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January - March 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1
 
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MWA, Florida Chapter – Author/Librarian Collaboration

SleuthFest

Lake County librarians have been invited to assist with the planning of a panel for Sleuthfest February 27 – March 2, 2014 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, Bonnet Creek. The first Librarian/Author Mash-Up will be held on Friday, March 1. Questions will be answered from the authors' point of view including how to decide which special events and festivals to attend and what is important to the author? From a librarians view, how libraries select authors and what is the criteria for including books in the library collection. This will be the first collaboration of its kind. The Meet and Greet with MWA authors will be scheduled at the conclusion of Librarians Day day. SleuthFest special guests include the following:

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, and the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ace Atkins is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a nominee for the Edgar award for best novel. A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30. He was recently selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston’s iconic private eye, Spenser.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and winner of 30 Emmys and 12 Murrow awards. A bestselling author of five suspense novels, Ryan’s won the Mary Higgins Clark for The Other Woman, and the Anthony, Macavity and two Agatha awards. Her new thriller, The Wrong Girl is out September 2013 from Forge. She’s on the national board of MWA and president of national Sisters in Crime.

For additional information or to sign up go to www.sleuthfest.com.

The Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America is an organization of published and aspiring authors, editors, agents, screenwriters, readers and other professionals in the crime genre field. The goal of the MWA is to help experienced, professional writers advance their careers and to support new writers on the road to publication.
MWA offers entertaining, educational programs and accomplished speakers at monthly luncheon meetings. Members love to have non-members join in the fun! Topics are intended to interest both published and unpublished authors, as well as other professionals in the fields of writing and publishing. Of course, those who simply appreciate reading a good mystery novel are most welcome, too. Members attend from every corner of the state. The get together typically is on Saturdays, 11:30 am to 2 pm, at the Hilton Hotel, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Interested in having a mystery writer speak at your next function? Many members love to speak at library events, bookstores, and other meetings where we can talk about our books, our research, and our writing lives. You'll find a list here of authors who are willing to speak at events, as well as whatever contact information the author has provided – an email address, a website, etc. http://www.mwaflorida.org/mysterywritertospeakatfunction.htm