Weekend Update: April 9-10, 2016

fallsbooks1Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be posts by Maureen Milliken (Monday), Kate Flora (Tuesday), Katherine Hall Page (Wednesday), a guest librarian (Thursday), and John Clark (Friday).

We are celebrating National Library Week this week. Authors love libraries, and our Maine libraries–and librarians–are a very special part of our writing lives. We hope lots of librarians will drop in this week to comment. And of course, some lucky person who comments this week will win one of these great tote bags, either Nancy Drew, A composition book, or Edgar Allan Poe.

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Rumor has it the bag will be filled with Maine-made goodies. And perhaps even some books.

In the news department, here’s what’s happening with some of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers:

The authors of the new book “A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods” Roger Guay and Kate Clark Flora will be at the Pittsfield Public Library April 13th at 6:00pm.
They will be talking about the book that is a fascinating look at a game warden’s life.
When Roger Guay’s father died in a tragic fishing accident, a kind game warden helped him through the loss. Inspired by this experience, as well as his love of the outdoors, Guay became a game warden and certified K9 handler, beginning a successful career that would span twenty-five years and see him establish canine units as a staple of the game warden service. Guay takes readers into the patient, watchful world of a warden catching poachers and protecting pristine wilderness, and the sometimes CSI-like reconstruction of deer- and moose-poaching scenes. His frequent companion is a little brown lab named Reba, who can find discarded weapons, ejected shells, hidden fish, and missing people. A Good Man with a Dog explores Guay’s life as he and his canine partners are exposed to increasingly terrible events, from tracking down hostile poachers to searching for victims of violent crimes, including a year-long search for the hidden graves of two babies buried by a Massachusetts cult.  Kate will also talk about the fascinating world of true crime that led her into doing research for the Joe Burgess police fiction series.

Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett and Maureen Milliken, along with Maine mystery writer Janet Morgan, will be presenting a panel on “The Modern Heroine” at Lithgow Library in Augusta on April 14 from 1-3 in the afternoon. If you plan to attend, don’t forget that the Lithgow is still at its temporary location at the Ballard Center.


An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to Maine, Crime, or Writing? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below to share.

And a reminder: If your library, school, or organization is looking for a speaker, we are often available to talk about the writing process, research, where we get our ideas, and other mysteries of the business. Contact Kate Flora: mailto: kateflora@gmail.com


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2 Responses to Weekend Update: April 9-10, 2016

  1. Anne Marie Ferguson says:

    I truly appreciate my local library (Haverhill Public Library in Haverhill, Mass.) because of everything it means to our community. Not only does it provide a place to read the latest novel, reference material or Caldecott Honoree, but patrons are offered many wonderful programs of interest throughout the month. The library also has a dedicated group of folks known as The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library of which I belong. We volunteer our time and energy raising funds to be used for programs and improvements in the library. The local library is the heartbeat of the community!

  2. Jane says:

    I love libraries. I visit my local library constantly; it is my main source of reading material, even in this digital age, I still like “real” books. I also absolutely love bags of all kinds. Bags I can fill with books, or with my latest knitting project. I would absolutely love that Nancy Drew bag.

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