Ace Atkins

New York Times Best Selling Author


After two years of research and writing, the authentic story of gangster George “Machine Gun” Kelly finally hits stores across the country. My first stop Thursday will be in Huntsville, Alabama to pick up Book of the Year honors for Wicked City from the Alabama Library Association. Then it’s onto Birmingham to be interviewed for PBS’s Book Notes hosted by Don Noble and then a signing at Alabama Booksmith at 6 p.m.

The big event takes place Friday night in Atlanta at the Decatur Public Library at 7 p.m. This will be a short talk on the “most inept of the Depression-era criminals” with a signing to follow. I’ll also be reading and signing on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery.

The next leg of the tour takes me to Texas. Check out the posted schedule for more events in Plano, Austin and Houston. Earlier today, the first major review for Infamous by syndicated book reviewer Oline Cogdill hit the national wires. Read it here!

Meet the Press already started Monday. Here I am in Elvis’s hometown of Tupelo with Patsy Brumfield of the Daily Journal. This is the very vault MGK robbed in 1932. Patsy helped me break into the building for this photo. Look for Patsy’s story on the book and Tupelo’s connection to the Kellys on April 21 or 22 on The bottom photo is of me being interviewed by Karen Brown — the voice of Mississippi Public Broadcasting in the morning. The MPB interview airs April 22 on all public radio stations in Mississippi.

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