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The week in review

If I’m going to start blogging again, I have to remember to take photos. Because this would be an easy blog to publish, if I posted a series of captioned photos. But I didn’t. So I can’t.

So, anyway, last Tuesday after work, I jumped on a train to Manhattan and got to the Mysterious Bookshop in time for the launch party for Annamaria Alfieri and Sujata Massey. It was great listening to these two authors of historical mysteries compare notes on how they research and recreate their historical settings – in Sujata’s new book, The Widows of Malabar Hill, Bombay in the 1920s and in Annamaria’s latest book, The Blasphemers, colonial Africa in roughly the same time period. If you’re a fan of historical mysteries, I recommend both books.

Wednesday after work, it was another train ride to Manhattan for the monthly meeting of the NY chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Somehow, the meeting was different, and not only because of the fabulous guest speaker. Damon Suede, author of “gay romance and homoerotic fiction” joined us to discuss author branding. We left the meeting with a renewed sense of what it takes to create your brand. But, at least for me, that’s not what made the monthly meeting different. Did I mention? I’ve been elected Chapter President for the New York region of the Mystery Writers of America.

On Friday, it was back to Manhattan for a fabulous week-end with an extraordinary group of writers. As the new President of the NY region, I have the privilege of serving on the National Board. This week-end was the annual meeting and the orientation of new Board members. It is a privilege I don’t take lightly.

Heaven help us all!

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