Tenth Annual Write of Spring.

Every year, Once Upon A Crime mystery bookstore celebrates the thawing of Minnesota with a day long event featuring the many talented crime writers of the land of 10,000 lakes. This Saturday (April 7th) , the event is extra special for a couple of reasons: First, it will be the release party for WRITES OF SPRING, an anthology of STORIES and PROSE. The collection features two unpublished stories by Harold Adams and is edited by OUAC owners Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp. But in addition to being a release party, it is also the 25th anniversary of the store.

Schedules for the authors who are attending was well as the names of their anthology stories.
Joel Arnold (“Hole in the Fence”)
Judith Yates Borger (“Spring Rowing”)
Gary Bush (“Thick and Thin”)
Kathleen Hills (“Guest at the Wedding”)
E. Kelly Keady (“Slater Maxwell”)
Bruce Rubenstein (“Johnny’s Johnson”)
Richard A. Thompson (“Paradise Refused”)
Christopher Valen (“Lights Out”)

Gerald Anderson (“Murder in the Blitz”)
Carl Brookins (“Firestorm”)
Jan Dunlap (“Hanging Luce”)
Ellen Hart (“Wonderland”)
Camille Hyytinen (“Damn Cat”)
Linda Koutsky (“Once Upon a Rhyme”)
Mary Monica Pulver (“Night Trip”)
Peter Rennebohm (“Spring Peeper”)

Pat Dennis (“Banned in Grand Rapids”)
Anne Frasier (“Red Cadillac”)
Libby Fischer Hellmann (“Capital Partners”)
David Housewright (“Obsessive Behavior”)
Kent Krueger (“Luck”)
Michael Allan Mallory (“Beware the Flying Moose”)
Marilyn Victor (“Perfect Neighbors”)
Lance Zarimba (“Spring Cleaning”)

Jessie Chandler (“Sweet Spring Revenge”)
Chris Everheart (“Another You”)
Barbara Fister (“Spring Fever”)
Brian Freeman (“From a Cold Place”)
Lori. L. Lake (“A Darker Shade of Green”)
Jess Lourey (“Beauty is in the Eye of the Newt”)
David Oppegaard (“A Fairy Tale for the Incarcerated”)
Scott Pearson (“Clothes Make the Man”)

And be on the lookout for other notorious local authors dropping by throughout the day, some incognito, some using any one of several known aliases, and some appearing as “best supporting author in a cameo role.”. Among those rumored to be appearing: Michael Stanley, Sujata Massey, Julie Kramer, Jenifer LeClair and Erin Hart.

Both the Jordans and myself are bummed that we will be unable to attend, but the fabulous Malmons (Kate and Dan) will be making an appearance and representing the Crimespree family. If you are in the area, you should stop by, it is always a fun time.  If you are unable to attend, be sure to call ahead and reserve a copy of the anthology.