The Derringer Award finalists for excellence in short crime fiction were announced last week. For all the finalists, in the categories of Flash Fiction, Short Fiction, Long Stories, and Novelettes, check out the Short Mystery Fiction Society website. There are links there, too, for some of the stories.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is present their third annual Festival of Crime writing from March 18 through 28. Authors scheduled to present talks include David Hewson, Simon Brett, Michael Jecks, Paul Doherty, John Harvey, Will Carver, and Quintin Jardine. (Hat tip to ShotsMag).
Thanks to Mystery Fanfare for noting a fun event in Huntington Beach, California, later this month on Saturday, March 29. It's being called the "First Annual Ladies of Intrigue Event Featuring Remarkable Women Mystery Writers," and is presented by the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime. Authors Carolyn Hart and Rhys Bowen are the headline authors, but 15 other fine authors are scheduled to attend and participate in panel discussions.
Are you sick and tired of winter? Take heart (and get ready to read): The Rap Sheet offers up its picks for upcoming spring-publication books for April and May in both the U.S. and the U.K.
The latest issue of Thuglit is out. Edited by Todd Robinson, this edition includes new stories by Eryk Pruitt; Ben Nadler; Edward Hagelstein; Mark Mellon; Ed Kurtz; Terrence McCauley; S.A. Cosby and Aaron Fox-Lerner. Plus, you have your choice of a Kindle or print version.
If you're an aspiring writer of short crime and fiction and want some insights into what editors are seeking, check out this interview with Needle editor Steve Weddle, Thuglit editor Todd Robinson, and Big Click editor Nick Mamatas.
Berkley Prime Crime is celebrating 20 years of publishing cozy mysteries with several special events and promotions throughout the year. Coming up on March 13, Julie Hyzy, Miranda James, and Rebecca Hale will be at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas. Then, on March 25, the Poisoned Pen in Phoenix will host Margaret Coel, Carolyn Hart, Earlene Fowler, and Avery Aames. For more information on these events and more, check out the publisher's Facebook page.
Author Declan Burke noted an interesting opportunity for Irish writers. The Dún Laoghaire library and council are offering a paying part-time writing residency for one year. (Wouldn't it be great to see more of these opportunities at libraries around the world?)
Readers of DorothyL listserv posted their favorite books read (for the first time) during 2013 to the DorothyL list.
This week's featured crime poem at the 5-2 is "The Adjunct Professor's Lament" by Charles Rammelkamp; the latest Beat to a Pulp short fiction offering is "Class Reunion" by Robb White.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Laura Lippman, who visited The Mystery People; Jon Michaelsen interviewed Ellen Hart about her long-running Sophie Greenway series; Scene of the Crime welcomes Sandra Parshall.
We lost another mystery writer recently when Aimee Thurlo passed away in New Mexico following a bout with cancer. Thurlo and her husband wrote over seventy novels, including romantic suspence and three different mystery series.