Two weeks ago I was at Bouchercon along with 2000 readers and writers of crime fiction. This past week-end I was at Creatures, Crimes and Creativity (C3) with 85. They are obviously different events if for no reason other than size, but they are perhaps more alike than different. Both celebrate a love of reading. Both connect readers and writers. (Both have been known to spill over into the bar from time-to-time).

Bouchercon is the largest gathering of fans (and writers) of crime fiction. C3 is a more intimate gathering of the tribe. While I was at C3, I spoke on 2 panels and moderated a third. I did book signings on Friday and again on Saturday. I did video interviews for the Baltimore Public Library and for Booksmart TV. There were keynotes and interviews, panels and master classes. There was the almost non-stop exchange of ideas in the hallway and in the bar. All that, and fun too. I caught up with old friends and made new ones as well. Here are a few photos from my week-end at C3.

The mystery community has spent a good bit of time in recent years discussing the importance of supporting a diverse community of writers. At the risk of sounding preachy, C3 is an example of the good things that can happen when you bring together a diverse community of writers and invite them to share their knowledge and experience.


It’s unclear to me why Paul Bunyan made page 1 of today’s New York Times. But buried in the news story, there is one item that seems worthy of our attention. In Bemidji, MN, there is an 18 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan. Until 2014, whenever the Shriners came to Bemidji, the Paul Bunyan statue wore a fez. Then the City Council deemed the practice to be undignified. Now, the Shriners have a four foot fez and no suitable head to wear it. (I have often commented on my own grotesquely oversized head, but even I can’t sport a four foot fez). So I’m putting it out for your consideration. Where should the Shriners put their four foot fez?

Burstein Scholarship

Aspiring mystery writers in CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA and WV have two weeks left to submit an application.

The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating. It was named for Leon B. Burstein, an avid mystery fan, that more work in his favorite genre might be created.

The application deadline is August 3, 2016.

Burstein Scholarship


Noir at the Bar – NYC


My friend Suzanne promises “hot noir, cool bar.” I’m inclined to agree. My contribution to the evening is rounding into shape. A bit of suburban paranormal noir. Next Sunday night. Shade Bar. NYC. Be there. You’ve been warned.