April 28-29, 2018
Bay Area Book Festival
A festival, for and about books—panels, talks, Noir at the Bar, crafts, guest writers, and more.
Mystery & Thriller events:
Saturday, 10 AM: “Murder She Writes: Catherine Coulter Talks with Laurie R. King,” Hotel Shattuck Plaza: Crystal Ballroom (Buy tickets)
Saturday, 11:45 AM: “Insider, Outsider: Do PIs or Cops Do It Better?” with Cara Black, Candice Fox, Matt Goldman, and Rachel Howzell Hall, moderated by Bill Petrocelli; Hotel Shattuck Plaza: Crystal Ballroom (Buy tickets)
Saturday, 1:30 PM: “Women Plot the Crime” with Sara Blaedel, Anne Holt, and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Cara Black; Hotel Shattuck Plaza: Crystal Ballroom (Buy tickets)
Saturday, 5 PM: “Noir at the Bar: A Flight of Mystery! Sampling Bay Area Writers of Murder and Mayhem, with Drinks” with Lillian Bell, Cara Black, Ellison Cooper, Reece Hirsch, Beth McMullen, Kelli Stanley and Domenic Stansberry, emceed by Sheldon Siegel; The Marsh – Cabaret (Buy tickets)
Sunday, 2 PM: “Nordic Noir: The Enduring Genre of Cold Climate Thrillers” with Sara Blaedel, Anne Holt, Karo Hämäläinen, Steffen Jacobsen, and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Randal Brandt; Magnes Museum (Buy tickets)
May 19, 2018
Good Cop, Bad Daughter
4:30-6:30 PM at Book Passage, Corte Madera
Karen Lynch was a Homicide Investigator for San Francisco Police Department, and prior to being promoted, worked as a patrol officer for nine years. After 29 years of police work, and a bout with breast cancer, she retired to become a full time writer. Her memoir, Good Cop, Bad Daughter—Memoirs of an Unlikely Police Officer, is the story of how being raised by a bi-polar mother, and a tribe of hippies provided Karen the perfect training to become a cop.
She is a native San Franciscan, and proud Cal Bear. She has been married to Greg for 25 years, and they have three children. Their youngest, a daughter, was the subject of an award winning essay, “The Road to Kyra.”
June 2, 2018
Prisoners’ Literacy Event
12-2:30 PM in the Edgewater Room, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito
(City parking lot!)
MWA NorCal and Sisters in Crime will co-host a panel discussion on prisoner literacy and human development, beginning with a potluck gathering. Joining us to speak of their San Quentin volunteer work are Ms. Carter Schwonke (novelist and literacy volunteer at San Quentin) and Mr. Brian Cahill (writer on religion and public policy, volunteer in prison ministry, and former executive director of San Francisco Catholic Charities). Panel to be moderated by SinC NorCal president, Diana Chambers.
The Prisoners’ Literature Project is an all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books directly to prisoners who request them from throughout the United States.
Summer Mystery Reading for Kids
Time, writers, and location(s) to come
Kids’ mysteries by kids’ mystery writers! One or more panels of YA / Middle school writers talking to their reader. If you’re a kids’ author and want to get involved, let us know!
Time & place to come
Jane Friedman, co-founder of the Hot Sheet, has two decades of expertise in digital media strategy for writers. Her blog addresses a myriad of challenges that writers have, from websites and agents to POV and screenwriting: if it’s about writing, Jane has a suggestion for you.
September 22, 2018
Save the date for a lunchtime MWA get-together with speaker. More to come.
October 20-26, 2018
Mystery Week returns! Across the chapter area, lots of our members in events and on panels—hope you can join us.