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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Monday, March 9, 2020

PLA Diary

by Shari Randall

The common pronunciation of the Public Library Association’s acronym is P-L-A, very close to the word “play.” I attended the PLA Conference in Nashville last week and if you like books, libraries, and authors, the conference is a playground of ideas.

Sisters in Crime Cari Dubiel, VM Burns, and me
The speakers - Tracy Abrams, Samantha Bee, Soledad O’Brien, Haben Girma, Erik Larson, Dr. Bettina Love, Ann Patchett -- were inspiring, informative, and intriguing. The field trips (tours of the Nashville Public Library, Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium), scores of panels, and book buzz presentations served up ideas as enticing and filling as the brisket at Martin’s BBQ. Panels ranged from serious subjects like serving patrons with dementia, information literacy, and the dark web, to making recycled book flowers and how to have a library cat.

Then there were the unofficial events…bull riding at Old Smoky, art crawls, hockey meet ups. Some in the Nashville media were taken aback by the fun loving nature of the conference attendees, but anyone who knows librarians wasn’t surprised. Librarians are a fun-loving bunch.

Free ARCS and author signings were everywhere. The eight thousand five hundred librarians were enticed into the Exhibit Hall by giveaways of tote bags printed with “Audio books are not cheating” and “My weekend is all booked,” free espresso, Plinko for prizes, and milk and cookies.

Ravenclaws rule!
Book stacks everywhere
Alana White with librarians from Kenya

One exhibit featured a program that makes it look like you’ve stepped into the world of Harry Potter. Depending on one’s Hogwarts “house,” a visitor to the booth can step into a simulation of a scene from the HP universe. Through computer magic, Ravenclaws like me were able to visit the Hogwarts library.

Because PLA was in Nashville, country music filled the air and country stars – or their lookalikes -- were everywhere. Conferencegoers could have their pics taken with “Dolly” and “Johnny.” The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Old Opry, and Music Row were all steps away.

I organized the Sisters in Crime booth and was pleased to meet so many volunteers from not only the local Tennessee chapters but also authors who traveled from around the country to help spread the word about SINC. The best part was all the ideas exchanged and connections made. 

The day after I returned home I heard the awful news about the Nashville tornadoes. From what I saw of the people of Nashville, I know they’ll pull together to make whole the city they love. I was proud to know that PLA was one of the first organizations to reach out to the city to offer help. If you’d like to help, here’s a link: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/how-to-help-victims-of-the-middle-tennessee-tornado

What’s your favorite conference? Why do you love it?


Annette said...

I helped man our local Sisters in Crime chapter's booth at a Pennsylvania Library event a couple of years ago. So much fun and so many books!

I fell in love with Nashville several years ago when I went for Killer Nashville. My heart breaks for those who lost so much in the tornado.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I'm excited for Killer Nashville this summer.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Annette, I fell hard for Nashville, too. The only good news is that friends there say the community is really rallying around those who have lost their homes.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Margaret,
I've heard people love KN! I have to check it out!

KM Rockwood said...

I love going to conferences and seeing people I otherwise only "see" on line.

These days, I don't get to as many as I'd like, but I hope to get to some in the near future. Malice Domestic is tops on my list.

Susan said...

I love that book stack. There's nothing like going to a conference with other people who love and cherish books!