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Make Time in Your Month for HOUSE ARREST!

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Since June of 2020, the Speakers Bureau of Sisters in Crime/LA has brought together members of our Speakers Bureau, along with special guests, for a fun-filled night on Zoom every month called HOUSE ARREST. Experience readings and more as we celebrate and elevate female crime authors and those who support them. Watch the site for additional dates.

Sisters in Crime/LA Speakers Bureau Highlights for 2019

  • SISTERS IN CRIME PANEL FOR VENICE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE AND ANNUAL MEETING: Sisters in Crime/LA members Anne Louise Bannon, Ellen Byron, and Sarah M. Chen discussed “The Funny Side of Murder” as a panel as part of the Venice Friends of the Library Open House and Annual Meeting. This event was October 10th, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Venice Library Community Room, S. 501 Venice Blvd in Venice, with the panel beginning at 6:00 PM. See the Venice Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
  • TWO FATALLY HAUNTED ANTHOLOGY EVENTS IN AUGUST: AUGUST 10TH, 2019 FROM 1-3PM – Gatsby’s Books, 5535 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90808 and AUGUST 17TH, 2019, FROM 2-4PM – Hyde Park Library, 2205 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
  • FATALLY HAUNTED ANTHOLOGY PRE-RELEASE EVENT! Before the FATALLY HAUNTED anthology was officially released April 29th, 2019, people got the chance to meet some of the included authors as part of the Annual Author’s Forum at the Donald Bruce Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library on April 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. The forum will be moderated by Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon and showcased authors Julia Bricklin, Tony Chiachiaro, B.J. Graf, A.P. Jamison, Gobind Tanaka and Jennifer Younger.
  • MAY 18, 2019 – Sisters in Crime/LA participated in LitFest Pasadena from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Panelists Janet Elizabeth Lynn, Sybil Johnson, GB Pool and Nancy Cole Silverman discussed “Three Shades of Mystery: From Cozy to Dark Mysteries” in a panel moderated by Anne Louise Bannon. The panel is described as: “Come hear a panel of mystery authors discuss why they choose to write the genre they do. From soft, cozy mysteries to hard boiled murder mysteries they will reveal where they get their soft and dark inspiration.” Find more details at the LitFest Pasadena website.
  • In partnership with the Independent Writers of Southern California, members Betty Hetchman, David Putnam and Patricia Smiley appeared on a panel on “Solving the Mystery of Writing Good Mysteries” on March 25, 2019, in Culver City.
  • On April 9, 2019, at noon, authors Matt Coyle, Jill Amadio, Pamela Samuels Young, and Jeri Westerson appeared at the Artesia Library. Anne Louise Bannon will moderate. The topic was “How We Write Mysteries”.

 

FATALLY HAUNTED Authors At Brentwood Library Authors Forum

As a “pre-release” event for FATALLY HAUNTED, six authors from the anthology appeared at the annual Authors Forum for the Donald Bruce Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library in Los Angeles. Many thanks to Mary Ann Garvey and the Friends of the Library for not only asking Sisters in Crime/LA to appear, but also for asking authors from our prior anthologies to be part of this event.

The forum moderated by Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon showcased authors Julia Bricklin, Tony Chiarchiaro, B.J. Graf, A.P. Jamison, Gobind Tanaka and Jennifer Younger.

Copies of the anthology, with a wide release date to the public of April 29th, were available for sale and signing. Attendees appreciated the chance to get to hear and speak from those who were part of our anthology.

Sisters in Crime/LA Speakers Bureau Highlights for 2018

August 20, 2018 – SISTERS IN CRIME/LA PRESENTS LAST RESORT as Pasadena City Library – Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is a local chapter of an organization dedicated to the advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. The Los Angeles chapter publishes biennial anthologies. People came to hear from 10 authors who appeared in the LAst Resort anthology about their individual experiences, and why the City of Angels served as an excellent backdrop for crime and mystery fiction. The event was moderated by Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon and showcased Avril Adams, Paula Bernstein, Lynne Bronstein, Sarah M. Chen, L.H. Dillman, Wrona Gall, Cyndra Gernet, Melinda Loomis, Georgia Jeffries, Laurie Stevens, and Mae Woods.


On July 28, 2018, authors Jill Amadio (Digging Up The Dead), Janet Elizabeth Lynn (South of the Pier), and Will Zeilinger (co-author, Slick Deal, with Janet Elizabeth Lynn) appeared on a panel called “Mysteries Can Take You Everywhere” about telling mysteries stories in different times and places, and the challenges of placing characters in geographic locations to which they are not accustomed. The event was moderated by board member Shannon Muir, who authors short stories.


On May 19, 2018, as part of LitFest Pasadena, Anne Louise Bannon (Death of the Zanjero), Pamela Samuels Young (Abuse of Discretion), and Connie DiMarco (The Madness of Mercury) led workshop participants through the process of creating a fully-realized character, taking into account some of the issues faced by a female crime fighter.


Moderator Lida Sideris led panelists Connie DiMarco, Sheila Lowe and Catherine Pelonero about how they got around to it in “Someday I’ll Write a Novel” at the Culver City Library on April 14, 2018.

SISTERS IN CRIME LOS ANGELES PRESENTS LAST RESORT at the Pasadena Central Library

SISTERS IN CRIME LOS ANGELES PRESENTS LAST RESORT at the Pasadena Central Library

SEPTEMBER 13 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM –

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is a local chapter of an organization dedicated to the advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. The Los Angeles chapter publishes biennial anthologies. Come hear from 10 authors who appeared in the LAst Resort anthology about their individual experiences, and why the City of Angels serves as an excellent backdrop for crime and mystery fiction. The event will be moderated by Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon and will showcase Avril Adams, Paula Bernstein, Lynne Bronstein, Sarah M. Chen, L.H. Dillman, Wrona Gall, Cyndra Gernet, Melinda Loomis, Georgia Jeffries, Laurie Stevens, and Mae Woods. More information is available at the City of Pasadena website.

Become Part of the Speakers Bureau!

The Speakers Bureau of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a benefit for members of the organization that helps match authors with speaking opportunities at libraries and other community events. If you are a current member in both Sisters in Crime National, as well as Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, find out more on the Speakers Bureau page of the website.

Here’s a look back at events from 2017 and 2016 to give you an idea of what the Speakers Bureau does.


SinC/LA’s Laurie Stevens, Anne Louise Bannon, Nancy Cole Silverman, Will Zeilinger, and Janet Lynn wowed the crowd at Blastoff Comics & Books for the 5th Annual  Lit Crawl L.A. on October 25, 2017 in the NoHo Arts District.


SinC/LA Speakers Bureau at the Whittier Library, October 12, 2016


SinC/LA Speakers Bureau Crime Fiction Panelists Glen Erik Hamilton, Jim Ziskin, Nancy Cole Silverman, Andrew Jetarski (M), and Patty Smiley at the Kaufman Library in Brentwood, April 16, 2016—event sponsored by Friends of the Kaufman Library.

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