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...

Stupid Tagalong Mar07

Stupid Tagalong

Not to brag, but my parents realized that they had achieved perfection when I was born. That’s why I’m an only child. Really. I mean, why would you want any more children when your first born child is a perfect red head like me? Any brothers or sisters that came after me would constantly be held to the high standard that I had set. That just wouldn’t be fair to them. 10 years ago I was saddled with the younger brother I never wanted. He showed up while the 2004 Red Sox were trying to break the Curse of the Bambino and win their first World Series Championship in 86 years. This guy would cause my fingers to go numb and make my vision blur. I...

Lakefly Writers Conference Feb25

Lakefly Writers Conference

Aspiring authors in Wisconsin may want to check this out: Everyone has a story to tell. Let us help you tell it. That’s the motto of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club, who sponsor the Lakefly Writers Conference in Oshkosh. Coinciding with the lakefly hatch on Lake Winnebago, the event is being held on Saturday, May 9th, 8:30am-4pm at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Presenters include New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry, fantasy writer Scott Lynch, horror maven Richard Thomas, poet laureate Kimberly Blaeser, comedian Carl Strong, a police detective who analyzes crime scenes, and many other writing experts in fields ranging from...

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel Feb23

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel

Long Beach Comic Expo is hosting a crime/ mystery novel panel. The panel will be held on Sunday, March 1st at NOON. 12:00-1:00 Blood on the Keyboard: A Crime Fiction Panel Mary McCoy, Tod Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Richard Lange Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels. Mary McCoy: My novel comes out two days after LBCE, so not only is this my first comic convention as a panelist, it’s my first book event period. It’s...