Joe Wallace

Introducing Joe Wallace, author of Diamond Ruby and Invasive Species. Joe will be one of nine writers featured at the 2013 Chestertown Book Festival on September 20 and 21. To learn more about Joe and his writing, read the biography below and check out more online. 

“You didn’t start talking till you were more than two years old,” Joseph Wallace’s mother once told him, “but you haven’t stopped since.”

Oral communication not being enough, Joe soon turned to writing as well. When his parents got tired of him “borrowing” their typewriter, they bought him his own as a bar mitzvah present: A huge, noisy electric Olympia, which soon filled the house with its clatter.

No one was surprised, then, when Joe turned to writing as a career. For decades he focused on nonfiction, writing magazine articles on natural history, travel, and medicine and books on baseball history and other topics. Not until he was close to fifty did he break into the world of fiction. He is now the author of two novels: Diamond Ruby (2010), which is set in his hometown of Brooklyn in the 1920s, and the forthcoming Invasive Species, an end-of-the-world thriller set all over the world. His short stories, most of which have been mysteries, have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Baltimore Noir, The Prosecution Rests, and other collections. His story “Custom Sets” was selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2010.

Joe lives north of New York City with his wife, his children, an over-exuberant dog, and a put-upon cat.

Wallace's reading will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Emmanuel Church in Chestertown.

Directions to Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, MD . . .