Last weekend’s When Words Collide writers and readers conference was a blast. I took in activities for three days, but managed to pace myself so that I didn’t feel exhausted at the end. I sat on two panels, read from my short story in the crime writing anthology, AB Negative, stayed up past my bedtime for two parties and attended numerous sessions where I picked up tips and insights into writing and publishing. I’ve already registered for next year – only $45 if you sign up by December.
Calgary’s When Words Collide writing conference is less than a week away. I’ll be sure to get there in time for the keynote addresses on Friday night (August 14th). These are always a great introduction to the conference’s special guests and are sometimes quite creative. If I’m up to it, I’ll stay on for the Noir Bar Evening Social in the hotel’s Boomtown Lounge.
My events are all scheduled for Saturday, August 15th. At noon, I’ll be moderating a panel on Does the Mystery Protagonist Drive the Novel? – my first experience as a panel moderator. At 2:00 PM, I’ll be reading from my short story “Freezer Breakdown” at the book social for the Alberta crime anthology, AB Negative. Then at 3:00 PM, I’m on a panel that will discuss Thrillers vs. Traditional Mysteries. Again, if my energy sustains I’ll attend the Crime Writers Fandango party that evening.
For the rest of the weekend, I’ll be free to chat with people I run into, browse the booksellers’ tables and attend sessions that strike my fancy. I’ve looked at the WWC program and, as always, it will be hard to choose from the varied and exciting offerings.
In today’s Calgary Herald, Eric Volmers wrote a great piece about AB Negative, the new Alberta Crime Anthology that will be launched this Tuesday at Owl’s Nest Bookstore. There’s even a line in it about me. I hope to see you at Owl’s Nest this week.
On Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 PM, I’ll be at Owl’s Nest Bookstore in Calgary to help celebrate the launch of the new Canadian crime anthology AB Negative (Coffin Hop Press). Alberta crime short stories by Alberta authors. Joining me will be contributing writers Jayne Barnard, Robert Bose, Axel Howerton, Brent Nichols and Randy McCharles. I’m thrilled to be part of the pack.
Owl’s Nest Bookstore, 815A 49th Avenue SW (Britannia Shopping Plaza), Calgary. Tues, August 4, 7:00 PM. For more information, phone Owl’s Nest: 403-287-9557 or email: email@example.com. Free. Everyone welcome.
In this week’s post about author John Ballem’s story featuring the Stampede parade, Shaun Hunter makes a connection to a former Canadian prime minister. On Friday, I enjoyed the parade in shady comfort despite the heat. With a federal election coming up this fall, all the leaders of the major parties are in town. If any rode in the parade, I missed them.
Check out my friend Shaun Hunter’s new blog series about Calgary through the eyes of writers.