This turns out to be a jam packed weekend for mystery events in the Albany area so I wanted to send out a reminder to make sure you were aware of them all.
Tomorrow, March 23rd, Susan Sundwall will be signing copies of her Minnie Markwood mystery, The Red Shoelace Killer, at the Barnes and Noble in Colonie Center at 12:00.
Also, tomorrow there’s a mystery reading by various authors in the Albany area and the Berkshires at the East Greenbush library at 1 pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and SinC New England. Our own Kate Laity (writing as K.A. Laity) will be reading from her new mystery. The event is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, March 24th, there’s a Murder Mystery Reading and breakfast from 10-12 at the Schenectady JCC, 2565 Balltown Rd, Niskayuna. Forensic dentist Stanley Woods-Frankel will read from his latest novel. The reading is free, there’s an optional bagel and lox breakfast for $5. For more information, go to www.schenectadyjcc.org <http://www.schenectadyjcc.org>
Also on Sunday, The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany will host a panel discussion on writing and publishing at 2pm. Panelists are Dennis Mahoney, Coleen Paratore, Elizabeth Brundage, Jenny Milchman and Peter Goldman. The event is free.
Have a great weekend!
From our president Betsy Bitner:
Just a reminder that the next meeting of the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime – the Mavens of Mayhem – is this Saturday, March 16th at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar). We have a very exciting program lined up. In honor of Women’s History Month, Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan, who was named NYS Prosecutor of the Year in 2012, will speak about women and the law.
Our writing prompt for March is:
You are helping out at a charitable center by organizing donated items. When searching through an old suitcase, you find a suicide note dated six months prior. What’s peculiar is that you know the person. What’s even more peculiar is that the person is still alive. Write the story about what happens when you pay that person a visit and ask him or her about the note. From Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Prompts.
Write a scene/story of 500-750 words and be prepared to read it to the group (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy).
Also, we will be discussing having an artist design a new logo for us. Here is her website if you want to check out her work: http://sljohnsonimages.com
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