Weekend Update: October 28-29, 2017

Next week at Maine Crime Writers, there will be posts by John Clark (Monday), all of us for Halloween (Tuesday), Kate Flora (Wednesday), Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson (Thursday), and Bruce Coffin (Friday).

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

Lea Wait is celebrating the October 31 debut of her Christmas mystery, THREAD THE HALLS. Angie Curtis and her beau can’t linger under the mistletoe … his actress mother is arriving from her movie set, with her co-star, director and screenwriters, and she expects Maine to look like a Currier & Ives Christmas print. As the scene is being set, Angie finds a body partially covered with snow, in back of the star’s mansion. Someone won’t be home for the holidays …

To celebrate the launch of THREAD THE HALLS, Lea will be interviewed on “Book Talk,” a radio program in Valdosta, Georgia (FM 92.1) from 6 until 7 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday night — Halloween! To listen on the internet, live, check http://www.Talk821.com, and call in with a live question — 1-229-259-9297. Lea would love to hear from you!

And Lea, Kate Flora, and Barbara Ross (and their books, of course) will be at the REM Craft Fair October 28 and 29 at Champions Fitness Club, 30 Elm Plaza in Waterville, Maine; Saturday from 10am until 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. Lots of Maine crafters will be there — great place to do early Christmas shopping!

Maureen Milliken will be at the South Freeport Congregational Church quarterly Author Luncheon, a fundraiser for the church, Friday, Nov. 3. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 98 South Freeport Road. Reservations can be made by calling the church office at 865-4012 and tickets are $15 each. Luncheon will be soup and salad (or sandwiches) with beverage and dessert. And Sherman’s will be selling Maureen’s books!

Kate Flora and her co-writer Joe Loughlin will be on Maine Calling Nov. 3rd at 1:00 to talk about SHOTS FIRED.

This weekend a bunch of us were at Murder By The Book, a conference for crime writers and crime fiction readers at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor.

Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen was the guest of honor and keynote speaker.  She had the audience in stiches at the Friday night readings with her piece about a man who put off going to the doctor until a growth on his face gave him no need for a Halloween mask.  It was a busy weekend of readings, panel discussions and craft classes. Many thanks to the Jesup staff and volunteers for putting on a great event!

The MCW gang at Murder By The Book 2017. From left, Vaughn Hardaker, Brenda Buchanan, Dorothy Cannell, Bruce Coffin, Richard Cass and Maureen Milliken.

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

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