I am a big fan of Daniel Pinkwater. He has written over 100 books.
Some have been about his time in Hoboken and some about his time in Chicago. He also lived in Los Angeles, and has a new book coming out about it. These are children's fiction, by the way.
The new one is called The Neddiad, and he is making it available free on-line, one chapter at a time. So this is your chance to read a Pinkwater for yourself for free no less. Of course, you could already do that by going to the library, but I digress.
Every Tuesday, starting on August 1, just go to the website for the next chapter. It won't be exactly the same as the final book due out in April 2007, but pretty close. And you get to read it before it hits the bookstores.
You may know of Daniel Pinkwater as he is a contributer to NPR. He reviews children's books on Weekend Edition. He also has a book about training dogs called Superpuppy.