Last weekend, I attended these two sister mystery conferences in Alabama. Murder in the MagicCity, sponsored by the Sisters in Crime group in Birmingham, meets in the huge Rockwood Library meeting room. Twenty-three authors were featured on panels and signings. We were fed extremely well and chauffeured around by cheerful, willing locals. The event was well-attended by eager book lovers.
|Saturday group by Steve Herring|
|short story panel: me, Tony P. Kelner, Paula Benson, Jim Jackson (Denise Swanson & Bert Goolsby not pictured)|
|Signing with Tony P. Kelner|
The huge advantage of a meeting this size was the opportunity to get to know almost all the authors a little bit better. The pace was relaxed compared to Malice Domestic, where everything seems to start at around 7 AM.
On Sunday, most of us stayed and were driven to the neighboring town of Wetumpka, for Murder on the Menu. The audience was served lunch and got to chat with the authors between our panels. This event was put on by the library association and located in the civic center. It had a great attendance, too.
|Wetumpka Civic Center|
|Location panel, Mike Orenduff in foreground, Brynn Bonner, Paula Benson, me, Robert Dugoni, Jaden Terrell|
|signing with Dee Phelps and Bert Goolsby|
It’s a twin conference well worth considering!
group photo by Steve Herring
other photos by Bob Witchger