The authors in the new Lawrence Block-edited anthology, Dark City Lights: New York Stories, were tasked with writing short stories set in New York City. The resulting stories are as diverse as the city itself. These stories represent everything from gritty to gentrified, from dark to lighthearted, from contemporary to historical, from crime to sci-fi and much in between.
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At the recent Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting with Judy Bobalik at the Malice-Go-Round event. For those that don’t know, this is a type of speed dating for authors in which pairs of authors rotate around a series of tables telling readers about their newest book(s). Often during the event, Judy and I would turn to each other and practically say the same thing at the same time in regards to our observations. It was at that point that we decided this co-authored blog post would be a useful and entertaining idea. Please take these suggestions as they are offered – as advice from two independent observers of the event, simply trying to help you make the most of your limited face time.
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This week’s list of books to be on the look out for is filled with the future of crime fiction. These are relatively new authors on the scene, but expect them to be house-hold names in the near future.
Much has been made lately concerning the lack of diversity at crime fiction conventions. I encourage you to support these writers so that publishers realize how important it is to represent as wide a variety of voices as possible.
And make no mistake about it, these authors are worth screaming from the rooftops over.
Dying Brand is the third novel in Wendy Tyson’s traditional mystery series featuring Allison Campbell. Readers familiar with the series will be excited to see Allison and her gang of cohorts again, but Dying Brand works equally well for those unfamiliar with their history.
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Last night was the Baltimore premiere (and only showing) of Every Secret Thing, the film based on the 2003 Laura Lippman novel. Hosted by The Charles Theatre, the screening was followed by a Q&A session with Laura (with Alafair Burke leading the discussion). For those who were unable to attend this event, I wanted to provide a few highlights.
Last night was the Mystery Writers of America – Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s monthly meeting. Held in the Embassy Suites Hotel just outside of DC, the topic of this month’s meeting was the art of reviewing. Moderated by Art Taylor, the event was a fun and informative evening. For those interested, here are some brief highlights.