Murder Mayhem – Muskego (wisconsin)

Well the event we planned since last year is now done. And I think I can safely say that it came off great. The friday night lead in was a lot of fun. A signing at Collector’s Edge comics with Brian Azzarello, Greg Rucka and Gregg Hurwitz, then off to Mystery One Books and the ownderful cafe next door to hook up with the rest of the authors. Friday capped off with a party at our home for all the authors which included home cooked lasagna and the now traditional bathtub full of beer.
I think I can safely say this is the ost people we’ve ever had over at one time.

The library eent was astounding. The opening panel with Libby Hellman and some of the authors from her anthology CHICAGO BLUES, Libby is the perfect way to start the day. Joining Libby were DC Brod, Jack Fredrickson, Barb D’Amato, Marcus Sakey and the mad professer himself, JA Konrath.

Round two was Boxing annoucer and author Tom Schreck moderating the authors from Minn.
Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins and Mary Logue. Funny and fast they worked as a team and wer wonderful and Tom is a natural moderator. ANd not only are they all entertaining as hell, but they are great writers too.

Lunch ensued with authors eating with fans and then the afternoon rolled in.

Magie Griffin moderated Brian Azzarello, Gregg Hurwitz, Chris Mooney and Sean Doolittle. Fun panel and a great group of writers. Azzarello is writin an ongoing series at Vertigo for DC Comics called 100 Bullets and it’s some of the best crime fiction out there. Hurwitz just keeps getting batter and better. Chris Mooney has a new series that kicks ass. And Sean Doolittle should be on everyone’s shelves.

Greg Rucka was then interviewed by Ruth Jordan. No notes, just a head full of knowledge. She spent the last two weeks reading Greg’s comics, and reread a few books. The two of them really looked like they were having fun, and I know the audience was.

Gary Niebhur then interviewed Laura Lippman. Again, another mystery author who loves to laugh, and another great interviewer. Two experienced pros doing what they do best.

The day ended with Robert Crias being quizzed by Sean Chercover. New PI writer interviewing a verteran. And once again, a great hour for fans.

The day was broken up by a cookie break with homemade cookies from the friends of the library. The friends of the Muskego Library are amazing in all there support and work.
There was also a raffle that raised a nice sum for the event which will make doing next year’s event even easier.

This year the event was the biggest yet with around 240 attending, and at one point a head count showed 300 some people in attendance.

So thanks to everyone who came, thanks to the authors who visited us inNovember and thanks to the Muskego Library. And a specail shout out to Penny Halle and Jane Genzel for making it all work so smooth.