Author comes home for book signing

DOWNEY - Warren High School grad Shannon Capps will be at the Downey City Library on Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to meet with readers and sign copies of his latest novel, "Train in the Distance," the story of a young TV reporter caught in a web of corruption."I've made a lot of stops on this tour," Capps, who graduated from Warren in 1982, said. "But this one is special. I'm really looking forward to spending time in the library I grew up in and hopefully seeing lots of familiar faces." Capps, 46, lived on Guatemala Avenue in Downey from 1964 to 1987, attending Roger Casier and Maude Price elementary schools, Griffiths Middle School and Warren. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1987. From there, he worked as a TV reporter in Texas and Oklahoma before embarking on a full-time writing career. "The new novel is based on my own experience as a reporter," said Capps, who writes under the name S.W. Capps. "And though it's a work of fiction, it allows readers a rare glimpse behind the perfect hair and glitzy sets of TV news, a glimpse that I hoe will make them look at the news differently." "Train in the Distance," published by Inkwater Press, is the story of a man in trouble. Under increasing threat of danger, young journalist Stacy Zwardowsky confronts the sinister forces behind the TV station he works for. But while fighting to expose the truth, he uncovers something far more powerful - the truth about himself. The book, a quarterfinalist in this year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, is Capps' second effort to be published. His first novel, "Salmon Run," the story of a desperate corporate executive on the run from a hired killer, was released in 2007. Both novels will be available for purchase at the event, the first in the season's 'Guest Author Series' at the Downey City Library. Capps will be making the trip to Downey from Brush Prairie, Wash., where he now lives with his wife and two children. His novels are available in hardcover and paperback at, and at select bookstores. For more information about the event, readers should visit Capps' website at or call Marilyn Van Dyke, program chair, Friends of the Downey City Library, at (562) 869-1844.

********** Published: November 11, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 30