Plume-Penguin, 2016

“The only thing I’d add is one more band name: Dowager Orgy.”

-Denis Johnson, author of Tree of Smoke


“Californium comes alive through its obsession with detail—not simply in how precisely Johnson evokes the era and locale, but in how details are vitally important to every single character.”

-Paul Fuhr, The Live Oak Review


1888center-logo        October 16, 2016 interview on The How The Why podcast.

Paul          October 3, 2016 interview on Fuhrious with Paul Fuhr podcast.

writer     August 1, 2016 interview with Writers & Readers Magazine.



7.20.18 – Californium a FridayReads feature in The Journalix

6.18.18 – Californium reached 100 reviews on Goodreads.

1.31.18 – Alumni spotlight in K-State English

10.13.17 – A music playlist up for Californium at Largehearted Boy

7.20.17 – Californium reviewed and paired with a beer at Books + Brews

7.3.17 – Californium named a Staff Pick at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR

10.7.16 – New review of Californium at Like Oak Review

7.19.16 – Penguin-Random House publishes Californium under the Plume imprint.


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