The International Thriller Writers has added a special FBI pre-conference workshop titled, "Today's FBI: Crime Essentials For Writers." Participants will hear from FBI experts in cyber crime, international terrorism, criminal investigations, and more. The event is scheduled for July 8th and capacity is limited, so contact ThrillerFest Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Finalists for the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards in the Mystery/Suspense category were announced and include Ripped – A Jack the Ripper Time-Travel Thriller, by Shelly Dickson Carr (New Book Partners); Run To Ground, by D.P. Lyle (Oceanview Publishing); and The Unkindness of Strangers, by Peter S. Fischer (The Grove Point Press). The annual award recognizes excellence in independent publishing.
Pop Culture Nerd is sponsoring the third annual Stalker Awards, in honor of May being Mystery Month and June being International Crime Month. The awards are handed out to crime novels you're obsessed with and the authors who write them. Categories range from Novel You Shoved Most Often in People's Faces to Most Scene-Stealing Supporting Character. Anyone can vote, via the website form.
The annual Crimefest Convention held at Bristol in the UK is coming up next week, from May 30 through June 2. Dozens of bestselling authors will attend including Toastmaster Robert Goddard, Lindsey Davis, Jeffery Deaver, Sophie Hannah, David Hewson, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Denise Mina and Dana Stabenow. Although the event is sold out, you can still take advantage of Non-Attending Registration, which will snag you the delegate goodie bag and conference program sent via mail.
This week's featured story at Beat to a Pulp is "Bid Time Return" by Nik Morton.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Ali Karim at the Rap Sheet chatting with private eye thriller writer Thomas Kaufman about his novels and recently released eBook collection Erased and Other Stories; Declan Burke quizzes Chris Allen; and Mark Pryor joins The Mystery People to talk about his new release, The Crypt Thief.