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VIDEO: GOLDEN AGE OF MYSTERIES PANEL

The MWA-NY Library Committee branched out with an inaugural event at the historic New York Society Library on September 21st with an author panel themed The Golden Age of Mysteries: Tracing the Bloodline of Crime Fiction. Co-sponsored by MWA-NY and the NYSL, the panel included Charles Ardai, Julia Dahl, Elizabeth Zelvin, and Parnell Hall (just four days from winning the 2016 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Short Story at Bouchercon), and was led by moderator Joseph Goodrich. The legendary setting was a natural fit. As Carolyn Waters, head librarian, and Sara Holliday, events coordinator, pointed out, the great authors who fueled the discussion—from Christie to Chandler to Sayers, Allingham, Hammett and beyond—live in the library’s vast collection. If you couldn't make it, the New York Society Library has graciously provided a…

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A COZY KLATCH: INSIDE THE UPCOMING BONES & SCONES READING

One of the many challenges for public libraries today is attracting community interest. Building engagement with local communities through fun, educational, and relevant programs that bring people together at no cost to the public is a tall order. As an employee of two public libraries in New Jersey, I talk with library staff about this […]

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Slicing the Salami: How to Stop Procastinating and Write

Over the years, people have frequently asked me if the time I spent in the magazine business — I ran five national magazines, including Cosmopolitan, for 14 years — was good preparation for my career as a mystery and thriller writer. My guess is that being a former prosecutor, cop, or private eye would have […]

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SO HARD, SO NOIR: CHARLES ARDAI

CHARLES ARDAI is one of those people whose energy, acuity, and achievements make you wonder what the heck you’ve been doing with your life. He’s won the Edgar, Shamus and Ellery Queen Awards, plus he is the author of five novels, including Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence. As the founding editor of the acclaimed pulp fiction […]

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