Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Malice Domestic and the Festival of Mystery
I spent a few days in mystery writers’ heaven last week.
First, I attended Malice Domestic, an annual celebration of traditional mysteries in
Bethesda, Maryland, near Writers and fans plus industry professionals
all gather together to learn more about who’s writing what and to meet and
network with one another. I had a great time there, including
participating on a panel called--what else?--Must Love Dogs! Washington, D.C.
From there, I headed to
where I grew up, for the annual Festival of Mystery, which is timed to follow
Malice. It’s presented by the Mystery
Lovers Bookshop. Before the Festival, a
local library holds a delightful tea.
The Festival itself is delightfully crowded with mystery writers, and
lots of fans who talk with us and buy books galore! Pittsburgh
I’d been quite concerned before heading to the Festival of Mystery this year. The wonderful owners of the Mystery Lovers Bookshop had publicly announced that they wanted to sell the store to have more time for family and travel. In these days of so many bookstores closing, I was afraid that boded the end for this one, too. Not so! They found a perfect buyer with a background as a librarian and bookseller, who was moving to the
area to be closer to family. She was at all of the events, including the
pizza party at the bookstore after the Festival, meeting people and learning
all about the Festival--which I hope she’ll continue in the future, too. Pittsburgh
One of the best things about both events, by the way, was being able to see some of my blog sisters in person!
Now I’m back home in
Lots of catching up to do with my writing,
but the trip was definitely worth it. L.A.
What writers’ or readers’ events are close to where you live--and which ones do you travel to?