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Monday, October 6, 2014

October Events - Boston Book Festival and More

Writing can be a solitary adventure, so when the opportunity comes to get out and meet folks, I always jump at the chance.

On Saturday, October 25, you will find me at the Sisters in Crime booth at the Boston Book Festival from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. I'm excited about this event for a couple of reasons. First, Sisters in Crime is an incredible organization that supports mystery, crime, thriller and suspense writers. Contrary to what the name suggests, men are included as long as they are fully in touch with their inner woman. Just kidding about the inner woman part. Writers like Ray Daniel, Dale T. Phillips and Craig Johnson are very involved with SinC. I belong to both the national SinC and Sisters in Crime, New England chapter and am a member of their speakers bureau. I strongly encourage you to check them out. Secondly, Boston Book Festival is a FREE event promoting and celebrating a culture of reading. What better way to spend a Saturday than to meet authors, listen to fascinating speakers and check out the new releases!


Ah, yes, and if you're a Jungle Red Writers blog reader, I know you'll be happy with this inside information.

But, I've gotten ahead of myself. Before then, I'll be at the New England Library Association Conference in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Again, you'll find me with the Sisters in Crime folks on Monday, October 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. I'm excited to be with Deborah Doucette, author of acclaimed The Forgotten Roses and Kate Flora, author of Finding Amy, an Edgar award nominee, and the just released Death Dealer. Kate and I share the "former-lawyer-but-still-a-nice-person-turned-writer" turf, so our conversation should be pretty lively. Hope you join us!

By the way, if you think librarians are a stodgy bunch, think again. NELA's programs bring librarians together to brain storm and share best practices of community support and outreach. Local libraries are more than just a place to check out books. Many offer children and after school programs, internet access and classes for seniors, speaker series, yoga classes and much more. They 'talk the talk' and 'walk the walk' of ways to enrich our lives and should be something you're very familiar with. My husband was a library trustee in our little town and I encourage your involvement!