CJ Verburg’s Books & Bio

Mystery, Suspense, & Biography by CJ Verburg

look inside this bookEGOS_wp Edward Gorey On Stage (Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer): a Multimedia Memoir

This full-color print and e-book is full of rare drawings and photos, stories, music, video, and website links.

4 stars “A joy to read… I especially liked the multimedia links… A must have for fans of Gorey’s work [and] a great read for anyone interested in the performing arts.”
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look inside this book Croaked by CJ verburg Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery

Is the charming seaside town of Quansett a sanctuary or a death trap? It takes a village to find out — led by urban refugee Lydia Vivaldi and reclusive artist Edgar Rowdey.

4 stars “Everything I want in a mystery…a plot that keeps you turning pages, terrific dialog, humor, great local color…I enjoyed every minute.” SW, Amazon > More Reviews

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look inside this bookSilent Night Violent Night Ebook by CJ Verburg
Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery
A publisher’s Christmas party. A blizzard. Rival scientists. Secret romances. Murder. Only the journalist daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin can solve this one.

4 stars “The story never slows down…I could hardly wait to untangle all the complications and reach the satisfying ending. Highly recommended!” AF, Amazon > More Reviews

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About CJ Verburg

Awdrey-Gore-villainessSan Francisco writer CJ Verburg is best known as a playwright and theater director, and for her best-selling books including Ourselves Among Others and The Environmental Predicament. For her specialties and background as an editor, see her LinkedIn profile.

A friend and neighbor of the late artist Edward Gorey, CJ produced twenty-odd of his original theatrical pieces on Cape Cod.  Edward Gorey On Stage is her memoir about that adventure; and Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery started as one of their frequent idées du jour over lunch.  She is also the author of Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery, which grew out of her adventures on the dark side of science publishing.

Brandy Carson & Ellie Von Radics in “Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians” @ ANPF 10/11

Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians was a winner of Ashland New Plays Festival (October 2011) and Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series (April 2012).  When Pulitzer laureate Jerome Hart drops dead onstage, what will become of his Cape Cod farmhouse, his five cats, and his unofficial lifelong partner, Mimi Locke?  Read about Spin and the ANPF in the Ashland Daily Tidings.

10 years to write a play, 10 minutes in rehearsal to rewrite it!

Ten years to write a play, ten minutes in rehearsal to rewrite it!

Lady Day in Love, at San Francisco’s Fellowship Theatre Guild (summer 2006), starred local/international jazz diva Kim Nalley as Billie Holiday. With Lady Sunrise, Ed Gillies, and T. Hall.

Kim Nalley as Billie Holiday

Kim Nalley as Billie Holiday

Ed Gillies III as Jimmy Monroe and Lady Sunrise as Sadie “Duchess” Fagan

6 Responses to CJ Verburg’s Books & Bio

  1. alice lee says:

    Dear Carol—I am in the middle of Croaked….picturing the places around Yarmouthport—missing Jack’s Outback where Mr. Gorey would breakfast.
    We had friends down the highway in Yarmouthport and would visit during the summers.
    Loved the huge tree at the side of the house,all the collectables around,the cats, when they turned his home into a museum—(hope that he would approve).
    Thank you for a nostalgically(such a word?) good read!

    • carol says:

      Alice, I’m glad you and Croaked found each other! Thanks for letting me know. If you feel like it, please mention the book on Goodreads or Amazon or any other readers’ site you like — nowadays it’s amazingly hard for books to connect with the readers who’ll appreciate them. I’m working on the sequel, Zapped. Meanwhile, you might also enjoy “Edward Gorey On Stage,” which just came out in paperback (it’s also an e-book).

  2. Elmore Patrick says:

    Hello Carol,
    I had the pleasure of meeting you at Marlee’s Blue Angels party this summer in San Francisco, you were very modest just casually mentioning that you were into theater, and a little writing, and me saying how much I love the theater. Now I am really impressed and rapidly becoming a great fan. I am sitting here in Changmia Thailand, trying to turn off the sights and sounds, and I am beginning to find Croaked, a fun pleasant relief from the endless shopping ventures. Thank’s for the pleasant discovery, I think my next trip will have to Cape Cod
    All the best,

    • carol says:

      Patrick, good to hear from you! I’ve wondered where your fascinating travels were taking you. Thailand–wonderful! I’m so pleased you’re enjoying Croaked. Just the nudge I needed to trade North Beach’s holiday party scene for the grindstone, where Zapped is waiting. Happy end of the year in whichever time zone you’re in by then– Carol

  3. K Vandy says:

    I am desperate to get a copy of Ourselves AMong Others for a grad class. I live in Japan.
    Is there anyway to get this text online? Or a hard copy in Japan?

    • carol says:

      Thanks for your interest! This book remains one of my favorites. I’ve passed on your query to my editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s. Ourselves Among Others is for sale on Amazon US, so if they ship to Japan, you could order it there. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/WAkQkn

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