I was shocked to learn last night about the death of Tony Horwitz (article: https://wapo.st/2JKp4dB). I met him at the first James River Writers Conference here in Richmond in 2003. His book Blue Latitudes had a profound influence on my writing. He took what could have been a dull book on the voyages of Captain Cook and made it fun. I challenged myself to add more humor to my writing, and my Gidion Keep novels owe a small debt to him for that.