by Barb who is packing up in Key West and preparing to head north too soon
On April 10, from 7 to 9 pm Jessie, Liz, Edith, and Barb will be at an exciting event in Portland. Maine. Co-sponsored by Print Bookstore and Kensington, the evening is billed as a Cozy Mystery Author Palooza. The event will be held at at local brew pub. Partner vendors will provide delicious beer, drinks and snacks. You can get all the details on Print’s website here.
Rising Tide Brewing
103 Fox Street
Portland, ME 04101
Anne Canadeo, author of KNIT TO KILL
Maddie Day, (Edith Maxwell) author of BISCUITS AND SLASHED BROWNS
Devon Delaney, author of EXPIRATION DATE (out 4/24/18, pre-orders available at the event)
Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of X MARKS THE SCOT
Jessica Ellicott (Jessie Crockett), author of MURDER IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGE
Sally Goldbenbaum, author of MURDER WEARS MITTENS
Leslie Meier, author of BRITISH MANOR MURDER
Liz Mugavero, author of CUSTOM BAKED MURDER
Carlene O’Connor, author of MURDER IN AN IRISH CHURCHYARD
Barbara Ross, author of STOWED AWAY
Misty Simon, author of CREMAINS OF THE DAY
Lea Wait, author of TIGHTENING THE THREADS
We’d love to see our New England peeps there!
So Wickeds, a brew pub is an unexpected place for a cozy mystery signing. What the most unusual author event you’ve participated in–place or any other factor?
Julie: I so wish I could be there to cheer you all on! What a wonderful event, and a great lineup! As to my most unusual place–I need to get on this. So far they’ve been pretty standard, but I aspire to sign in a brew pub, so there’s that. I expect tons of pictures my friends!
Edith: Probably my most unusual event was my dual launch of Called to Justice (written as Edith Maxwell) and When the Grits Hit the Fan (by Maddie Day). I had my two personalities interview each other at a local indy bookstore. It was fun and the audience loved it. And if you don’t get enough great beer at our Portland event, come to my launch party on April 11 in Amesbury! Please see my web site for details.
Jessie: Several years ago I did a murder mystery night event at Zorvino Vineyard in Sandown, NH. The organizers had invited several mystery authors to play roles in the event along with a bunch of seasoned actors. It was a ticketed event and part of what was included was a signed copy of a book by one of the authors. There must have been over two hundred mystery enthusiasts in attendance. I got to play the victim!
Barb: This question caused my mind to travel over a lot of venues. Hard to believe I’ve been at this for 7 and 1/2 years. What I saw was a whole lotta libraries and bookshops, and the occasional auditorium, theater or classroom.No place unusual. I think one of the most unusual things was after my first book, The Death of an Ambitious Woman, was published. When I showed up for a library visit, there was a lovely display with my photo and bio–and no book. “I’m sorry, your book was stolen,” the librarian reported. I didn’t know whether to be insulted or flattered!
Sherry: Have a fantastic time in Portland! The strangest was the time a bookstore put me in the children’s section and I had to keep telling parents not to buy my book for their children. Last week the Centreville Regional Library set up an event for me at the Winery at Bull Run here in Virginia. It was a lot of fun.
Liz: For my very first book launch for Kneading to Die, I did it at The Big Biscuit, the pet bakery in Massachusetts. These are the wonderful people who supply me with recipes for the books. It was such a fun experience – dogs and people abounded, and there was even a doggie cake for Shaggy and her friends. One of my favorite times ever.
Readers: What is the most unusual place you’ve been to or done a book talk?
Let’s see: I’ve given readings at the plantation home of a Founding Father; a working grist mill; an historic courthouse that held a famous abolitionist trial; a Swedish museum during the Tulip Festival; a church-run co-op; a Police Activity League Center; a senior citizens center; art galleries; a public park at dusk; and many bars and taverns. A lot of these readings were accompanied by tours or activities. I love when authors provide something extra, and I can tell you after organizing a couple of reading series that museums and historic sites LOVE to host authors. It brings in visitors, and sometimes they will provide the snacks. Think outside the box!
Great advice, Ramona!
Looks like fabulous fun!
We think it will be, Doris!
Looks like a fun event. Joyce Tremel (whose series is set in a brewpub) would be all over this!
I haven’t done anything truly unusual…yet. 🙂
The unusual event future stretches out in front of you, LIz!
Looks like fun. Wish I could go. Love author events. I’ve never been to any unusual ones. They’ve all been at bookstores, libraries, or hotels for the larger conventions.
We wish you could come, too!
I can’t think of any unusual locations for book events. The ones I’ve gone to have been in bookstores or libraries. Does that make me a boring reader? 😉
Have fun up there, everyone!
Thanks, Mark. We will! (We are going to get you to New England sooner or later.)
I’ve been to New England. Vermont. But it was years ago.
I meant to visit us!
Yes, that is most definitely different. And there is much in New England I would love to explore. Plus, of course, a Wicked book event, of course.
Maybe not all that unusual, but I’ve been to two book events at a country club that served the best chocolate goodies!
I’ve spoken at a couple of country clubs and they were wonderful venues. Beautiful, attentive audiences and great food. (Though I’m always too nervous to eat before I speak.)
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