2017 Edgar Week Activities

2017 Edgar Week Activities

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Come celebrate the 2017 Edgar Awards at the Mysterious Bookshop, Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00pm.  Join us for a thrilling evening featuring members of Mystery Writers of America, the 2017 Edgar Award nominees, bestselling authors, and publisher representatives.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the best and brightest in the mystery world!

Where:  Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York NY
Phone:  212-587-1011
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Map of Area:  http://tinyurl.com/hnctatt


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Register NOW for the 2017 Edgar® Week Symposium!

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Location:  Grand Hyatt Hotel – Conference Level (Room TBD)
East 42nd Street @ Grand Central Station

Below is a schedule preview (subject to change)

8:30 – 8:50:                    Registration

8:55 – 9:00:                   Welcome – MWA’s Executive Vice President – Donna Andrews

9:00 – 9:50:                   Meet the Class of 2017 – Best First Novel Nominees

Moderator:                   STEFANIE PINTOFF, 2010 Best First Edgar Winner (City on Edge, Bantam, Nov 2016)
Panelists:                     Flynn Berry (2017 Best First Edgar Nominee – Under the Harrow, Penguin Books)
Bill Beverly (2017 Best First Edgar Nominee – Dodgers, Crown Publishing)
Joe Ide (2017 Best First Edgar Nominee – IQ, Little, Brown & Co – Mulholland Books)
Nick Petrie (2017 Best First Edgar Nominee – The Drifter – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Lili Wright (2017 Best First Edgar Nominee – Dancing with the Tiger – Marian Wood/Putnam)
Heather Young (2017 Best First Edgar Nominee – The Lost Girls – William Morrow)

10:00 – 10:50:              From the Writer’s Desk, Part 1
Grand Master Max Allan Collins interviewed by Charles Ardai 

11:00 – 11:50:               Just the Facts – If you’re not writing what you know, you’re writing what you want to know –
and today’s savvy reader will send you a note if you get it wrong, How do writers of fiction
and nonfiction crime approach research? When do they know they’ve researched enough?

Moderator:                   LAURIE R. KING, MWA NorCal Chapter President (Murder of Mary Russell – Bantam)
Panelists:                     Ruth Franklin (2017 Best Critical/Bio Nominee – Shirley Jackson – W.W. Norton)
Laurence Leamer (2017 Best Fact Crime Nominee – The Lynching – William Morrow)
Kate Summerscale (2017 Best Fact Crime Nominee – The Wicked Boy – Penguin Press)
Caroline (Charles) Todd (2017 MHC Award Nominee – The Shattered Tree – William Morrow)
James Ziskin (2017 Best PBO Nominee – Heart of Stone – Seventh Street Books)

11:50 – 1:00                  Lunch Break (On Your Own)

1:00 – 1:50:                   Nursery Noir – Writers of mysteries for young readers may have the toughest audience of
all. How do dark stories translate for the teen and tween set? How do adult writers
get into the minds – and hearts – of kid readers?

Moderator:                   LORI RADER-DAY, MWA Midwest Chapter President (The Day I Died – William Morrow)
Panelists:                     Brent Hartinger (2017 Best Young Adult Nominee – Three Truths and a Lie – Simon Pulse)
April Henry (2017 Best Young Adult Nominee – The Girl I Used to Be – Christy Ottaviano Books)
Sarah Lariviere (2017 Best Juvenile Nominee – The Bad Kid – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Claire Legrand (2017 Best Juvenile Nominee – Some Kind of Happiness (Simon & Schuster BFYR)
James Ponti (2017 Best Juvenile Nominee – Framed! – Aladdin)
Billy Taylor (2017 Best Young Adult Nominee – Thieving Weasels – Penguin YR – Dial Books)
Susan Vaught (2017 Best Juvenile Nominee – Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry – Paula Wiseman Books)

2:00 – 2:50                    Liars Club – Liars, cheats, thieves, murderers – and, sometimes, those are the protagonists.
How do writers create characters that keep readers up at night? How do they create empathy
in characters who make bad guys look pretty good?

Moderator:                   JEFFERY DEAVER, 2017 MWA President (The Burial Hour – Grand Central Publishing)
Panelists:                     Laura Benedict (2017 Best Short Story Nominee – “A Paler Shade of Death” – St. Louis Noir)
Alafair Burke (2017 Best Novel Nominee – The Ex – HarperCollins)
Robert Dugoni (2017 Best PBO Nominee – The 7th Canon – Thomas & Mercer)
Lyndsay Faye (2017 Best Novel Nominee – Jane Steele – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Alison Gaylin (2017 Best Novel Nominee – What Remains of Me – William Morrow)
Martha Hillier (2017 Best TV Episode Nominee – “Dark Road” – Vera)

3:00 – 3:50:               #AuthorLife – There’s no one way to be a crime writer. Agent/no agent. Small press/big five.
Plotter/pantser forever. How did these authors get into the life of crime – and what advice
do they have for aspiring writers taking a stab at mystery?

Moderator:                MARK STEVENS, MWA Rocky Mtn Chapter President (Lake of Fire – Midnight Ink)
Panelists:                  Megan Abbott (2017 Best Short Story Nominee – “Oxford Girl” – Mississippi Noir)
Patricia Abbott (2017 Best PBO Nominee – Shot in Detroit – Polis Books)
Reed Farrel Coleman (2017 Best Novel Nominee – Where it Hurts – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Tyler Dilts (2017 Best PBO Nominee – Come Twilight – Thomas & Mercer)
Adrian McKinty (2017 Best PBO Nominee – Rain Dogs – Seventh Street Books)
Wendy Corsi Staub (2017 MHC Award Nominee – Blue Moon – William Morrow)

4:00 – 4:50:               From the Writer’s Desk, Part 2
                                    Grand Master Ellen Hart – Interviewed by Oline Cogdill

Cost:  $95 members, $125 non-members – with a $15 retroactive discount for those who join Mystery Writers of America within 30 days after Symposium.

You may also pay online via the MWA Store. Please sign up at:  http://mysterywriters.org/2017-edgar-symposium/


Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Edgar Awards Banquet

The 2017 Edgar Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (Ballroom Level).  The hotel is located on East 42nd St at Grand Central Station.  Cocktails will begin at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm. The awards program will begin after dinner and will be emceed by our current president – Jeffery Deaver.  Anyone may attend as long as they purchase a ticket.

We have arranged for a very discounted room rate at the Grand Hyatt Hotel of $299/per night.

In order to make a reservation at this VERY discounted rate, call 800-233-1234 or 402-592-6464 and ask for the “Mystery Writers” rate.  Just one catch – you must make your reservation by April 5, 2017.

You may also use the following link:  https://aws.passkey.com/event/15592168/owner/1298/home

This rate is only available through the very beginning of April so please make your reservations as soon as possible or ask your publisher to handle this for you.

You may purchase tickets to the banquet via the MWA store at our website or by sending a check. Please make sure you return the RSVP card if you pay online.  Tickets are $195/per person.

Dress:  Dress to Kill.  Black-tie is preferred.

We can arrange for “special meals” but we do need to know in advance.

For more information, visit:  www.theedgars.com