Mesdames on the Move–May



Our latest anthology, 13 O’clock, has garnered an Arthur Ellis nomination! Mme. M. H. Callway’s novella, Glow Grass,  has made the Arthur Ellis short list for Best Novella published in 2015 in Canada. Congratulations, Madeleine! And many thanks to Mme Donna Carrick and her husband and partner, Alex Carrick of Carrick Publishing!

Donna Carrick

M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway

The Arthur Ellis Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 26th at the CWC banquet at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street in Toronto. This is always a gala evening and we hope the Mesdames will be out in force.



51haVs1UYmL__AA160_This month’s prize for most distant event goes to Mme Caro Soles, co-editor with Nancy Kilpatrick of   nEvermore ,  an anthology  of stories inspired by the writings of Edgar Alan Poe.  nEvermore has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, the major American award for horror fiction.  They will be presented in Las Vegas (a suitably horrific place) on May 15th.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

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Jane Burfield

Even if we can’t get to Las Vegas, we’ll be sending our best wishes with Caro. Mme. Jane Burfield is among the authors  whose stories are included in nEvermore.



caperPlease note! Mme Melodie Campbell’s launch of her new Goddaughter novella, The Goddaughter Caper, will now take place on Thursday, April 28th, 7 pm at the Hamilton Public Library,  Ancaster Branch, 386 Wilson St. East. Prizes for best gangster costume. All book sale proceeds to go to the Hamilton Literary Council.



Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

41Guqsy+9LL__SX337_BO1,204,203,200_Monday, May 2ndMme.Sylvia Maultash Warsh will be giving an after-dinner talk  to Pursuits, a group of 100 women in the Midland area who meet monthly to pursue knowledge and interest. She will be speaking about her historical novel, The Queen of Unforgetting, which is set in Midland and the nearby Sainte Marie among the Hurons. So it is fitting that the dinner and talk will take place at the reconstructed Sainte Marie among the Hurons.

12000831_10154197942864018_1649104801334232488_oAlso on May 2nd at 2 p.m., Mme. M. H. Callway will be giving a talk on “How To Get Published” at the Albert Campbell branch of the Toronto Public Library, 496 Birchmount Road, Scarborough. Mme Mad’s debut novel,  Windigo Fire, was published in 2014 and short listed for Best First Novel in the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards.


Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Tuesday, May 3d, at 7 p.m., Mme. Melodie Campbell will join Hamilton Area Crime Authors, Jill Downie, Alexis Koetting and Ross Pennie,  for a panel discussion and readings at the Turner Park Branch of the Hamilton Public Library, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton.

Saturday, May 14th, 10 am to 12 noon,  Mme. Campbell is in action again conducting a crime writing workshop at the Central Branch of the Burlington Public Library, Holland Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington.

Cathy Astolfo

Cathy Astolfo

Saturday, May 7th at 2 p.m., Mme. Catherine Astolfo  will appear on a panel highlighting Brantford’s newest authors along with seasoned crime writer,  Rick Blechta, at Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne St, Brantford.

51-mLHZtRDL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Also on Saturday, May 14th, Mme. Astolfo is hosting an Open House Launch of her new book, Operation Babylift, a Kira Callahan mystery,  from 1 to 4 p.m. A bevy of Mesdames will be in attendance. Details from Cathy at

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

skeleton w book in hand and books in bg final w shadowFriday May 27th  the Boney Blithe Festival will take place at the High Park Club 100 Indian Road, Toronto. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. there will be panels and nibbles and the festival will culminate in a banquet where the Bony Blithe Award for light hearted crime fiction will be presented.

One of the five authors nominated will receive a plaque and a cheque for $1,000. No Mesdames on the list this year but we congratulate all the finalists: Victoria Abbott, The Marsh Madness (Berkley Prime Crime); Elizabeth J. Duncan, Untimely Death (Crooked Lane Books); Eva Gates, Booked For Trouble (NAL); Victoria Hamilton, White Colander Crime (Berkley Prime Crime); and Alexis Koetting, Encore (Five Star)

Joan O'Callaghan

Joan O’callaghan

maverick publisherSaturday, May 28th Mme. Joan O’Callaghan will be at Chapters in Bayview Village Mall, just north of Sheppard Ave.,  and the Bayview subway stop, signing copies of her late husband’s memoir, Maverick Publisher;J. Patrick O’Callaghan: A Life in Newspapers. Time of signing not available just yet but watch this space.

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