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L a t e s t   N e w s   |  1 2 . 1 2 . 1 7

DECEMBER 12, 2017

'keeper of the diary' NAMED ON THE  2017 'BLACK LIST'

The Black ListEvan Kilgore and screenwriting partner Samuel Franco are humbled to be included on this year's edition of The Black List, a rundown of Hollywood's favorite yet-to-be-produced screenplays on the market, voted by a wide variety of industry executives and professionals.

Keeper of the Diary, Franco & Kilgore's film about Otto Frank's emotional struggle to publish the diary of his daughter, Anne, joins dozens of incredible scripts by very talented screenwriters.

Check out the Black List 2017 right here.

'keeper of the diary' MAKES TRACKING BOARD'S 2017 'HIT LIST'

The Tracking BoardEvan Kilgore and screenwriting partner Samuel Franco are deeply honored to make The Tracking Board's 2017 Hit List. Keeper of the Diary, Franco & Kilgore's film about Otto Frank's emotional struggle to publish the diary of his daughter, Anne, has been named to this year's edition of the list, alongisde numerous other amazing projects.

Check out The Tracking Board's full Hit List 2017 right here.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017

variety franco & kilgore PROFILE APPEARS IN TODAY'S ISSUE

VarietyAs part of their feature on 2017's Top 10 Writers to Watch list, Variety has profiled Evan Kilgore & Samuel Franco, along with the other nine wrtiers who were chosen this year. Check out the brief overview of each writer or team - every one of them are fantastic folks.

Whistler Film Festival - Variety Top 10 Screenwriters to Watch 2017

The Variety feature can be found here.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

variety: franco & kilgore among 'TOP 10 WRITERS TO WATCH'

Evan Kilgore and screenwriting partner Samuel Franco were deeply humbled and honored to learn today that they have been included on Variety's list of The 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017. Further interviews, articles, and details to come at the official event at this year's Whistler Film Festival.

For now, check out Variety official announcement here.

JUNE 29, 2017


Mayday 109 has found its skipper. As announced in Deadline, Ansel Elgort has signed on to play the young John F. Kennedy, captain of the PT-109 in the upcoming World War II action-thriller from Thunder Road Pictures and Flynn Picture Co.

Elgort, known for his breakout role in The Fault in Our Stars, and whose most recent release, Baby Driver, opened to critical acclaim and commercial success over the summer, will also join in producing.

More to come soon, and in the meantime, check out the Deadline article here or Variety's piece on the announcement here.

MAY 14, 2017

kenneth branagh to direct and star in "keeper of the diary"

As first reported by Deadline, KEEPER OF THE DIARY has found its filmmaker and star. Academy Award-nominated actor/director Kenneth Branagh will play the starring role of Otto Frank and direct the story of his desperate struggle to publish the book with which his deceased daughter, Anne Frank, would later change the world, The Diary of a Young Girl.

Fox Searchlight is moving fast to put the film into production.

More to come soon, and in the meantime, check out the Deadline article here.

APRIL 30, 2017


The good folks at Final Draft have interviewed Evan Kilgore and writing partner Samuel Franco about the process, the research, the motivation, and the experience behind writing KEEPER OF THE DIARY, their upcoming feature at Fox Searchlight. Check out the complete interview right here!

JANUARY 15, 2017

fox searchlight buys red-hot SPEC "keeper of the diary"

As first reported by Deadline, over the weekend and verging into Saturday night, a fierce bidding war arose around KEEPER OF THE DIARY, a new spec script by Samuel Franco & Evan Kilgore that centers on the untold true story of Otto Frank's struggle to publish the Diary of his daughter, Anne Frank. Young up-and-coming Doubleday junior editor Barbara Zimmerman becomes the champion that he needs in the face of skepticism and resistance around the world.

Evan and Sam are humbled and thrilled to have contributed to this story, and are beyond excited to work with producing partners Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem at Weimaraner Republic Pictures, as well as Stacey Snider and the Fox family, in bringing this emotional journey to the big screen.

More to come soon, and in the meantime, check out the Deadline article here.

NOVEMBER 20, 2016

updates on the way soon

It has been an extraordinarily busy year. While it may seem like there has been radio silence for a while here, there are some very exciting things in motion behind the scenes!

Hollywood marches to its own beat and works in its own time frame, but there are some new developments that can hopefully be shared in the coming several months that are going to make a profound difference to several of our projects.

Thank you so much for your patience, and looking forward to spreading the exciting news soon!

DECEMBER 22, 2015


As announced in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco have teamed to write UNDEFEATED: THE ROCKY MARCIANO STORY with Academy Award-Nominated actor Jeremy Renner attached to star as Rocky.

The real-world iconic boxing legend retired with an unprecedented 49-0 record, but his life and his story stretch well outside of the ring. The film represents the first feature adaptation of Marciano's life, endorsed by the Marciano family.

Check back for more updates on the project soon!

DECEMBER 14, 2015


Evan and writing partner Samuel Franco's World War II action-thriller, MAYDAY 109, based upon the true, harrowing survival story of young John F. Kennedy's military service aboard PT (patrol torpedo) Boat 109, has been named to the 2015 Black List, a compilation of Hollywood producers' and executives' favorite not-yet-produced projects.

Evan and Sam are incredibly thankful and honored for this humbling recognition.

Read more about the Black List, MAYDAY 109, and the other fantastic projects that were also included on Variety and The Wrap.

DECEMBER 4, 2015


The Tracking Board has honored Evan Kilgore and screenwriting partner Samuel Franco's spec script, MAYDAY 109, on its annual Hit List, published this afternoon.

From The Tracking Board Website: For the 6th year running, we are pleased to present the 2015 Hit List, featuring the best spec scripts of the year as voted on by industry professionals.

Check out the full list here. Sam and Evan are deeply flattered to be recognized among such a sterling collection of talented fellow writers.

NOVEMBER 7, 2015

kilgore & franco named in top 100 emerging hollywood writers

The Tracking Board has included Evan Kilgore and screenwriting partner Samuel Franco on its annual Young & Hungry List, published yesterday.

From The Tracking Board Website: Every year, The Young & Hungry List is compiled from across the industry, proudly showcasing those writers most eager to stake their claim. Voted on by Hollywood’s most influential players, each list distinguishes a fresh slate of up-and-coming creatives preparing to take the next step in their careers.

Whether it be a newcomer making their first big splash, a sophomore writer coming into their prime, or an established veteran returning to their roots, they all share one thing: the unrelenting drive to make their mark.

Check out the full article and list here. Sam and Evan are deeply flattered to be recognized among such a sterling collection of talented fellow writers.

OCTOBER 20, 2015

Screenplay MAYDAY 109 Acquired by Thunder Road & FlynnPictureCo.

As reported this morning by Deadline Hollywood and subsequently Variety, MAYDAY 109, a screenplay co-written by Evan Kilgore & Samuel Franco, has been set up with Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road (The Town, Sicario, John Wick) and Beau Flynn's FlynnPictureCo (San Andreas, Hercules, Gretel: Witch Hunter). Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will be overseeing the project for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon at Flynn Picutre Co. as they next attach a director and cast the film.

Check back for more updates on MAYDAY 109 and more new project announcements soon!


Updates Soon!

Hang tight, everyone. The last few months have been crazy, and there might be some very exciting news to share on some brand new projects soon. Stay tuned!

MAY 27, 2015


BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER is picking up some fans among the critics. Check out great articles about the film at Unreal TV and The Movie Waffler, and if you like what you see, get the movie right here!

Check out what critics are saying:

"Butterflies of Bill Baker satisfies by warming you up and then hitting you hard with questions that buzz around in your head. A rewarding watch."  
   - The Movie Waffler

"An entertainingly understated film."
   - Unreal TV

MAY 8, 2015


Check out the award-winning feature film co-scripted by Evan Kilgore and director Sania Jhankar, out today on DVD, iTunes, and Google Play! Get it here!

APRIL 30, 2015

BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER Now Available for Pre-Order on iTunes!

Releasing on May 8, 2015 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and DVD, BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER - co-scripted by Sania Jhankar & Evan Kilgore - is now available for Pre-Order on Apple iTunes. Get your order in today!

APRIL 12, 2015

BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER Releasing May 8, 2015!

Get ready - BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER - co-scripted by Evan, will be releasing on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and DVD on May 8th!

NOVEMBER 16, 2014

BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER Release Pushed to 2015

Hang tight - BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER is still coming to a screen near you, but the release has been pushed to early 2015. More details to follow.

OCTOBER 11, 2014

BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER To Get November 2014 Release

It's finally (almost) here! The feature mystery/thriller film BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER, co-scripted by Evan, will be getting a limited theatrical release and distribution in November, 2014. Stay tuned for more exciting details soon!

Check Out WHO IS SHAYLA HACKER, Now With a Soundtrack

If you dug the sound-and-music-enhanced first chapter of THE LAST MARCH OF NINE at Booktrack, you can now read the first chapter of WHO IS SHAYLA HACKER with a soundtrack for free there as well - check it out!


Check Out THE LAST MARCH OF NINE With a Soundtrack

Delve more deeply into the world of THE LAST MARCH OF NINE and read the first chapter with a soundtrack for free at Booktrack!

MARCH 9, 2014


Evan's fourth book, THE LAST MARCH OF NINE, is out today - dubbed "bizarre but brilliant" and guaranteed a "total suspension of disbelief!" Get it in paperback or eBook on your Kindle or Kindle-compatible iPad, Android, and more!

FEBRUARY 8, 2014

New Reviews and Trivia on Books / Films / TV

More reviews and information have been added to the Books/Films/TV Page, along with a brand new Trivia section for each title. Did you know a number of characters make crossover cameos in other of Evan's books? Check it out!

JANUARY 2, 2014

New Novel Announcement: THE LAST MARCH OF NINE

Evan's fourth book, THE LAST MARCH OF NINE, will be released on
March 9, 2014. Can't wait? Here's a taste:

On a family vacation, Cleo's life is thrown into upheaval when her older sister, Angela, vanishes. More than ten years later, Angela reappears – irreparably changed.

As Cleo struggles to uncover the truth of what happened, she begins to confront truths about herself and the arrogant yet insecure genius, Jamus March, who took her sister. How far will he go to ensure the dissolution of free will for his own selfish purposes, or has it already gone too far? And why can’t Cleo shake the idea that she should have been the one to disappear?

As seemingly everyone around her begins to behave in the same peculiar way, Cleo must risk her life in a high-stakes race against time to finally save her sister – and ultimately them both – before it is too late.

- New Web Site Look
In anticipation of an exciting year, this web site has undergone an overhaul to make it easier to find out more about Evan's new and upcoming projects. We hope you like it!


MADE IN CHINA Guest Blogs and Interviews

Evan's third book, MADE IN CHINA, has been racking up some solid reviews and press. Interested in hearing more about how it was written, what Evan does day to day for a living, and what he is working on now? Check out some of the following press, interviews, and guest blog posts for some exclusive inside scoops:

 * Evan Guest Blogs with UK Author Imogen Knight about working in Hollywood, screenplay structure, and the do's and do-not's of compelling storytelling.
 * Evan talks with Author Susan Leigh Noble about writing, characters, and MADE IN CHINA. 
 * Evan talks with Author Bernadette Marie about a writer's life and the inspiration behind MADE IN CHINA.     
 * Evan talks with Author Samantha Holt about writing, his personal life, his future projects, and MADE IN CHINA.


Evan's feature film co-writing debut was named Best Alternate Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival, where it made its official debut. BILL BAKER can be seen next at the KahBang Film Festival in Bangor, Maine, on Sat. August 10th, 2013, at 6:30pm. Check out the official trailer and more festival information here.

Autographed Books Now Available

Looking for a first-edition hardcover or paperback of Evan's books with an autograph and a personalized dedication? Shop right here to learn how you can get an autographed book shipped to you anywhere in the world.


FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013


Evan's new thriller, MADE IN CHINA, has just been released in paperback and eBook. Get the novel that acclaimed thriller author Brett Battles (THE CLEANER, THE DECEIVED, SICK) calls, "[E]very parent's fear. A terrifying journey of desperation that will be sure to keep you up late into the night," and Carl Ellsworth (RED EYE, DISTURBIA) calls "A riveting, real-world ticking-clock page turner - Don't miss it!"




Evan's debut novel, WHO IS SHAYLA HACKER, has just been re-released for the Amazon Kindle and the free Kindle app (supported on devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and Android). Check it out for $2.99 and build your digital library in preparation for some exciting new releases coming soon!

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

BILL BAKER Makes New York Festival Premiere

BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER premiered at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, with most of the cast as well as Co-writer/Director Sania Jhankar and Producer Reema Dutt in attendance for a Q&A session, following the screening. Look for more news about BILL BAKER soon!

SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012

New Book: MADE IN CHINA to Release in Spring 2013

Named a Semifinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Nicholl Fellowship, Evan Kilgore and Sebastian Twardosz's thriller screenplay, MADE IN CHINA, will be adapted and released as a novel in eBook and Paperback this Spring, 2013. Stay tuned for details!


BILL BAKER Feature in Post-Production

, a psychological thriller feature film co-scripted by Evan Kilgore and writer/director Sania Jhankar, has wrapped principal photography in New York, and has gone into post-production for a planned 2013 release. Check out the film's IMDb page here, and stay tuned for more updates soon.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

MJMW Premiere Pictures

"MJMW," a short film Evan co-scripted with writer/director Ajayender Reddy Loka, premiered in New York this week. Check out pictures from the party here.



New Video: MJMW Trailer

Director Ajayender Reddy Loka has just releasend a trailer for his upcoming film, MJMW, whose screenplay was co-written by Evan Kilgore. Check it out:



Spec Script Named 2011 Nicholl Semifinalist

An original thriller screenplay, scripted by Evan Kilgore (story co-written by Evan Kilgore & Sebastian Twardosz), has been selected as a 2011 Nicholl Semifinalist by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


SUNDAY, September 18, 2011

New Short Film in Pre-Production

Evan has joined writer/director Ajayender Loka in co-scripting a new short film, MEET JAMES MATTHEW WILSON, now in casting/pre-production in New York City. Check back here for more details and updates soon!


FRIDAY, September 2, 2011

New Site, New Projects, More Soon...

The long-promised overhaul of this web site has been completed and implemented. New project announcements include BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER, for which Evan is joining forces with writer-director Sania Jhankar and I Laugh I Cry Films to co-write the feature screenplay, with additional new projects already on the slate. Look for further announcements here soon.

- Upcoming Contests
Check back soon for a chance to win free autographed 1st Edition hardcovers and more - to be featured right here on this web site. And be sure to join Evan on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads to stay up-to-date on all the latest updates and exclusive features.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Website Overhaul, Updates Soon

A complete redesign of this web site is underway to coincide with some exciting news about new projects, features, and other updates. Keep checking back here for the latest and greatest.

Find Evan on Facebook

Evan has launched an author page where news, special features, and opportunities to connect will be hosted. Head on over to "Like" Evan's Facebook page here.



Check out the teaser to Esperanza Productions' upcoming horror/thriller feature, DARK DESERT HIGHWAY, written by Jason Cuadrado and Evan Kilgore. Available here and on the Media page.




Check out a scene adapted from a feature screenplay, SOFIA KADINSKY, written by Louiza Vick and Evan Kilgore, and performed here by Ashley Cozine and Laura Darrell. Available here and on the Media page.



Evan has been brought in to work with writer/director Andrew Le Pera on developing HAPPY MUSICAL, a raunchy, ridiculous feature film project set up to star Callum Blue (Smallville, Dead Like Me, The Tudors), and scored by The Black Eyed Peas' Apl.De.Ap. Casting and pre-production underway for a 2011 shoot.

Live Twitter Updates to the Right

Want to stay up to the minute with Evan Kilgore? Follow Twitter updates, live and in real time, right here, or log onto your  Twitter account and follow Evan here:  (

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010


Evan is enthusiastic to have officially signed on in co-writing feature horror/thriller DARK DESERT HIGHWAY with Jason Cuadrado and Esperanza Productions.
    Pre-production is underway, and more details will follow as attachments, shooting schedules, and other elements fall into place.
    Look for more exciting news and updates soon.



New Project Officially In Development

The gears are turning on an exciting new project in the works. Look for more news and updates soon.


MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

In the Pipeline

Evan is at work on nailing down the dirty details on several upcoming projects. Stay tuned in the next few months for some exciting announcements...

Article on Writing in Spring 2010 MRJ

Evan was honored to join a slew of great writers in contributing a brief article on writing in the latest issue of Mystery Readers Journal. You can check out the Spring 2010 issue - "African Mysteries" - here.

Find Evan on Twitter

Evan can be found proffering  occasional moments of poignant insight and vast tracts of inane, useless squalor, served up for your dubious pleasure on an irregular basis at @evan_kilgore.


SUNDAY, September 20, 2009

Upcoming Panel

Join Evan and a host of other authors at the West Hollywood Book Fair on October 4th, 2009 at 3:45 for a panel discussion entitled, "Dark and Twisted: Testing the Limits of Taste and Depravity," at the Mystery and Suspense Pavilion in West Hollywood Park. There is no charge for admission to the event.


FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009

New Events

The Events page has been updated with new signings, panels, appearances, and more.

The Children of Black Valley

The Chicago Tribune has just whipped out a fresh review of Evan Kilgore's summer thriller, The Children of Black Valley. "[R]eaders will literally not be able to put [it] down," according to Mr. Paul Goat Allen. It has "a uniqueness that will keep readers guessing until literally the very last pages."
  Check out the full review in Media.



The Children of Black Valley

The Children of Black Valley
picked up another solid review, this time from BookBitch.  You can check it out in Media.
     Also - do you believe that one page of a book can tell you the quality of the entire story?  How about Page 99?  See how The Children of Black Valley fares over at the Campaign for the American Reader's Page 99 Test


Trailer for The Children of Black Valley

Can't get enough of the Black Valley?  Not sure if you're ready to dive in?  Check out the official YouTube trailer, written, directed, and produced by Jaime Nelson.  Available right here on this web site, on the Media page.


TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2008

Men of Mystery 2008

Evan will be joining the masses at this year's Men of Mystery conference and luncheon in Irvine, California.  A day-long celebration of dark stories and the mysterious men who write them, it will be an unforgettable experience for all.  Sign up today!



More New Events Scheduled

Thanks to the efforts of the officious Jaime at Bleak House, Evan has booked several more new signings and events in Southern California.  Click here to see if Evan will be in your neck of the woods.


MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008

New Events & Reviews

New reviews of Evan's soon-to-be-released (this weekend!) second novel, The Children of Black Valley have just been posted to this web site.  Check out Media for more information.
   In addition, Evan has booked several new events, and signings.  He will be moderating a discussion panel entitled,
"“High-Octane Thrillers: How Authors and Screenwriters Fuel the Genre," at this year's West Hollywood Book Fair. Check out Events for more information.


Book Expo America

If you're one of the thousands of authors, publishers, agents, reviewers, or industry professionals converging on the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend, stop by and say hello to Evan.  He'll be signing with the Mystery Writers of America on Friday, May 30th at 1:30pm and with Bleak House Books on Saturday, May 31st at 2:00pm.  Look forward to seeing you there!



Children of Black Valley Reviewed

Curious what kind of book "picks up speed and chaos with the smash-mouthed ferocity of a Bruce Willis epic...[and] a crash-bang finale" - ? "Nuke the popcorn," Kirkus Reviews says, for The Children of Black Valley, a book in which "every road taken is the scariest."
    Hitting the shelves next month.



New Events Added

The spring is heating up.  Check out the Events page to get the latest on Evan's upcoming calendar engagements.



Synopsis & Cover Art

Preliminary cover art and a synopsis have now been released for Evan's Summer 2008 release, The Children of Black Valley.  You can check out the new stuff here at the updated Black Valley web page.



Discussion Forum

Bleak House Books has just launched a public discussion forum that gives readers and visitors the opportunity to throw out questions to authors and to the publisher.  It's a great resource.  Check it out here.



Join the Club! | VOTE and get COBV Free!

The good folks at Bleak House Books have just launched the Future is Bleak Book Club.  This spring, one title will be chosen - by you - to be featured and discussed by the author in an online Q&A.
   And that's not all.  The first 10 to register will get free copies of the winning book, and everyone else who joins can get it at a discount.
   Want that free book to be Evan's brand new, not-even-off-the-presses-yet The Children of Black Valley - ?  You've got to VOTE for it between now and March 15th.
   Head on over to Bleak House's web site to learn more.



Reading from The Children of Black Valley

Following up on Monday's exclusive Sneak Peak release of Chapter 1 of The Children of Black Valley, you can now listen to Evan read the first chapter in MP3.  Click here to check it out.



Sneak Peak at The Children of Black Valley

Get the very first glimpse at Evan's next book, The Children of Black Valley (due out Summer, 2008), with a sneak peak teaser - the first chapter, available now in PDF, exclusively on this web site.  Check it out.
   The Children of Black Valley page has also been updated with a picture of some pre-release author notes - a behind-the-scenes glance at the writing process.


The Year Ahead

As the last of 2007 funnels through the hourglass, it draws to a close twelve of the most eventful months in this web site's short history.  The next twelve are shaping up to be even more exciting. 
    Just around the corner, in the Spring of 2008, Evan's second novel, The Children of Black Valley, will be hitting the shelves, courtesy of the good folks at Bleak House Books.  In addition, Evan is already at work on several other projects that, if all goes well, should bring more announcements soon.
    On the eve of December 31st, the future stands without limit.  To the lucky and to the less fortunate, to the happy and to the hopeful - may 2008 bring a happy New Year.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Second Novel Announced

Bleak House Books and Evan Kilgore have recently solidified details on Evan's next book, The Children of Black Valley, to be released in June, 2008. 
   Visit the book's brand new web site here as more details become available, and be sure to keep up with the latest updates right here in News.

New Site Unveiled

As regular visitors may notice, this web site has just undergone a major graphical renovation to celebrate and accommodate the new and upcoming projects Evan is now embarking on.  New features include the Blog section (to the right of this article, previously found only on Evan's MySpace profile), as well as the new-and-growing site for Evan's next novel, The Children of Black Valley.
   Further updates will follow in the coming weeks about even more new and exciting projects currently underway.


Thursday, November 16, 2007

Exciting Announcements & New Design

A complete graphical renovation is on the way for this web site, and with it, several exciting new announcements about some of Evan's upcoming projects.  Stay tuned for the latest updates. And in the meantime...

Get Signed Hardovers of Shayla Hacker

Available only while supplies last, Bleak House Books is offering a limited stock of signed hardcover First Editions of Evan's debut, Who is Shayla Hacker.  You can learn more and order yours today at the Bleak House web site, right here.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Lots Brewing

Though updates have been spotty over the last two months, Evan has kept very busy with several exciting new projects.  Look for some official announcements and developments soon...

Saturday, September 1, 2007

New Tour Date in Los Angeles

Evan will be attending the West Hollywood Book Fair and signing at the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) booth.  Check out Events for more information.

Friday, July 27, 2007

New Review: Who is Shayla Hacker

The good folks at Booklist have given Shayla Hacker a look and forwarded their thoughts, now available at the Press & Extras section.  An excerpt:  "
Balancing always on the edge of surrealism, the novel is a kind of existential thriller, an exploration of what makes a person whole, posing as a story about a bunch of people looking for a mysterious woman. Intriguing stuff."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Interview

Barb from Front Street Reviews gets down to business in a New Interview with Evan exploring inspiration, the written process, and much more.  It can also be found in the Press & Extras section, right here at

New Tour Date at USC

Evan will be stopping by his alma mater at the University of Southern California Bookstore for a signing on Monday, September 10, 2007 at 12pm.  It is at the University Park (central) Campus.  Check Events for address and details.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Back from the Midwest

Freshly returned from his adventures in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and St. Louis, Evan brings a couple of pictures from along the way.  Check them out in Press & Extras.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

New Tour Dates

As he prepares to embark on his Midwest mini-tour, Evan has also set up a signing in Seattle at the end of the month.  Check out Events for more details, and be sure to come see Evan in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and St. Louis this coming week!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Site Updates: Press & Extras

Now you can find all reviews of Evan's work, plus some exclusive bonus extras in one, convenient location.  Press & Extras will henceforth be the home for any new publicity, reviews, and bonus materials available nowhere else. 
    Evan's tour schedule has also been updated in the Events Section.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Kirkus Reviews Shayla Hacker

To be published in the July Edition of Kirkus Reviews, Who is Shayla Hacker has received another great review from the fine folks at Kirkus.  "Twin Peaks meets The Da Vinci Code in this surpassingly weird debut."  Check out Press & Extras for more.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Who is Shayla Hacker: The Lost Chapter

To be available exclusively from this web site, a never-before-seen chapter from Who is Shayla Hacker will be coming soon.  Keep checking back here for more information.

Los Angeles Launch Party

Thank you to all who stopped by and helped make Shayla Hacker's first official signing event a great success.  Evan had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new readers.  For more information on upcoming opportunities to meet even, check out the Events page.

Evan signing a copy of Who is Shayla Hacker, at The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles, on June 9, 2007.

- Front Street Reviews Shayla Hacker
The gang at Front Street Reviews has posted a review of Who is Shayla Hacker.  Here are a few excerpts...

"After the first couple pages the hook has been set...other books get set aside. The fascinating plot premise evolves as 5 different people, in different parts of the country, for different reasons, become obsessed with a girl they have never met.

"[I was] up late into the night, not able to put the book down....This book is well worth the energy to follow the characters on their quest to find the elusive Shayla Hacker. As a mix of mystery, thriller, sci-fi and adventure, Evan Kilgore seems to be creating a new genre.

"This is an author whose writing progress will be interesting and, probably, noteworthy."

Monday, May 7, 2007

Crime Spree Magazine Reviews Shayla Hacker

The fine folks at Crime Spree Magazine have weighed in on Who is Shayla Hacker.  Here's an excerpt from their review (available in Issue #19).

"Evan Kilgore’s debut novel is an amazing piece of work. From the fist few lines it feels like something a little different, something special...

"Kilgore has a wonderful ability to draw in the reader...The characters are people that you are instantly interested in and care about, and the way they keep circling each other is pure genius, like a avant-garde ballet choreographed by a genius madman. The descriptions in the book took me to the place the characters went and are still in my head. This book is going to stay with me for some time to come."

Thursday, May 3, 2007

New Events Section

If you're looking for where Evan will be putting in his next appearance, an EVENTS section has just been added to this web site, detailing his forthcoming tour schedule.  From now on, signing and other information of that nature will appear there, instead of here.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

LA Times Festival of Books 4/28-4/29

Evan will be attending the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA's main campus in Westwood next weekend, April 28th-29th.  He'll be stopping by the Mystery Bookstore booth, as well as making the rounds at a number of other exhibitors.  Be sure to stop by and say hello if you're in the area.


Monday, April 16, 2007

Evan Interviewed on Podcast

Evan has an interview on Bleak House Books' shiny new Podcast, The Future is Bleak.  You can check it out right here and catch the answers to some of those burning questions you might have.  Thanks to Ben, an excellent host and interviewer.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Who Is Shayla Hacker Page Updated

The official web page for Who is Shayla Hacker has been updated with new cover art and a stylish, themed look.  Check it out here.


Thursday, March 8, 2007

Book Expo of America in New York

Evan will be launching Who is Shayla Hacker at the Book Expo of America in New York city on May 31st-June 3rd, 2007.  If you're in the vicinity, drop by, say hello, and pick yourself up an autographed first edition of the novel.


Thursday, February 1, 2007

This Weekend in Seattle

As a reminder, Evan will be in Seattle, Washington, this coming weekend to promote Who is Shayla Hacker at the Left Coast Mystery Convention.  If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello.

In the News...

Who is Shayla Hacker
is set to appear in the soon-to-be-published features in latest issue of the Library Journal.  You can check them out online right here.

What Editing Looks Like

The editing cycle has arrived for Who is Shayla Hacker, as galleys prepare to go out in the coming month, and the presses are warming up for the book's June release.  Though it arrives in the summer, the fairer weather is already here in Los Angeles, and Shayla is getting a spit and polish in the poolside sun. 
   Just for fun, here's a glimpse of Evan at work on whipping the final draft of the book into shape...

Who is Shayla Hacker, in-progress by the pool (left), and on the balcony (right).

Monday, January 15, 2007

Who is Shayla Hacker Podcast Online

Now you can hear Evan read from the first chapter of his forthcoming novel, Who is Shayla Hacker.  You do not need an iPod or any special software to listen to the recording.  Check it out here, and thanks to Paul Toth and his Tothworld web site for hosting the program.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Left Coast Crime Mystery Convention
Evan will be attending the Left Coast Crime Mystery Convention 2007 in Seattle, WA, from February 1st through 4th, 2007.   Be sure to stop by and say hello if you are in town.  For more information on the event, please visit the Convention's official web site at

MySpace Profile Launched
Evan has added a MySpace profile with updated information on upcoming author events, as well as exclusive excerpts from works in progress, and more.  Check out the page at

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Evan will be attending the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in Westwood this May, 2007.  Be sure to stop by and say hello if you are in town.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Bouchercon 2006

Evan Kilgore will be promoting his forthcoming book at this year's Bouchercon book festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Come meet the author and get a taste of the book from September 28 - October 1, 2006. Visit here for the official festival web site.


Monday, February 20, 2006

Site Officially Launched

Though more updates and information are to follow, this marks the official launch of this web site. In the future, you can expect enhanced commentary on some of Evan Kilgore's upcoming projects, exclusive material you won't find on bookstore shelves, and a variety of premium content still under development.
    Please check back here often for news and updates on Evan Kilgore's work.


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