TODAY: Murderous March!

Murderous March Writers & Readers Confab

Saturday, March 24, 2-4 PM
East Greenbush Community Library

RSVP to assure a seat at this free event:

Fans and creators of the mystery, detective and crime genres: Join Mavens of Mayhem at the East Greenbush Community Library for an afternoon of enlightening talk about the craft.

PROGRAM

1:45-4:15 Refreshments, Mavens of Mayhem member book sale

1:45-2:10 Registration

2:15-3:00 “Bringing out the Mystery Within”
Panel discussion and audience Q & A, featuring
Published authors Robert Knightly, Carol Pouliot, Kate Laity, and Frankie Bailey. Moderated by Michael Catoggio, mystery researcher and reference librarian

3:00-3:15 Stretch and Schmooze

3:15-4:00 Workshops

  • Finding My Next Great Read — Laurie Dreyer and Rhonda Rosenheck
  • Squeezing the Book In — K.A. Laity
  • When I Die, Clear my Browser History (Research for Mystery/Crime Writers) — Michael Catoggio

Presenters

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Frankie BaileyK.A. LaityRobert Knightly, and Carol Pouliot are published authors who live in or near New York’s Upper Hudson region. Frankie Bailey is President of the Mavens of Mayhem and all are active members.

Michael Catoggio conducts research for mystery writers and others, a fun and natural outcome of his long career as a research librarian. He also teaches many popular writing and research workshops.

Laurie Dreyer is Adult Programming Librarian at the East Greenbush Community Library. Rhonda Rosenheck is Mavens of Mayhem treasurer, a published author of poetry and humor, and a voracious reader of detective fiction.

This confab is cohosted by the EGCL (eastgreenbushlibrary.org) and Mavens of Mayhem (upperhudsonsinc.com), Sisters in Crime’s Upper Hudson chapter. The Mavens meet monthly and welcome writers and readers.

Mavens @ Open Door: Dec 4

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November Meeting

SINC: Mavens Meeting

November 19, 2016 – 10:30

Bethlehem Public Library

Board Room

There will be a Steering Committee Meeting prior to the regular meeting at the Village Butcher at 9:30 am

 Prompt group from June: Talk about a mystery that has occurred in your life. Start the story a bit before the event and go through the future consequences  Was the mystery ever solved?

 Meeting dates for next year Please note the dates:

January 14, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 10 and July 15.

Vote on slate for next year: If you want an absentee ballot, please let Eleanor know via email.

Program

Jenna Kendrick-Scrivener Workshop

 

 

Upcoming Member events:

 Dec 17th–Holiday Party

Catherine Bruni – November 3, Book House 7 – 8

Carol Pouliot – November 10, Book House 7 – 8

Sunday, December 4 at the Open Door Book Shop: 12 – 1:30. Signing.

August Meeting

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August 27, 2016

Schodack Landing 11 am

Because we are having our picnic, we will have a short business meeting. Please see prompt at close of this message. Prompt group may choose to keep this for September.

This year is the Maven’s tenth anniversary and SINC’s thirtieth.

List of upcoming programs as I know it now:

Sept 24th–Albany Paranormal Society

Oct 15th–Elaine Isaak

Nov 19th–Jenna Kendrick-Scrivener Workshop

Dec 17th–Holiday Party

Upcoming Conferences, Author Fairs and so on

·      International Agatha Christie Festival – Torquay, Devon UK Sept 14 – 18

·      Bloody Scotland Stirling September 9 – 11, 2016 *

·      Bouchercon – New Orleans September 15 – 18

·      Library of Congress Book Festival. Washington, DC Sept 24

·      Creatures, Crimes and Creativity – Baltimore, MD – September 30 – Oct 2

·      Noircon – Philadelphia, PA October 26 – 30

·      Magna Cum Murder – Indianapolis, IN Oct 28 – 30

·      New England Crime bake – Goffstown, NH Nov 11-13

·      Iceland Noir – Reykjavik, Iceland Nov 17 – 20

2017

Berkshire Women’s Writers – March TBA

Upcoming events

•    Butterfly Leadership Circle – Cultivating Passion & Purpose 
April 10 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 pm

•    Made in the Berkshires BFWW Benefit Performance: Through the Looking Glass, written and directed by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims 
April 17 @ 3:00 pm

•    Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers 
April 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

•    Writing Out Loud:  A performance-based revision workshop 
May 7 @ 4:00 pm

•    Butterfly Leadership Circle for Teen Girls & Young Women 
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rookwood Memoir Writing Retreat with Jennifer Browdy 
June 3 @ 5:30 pm – June 5 @ 12:00 pm

Sleuthfest – March 25, 2017 Purchase, New York *

April Meeting *2nd Saturday*

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April 9, 2016

Bethlehem Public Library – Board Room

10:30

Because of space issues at the Library, this month’s meeting will take place one week early.

Steering Committee: there will be a meeting at the Village Butchers at 9:30 am.

December Monthly Meeting

We will have our regular Mavens Meeting at 11:am  with Our Holiday Party following. We have invited the Romance Writers group and my Wednesday Writers Group, also we have invited our Speakers to come and join us. So I hope everyone signed up to bring some refreshments does so in abundance.

Those who want to do so, please come in fancy dress as your favourite  author or mystery character. If author perhaps choose the most difficult mystery book you wrote; if a character, decide who and from what book or series. We will all guess! No hints please.
December 19, 2015
Bethlehem Public Library
Eat, drink and be merry!
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Bouchercon!

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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 Picnic

Mavens of MayhemWELCOME TO THE MAVENS OF MAYHEMS PICNIC      August 15.2015

From

11:00.a.m. to 3:00.p.m.

At

SCHODACK ISLAND WAY STATE PARK

ROUTE 19 SCHODACK

Crime Bake 2014 by Carol Pouliot

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Former SinC president Hank Phillippi Ryan ready for the Saturday barbecue and line-dancing (photo by Carol Pouliot)

by Carol Pouliot

In November, Mavens members Angie Hogencamp, Joel Gomez-Dossi, and Carol Pouliot attended the New England Crime Bake, sponsored by MWA and SinC New England. Guest of honor Craig Johnson, author of the highly successful Longmire series, inspired a western theme. The informative and entertaining author spoke several times during the weekend, each time rocking the house – easy to see why this mystery writer is in high demand at conferences.

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Guest of Honor Craig Johnson with Maven Carol Pouliot

As well as pitching and writing workshops, there was an “Agents and Editors Panel” during which writers could anonymously submit the first page of their manuscript or query letter to be critiqued in front of an audience. Crime Bake is known to be the conference for beginning writers. It is a comfortable place to network with agents and editors, and to get valuable insight into the business. A barbecue, cowboy poetry contest, and line-dancing rounded up a memorable experience.

Special guest for Crime Bake 2015 is British author Elizabeth George.

Massachusetts State Police organized a mock crime scene for attendees to analyze. On Sunday morning, they explained what each piece of evidence and clue signified.

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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.