Deadline for SinC Eleanor Taylor Bland Grant is Approaching

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is a one-time grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to writing and career development. These activities include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.

For more information about applying for this grant, please visit the SinC website.

Eleanor Kuhns joins Mavens of Mayhem

Eleanor Kuhns, a lifelong librarian, is the winner of the 2011 Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Competition. Her first book, A Simple Murder, is a historical mystery set in 1795. Since then Minotaur has published Death of a Dyer. Her newest mystery, Cradle to Grave, will be released June 17, 2014.You can learn more about her on her website. Welcome Eleanor!


Maven M.K. Graff to Speak at Cohoes Public Library on June 11

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The Cohoes Public Library invites you to a presentation by popular mystery author, M.K. Graff, at 6 pm on June 11 at the library. Mrs. Graff will speak about her newest book, “The Scarlet Wench,” third and most recent book in the Nora Tierney adventures.

M. K. Graff has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. A retired nurse, Graff’s background includes working on scripts for television and motion pictures and as an on set consultant for medical scenes. She has conducted interviews and has written feature articles for Mystery Review magazine before studying literature at Oxford University, which inspired the setting for “The Blue Virgin,” winner of first prize in the Mystery and Mayhem Award for British Cozy in the Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Writing Competitions. A love of the beautiful Lake District of England inspired the backdrop for M.K.’s novel, “The Green Remains.” Her newest book, “The Scarlet Wench,” is a continuation of Nora Tierney’s adventures. Ms. Graff has taught creative writing and memoir writing and leads the North Carolina Writers Read workshop for adults and young authors. A member of Sisters in Crime, Graff s creative nonfiction was most recently published in Southern Women’s Review. M.K. Graff’s blog can be found here.

Coming Up on June 21:

The Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime (The Mavens of Mayhem) will meet on Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar).

At 11:00 am, authors and fellow Sisters In Crime members Carol Derfner, Donna Lagone and Susan Sundwall will discuss their books, and will meet and greet the public afterwards during a book signing. Joining the program will be Admission is Free.

Carol DefnerCarol Derfner is a published author of memoir, short fiction and poetry. She is an active participant with The Center for Creative Non-Fiction, the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s Memoir Project, Sisters In Crime, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. She contributed to the anthology, Times They Were A’ Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s and ‘70s, which has been nominated by Foreword Reviews as one of the top anthologies published in 2013.

Donna LagoneDonna Lagone’s novel, Reflection, is a story of two women bound by time, journeying together to find the truth in a spiders web of secrets that have dominated the lives of three generations of women. The novel has been featured at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Boston’s Book Buyers Spring Conference, and The Miami Book Fair International. Donna lives with her husband in Schenectady’s Historic Stockade Neighborhood.

Susan SundwalSusan Sundwall is a mystery writer who sets her stories in and around Albany, New York.. Her first novel, The Red Shoelace Killer – A Minnie Markwood Mystery, was published in late 2012. Her second book in the series, The Super Bar Incident – A Minnie Markwood Mystery, will be released on August 1. She will be speaking about the process of incorporating humor into a murder mystery. Susan lives in Valatie, New York, with her husband and adopted stray cat, Sister Agnes.