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.

It’s Summer, and Time to Press the Flesh

 

Here I am (looking kind of dorky) reading from my novel, "Deadly Cult".
Here I am (looking kind of dorky) reading from my novel, “Deadly Cult”.

I remember the lazy summers of my youth. Road trips with my family. Playing Freeze Tag. Barbeques and just having fun. Those days are gone. As a writer, my summers have become a time to meet and connect with my readers and fans.

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. For four days each spring, the festival features panel discussions and master classes for authors, editors and publishers of LGBT literature. I was lucky enough to participate on the panel: RETURN ENGAGEMENT: THE ART OF THE SEQUEL, which delved into the art of writing a series.

On a special side note, I’d like to mention that my editor and fellow Sister-in-Crime member Greg Herren was inducted into this year’s Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame.

But the summer fun doesn’t end there. On June 21 and 22 I’ll be shaking hands at the Denver Pride Festival. My publisher, Bold Strokes Books, is sponsoring a booth with lots of swag. Pride officials are estimating over 350,000 people will be attending, so I’m sure my arm will get tired!

And on Saturday, July 12 from 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm, I’ll be at Thriller Fest, participating on the panel “HOW DO YOU CREATE VISUAL NOVELS? Secrets Borrowed From Film” with Panel Master Lorenzo Carcaterra. I’ll also be signing books that afternoon from 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

I’m sure more activities will pop up throughout the summer, especially with such an active Sisters-In-Crime membership! Be sure to log into our page frequently for the latest information!

YJoel is currently working on his third novel for Bold Strokes Books. His first two novels, also published by Bold Strokes Books, are Pursued and Deadly Cult. You can visit Joel on the web, or  on Facebook.

Baker Street Irregular Sally Sugarman and Sherlock Holmes

doyle posterSally 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.

THE AMTRAK RESIDENCY FOR WRITERS

AmtrakWhat 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.

Mavens of Mayhem Lunch on March 7

Friday, March 7: The first Maven's Mega-Mile Mystery Lunch in Canajoharie, NY. Good food and wonderful conversation - books, books, books! (L to R): Carol Pouliot, Susan Sundwell, Karen Mollenkopf-Lasher, Jenny Milchman, Angie Hogencamp.
Friday, March 7: The first Maven’s Mega-Mile Mystery Lunch in Canajoharie, NY. Good food and wonderful conversation – books, books, books! (L to R): Carol Pouliot, Susan Sundwell, Karen Mollenkopf-Lasher, Jenny Milchman, Angie Hogencamp.

 

Coming Up in April: Women and the Sherlock Holmes Cannon

Sally Sugarman

Sally Sugarman, founder of The Baker Street Breakfast Club Scion Society and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars.

The Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime (The Mavens of Mayhem) will meet on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar). At 11 am, Sherlock Holmes Scholar Sally Sugarman will present Women and the Sherlock Holmes Canon. Sugarman is the founder of The Baker Street Breakfast Club Scion Society and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. She has edited two volumes of Holmes studies, Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero (1996) and Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His Worlds (2013), is a collection of conference papers that considers the man and the worlds he inhabited as he migrated to stage, film, television, radio, recordings, comic books, animation, video games and more.

Professor Emeritus of Childhood Studies, Bennington College, Sugarman currently teaches online for Johnson State College and the Community College of Vermont, and is the author of the books If Kids Could Vote: Children, Democracy and the Media (2006) and Shakespeare and Children’s Literature (forthcoming, 2015). Admission is free.

Daffodils and Death

The Daffodil Brunch at Gardner Earl Memorial ChapelJune Kosier will be serving more than her mystery, Daffodils and Death, at the Daffodil Brunch at Oakwood Cemetery on Sunday April 13. For reservations call 1-800-556-6273.

Mavens of Mayhem Author Appearances

Two Sisters In Crime – Mavens of Mayhem authors will be making appearances across New York state in the next few weeks.

jgdOn Saturday August 29, Joel Gomez-Dossi will be reading from Deadly Cult at the longest running LBGT book fair in the country, The Rainbow Book Fair, in New York City. Noon–6pm at the Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019.

 

 

frankie_bailey_27112_0On April 9 at 10:30 am, Frankie Bailey will be coming to the Cohoes Public Library. Frankie is a Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNYA, a published author of both fiction (Lizzie Stuart series and the new Red Queen Dies) and nonfiction (Wicked Albany; Crimes and Trials of the Century and many others ). This is free, and open to everyone.

Murder in the Libraries

Local reading groups you may want to know about:

The Mystery Book Club of the Cohoes Public Library meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Alex Kava’s tenth Maggie O’Dell novel, Fireproof, will be the subject of discussion at the February 20th meeting of the Mystery Book Club. A Nebraska native, Ms. Kava is a NY Times best-selling author known for her psychological suspense novels. Join us at the Cohoes Public Library at either 10:30 am or 6:30 pm (please let us know if you are coming to the 6:30 meeting) to discuss this exciting novel. Books are available at the Library. The library is located at 169 Mohawk St., Cohoes. For more information, go to http://www.cohoespubliclibrary.org or call 235-2570.

Snoops in the Stacks, the mystery book group at the Guilderland Public Library meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm. We’re a lively bunch that enjoys reading and talking about mysteries. Many are long-standing mystery lovers and others are new to the genre. What is really interesting is reading authors one might never think to try and being pleasantly surprised, or even better – hooked. February 4th’s book is End in Tears by Ruth Rendell and March 4th’s book is Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva. For more information go to http://www.guilpl.org.

August Meeting–Sat. August 18

Times Union reporter Paul Grondahl will speak about investigative reporting. This month we will meet at Tailored Tea (1010 Troy-Schenectady Rd., Latham), formerly the Ebenezer Hills farmhouse, which had a connection to the notorious Albany Cherry Hill case. Arrive at 10:00 a.m. for the chance to order tea and snacks before the meeting begins at 10:30. Stay for lunch and book group after the meeting concludes.