he witnessed as an embedded
reporter with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office which
did not make it into Shadow People, followed by a Q
& A session with the public. The Placerville News Company
is located at 409 Main Street, across from Centro.
April 14, 2012
- Shadow People book launch for Tuolumne
Scott will be at Sonora Joe's in the
historic district of Sonora from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to sign
copies of Shadow People. He'll also speak to the crowd
about the connection between rural poverty and meth
addiction, as well as answer questions from the public about his
time as an embedded reporter with enforcement and drug
trafficking trends connecting Tuolumne County to the Central
Valley. Shadow People will be for sale at the event.
Sonora Joe's is located at 140 South Washington Street.
March 24, 2012 - Shadow People book launch for Calaveras
Scott will be at the Center for Creativity
and Community from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to sign copies of
Shadow People. He'll also share meth-related crime
stories from Calaveras County that didn't make it into the
book. The event will close with Scott taking questions from
the public about his time as an embedded reporter with Gold
Country law enforcement. Shadow People will be for sale
at the event by the Calaveras County Arts Council. The Center
for Creativity and Community is located at 23 West Charles
Street, a section of Highway 49, in San Andreas.
March 24, 2012 - Wolfe at the Door: a workshop on Literary
Scott will be the featured speaker for
“Wolfe at the Door,” a writers’ workshop
teaching the concepts and techniques of Literary Journalism.
The event starts with an overview of how Literary Journalism
was pioneered in the 1960s by reporters like Tom Wolfe, Truman
Capote and Hunter S. Thompson. Attendees will learn about the
genre’s ups and downs in the 1970s, and its storming
resurgence in the late 1980s with writers like Jon Franklin,
David Simon and Jon Krakauer. Writers will be encouraged to try
their hand at Literary Journalism and apply facets of it to
their own creative non-fiction projects during a hands-on
session. Scott will also offer advice on pitching creative
non-fiction and Literary Journalism to newspapers and magazine
editors. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition is $75,
and includes refreshments, lunch, a copy of Scott's book,
Shadow People as well as a copy of Wild Edges
by Manzanita Writers Press. This event will be held at the
Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery on 22 Main Street, San Andreas, CA.
Make reservations by mailing a $75 check to Manzanita Writers
Press, CCAC, PO Box 632, San Andreas, CA 95249 –
Attention: Anderson Workshop. Deadline for early reservation:
March 1, 2012. Tuition after this date is $85.
February 24, 2012
- Meth Awareness Night & Shadow
People book launch for Amador County, CA.
Clark's Corner in Ione will host a public
awareness night around methamphetamine abuse in the California
Gold Country, as well as launch event for Scott's new book,
Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart
of Rural America. This book is a work of journalism
that resulted from Scott spending more than 18 months as an
embedded reporter with rural county law enforcement agencies
and traveling to small towns across the United States. Scott,
along with Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan, Calaveras County
Sheriff's detective Josh Crabtree and former meth cook, Matthew
Learned, will speak about the impacts of meth addiction and
meth-inspired violence in the California foothills. Shadow
People will be for sale at the event, and Operation Care
and Friday Night Live will have information about victims'
advocacy and youth prevention initiatives. Meet and greet and
book-signing runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Speakers from 7 p.m. to
8 p.m. Clark's Corner is located at 12 Main Street, Ione, CA .