Monthly Meeting: 17 Oct 2015

Monthly meeting at Bethlehem Public Library, 10:30 am.

Please all Mavens have your nominee  sheets filled out; voting is NEXT month. If you have not received a list of posts to be filled Donna will have them with me Saturday.

All those who went to Bouchercon and would like to share your experience, the meeting will be opened. Let us know what we missed by not attending.

Our speaker this Saturday will be K. A. Mitchell. the title of her workshop is “What happens when your imaginary friends stop talking to you”.

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Bouchercon!

Maven Kate Laity is in the anthology as 'Graham Wynd'
Maven Kate Laity is in the 2015 Bouchercon anthology as ‘Graham Wynd’

Now is the time for crime & mystery writers to head south: no, it’s not migration — it’s Bouchercon! Here’s the scoop:

Bouchercon is the world’s finest annual crime fiction event, bringing together more than 1,000 authors, fans, publishers, reviewers, booksellers, editors, and every other part of the community for a fantastic four-day event. This is our 46th year. We’re fan-based, and our fans attract more than 400 authors, from the biggest names to those who will be big tomorrow. Look at our Guests of Honor and our Attendees to see who is coming!

There’s a national Sisters in Crime breakfast meeting on Friday: you can learn a lot about the organization’s support system there. If you didn’t get on the schedule for it this time, keep it in mind for next year in New Orleans!

August Meeting

Mavens LogoJust a reminder that our next meeting of the Mavens of Mayhem (Upper Hudson SinC) is this Saturday, August 17th, at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library. Our speaker this month is Mary Hogencamp, who is a former NYS Trooper and will talk about her time with the State Police. I’m sure she has a lot of interesting stories to share.

Our writing prompt for August is:

It’s morning and you’re walking down the rain-soaked streets amid crowds of people who don’t hesitate to shove you out of the way to get where they are going. Suddenly you feel a tug on your arm and you’re pulled sideways until you come face-to-face with a man wearing a black hat and carrying an umbrella.

Why did he stop you?

If you choose to participate, write a scene or story (500-750 words max.) and be prepared to read it aloud (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy).

This is our last meeting before Bouchercon in September. I hope to see you there!

Betsy Bitner

Reminder for May Meeting

From President Betsy Bitner:

Murder Comes to Albany: Bouchercon, the world’s largest mystery convention, is coming to Albany in September. On Saturday, May 18th, the Mavens of Mayhem, the local chapter of Sisters in Crime (the international organization offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors), will host a program about the history of Bouchercon and will give a preview of the authors and activities for this year’s convention. The meeting is at 10:30 am at the Cohoes Public Library. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN MEETING PLACE FOR MAY!

After the meeting, the chapter will hold a mystery/crime book swap. Bring as many books as you’d like, take as many books as you want. Books not taken will be donated to the Cohoes Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The writing prompt for May is:

Write a scene/story about your favorite amateur sleuth/detective and describe why. The story does not have to be about a book character. Use your imagination. Bring your completed scene/story (500-750 words) to the meeting and be prepared to read it aloud (or ask someone to do it for you if you’re shy).

See you on Saturday!

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Murder Comes to Albany

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Murder Comes to Albany:  Bouchercon, the world’s largest mystery convention, is coming to Albany in September. On Saturday, May 18th, the Mavens of Mayhem, the local chapter of Sisters in Crime (the international organization offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors), will host a program about the history of Bouchercon and will give a preview of the authors and activities for this year’s convention. The meeting is at 10:30 am at the Cohoes Public Library.

After the meeting, the chapter will hold a mystery/crime book swap.Here’s a chance to do some spring cleaning!  Bring as many books as you’d like and take as many books as you want. Books not taken will be donated to the Cohoes Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.

*Please note the change in meeting location for this month’s meeting.

July 2012 Meeting

Bouchercon, aka The World Mystery Convention, will be held in Albany in September 2013. Bouchercon is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. It is the world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.

Bouchercon Organizer Al Abramson will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Upper Hudson chapter of Sisters in Crime, giving an update on what’s being planned for Bouchercon 2013.

Join us on Sat., July 21 at 10:15 a.m. at the Bethlehem Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar. Please note the change in time and location for this meeting.

If you love a good mystery and want to support the efforts of crime writers in general, and women authors especially, consider joining Sisters in Crime national as well as the Upper Hudson chapter. For more information, contact Kay Hafner at 518-798-2340 or go upperhudsonsinc.com.