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Jim Ring To Speak at Omni-Pub Seminar

On Wednesday February 22, 2017, Jim Ring will be one of four authors speaking at a seminar hosted by Omni Publications ( ) from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Westin Waltham, 70 Third Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

The seminar is directed by Henry Quinlan of Omni-Publication who has 30 years of experience in traditional book publishing and now the ever growing process of self publishing. The seminar will address elements an author will find helpful as the seminar addresses subjects from how to start a book to marketing a published work.

Visit the Omni-Pub website for more information and availability of seats for this seminar.

Jim Ring Book Talk & Signing – February 10, 2017

On Friday February 10 at 6 PM I will have a book talk and signing at IAM Books, 189 North Street, North End Boston just across from the Paul Revere house.

IAM functions as an Italian cultural center featuring many art forms and artists as well as offering classes on wide ranging subjects. I confess I am presently taking Italian language lessons at IAM weekly to increase my limited speaking ability. Check out their site at

Hope to see you there!



Alderbrook Farm, in the village of Russells Mills, South Dartmouth, MA, supplies residents year round with a variety of products needed on a daily basis from their own eggs, homemade baked goods, and fresh vegetables, along with, sets, seedlings and flowers as the season’s progress.

Schools bring busloads of children to take advantage of the guided farm tours and to view the animals. When anyone has a community (for me gardening) question, they often seek out owners Allen and Nancy Manley for advice. The Manley’s presently have four generations of their family working the farm. If a village can have a heartbeat, Alderbrook provides that for the South Dartmouth community.

Promoting local businesses has been an Alderbrook practice for years. I am fortunate that Nancy and Allen are willing to include Necessary Assets and 784 Broadway on their local products table as shown in this picture.


Mount Saint Joseph Library Display

Mount Saint Joseph Library Display

Mount Saint Joseph Library Display

Both Necessary Assets and 784 Broadway are now on display in Alumni Author Section of the Mount Saint Joseph Library in Baltimore, Maryland.



On May 23, a blog interview of Jim Ring will be conducted by Joanne Tailele, President of the Marco Island Writer’s Group, and can be found on her blog site Tailele is herself an author and she and her books can be located at

Author Jim Ring (left) makes a presentation of Necessary Assets to primary reader Ken O’Brien at a book celebration held at the Marco Island Florida Yacht Club March 26, 2014. Also while in Marco Island, Florida, I joined the Marco Island Writers. This group was formed a few years ago by writers wishing to help other writers. They interact and share resources with another like group active in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida. Marco Island Writers are an important part of literary life in Southwest Florida and a very welcoming group of published writers covering many genres.

I also met up with an old friend from FBI days. He has a great story to tell about two young men who chose opposite paths in life. One became an FBI agent and the other a gangster. My friend had several starts and stops trying to get the beginning of the novel where he wanted it. After our discussion I was pleased to receive his email saying he was now well on his way. We will stay in contact and I hope to read for him as others did for me.

Bombay Liquors and Book Den just opened on Bald Eagle Road on Marco, Island. What is unique about this new business is its second half. A substantial amount of store space is dedicated to the sale of new and used books. It has plenty of comfortable seating and one can enjoy an alcoholic beverage while shopping for or reading a book. They also dedicated prime shelf space to promote works by local authors. Necessary Assets quickly found a home at Bombay.

On February 20 I attended a book club meeting at the home of my friend Claudia Settle. Gathered with her to discuss Necessary Assets was another half dozen of the club members. What a great time and what great questions they asked. It was interesting for me to be able to sit with readers for in-depth conversation about their observations and to hear their analysis of what I had written. I was much encouraged by them to begin the sequel. photo 3 On Saturday January 11 over forty souls braved near hurricane weather to attend this new lecture series being hosted by Katherine Russell. My talk focused on the origins and development of the 19th century English detective in both literature and in real life. Discussion focused on how literature generated positive influences and promoted professionalism within the official detective force.

On Saturday January 11, 2014, at the Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts, I will present a lecture on  the development of the 18th century detective story in fiction as well as the official counterpart in real life. We will discuss the principles established for writing detective fiction and how they carry over to new works such as Necessary Assets. This is a beginning to a winter film and lecture series being organized and presented by Katherine Russell.

Now Available From WYSO Book Nook -Podcast Interview and book Review Jim Ring participated in an in-depth radio interview on Necessary Assets broadcast on January 3, 2014. The interview was conducted by Vick Mickunas on National Public Radio affiliate WYSO-FM out of Yellow Springs, Ohio. His program is called the Book Nook. Mickunas has hosted this program since 1994 and done more than 1300 interviews. The Book Nook  just posted this interview as a podcast along with an excellent review of Necessary Assets by Mickunas. To hear and see it all click on Live stream Half Hour Interview with Vick Mickunas, Book Nook, WYSO FM 1/3/2014 and 1/5/14 On Friday January 3. 2014 at 1:30 PM EST Vick Mickunas, host of the radio program Book Nook out of WYSO 91.3 FM Yellow Springs, Ohio, will live stream a half hour interview he did of James Ring discussing Necessary Assets. The program will be live streamed a second time on Sunday January 5, 2014 at 11 AM EST. The following link will take you to the live stream as well as the interview later residing on the Book Nook program.

On Saturday December 14, 2013, from 12 to 2 pm, I will be in the Book Room of Partners Village Store located at 865 Main Road in Westport, MA for a book signing. Link Report Partners Book Signing- A vibrant crowd at the Partner Village Store in Westport, MA  for their Holiday Open House. They have a very active bookstore serving knowledgeable readers. It was great to see some old friends and meet some new and interesting people. Great time and book sales.

On Monday December 9, 2013, I will participate in the Read Boston Hometown Author Reception from 6 to 8 pm in the Esplanade Ballroom at the Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Meet some of the city’s most beloved authors and shop their latest releases. Just in time for the holidays and have your favorite author personally inscribe your literary gift. All proceeds benefit Read Boston. For ticket and more information follow this link Report-Read Boston Event 12/9/13 Over 21 hometown authors, including myself, gathered at the Esplanade Ballroom of the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square under the auspices of Read Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Authors got a chance to meet each other and participants were able to meet with and purchase books directly from the authors. Mayor Menino, Angela, and their daughter Susan led the charge and were joined by Dropkick Murphys. Last year Read Boston made available more than 50,000 books in Boston to help augment literacy under the banner “Every Word Counts.” A special note of thanks to the efficient and hospitable folks of the Hotel Commonwealth for making the evening such a success.Read boston 12-9-13

On Friday December 6, 2013, I enjoyed a half hour phone interview with Vick Mickunas of Book Nook, a program devoted to book and music reviews on WYSO Public Radio in Dayton, Ohio. The interview was exciting with lots of good questions and hopefully equally good answers. It was recorded and will air on WYSO and also appear on their Book Nook website as a podcast in the near future. Will advise of airtime when I am notified.

On Saturday November 23, 2013 from 1 to 3 pm, I will be at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library located on Parmenter Street in Boston’s North End. The event is a reading, book signing, and discussion sponsored by the friends of The North End Branch. For a report on the North End BPL reading and photos by Matt Conti of follow this link  North End Library Book Reading with James Ring DSC01006   On Monday November 18, 2013, from 2 PM to 4 PM, I will appear as a panelist for the Suffolk Law Review to discuss Enemies Within with author Matt Apuzzo and other panelists. The event takes place in the First Floor Function Room of Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston. The event is being coordinated by Associate Dean and Professor of Law Karen Blum and Benjamin Conery, Editor-in-Chief,  of the Suffolk Law Review. Photo of panel courtesy of Lawyers Weekly. panel022   Following the above, on Monday evening November 18,2013 from  6-7 PM I will be in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library Copley Square for a book reading and signing. Arrangements coordinated by Connie Kastelnik of CK Communications of Boston and arranged by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Angela Menino. Link to BPL Authors Page. All are welcome. The following photos were taken by Ron Gollobin during the presentation in the Abbey Room. IMG_4781 IMG_4770IMG_4768 ‘Monday October 14 Lecture at Our Lady of The Snows, Reno, NV”