Weekend Update: July 23-24, 2022

Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be posts by Sandra Neily (Monday), Maureen Milliken (Tuesday), Dick Cass (Thursday), and Matt Cost (Friday).

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

Matt Cost here: I will be doing a book signing July 30th from 1-3 PM at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop at the Topsham Fair Mall in Topsham, ME.

Mainely Money is a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award of Best Attendee Mystery (or BAM as I like to call it). The winner will be announced at the banquet at Killer Nashville on August 20th.

Mind Trap is a finalist for best mystery/thriller of InD’tale Magazine’s RONE award. The winner will be announced on October 8th.

John Clark sharing two events from last weekend  On Saturday, the Union Historical Society celebrated their fiftieth anniversary, Our mother, A. Carman Clark, also a mystery writer, was one of the sixteen founding members. Five remain. Frank Cassidy, who, with wife Linda, bought Sennebec Hill Farm, used a piece of the original flooring to back the bronze plaque honoring the founders. I am extremely impressed with what they have done to preserve town history.

Here’s their website: http://unionhistoricalsociety.org/

The other event was a presentation by Arizona mystery writer Karen Odden, talking about her latest book Down A Dark River. I had the privilege of being included in a pre-program gathering which was fun and lively. I was particularly impressed with how Karen involves an audience in her description of the social and political atmosphere in the Victorian era where her books take place. By the end of the program, I could visualize much of the aura and geography of that time, something that really makes a book (or books in her case) come alive.

Here is her website: https://karenodden.com/


 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, along with the very popular “Making a Mystery” with audience participation, and “Casting Call: How We Staff Our Mysteries.” We also do programs on Zoom. Contact Kate Flora

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