Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent Jun12

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent

  You’re dying to know about the bloodshed, aren’t you? I’m sorry to tell you you’ll have to keep reading. I’m burying the lead on that one. Aren’t I the worst? Here’s a chalk outline to keep you until then.           I’ve never had the pleasure to attend Printer’s Row in Chicago before, and it was basically catnip for book lovers. Stalls lining several streets in the shadow of gorgeous art deco buildings where the publishing industry used to reside in downtown Chicago. And those stalls. Publishers and booksellers side by side—it was a dangerous place. I recommend bringing lots of cash—I had to hit the...

Poisoned Pen 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Our 20th anniversary celebration is at the Poisoned Pen bookstore this coming Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 pm. We have two debut PPP authors signing their May releases (Thomas Kies with Random Road; Annie Hogsett with Too Lucky to Live), and Tammy Kaehler signs her fifth in the Kate Reilly racing series, Kiss the Bricks. We will also have Fred Ramsay, Donis Casey, James Sallis & Meg Dobson on hand to sign our anthology Bound By Mystery. Local PPP author Betty Webb will also attend. Founded in 1997 by Robert Rosenwald (President and Founder), Barbara Peters (Editor-in-Chief), and their daughter Susan Malling, Poisoned Pen Press is an...

Free Comic Book Day Is Saturday

Every spring we kick off our leaving the house into the warmer weather with a trip to C2E2 in Chicago. It’s a wonderful weekend celebration of comics and pop culture.  It is very quickly followed by what has become a Jordan holiday, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (click through the link for their home page). Hundreds of stores across the US will be giving away comic books this Saturday. The goal is of course promotion, bring new people to comic book stores and bring in new readers to comics.  And I think it does do this though how well I can’t say. I do know I love going out and seeing so many people enjoying the comic stores and comics...

Murder And Mayhem In Chicago 2017 Mar13

Murder And Mayhem In Chicago 2017

Photos by John Thomas Bychowski This past Saturday was the inaugural Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. It was cold but that did not stop mystery readers and fans from coming downtown for this great event. MMC was held at Roosevelt College and it was a great location. Lots of room, wonderful area for registration and book sales and lovely view East. As a non-Chicago attendee I found getting there very easy. Lori Rader-Day and Dana Kaye did a very nice job of putting together great panels and wrapped up the day with an interview with Sara Paretsky conducted by William Kent Krueger. This culminated with the awarding of the first Sara Paretsky...

Once Upon A Crime 30th Anniversary Bash Mar07

Once Upon A Crime 30th Anniversary Bash

Once Upon a Crime is having an Anniversary Author Bash Celebrating 30 years! It is also our family’s one year anniversary of ownership. To celebrate we are going to have an author bash, where we invite you to come meet your favorite local authors, find new ones, say “hi” to us and Pat and, of course, buy some books! On Saturday, April 1st, we will have a assemblage of local authors rotating appearances beginning at noon. Each author will introduce themselves and their books and you’ll have a chance to chat while get a book signed by any or all of them! After the rounds of authors, we will have an open house with wine...

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Tour dates for SAY NO MORE Oct27

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Tour dates for SAY NO MORE

On November 1st, Hank Phillippi Ryan releases SAY NO MORE, the fifth book in the award-winning Jane Ryland series. When Boston reporter Jane Ryland reports a hit and run, she soon learns she saw more than a car crash—she witnessed the collapse of an alibi, and now she’s under pressure to tell all to the police. She’s also digging up the inside scoop for an expose of sexual assaults on Boston’s college campuses for the station’s new documentary unit, and is working with a victim to reveal her heartbreaking experience on camera. But, a disturbing anonymous message—SAY NO MORE—has Jane really and truly scared. Who is...