Two New Mystery Events for May


tafoya  pictureAcclaimed crime author Dennis Tafoya is teaching a short mystery writing class on May 1st, 6:30 PM on BookPeople’s third floor.

It’s a fun way to promote his new book The Poor Boy’s Game. He will teach an hour-long class on the elements of crime fiction using examples from classic and current authors as well as his own work. A fun and informative night for beginning and practicing writers as well as people who are just fans of the genre. Bring pen and paper. Admission is free.

Dennis Tafoya has also authored The Wolves of Fairmount Park and Dope Thief.

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BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX78703.

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On May 18, Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter will host the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event (BBSAWE) at 2 p.m. at Recycled Reads in Austin.

This event will celebrate the legacy of Barbara Burnett Smith, a published mystery author who helped many writers in the Austin community. Aspiring Writers will meet with their Mentors, who are published mystery authors in the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter.

W.D. Smith will speak about his mother’s legacy and Russ Hall will talk about mentorship. Following these remarks, the mentors will introduce their aspiring writers to the membership and the writers will read their 500 submitted words to the audience.

Following the program, a buffet supper will be served and aspiring writers will consult with their mentors.

Jan Grape mentors Jane Shaughness; Russ Hall mentors Alex Ferraro; Helen Ginger mentors Shelby O’Neill; Susan Rogers Cooper mentors Lindsay Carlson; Caroline Shearer mentors Eileen Dew; Elizabeth Buhmann mentors co-authors Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt.

Recycled Reads is located at 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX78756.



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