MWA MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER & SINC CHESAPEAKE CHAPTER
Do you need to put in some quality writing time on your latest story or
book? Looking for a chance to start something new? Interested in trying
out this writing thing? Then join your fellow SinC and MWA members and
start typing away.
And if you've never been to a writing marathon, just bring your laptop
or your yellow legal pad and your muse. We'll provide tables, chairs,
and a quiet space for you to work. We're also planning a few optional
breakout sessions for those who are interested.
The whole idea of a writing marathon is for a group of writers to gather
together to write--independently, but encouraged by each other. We'll
provide writing prompts for anyone who wants to try them, but they're
optional. If you already have something to work on, then bring that and
all of your ideas.
*And the best part--*IT'S FREE*! (*Though you'll have to provide your
own snacks and beverages*.)*
Chapter member Josh Pachter has arranged to host this writing marathon
at NOVA's Loudoun Campus. The address is:
*21200 Campus Drive*
*HEC Building, Room 204*
*Sterling, VA 20164*
*(Older GPS units may not show Campus Drive. If you have that problem,
use 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway. See more detailed directions below.)*
The marathon room will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, and you're welcome to
come for the whole day or just a few hours. It has a number of power
outlets, but we'd love for as many people as possible to bring power
strips, to make sure we can all plug in. And there is free wifi on
campus. It’s okay to eat and drink in the room, but please be prepared
to clean up after yourself. Josh will provide a hot water heater and a
coffee maker, *but it's BYO mug, teabag, ground coffee and any snacks
you need to feed the muse*. In addition to the big room, there are two
smaller conference rooms for people who want more quiet--or for a small
group that might want to help each other brainstorm.
When lunchtime comes, you can try the campus cafeteria or one of the
many nearby off-campus options. The wide variety of lunch options are
right across Rt. 7 (Panera, 5 Guys, a Mexican restaurant, Wendy’s, a
Mongolian BBQ place, a steakhouse chain, Friendly’s), and within a
two-minute drive there are dozens of other options (Santini’s deli,
Chinese, Irish pub, Lebanese, Wing Stop, pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the
hits just keep on coming.)
We have space for a large number of writers, but if we get an
overwhelming response, participation will be first come/first served. So
to make sure we have a place for you, please RSVP to our secretary,
Becky Hutchison: *bookgaia [at] comcast [dot] net *and indicate whether
you plan to come for the morning, the afternoon, or both. If you'd like
to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup, please notify Becky.
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Murder at the Library - Clover Hill Library - Chesterfield County, VA
Join SinC-CV members LynDee Walker, Heather Weidner, Fiona Quinn, Mary Miley, Maggie King, Tina Glasneck, Rosemary Shomaker, and Vivian Lawry as guests try to solve the "Murder at the Library. Tickets are on sale through the Friends of the Chesterfield County Library. http://library.chesterfield.gov/events/murder-mystery/
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Mysterypalooza- Tuckahoe Library - Henrico County, VA
Come and celebrate Sisters in Crime's 30th anniversary! We will have a panel moderated by Mary Burton. Panelists include LynDee Walker, Mollie Cox Bryan, Mary Behre, Tracey Livesay and Ellery Adams who will discuss their pathways to publishing. We'll have refreshments and then a book signing with our panelists.
Speaker Jenny Milchman
Fountain Bookstore - Richmond, VA
Join us as SinC-CV welcomes mystery author Jenny Milchman to Richmond to talk about her mysteries and her publishing journey.
RVA Lit Crawl
Fountain Bookstore - Richmond, VA
Join SinC-CV members at Fountain Bookstore as part of the RVA Lit Crawl. There will be readings, discussions, and book signings.
Sisters in Crime (@SinCNational) is pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the Dorothy Cannell “Guppy” Scholarship, Micki Browning.
The FBI National Academy graduate and award-winning author worked in law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a division commander. Her debut mystery, Adrift, set in the Florida Keys, was published by Alibi-Random House in January 2017. It won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Royal Palm Literary Award.
Browning resides in Southern Florida with her partner in crime and a vast array of scuba equipment. She’s currently working on Beached, the second in the Mer Cavallo Mysteries. Learn more at www.MickiBrowning.com.
Some of my favorite reading comes into my email from DelancyPlace.com. Today's sample was taken from a book about Bill Murray (The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards) and his unusual childhood. Born in Evanston, Illinois, he grew up in nearby Wilmette. Both Evanston and Wilmette are pretty ritzy neighborhoods, but Bill grew up in a family of nine children, which may account for the fact that the Murrays don't seem to have had a lot of money. Then, Bill's father died while Bill was just seventeen. The book records Bill's desperate attempts to be noticed among such a large tribe, and in particular, to get a laugh out of his father. It is kind of heart-breaking, but I do think this is how performers--and artists, and writers--are born.
Some interesting articles here for anyone fascinated by archaeology. I hope the cat mummy doesn't upset anyone. The obvious love and care that went into honoring it is very touching.
1. tentative Saturday, January 21, SinC-CV involvement in the Poe Birthday Bash at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond -- our members usually have a table at this day long event.
2. Saturday, March 4, 1:00 – 4:00pm – Mysterypalooza Celebration and 30th Anniversary Party of the founding of national Sisters in Crime -- Henrico County Tuckahoe Library. The library has reserved the room for setup and then the event from 1-4. We have a $250 grant from National for this event as part of the SinC 30th Anniversary celebration. We’ll have a panel for about an hour or so, a meet and greet with food, and then a chance for anyone in our chapter to sell books and talk to our guests. We can pay the donation to the Friends of the Library out of our grant money. THIS IS ALSO SINC-CV 9am to noon CRITIQUE GROUP SATURDAY. Please consider making a day of it if you are already in town for Critique Group. Why not join the Critique Group for 2017 (they'll meet in January and February, too)?
3. Saturday, April 22 (Time TBD) – SinC-CV hosts national Author Jenny Milchman at Fountain Books -- this is part of national's program to send national speakers out to the chapters.
ALSO ON APRIL 22 . . .
4. Saturday, April 22 -- Fountain Books is Sisters in Crime - Central Virginia's author location (5:00 to 7:00) for the first annual RVA Lit Crawl. It’s a citywide event with lots of stops and readings about RVA stories/novels.
Fountain Books owner Kelly Justice has agreed to host SinC-CV for Jenny’s presentation and for the Lit Crawl, both on April 22. Thanks, Kelly!
Some of you have noticed that my next book has been delayed by about seven months. It is now scheduled to appear in April 2017. It is on preorder now.
Mysteries Reviewed: 'Dark Corners,' 'The Haunted Season,' 'Charlotte's Story,' 'Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante'
With all my thanks to Jay Strafford for this truly stunning review of THE HAUNTED SEASON in last Sunday's Richmond Times-Dispatch. I am in such great company here; it is bittersweet to be reviewed with the greatly missed Ruth Rendell.
"Malliet combines a cunning plot with lovely prose and wicked humor in her novels, as well as a wealth of incisively drawn eccentrics. With a bow to Agatha Christie, another to Fred Secombe — and blessed with creative ingenuity — she honors the core of the English-village subgenre and deftly adjusts it to the contemporary era in this amusing and affecting whodunit."
UK entries only--sorry!
With Halloween around the corner, Crime Vault is offering you the chance to win a set of three ghostly tales!
The Haunted Season is a sinister village-set murder mystery from Agatha Award-shortlisted G.M. Malliet.
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden features a witch (of course!), secrets aplenty and murder most foul.
And The Talisman from author of Naomi’s Room, Jonathan Aycliffe, is a good old-fashioned English ghost story – unsettling, chilling and perfect for Halloween.
For full details and to enter, click here.
Today is the launch day for the fifth Max Tudor mystery. Description from the jacket copy:
"A Demon Summer makes the case that Malliet may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French). She's certainly the most entertaining," raved The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the fourth Max Tudor Mystery.
Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers and Agatha Christie devotees everywhere with her acclaimed English village mysteries featuring handsome cleric Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent.
Now something sinister is afoot at Totleigh Hall, the showcase of the sleepy English village of Nether Monkslip. Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the days when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. But a sudden grisly death intervenes, and the handsome vicar's talent for sorting through clues is once again called into play. This cleverly plotted novel of the classic mystery school is perfect for fans of Louise Penny, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Martha Grimes--and of course, Agatha Christie.
Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries and the Father Max Tudor series. All books available everywhere and in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio. Standalone suspense Weycombe arrives 9-2017.