Crimespree does BEA Jun01

Crimespree does BEA

According to its website, Book Expo America (or BEA, as the cool kids call it) is “the largest publishing event in North America.” Wikipedia says it’s “the largest annual book trade fair in the United States.” Now that I’ve been, though, I can honestly say that while both of those descriptions are accurate, neither quite does it justice. To some extent, BEA feels like the book industry’s version of fashion week. It, too, is a trade-only event designed to parade what’s hot and new before buyers and the media. There are CEOs, cover models, and celebrities (I saw John Grisham, James Patterson, and at one point looked up to discover I was steps...

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Corbett’s Fifth Novel May18

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Cor...

On May 13th, David Corbett celebrated the launch of THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT, his fifth novel, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts. Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its aftermath—including a very public trial. Her teenage life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she’s...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee 2015 May18

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee 2015

The Murder and Mayhem website is updated for this year. murdermayhemmilwaukee.com We have a list of authors already lined up and there will be more to come. We’ll probably have between 25 and 28 authors total. Here’s the list so far: Tasha Alexander Rob Brunet Cara Brookins Reed Coleman Andrew Grant Alex Grecian Michael Koryta Lori Rader-Day JD Rhoades Tom Schreck Johnny Shaw Michael Stanley Registration is also live, you can register through the site or by mail with a check or money order. murdermayhemmilwaukee.com/register-donate/ We also have a new bookseller this year. Richard will be there with some collectible books, Don Longmuir of...

The Crimespree Wrecking Crew Hits C2E2 May01

The Crimespree Wrecking Crew Hits C2E2

Friday, April 24, saw the Crimespree Wrecking Crew descend on the city of Chicago for the fourth consecutive year. Armed with little more than orthotics for our shoes, Star Wars lanyards, and a half-filled bottle of stale water, we once again proved that C2E2 is one of the best comic cons around. After arriving in Milwaukee, we took the Crimespree Mobile M2 the ninety minutes into the heart of Chicago. Part of what makes this annual trip so special is that we get to stay with dear friends. So the trip becomes about more than just comics and pop-culture; it becomes a reunion weekend. Crashing out each night on air mattresses in the living...

The 2015 Maine Crime Wave: A Recap Apr14

The 2015 Maine Crime Wave: A Recap

April 11 was the first warm, sunny Saturday Maine’s had in a good six months, so it may surprise you to learn I voluntarily spent the entire day indoors. What on Earth could persuade me to do such a thing? The second annual Maine Crime Wave, of course. The inaugural event was pretty stellar, but the organizers really upped their game for year two. In Maine Crime Wave, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has crafted an event that combines the energy and spirit of a small mystery conference (say, Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee) with the kind of programming you might find at a high-end writer’s retreat. This year’s schedule was...

AWP CONFERENCE HITS MINNEAPOLIS Apr13

AWP CONFERENCE HITS MINNEAPOLIS

Thursday, April 9th to Saturday, April 11th saw the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (or AWP for short) descend on the city of Minneapolis. Mainly a conference with an extreme focus on MFA courses, the Minneapolis Convention Center found itself jam packed with panels that focused on all aspects of writing. From poetry to periodicals to women in publishing to the masculine influence in contemporary fiction, there was absolutely something for everyone with an interest in writing. In addition to the scheduled panels at the Convention Center, AWP events spilled out to many surrounding venues. The Loft Literary Center hosted their own...