O'Mara got the idea for the event when he learned that e-book sales surpassed hardcover sales for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2012.
"Just as readers' book-purchasing habits have evolved, I aim to change the format of how authors mingle with their public," O'Mara said. He also will attend 13 traditional book signings of his hardcover between the October 16 publication date and the New Year.
Guests at the event will be able to download e-books of Sacrifice Fly from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., using the free WiFi provided onsite at Café Forant, 449 West 51st St., in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, where the author lives. O'Mara says, "Café Forant's cozy atmosphere necessitates a staggered attendance. Plus, the Open House-like time frame will accommodate busy readers' schedules."
Sacrifice Fly has received very positive advance praise (Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews) and follows schoolteacher and ex-cop Raymond Donne's return to the mean streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and his dangerous determination to bring a missing student home.
O'Mara has written several short stories and currently is finishing his second novel, Chin Music, another Raymond Donne mystery acquired for Minotaur Books by St. Martin's Press editor Matt Martz. For the past 12 years O'Mara has hosted and produced a bi-weekly reading series of poetry and prose in New York's East Village. He currently teaches middle school at The Computer School on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
O'Mara has been teaching math and special education in the New York City public schools since 1987. He was inspired to write Sacrifice Fly after making home visits as a schoolteacher in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the novel is set. He often collaborated with the Youth Officers of the New York Police Department while he served as a middle school dean, and his brother is a sergeant in Long Island's Nassau County, where they were raised. It occurred to O'Mara that someone with experience in both worlds would make a great protagonist. Tim O'Mara is a native of East Meadow and a 1980 graduate of East Meadow High School.
His Long Island appearances include:
Merrick Library: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. 2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566
Barnes & Noble - Country Glen Center : Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7 p.m. 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Book Revue: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
East Meadow Public Library: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. 1886 Front Street, East Meadow, NY 11554-
For more information about Tim O'Mara, including advance reviews for Sacrifice Fly and other upcoming reading/book signing events, visit www.timomara.net.
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