- Several mystery authors will be in Boone, North Carolina at the High County Festival of the Book this weekend. There's a great panel on Saturday morning, the topic, Murder Goes South Mystery Panel: Why Mysteries Set in the South Sizzle with Wendy Dingwall, Cathy Pickens, Jane Tesh and Glen Bruce. In the afternoon, To Die in Dixie: Why Southerners Make Great Corpses features authors Maggie Bishop, Larissa Reinhart, Philip Depoy and Gayle Trent.
- Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire series, will be at the Jackson Hole Writer's Conference in Wyoming June 27th through the 29th. He's doing a workshop on Friday, Writing Adventures in Television. By sheer coincidence, the second season of Longmire started just a few weeks ago. What timing this guy has, huh?
Independent Bookstore Opens in Madison, Wisconsin
Good news for book lovers: Joanne Berg has just opened shop with a new bookstore, Mystery To Me. The grand opening featured a sidewalk draped with police crime scene tape. Read more in the article from the Wisconsin State Journal. We wish her new business all the best!
Dana Sitar has uploaded a new video interview with C. Hope Clark, author of the The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lots of great advice for new writers in this video.
Perigee Full Moon This Weekend
The moon will make its closest swing by the earth this weekend, giving us spectacular views. The Super Moon will not get this close again until August 2014. Full moons have always played an important role in human history, from religious ceremonies, influences on the tides, and a belief that human behavior is affected, usually in a negative way. One of the most infamous cases of crimes occurring during a full moon happened in Italy. From 1968 to 1985, at least 16 victims were murdered and mutilated by the Monster of Florence. A suspect was arrested but died before he could be convicted, although two associates were found guilty of some of the murders. The Italian police investigated over 100,000 suspects during their search.