2019 EVENTS 

As hard as I try, I don't always keep this page current. I'm better at keeping my Facebook page and my blog up to date, so check there for more information! 

As president of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, I want to meet as many readers and writers in our beautiful six states as possible! Will I be close by? I'd love to meet you! Still too far to travel? Ask your local library or book store to invite me! I promise to bring some author pals!

July 10, 7 - 9 pm, Maynard Public Library, Maynard, MA

Mystery Making: In this interactive workshop, mystery authors representing different sub-genres, including cozy/traditional and thriller/suspense, will brainstorm on their feet to create a brand new mystery using suggestions provided by the audience. Fun, fast-paced, and fascinating, this improv game offers important insights into mystery writers’ minds and the conventions of the genre.

Authors Kate Flora, Connie Johnson Hambley, and Clea Simon will commit and solve a crime all while weaving together clues, motives, and characters supplied by the audience.

July 17, West Hartford, CT, private Road Trip event

July 26-28, Bookstock Literary Festival, Woodstock, VT: Sisters in Crime New England will be at the Bookstock Literary Festival, Vermont's premier festival of words! See you there!

August 5, Windsor, VT, private Road Trip event

September 10, 7 - 9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME: Mystery Making! Authors Connie Johnson Hambley, Edith Maxwell, and Dick Cass will commit and solve a crime all while weaving a story with clues and characters given to them by the audience!

25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA AND WORKSHOP

April 6, 2019 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Concord Colonial Inn, Concord, MA

More information: www.sincne.org

Whoo Hoo! Our New England chapter of Sisters in Crime will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala luncheon and workshop on taking control of your writing career! I'm so proud to be the president of this amazing organization.

 

Come! Learn! Network! Eat! Laugh!

CRIMECONN: LAWYERS, GUNS, AND MONEY

May 18, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

This annual event in Connecticut is a crime fan favorite. The day long conference brings together fans and writers of the best crime fiction. I'll be speaking on a panel with other lawyers who write with Anthony Franze and Charles Salzberg. Richie Narvaez, past president of MWA NYC chapter, is moderating what is sure to be a lively discussion!

MYSTERY MAKING PANEL!

May 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Freethinkers Corner Bookstore, Dover, NH

 

Murder and mayhem on the spur of the moment! Audience members provide characters, setting, motives, and more and the authors create the crimes! Joining me as panelists for this fun, fast-placed interactive work shop in which authors from different mystery sub-genres create plots using information supplied by the audience, will be Charlene D’Avanzo, Toni Kelner, and Dale Phillips.

MAINE CRIME WAVE CONFERENCE

May 31 - June 2

Glickman Library, Portland, ME

More information here.

A daylong writer’s conference at the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library in Portland includes panel discussions, theme-specific craft sessions, and more

WHERE: Ipswich Public Library

           25 North Main Street

           Ipswich, MA 01938

DATE:   Sunday, March 10, 2019

TIME:    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mystery Making: In this interactive workshop, four Sisters in Crime mystery authors representing different sub-genres, including cozy/traditional and thriller/suspense, will brainstorm on their feet to create a brand new mystery using suggestions provided by the audience. Fun, fast-paced, and fascinating, this improv game offers important insights into mystery writers’ minds and the conventions of the genre.

Panelists for Mystery Making will be:
Elisabeth Elo: Elisabeth's suspense novel, North of Boston, was named one of Booklist's Best Crime Novels, 2014 and was published in six countries. Elisabeth’s new thriller, Finding Irina M, will be released in March 2019 from Polis Books. Elisabeth has worked as an editor, an advertising copywriter, a high-tech project manager, and a halfway house counselor before earning a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis University. Since then, she's taught writing and literature at colleges in the Boston area. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, and a comic novel, Save Your Own, was published in 2006 under the name Elisabeth Brink. Elisabeth lived near the ocean for many years and now resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Connie Johnson Hambley: A former lawyer, Connie has been a featured columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and an invited contributor to Nature, MassHighTech and other journals, but her passion is writing great suspense. Two of Connie’s independently published novels in The Jessica Trilogy won the Best English Fiction literary award at the EQUUS International Film Festival in New York City. Her short stories appear in New England’s Best Crime Stories: Windward and Snowbound, published by Level Best Books in 2016 and 2017, and in an upcoming issue of Mystery Weekly magazine. Connie is a Featured Speaker and Vice President of Sisters in Crime New England and a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Edith Maxwell: Macavity- and Agatha-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies, and she is honored to serve as President of Sisters in Crime New England. A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, gardens, and wastes time as a Facebook addict north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, Killer Characters, and at Under Cover of Midnight.

Toni L.P. Kelner: As Toni L.P. Kelner, she's the author of the eight Laura Fleming mysteries and the three books in the "Where are they now?" series. She also co-edits urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Their most recent is AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE, and GAMES CREATURES PLAY will be released in April 2014. Kelner will be solo editing her first anthology with DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, stories set in Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse world. In between novels and short stories, she sneaks in short stories about pirates, PIs, zombies, and demonic phone calls. As Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton series featuring a walking talking skeleton named Sid. The series debuted with A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY in September 2013, and THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW is due out in September 2014.

November 9 - 11

Woburn Hilton

Woburn, Massachusetts

November 9 - 11

Woburn Hilton

Woburn, Massachusetts

Annual Writers' Conference sponsored by the New England chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Guest of Honor this year is the award-winning and iconic author Walter Mosley.

For fans of mysteries, it's an incredible event to meet favorite authors.

For authors, there is no better place than to be among your tribe!

November 8 - 11

The Big E

Springfield, Massachusetts

This annual event is a MUST for all horse lovers. I'll be meeting and greeting fans all day on Thursday at Taborton Books. 

July 27 - 29

On the Green

Woodstock, Vermont

 

 

Meet and greet your favorite mystery and thriller authors on the green in front of the Woodstock Inn! The lit fest starts on Friday with a full program of events through the weekend. Poets, essayists, journalists and, of course, fiction writers will mix, mingle and connect with readers.

 

Sisters in Crime New England will have a bevy of authors there. Stop by and load up on your late summer reading with a few signed books.

Sisters in Crime New England authors will be signing their books at an exclusive event hosted by Barnes & Noble. Meet the authors of your favorite mysteries and thrillers, chat, and stock up on your summer reading with books that keep working even when encrusted with sand! 

Saturday,  JUNE 30, 2018

Time Noon-4 P.M.

Place: Barnes and Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore           

18 FRONT STREET, Hartford, Ct. 06103  

Marian Lanouette

Coralie Jensen

Ursula Wang

Steve Liskow

Katy Lee

Robin Ray

Sharon Yang

Mark Dressler

Penny Goetjen

Kathy Orzech

Connie Johnson Hambley

Jane Haertel

Maureen Boyle

Lisa Lieberman 

Women authors of Best New England Crime Stories discuss why they enjoy writing female protagonists as murderers. Join Sharon Daynard and Connie Johnson Hambley, with Christine Bagley as Moderator, as they make you laugh - and your skin crawl…


When: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Where: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA


Want some insight into the authors' evil minds? Read Christine's "On a Winter's Night", Sharon's "Ghosting Mrs. Muir," and Connie's "Black Ice" in Level Best Books' newest anthology, SNOWBOUND.


Also, treat yourself to WINDWARD featuring Christine's "The Burren," and Connie's "Giving Voice."

LEAGUE OF VERMONT WRITERS ANNUAL MEETING

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT

Join me at the League of Vermont Writers meeting as I talk about the Legal Constructs of a Great Mystery.

Writing a legal thriller or creating a tight mystery have more in common than you think. Attorney and author Connie Johnson Hambley will talk about constructing a great thriller using a legal mindset where the discerning reader is treated like carnivorous opposing counsel–each word counts and pacing matters. Oh, and are you going to write a legal thriller? Connie will give tips and insights into making sure you get your law right and sharpening the suspense through the use of facts and precedent. Don’t worry about not going to law school, short cuts and resources will be provided to make sure you’re writing the best stories possible.

 

Connie Johnson Hambley

- Author of tense twisting thrillers with a strong moral code -

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