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Ecological Thriller Book Launch

PHILADELPHIA, June 6, 2013

Jon McGoran 

Local urban agriculture and sustainability advocate Jon McGoran will launch his newest novel at a free event Tuesday, July 9, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with McGoran reading from his book Drift, followed by a public reception and book signing. Local environmental and sustainability organizations relevant to the issues covered in the book will be on hand. Monarch butterflies figure prominently in the book, and the Academy’s famed live butterfly exhibit will be open. The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, visit

McGoran, of Elkins Park, is the author of the forensic crime thrillers Freezer Burn, Blood Poison and Body Trace, written under the pen name D.H. Dublin. Drift, the first novel under his real name, is a timely literary crime thriller about a Philadelphia narcotics detective on suspension and an organic farmer who together confront a deadly plot involving genetic engineering and the blurring line between food and pharmaceuticals. It is being published by Tor/Forge Books and will be released on the day of the event.

“As a fan of thrillers with evil plots, I can’t help noticing how the news about food in recent years has read like a science fiction novel, with transgenics, cloning, irradiation, and the release of genetically engineered foods into the environment,” said McGoran. “These are ideas I just had to write about in Drift.”

McGoran has been writing about food and sustainability for 20 years. Until recently, he was the communications director at Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia’s West Mt. Airy neighborhood and editor of The Shuttle newspaper. Now editor-in-chief of Grid magazine, he is an outspoken advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development, and labeling of genetically engineered foods. In addition to his D.H. Dublin novels, his short fiction, nonfiction and satire have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies. He is a member of the Mystery Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers and a founding member of the Liars Club. For more information visit and

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