The Twelfth Annual Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers’ Event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin. It will be sponsored by Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation. Guest speakers will be W.D. Smith, Susan Rogers Cooper and Russ Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The BBSAWE was born in the spring of 2005, after the tragic death of Ms. Smith, who was a published cozy mystery author. She was past president of Sisters in Crime (International 1999-2000) and was known for her helpfulness to other writers. Dynamic, energetic, and talented, her loss was greatly mourned by her family and the Austin writing community. To honor her memory, the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation was dedicated in her honor to support and provide a mentoring community for aspiring mystery writers.
Every year Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter calls for submissions of the first 500 words of a mystery story or novel from unpublished authors. The aspiring writers are then matched up with published mystery authors for mentoring.
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, this year’s aspiring writers and their mentors will be introduced to the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas membership and Barbara Burnett Smith will be honored.
FREE MYSTERY WORKSHOPS MAY 21
Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and BookPeople crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery will present all-day crime workshops at BookPeople at 603 N. Lamar Blvd. on Saturday, May 21 starting at 9:15 a.m. and going until 4 p.m.
Stay all day or an hour. Free parking in the BookPeople parking lot. Terry Shames, George Wier, and James Dennis and Brent Douglas of Miles Arceneux will enthrall, entertain, educate, and sell books. This event is free and open to the public to celebrate May Mystery Month. Whether you like to read mysteries or write them, these workshops are for you.
FORENSIC PRESENTATION ON POISONS ON JUNE 12
Dave Ciambrone, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas treasurer, scientist, and mystery writer, will present a forensic program about poisons on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.