On Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00 am, Glen Ebisch, member of Capital Region Chapter of Romance Writers of America, will talk about combining romance and mystery. The author of over fifteen mysteries and romance novels for adults and young adults, Glen has been writing mysteries for over twenty-five years. His early mysteries were twelve to fifteen-years-olds, the Lou Dunlop series being particularly popular. Over the past ten years, he has focused on mysteries for adults, featuring strong heroines solving mysteries while dealing with the normal problems of life today. The Marcie and Amanda series adds a bit of the paranormal to the mystery mix, while another mystery series features Laura Magee as the advice columnist Auntie Mabel. The third book in this series, The Blank Canvas, came out from Five Star this spring. In this story Laura takes a break from being Auntie Mabel and gets a job in an art gallery on the New Jersey shore. She’s looking for a rest, but murder follows her, as the world of art proves to be as dangerous as being an advice columnist. Visit Glen on his website or friend him on facebook.
Sally Sugarman was our guest on Saturday, April 19. During her talk, she mentioned several Sherlock Holmes resources that are available. Here is just a sampling: Groans, Cries and Bleatings (G C, B. #1 2014) is a quarterly newsletter about Holmes, mystery, the Victorian period and anything touching on these topics. They welcome book reviews, movie reviews and television reviews about mysteries. And they also enjoy hearing about other mystery organizations so if you or someone in your group would like to write up the group, they would be glad to run it. Besides distributing the newsletter to their e-mail list, they post in on our Facebook page, Baler Street Breakfast Club. They also send the newsletter to various organizations such as The Baker Street Journal. Their web site is http://www.bakerstreetbreakfastclub.org.
What began as a line in Alexander Chee’s interview in PEN and was fueled by Twitter, (#AmtrakResidency) is now an official Amtrak program.
As many of you may know by now, our test-run for Amtrak Residency was done by Manhattan-based writer Jessica Gross, whose piece, Writing The Lakeshore Limited was published in February by The Paris Review. What followed was overwhelming support on Twitter and in the media with #AmtrakResidency being featured in The Wire, The New Yorker, and Huffington Post among others.
Today we are happy to announce that #AmtrakResidency will allow for up to 24 writers to take long-distance trains to work on their projects. Each writer’s round-trip journey will include accommodations on board a sleeper car equipped with a bed, a desk and outlets. We hope this experience will inspire creativity and most importantly fuel your sense of adventure! Read more about the residency here.