Bellingham author Rob Lopresti talks about his comic crime stories Oct. 7

Bellingham author Robert Lopresti has a new collection of comic crime stories, “Shanks on Crime,” featuring an intriguing character, Leopold Longshanks, a curmudgeonly mystery writer who just wants to create fiction, but true crime keeps interfering. Lopresti talks about his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

In the 13 stories, mostly from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Longshanks solves two murders, a mugging, the theft of a horse, and even his own killing, though that one turns out to be fiction.

Lopresti is a librarian at Western Washington University. More than 50 of his short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. He has won the Derringer (twice) and Black Orchid Novella awards, and been nominated for the Anthony Award. He blogs regularly at SleuthSayers.com and Little Big Crimes.

Details on the free event: 360-671-2626.