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!

On the Docket: Mavens Author Marni Graff

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The Scarlet Wench
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Author Marni Graff

On Saturday, October 18 at 11:00 am, Marni Graff, author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, will talk about her newest mystery, “The Scarlet Wench”. She will also discuss resources for crime writers, including the St Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Conference land the Writers Police Academy in Greensboro, NC. This free program will be offered by the local chapter of Sisters in Crime at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar.

Maven Tom Martin to Speak at Lansingbugh Historical Society

October16Flyer (1)Tom Martin will speak about and read excerpts from his first mystery, Murder In The Burgh, on Thursday, October 16 at 6pm. The program will take place at The Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, in Troy. For more info, call 518-986-2285.

POISON! At Our Next Meeting

Dr. Francisco J. GomezDr. Francisco J. Gomez, M.D. F.A.H.A., F.A.H.S. will present the talk, Poison! for the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters-in-Crime at 10:30am on Saturday, September 20 at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar. Admission is free.

Dr. Gomez practices neurology at Empire Neurology in Latham. Most recently, he was the Chief of the Division of Neurology at Ellis Medicine through the end of 2013. Board certified in Neurology and in Headache Medicine, he is also a fellow of the American Headache Society and American Heart Association. In addition, he has been named one of the “best doctors” in Central New York and in the Capital Region.

Coming Up Next: The History of Women Detectives in Fiction: The Early Years Through the 1960’s

Catherine Crohan picOn Saturday, August 16 at 10:30am, Catherine Crohan will talk about The History of Women Detectives in Fiction: The Early Years Through the 1960’s.  There have been women detectives in fiction almost as long as the detective story has flourished. This talk looks at both amateur detectives and professionals. Interestingly, there were professional women detectives in fiction long before they existed in reality. Among the detectives to be discussed are Loveday Brooke (Catherine Louisa Pirkis), Lady Molly of Scotland Yard (Baroness Orczy), Dorcas Dene (George R. Sims), Miss Marple (Agatha Christie), Miss Climpson (Dorothy Sayers), and Susan Dare (Mignon C. Eberhart). Of note are the major contributions of author Anna Katharine Green.

Crohan is a librarian at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. She has spoken on topics related to the history of detective fiction to public library and other groups throughout New York’s Capital District. Her specialty is the history of women detectives in fiction.

Troy Library Highlights Maven Authors

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Thanks to the hard work of June Kosier and Melissa Lagone, the Troy Library is displaying many of the books written by Mavens of Mayhem authors. Thank you!

 

Maven Susan Sundwall’s “The Super bar Incident” launches!

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Susan Sundwall’s second Minnie Markwood Mystery, The Superbar Incident, will be launched on Saturday, August 9, at the Kinderhook Elks, Route 9H, Kinderhook, NY, from 10 am to 2 pm. Susan will be signing books at the launch.

 

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Applauding our Founding Fans!

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Mavens of Mayhem: The Upper Hudson branch of Sisters In Crime, experienced in the willful celebration of all things Mysteries.

We’re honoring our founding Fans (Angie, Jeanette, and Luanne) with a potluck picnic at the Saturday, July 19 meeting of The Mavens of Mayhem at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY).  The meeting starts at 10:30am. The picnic and celebration commences at 11:00am.

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.