June is a busy month for the Mesdames leading up to our summer break when we’ll be doing what authors do – WRITING!
Things get super-hot again in the fall with Word on the Street and Bouchercon 2017, the crime fiction world conference. And of course, the launch of our latest anthology, 13 CLAWS!
Stay tuned this summer for our 13 Claws cover reveal and details about our launch. You are all invited!
A Very Special Guest!
Sisters in Crime celebrates its 30th anniversary this month: that’s 30 years of successfully promoting and supporting work by women crime fiction authors. As part of the celebration, Toronto SinC welcomes a very special guest, investigative journalist and best-selling author, Hank Phillippi Ryan. Hank is also a former President of SinC’s Mothership.
On Thursday, June 15th, Hank will be signing books and meeting fans at Chapters/Indigo, 2300 Yonge St. from 3 to 6 pm, including her latest bestseller, Say No More.
Afterwards Hank will be SinC’s guest of honour at their Jun meeting, Orchardview Branch, Toronto Public Library, 7 pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet this distinguished investigative reporter who has helped hundreds of people and won multiple Emmy’s for her work. There will also be cake!
Several Mesdames will be attending. M. H. Callway has the honour of introducing Hank to the SinC membership.
Mmes M. H. Callway, Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles are joining forces with Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime in the vendors’ room at Limestone Expo, the multi-genre expo being held in Kingston June 3rd and 4th. This is the new conference’s third year and attendance and interest continues to grow.
More importantly, they will be sharing their knowledge and experience throughout the conference on the following panels: True Crime Leads to Fiction (an idea suggested by Rosemary); Driving the Reader Mad, Blurring the Lines: Cross Genres, Traditional vs Small Press vs Indie Publishing, Killer Stories and When to Listen and When to Ignore Writing Advice. On Saturday, June 3rd, 1 pm, Caro gives her workshop on Writing the Historical Mystery.
Books, books, books!
Caro’s new book, A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky’s, is now available in both print and digital form. This historical mystery, set during WWI, centres on the relationship between young Morgan Vanheusen and the celebrated dancer as well as kidnapping, mad Russians and the dark side of New York.
Readings and Events!
On Thursday, June 8th, 7 pm, Mme Melodie Campbell will be giving a talk on Advances and Royalties and Agents, Oh My! The Business of Publishing. Melodie generously shares her knowledge with readers and aspiring writers through her creative writing course at Sheridan College. Be sure to catch her at the Burlington Public Library, Brant Hills Branch 2255 Brant Street, Burlington Ontario.
Also on Thursday, June 8th, 7 pm, one of our favorite events, Noir at the Bar, Toronto, takes place at The Wallace Gastropub, 1954 Yonge St. just north of Davisville. Mme Lisa De Nikolits will be reading along with fellow crime writers Ryan Aldred, Rick Blechta, K.J. Howe, J. Kent Messum and Helen Nelson.
On Tuesday, June 13th, 2 pm, Mme M. H. Callway will be at the Beaches Branch, TPL, 2161 Queen Street East to give her workshop and encouragement to aspiring writers, How to Get Published.
And a week later, on Tuesday, June 20th, 6 pm, Madeleine will be visiting Mme Rosemary McCracken’s Novel Writing II class at George Brown College to share her knowledge on how to get published with Rosemary’s writing students.
On Wednesday, June 28th, 2 pm, the Mesdames visit the Annette Branch, TPL, 145 Annette St. Mmes M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Catherine Dunphy, Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles will be reading from their latest works and discussing crime fiction with readers and fans.