The Lazy Days of August aren’t so lazy for our Mesdames and Messieurs

Books, interviews and author panels are keeping us busy this month, not to mention the growing excitement of our 10th Anniversary anthology, In the Spirit of 13.


In the Spirit of 13 is in celebration of the Mesdames of Mayhem’s TENTH anniversary and our FIFTH anthology.  It will soon be available for pre-order on Amazon through other book outlets.


Madeleine Harris-Callway‘s story, “Must Love Dogs – or You’re Gone”, is one of the stories in the Red Dog Press anthology, Gone. It’s available for pre-order on August 1st.

M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway is also delighted to be a guest blogger on Writers Write. Her topic: “Why I Write Short Fiction”.

Here’s the link:

Mme Jayne Barnard’s story is part of Sisters in Crime West’s second anthology, Crime Wave 2:Women of a Certain Age: A Canada West Anthology. Jayne is also one of the editors.

 Women of a Certain Age is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Jayne Barnard
Jayne Barnard


Mme Donna Carrick is continuing her terrific podcast Dead to Writes with more video interviews with In The Spirit of 13 authors, throughout August and into September. Interviews go live every Wednesday. You can find them on our website and on Donna’s video podcast:

Check out more interviews below.

Aug. 3: Ft: Rosalind Place, story “A Faint Disturbance of Hope.”
Aug. 10: Ft: Donna Carrick (Interviewed by husband Alex Carrick.) Story “Beloved Ink.”
Aug. 17: Ft: Marilyn Kay, story “Rise Up.”
Aug. 24: Ft: Melissa. Yi, story “The Mob Bar Mob.”
Sept. 1: Ft: Jane Burfield, story “Whispers.”


When Words Collide 2022

Several of the Mesdames are on panels. The conference features leading genre writers, including crime writers, Susanna Kearsley and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

You must register for this online festival in advance on the When Words Collide Eventbrite page.

Here’s the panel line-up so far:

Friday, August 12th

5 pm EDT (3 pm MDT) Who Goes There?: Jayne Barnard joins CWC President, Hyacinthe Miller in challenging traditional crime writer tropes rooted in privilege

9 pm EDT (7 pm MDT) Friday Night Dead Social by Crime Writers of Canada

Saturday, August 13th

7 pm EDT (5 pm MDT) If the Uniform Fits: Real and Fictional Female Investigators: Jayne Barnard and Brenda Chapman join two women law enforcement professionals to discuss the realities of policing. Moderated by Merrilee Robson.

9 pm EDT (7 PM MDT) Noir at the Bar: Hosted by Axel Howerton (Tentative)

Sunday, August 14th

5 pm EDT (3 pm MDT) Crossing the Line: M. H. Callway and Therese Greenwood join a panel on the risks and rewards of switching or melding genres.

6 pm EDT (4 pm MDT) Coming up Short: Kevin Thornton joins a panel of leading western crime writers about how to create a complete world and narrative in a few thousand words. Moderated by M. H. Callway.

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi was in Winnipeg on July 12th to teach Playwriting and Play Reading 101 at the Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library. Her play, I am the Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World (and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room), which she performed herself, was a hit at the Winnipeg Fringe festival!

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