Ah, the Cat Days of August, Dear Readers!

Lazing on the beach is fine, but the Mesdames aren’t letting the heat of August get in the way of our publications and writers’ events.

Which means you, dear readers, are in for a multitude of treats, courtesy of the Mesdames.


Sylvia Warsh’s essay, “Recreating the Past,” appears in the Mystery Readers International Journal, Summer issue. Historical Mysteries II – Mystery Readers International

Historical Mysteries II

Sylvia  has a new website too! You can check it out at:

Melissa Yuan-Innes‘s (Melissa Yi) story “The Bao Queen” appears in Food of My Peoplea fabulous mix of speculative stories about food and the authors have included delicious and/or fantastical recipes related to the stories and to their diverse backgrounds. The anthology Food of My People is available for preorder. 

Melissa Yuan-Innes (Melissa Yi) was a winner in the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Sentence contest. Her sentence was chosen by Allison Brennan!  Check it out at


Craft Bites Preliminary Play Reading

The Playwrights’ Guild of Canada selected Melissa for Craft Bites, a preliminary play reading, on Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Playwrights’ Guild of Canada members have been paired up to share their work and discuss the craft of playwriting with one another.

Craft Bites are open and free to the public.

Register at  to see Melissa and Damian Lovejoy.

When Words Collide

Jayne BarnardCaro SolesMelissa Yi and Madeleine Harris Callway are all participating in the When Words Collide virtual multi-genre conference from August 13 to 15th. Attendance at the conference is free but you must register through EventBrite and have Zoom on your computer. The conference is held on Zoom. Here is the registration link:

There are lots of opportunities for both established and emerging writers including Master Classes, Manuscript Pitches, Live Action Screenwriting and Submission Feedback.

Check out the Mmes‘ sessions schedule!

Friday, August 13, 2 p.m. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Writing Groups and How to Run Them: M. H. Callway

Cross-Genre Writing: Caro Soles

Friday, August 13, 4 p.m. MDT/ 6 p.m. EDT
The Heroine’s Journey Continues: J. E. Barnard

Saturday, August 14, MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Twisted….: J. E. Barnard

Saturday, August 14, MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Short Stories as Stepping Stones: M. H. Callway

Saturday, August 14, 5 p.m. MDT/ 7 p.m. EDT
Love of the Land — The Importance of Place in Fiction: J. E. Barnard

Sunday, August 15, 11 a.m. MDT/ 1 p.m. EDT
Crime Fiction in 2021: Trends and Evolution: M. H. Callway

Sunday, August 15, 4 p.m. MDT/ 6 p.m. EDT
Mystery: Big Crimes, Small Towns: J. E. Barnard and M. H. Callway

Melissa Yi is providing one-on-one author-writer consultations at the Blue Pencil Café. Emerging writers must sign up.

Mesdames at When Words Collide 2021


Lisa de Nikolits

Keep an eye out for Lisa de Nikolitis‘ newest website/venture I Read Somewhere That. The pilot episode will launch in September with a fab debate, reviews of hot new books and lots of buzzy book gossip! Then the site will go live monthly in 2022. Lisa will feature books by Inanna Publications, Breakwater Books Ltd., Dundurn Press and Wolsak and Wynn Publishers and have lots of great guest opinions from some of her favourite authors and, as promised, lots of info about the publishing industry!

Melissa Yuan-Innes’s story My Two Legs will be published in The Alfred Hitchcock Mystery MagazineMy Two Legs was longlisted for the Staunch Prize. “Running since 2018, this unique prize is welcomed by readers all over the world, many of whom had given up on thrillers because of the increasingly graphic violence towards women in the genre. We’re proud to create a little elbow-room for all the clever, exciting and engaging stories out there – published or unpublished – by authors who have found something a bit more original to write about!”

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