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Daniel Woodrell

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On Friday, April 13, 1928, an explosion at a dance hall in West Plains, Mo., killed many of the town’s young people. No one was ever charged for causing the explosion, but questions and emotions that grew out of what happened that night still simmer.

In his new novel, “The Maid’s Version,” author Daniel Woodrell looks at those events through the eyes of a fictional maid, but also through the eyes of someone who has lived in the region for a good part of his life.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - Daniel Woodrell is still no household name but he might just reach that level. Maybe. As evidence, consider his new book of stories, "The Outlaw Album." In preparation for an interview with Woodrell, I requested some of his earlier books from St. Louis County Library. Some they did not have at all, but they do have more than 20 copies of the new one, all already requested and on hold. And the book was just published this month.