May 2015

Back to Back May 17 and May 23

Two Exciting Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter

events for May Mystery Month

Barbara Burnett Smith aspiring writers event, Yarborough Library, May 17

Jan Grape

Jan Grape

Anthony and Macavity Award-winner Jan Grape will receive the 2015 Sage Award from W.D. Smith of the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation on May 17 at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s May meeting.

Mystery authors Karen MacInerney and Susan Rogers Cooper will be guest speakers and Jan Grape will give the keynote speech. Jessie Winter (mentor Susan Rogers Cooper) and Tresha Barger (mentor Russ Hall) will be honored as aspiring writers.

Karen-MacInerney-214x300 (1)SUSAN ROGERS COOPERThe May 17 meeting will start at 2:15 pm at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library in Austin.


Three Looks at Crime Fiction, BookPeople, May 23

img_2570[1]BookPeople picLike to read mysteries? Like to write mysteries?

Come to the free all-day mystery writing workshop at BookPeople, Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard, on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free door prizes, free parking, and free workshops.

The first speaker is Reavis Wortham, author of the Red River mystery series. He will discuss the things an author learns once a manuscript goes into production. His mysteries Burrows and The Right Side of Wrong have received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly and The Library Journal.

George WierSecond speaker George Wier presents a workshop on editing, or as the author says, “Without Mercy: The alternative to hiring a contract killer—why the author should be his or her own best editor.” He wrote the Bill Travis mystery series and co-authored Long Fall From Heaven. He writes principally mystery and science fiction.

Les EdgertonThird speaker Les Edgerton presents a workshop on protagonists and antagonists. He is a full-time writer and writing teacher. His eighteenth book, a black comedy crime caper, titled The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping, came out in October from Down & Out Books. Three Looks at Crime Fiction is presented by Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and BookPeople.

Minerva Koenig on June 14

Mystery writer Minerva Koenig will talk about gender roles in crime fiction at the June 14 meeting of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter. She is the author of Nine Days and the soon-to-be-released South of Nowhere.

Details about her biography and books can be found at her website.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive. All meetings are free and open to the public.

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