2016 Traverse City Film Festival Aug13

2016 Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival The 2016 Traverse City Film Festival began on July 25 and ended on July 30. Michael Moore and his crew did something no mainstream festival has ever done in this country —100% of the films in the Official US Section of the festival (fiction and documentary) were from women directors. The 12th annual festival screened 120 feature films and 107 shorts, welcomed over 123,000 admissions across the festival’s 12 different venues, offered classes in its TCFF Film School, and held panels, parties and podcasts throughout a week that saw a record high of 175 filmmakers bring their films from around the world and across...

Why We Love Bouchercon Aug06

Why We Love Bouchercon

I asked a bunch of folks one question, Why do you love Bouchercon. Here’s what they said. Because not only do I get to see many of my colleagues that I wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to see, but because I love the interaction with the fans and readers. The convention is for them and I try to remember that. Reed Farrel Coleman It’s like a family reunion. All your friends are coming, there are lots of very good panels for excitement, and if boring Uncle Joe shows up there are enough people around to dodge him. You have a great environment to explore, unlike going to Aunt Hattie’s every year, and lots of new foods to...

Bouchercon Tips Jul15

Bouchercon Tips

BOUCHERCON TIPS I’ve been going to Bouchercon since 1999 and I am a huge fan. It’s my favorite time of the year. Here’s some things I’ve picked up over the years. It’s such a great environment because no matter how different we all are we all love mystery and crime fiction. If you are using a camera: Pictures during panels and signings are cool. Pictures around the hotel and convention area are cool. If taking pictures of people you aren’t actually friends with in the bar or at a restaurant ask first. Folks hanging in the bar are relaxing and may not want that relaxing on the social media. Bringing books to get signed? So are a lot of...

Congratulations Paul and Juliet Jul09

Congratulations Paul and Juliet

We at Crimespree would like to shout from the rooftops a huge congratulations to Paul Oliver and Juliet Grames today as they start their new life together as a married couple. You are both awesome and we love you....

DC Universe “REBIRTH” Creator Signing

This morning, the Source Comics and Games had the unique opportunity to host a four-person signing of all Minnesota based comics creators. The signing was in relation to DC Comics best-selling Rebirth event. I was at the event nice and early, so I had the chance to beat the lines and chat a bit with all four creators while having my books signed. Minnesota native and veteran Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens has long called the Twin Cities home. He is a regular guest at area conventions and events. He has worked on the Superman books off and on since 1989, including the Death of Superman storyline in 1992. Jurgens is now writing the iconic...

Bouchercon Bookroom by Reed Farrel Coleman Jun20

Bouchercon Bookroom by Reed Farrel Coleman

This is a piece Reed wrote for Crimespree last year. It was good advice then and it still is now. If you are an author going to Bouchercon…. read ahead. Bouchercon Book Room Several issues ago I discussed complaints some colleagues had shared with me about the stock carried by booksellers at recent Bouchercons. One incident was particularly egregious. A bookseller at a B’con in an author’s hometown, a store at which this author had done very successful launch parties, had only a handful of this author’s books for sale. While an extreme example, it was representative of what I considered a disturbing trend. The tendency for booksellers...