Ray Robertson is one of those rare writers who has both swagger and soul. In his new novel, I Was There The Night He Died ($19.95, Biblioasis), rock-and-roll lover Sam, still recovering from the loss of his wife in a car crash, returns to his home town to care for his Alzheimer's-riddled dad. There the power of music helps him form an unlikely friendship with the messed-up 18-year-old girl living across the street. Robertson launches the book at the Garrison on Wednesday (March 26). See book listings.