Chicago Book Review Best’s includes DEATH AT CHINATOWN!

Chicago Book Review Best Books 2015

Thanks to Chicago Book Review for including DEATH AT CHINATOWN in their best books of 2015. Great way to start 2016 when I hope DEATH AT THE PARIS EXPOSITION will be out!

New England Crime Bake

Elizabeth George interview A Break Final Lineup Historicals panel

NE Crime Bake had a great interview with Elizabeth George, Lots of interesting panels and a final day lineup of advice from Hallie Ephron, Elizabeth George, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Kathy Lynn Emerson and Paula Munier, all of whom have published books about writing

New England Crime Bake

I’ll be heading out to the New England Crime Bake this weekend. Looking forward to meeting local Sisters in Crime and MWA folks. Hope they are as nice as the folks in Chicago. I’ll miss them, but I’ll for sure be back for the Printer’s Row book fest in June.

New England Crime Bake

Printer’s Row Lit Fest June 6 – 7

Printer’s Row Lit Fest is coming up. I’ll be at the Allium Press booth 4-6 PM each day and at the Mystery Writers of America Midwest booth Sat 10-11:30 and Sunday 2:30-4 .

Malice Domestic in Bethesda, First time I went

At Malice Domestic panel on American Historical Mysteries

At Malice Domestic panel on American Historical Mysteries. My first time at Malice Domestic was fun. KB Inglee moderated a panel I was on with Alyssa Maxwell, Eleanor Kuhns and Anna Loan-Wilsey

I got to host a table at the banquet. Thanks to those who joined me.

I got to host a table at the banquet. Thanks to those who joined me.

Of course you can find the Chicago contingent at the bar! It was fun.

Of course you can find the Chicago contingent at the bar! It was fun.

“She said, she said” at Left Coast Crime

For my first trip to Left Coast Crime conference in Portland OR this year, I’ll be on a panel on Friday with Lisa Fernow (Dead on her Feet), Darrell James (Pugatory Key and other Del Shannon novels), Carol Sojka (A Reason to Kill) moderated by Meg Gardiner (China Lake, Evan Delaney novels and other thrillers). I’m also looking forward to a Chinese meal with some readers on Friday night, and perhaps a visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden when I get in before the conference on Wednesday. With Sisters in Crime and MWA Midwest get togethers planned it should be a fun trip. Some of my favorite authors including Steven Saylor, Laurie R. King and Jeffrey Siger will also be on panels. ¬†And 60 degrees in Portland will be a nice change from the frigid Chicago winter that has gone on way too long…

Cook Memorial Public Library District Tues. March 10 DEATH AT CHINATOWN

I’ll be at Cook Memorial Public Library District Tuesday night to do a presentation about Chicago’s Chinatown as portrayed in DEATH AT CHINATOWN. There’s so much more interesting history than can be covered in a novel. The two young Chinese women doctors that Emily meets were real women who had important careers back in China. The 1890’s were a time when American young people like Emily were working on progressive reforms for social ills. At the same time in China young people were going abroad to study and returning with ideas for reform that eventually led to the fall of the Ching dynasty and the 1911 Revolution. At a time when China is once again reaching out to the rest of the world, it’s a good time to remember the struggles that were necessary to reform a society with such ancient roots. It was also a time when Wang Chin Foo was an early activist for Chinese American rights despite the harsh laws that sought to prevent immigration from 1882 until 1943. So it’s a great topic!

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