Great Sunday for Smaldone

Sunday was a great day for Dick Kreck’s new book, Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family. Not only did the book score the number three spot on the local best-seller list for nonfiction, it was also featured in a Denver Post two-page spread, including an excerpt from the book!

Smaldone Event at the Tattered Cover, also ‘Mobbed’

718-0Last night at the Tattered Cover LODO the room was half full at 6:30, a full hour before the Smaldone event was scheduled to start! Gaetano’s Restaurant (formerly owned by the Smaldones) was on hand to provide meatballs to the hungry early arrivals. Author Dick Kreck arrived early to start signing books before the talk, and was soon joined by Gene Smaldone, who’s interviews with his father, Clyde were essential to Kreck’s complete portrait of  the notorious North Denver crime family.

Gene and Dick signing books before the talk:14957222

The event space at the Tattered Cover LODO, already mostly full at 7pm: 2009-06-30_19.04.18

Preparing for Book Expo America

BEA in NYC is just 2 weeks away and we’re working on all our last Fulcrum25Yearswebminute  prep, gathering blads and postcards, making awesome poker chips for our Smaldone giveaway, ordering cupcakes for our  25th anniversary party (3pm in our booth on Saturday, May 30 at BEA), finding out where all the parties are and where the closest Dunkin’ Donuts is – you know, the important stuff!

We’re super excited to be on the Consortium aisle this year, in booth #4518. Along with the cupcake party, we’ve got Robert Greer signing Spoon in our booth 11-12pm and Ted Gioia will sign The Birth (and the Death) of the Cool from 1-2pm.  If you’re at BEA, stop by and say hello!

Denver’s Mafia

Author Dick Kreck stopped in today to work on his upcoming book on Denver’s notorious Smaldone crime family. The former owners of Gaetano’s Italian restaurant (now owned by the Wynkoop Group) ran a gambling empire that kept them at the top of the local mob hierarchy from the 30’s to the 90’s, only ending when the last brother Clarence “Chauncey” Smaldone passed away October 16, 2006. Check out the article  Dick published in the Denver Post shortly after Chauncey’s death for a taste of what will be in the 2009 book!