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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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 An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant.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.

August Mavens of Mayhem Meeting

To serve, protect and defend. Find out what it was like to be one of the first female members of the NY State Police. A former State Trooper will speak about her experiences at the next meeting of The Mavens of Mayhem on Saturday, August 17th at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY). The Mavens of Mayhem is the local chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization devoted to supporting and promoting women mystery and crime writers. The program is free and open to the public. 


June Meeting

Our next meeting of the Mavens of Mayhem (the Upper Hudson Chapter of SinC) will be on Saturday, June 15th at 10:30 am at Blackwood and Brouwer Booksellers (7 Hudson St) in Kinderhook, NY. The topic will be a discussion of independent booksellers and the state of the book selling industry. The store will be having a 60% off clearance sale as well. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION THIS MONTH. We will return to the Bethlehem Public Library in July.


Murder Comes to Albany


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.