NOIR AT THE BAR: Next Minnesota event announced Dec17

NOIR AT THE BAR: Next Minnesota event announced

The dark, but delightful, folks behind the fantastic Noir At The Bar series have announced the next St. Paul date and location. On January 22nd, NATB will hit The Bent Brewstillery and will feature  Kristi.Belcamino,Kent Gowran, Daniel B. O’Shea, Jeff Shelby, and Frank Wheeler Jr. In addition Killing Joke Films Head Paul Von Stoetzel will be on hand and has hinted at a special sneak preview of YOUR BLIND SPOT, a Killing Joke Films short from Paul and the aforementioned Frank Wheeler Jr. So mark your calendars and come out for a good time with some damn fine...

Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Dec06

Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best

Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Sleuthfest, presented by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, has become the penultimate working writers conference, providing workshops, panels, and pitches to agents and editors from some of the top publishing houses in the country. This year, it takes place in Deerfield Beach, Florida, February 26 through March 1st, 2015, at the Hilton Doubletree Inn. So, you ask, what is Sleuthfest and why should I think about attending? Twenty-one years ago, a group of Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter members sat down in a meeting and decided to have a mystery writer’s conference. They decided...

What I Meant To Say

Our good friend Judy was awarded The David Thompson Award at Bouchercon. She was more than a bit surprised, and as a result didn’t have anything prepared. As these things go, she came up with something great after the fact. I thought we’d let her share it here ~ Jon What I Meant To Say Judy Bobalik   Most of this came to me as I was walking from the stage on Saturday. When my name was announced as the winner of the David Thompson Special Service Award at Bouchercon, I was so overcome with emotion and shock that I could not formulate any response other than “thank you”. So here’s what I meant to say. I am very proud to...

2014 Anthony Award winners

Tonight, the 2014 Anthony Awards were presented, at Bouchercon, in Long Beach. Best Novel William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace (Atria Books) Other nominees Robert Crais, Suspect (Putnam) Sara J. Henry, A Cold and Lonely Place (Crown Publishers) Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl (Forge Books)) Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days (Minotaur Books) Best First Novel Matt Coyle, Yesterday’s Echo (Oceanview Publishing) Other nominees Roger Hobbs, Ghostman (Alfred A. Knopf) Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying (Minotaur Books) Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia (HarperCollins) Todd Robinson, The Hard Bounce (Tyrus Books)...

Like Minded People Nov13

Like Minded People

When I was a younger man I read comic books. In grade school teachers thought they were bad for me, my parents were just happy I was reading.  As I grew older my peers thought I was weird for reading something for children. I also read a lot of books. Teachers in grade school sent me to the office for reading David Morrell’s FIRST BLOOD, Dickey’s DELIVERANCE, HELTER SKELTER etc.  Each time my mother would explain she gave me the book.  Teachers didn’t want me reading things they didn’t assign, how screwed up is that? As I got older I learned not to care what other people thought. When my fellow high school students...

“MURDER AND MAYHEM v2.0” Or, “MEET ME IN MILWAUKEE” Nov03

“MURDER AND MAYHEM v2.0” Or, “MEET ME IN MILWAUKEE...

Last year, tragedy struck when forces beyond anyone’s control forced the beloved library event Murder and Mayhem in Muskego to be cancelled forevermore. MMM was an amazingly successful event that brought renowned authors to the Milwaukee suburb for a one-day, panel style event. While raising money for the Muskego public library, it also allowed fans of the genre unprecedented access to their favorite storytellers. It also very quickly became the favorite literary event of the Malmon household. But like all good things… Without missing a beat, Jon Jordan, Ruth Jordan, Erica Neubauer, and Penny Halle got together and said, “ To Hell with it....