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To accommodate social distancing guidelines, SISTERS IN CRIME/LA is now able to provide speakers for your virtual events at libraries, book clubs, and more!  We can appear on your platform of choice, or speak to us about bringing our platform to you if needed. Details of what we can offer are below, and our services are free of charge. Contact our Speakers Bureau Director at [email protected] for more information.



The Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Speakers Bureau provides local libraries, book clubs, and organizations an array of authors to speak on the art and craft of writing the mystery/crime genre. We offer panels, lectures, discussions, or other ideas to suit your needs.

When we build a complete panel for you, panels are generally three to five authors, plus a moderator. Please let us know room capacity and any specific interests of the intended audience to help us craft the right event for you when first contacting us to set up an event.

Sample panel topics include, but are not limited to, the below – if you have something that is a need to your specific audience let us know and we will try our best to meet your need:


  • Cherchez la Femme: The challenges and delights of writing a female sleuth.
  • It’s a Mystery to Us: The writing process—where ideas come from, how characters are created, and how the book gets written
  • I Think I’ll Write a Book (Someday): How to get started on the road to publication
  • Just the Facts: The importance of clues and details and how they lead to cracking the case in mystery and crime writing, along with the research techniques to make crime writing believable
  • What Makes a Mystery Series Work?: Mystery series with multiple books are popular, but how do writers keep things fresh while keeping the series characters readers love?



Additionally, we can set up panels based around our latest biennial anthology, FATALLY HAUNTED. The anthology is a benefit to members of our chapter, and for some their first publication experience. In this case, we will invite all authors to participate in a panel, and as many as can come will be a part of the event. We also provide the moderator. Additionally, if a group wants to read our latest anthology FATALLY HAUNTED and invite some authors to a venue as part of an event, this is also an option – let us know the venue, date and time you are interested in and also take a look at the Discussion Questions featured on our Anthologies page.


HOW TO BOOK: SinC/LA published authors are available for events large and small throughout the greater Los Angeles area. To book an event at your venue—free of charge—contact our Speakers Bureau Director at [email protected].

Upcoming Speakers Bureau Events:



Published SinC/LA members: to join the Speakers Bureau roster, fill out this short form with information about you and your books, along with a few searchable words related to the genre or niche in the keyword section. Note that you must be a current member in good standing with both National and the Los Angeles chapter to participate the Sisters in Crime/LA Speakers Bureau. 

Recent Speakers Bureau Events:

  • 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”.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – SISTERS IN CRIME LOS ANGELES PRESENTS LAST RESORT at the Pasadena Central 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 serveed 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.

Find out more on our Latest News page.

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.

Find out more on our Latest News page.

Moderator Lida Sideris leads 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.

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Find out news about previous Speakers Bureau events!



Throughout the year, the Sisters in Crime national program “We Love Libraries” selects one library per month to be awarded $1000. Visit the national Sisters in Crime website for more information.