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2018 Edgar Week Activities

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Come celebrate the 2018 Edgar Awards at the Mysterious Bookshop, Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00pm.  Join us for a thrilling evening featuring members of Mystery Writers of America, the 2018 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 25, 2018

Register NOW for the 2018 Edgar® Week Symposium!

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Location:  Grand Hyatt Hotel – Mezzanine Level – Regency Room
East 42nd Street @ Grand Central Station

Below is a schedule preview (subject to change)

Symposium Schedule

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 2018: Best First Novel Nominees

Moderator:                   Claire Booth, author of Another Man’s Ground
Panelists:                     Jordan Harper (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – She Rides Shotgun, Ecco Books)
Deborah E. Kennedy (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – Tornado Weather, Flatiron Books)
Winnie M Li (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – Dark Chapter, Polis Books)
Melissa Scrivner Love (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – Lola, Crown Publishing)

10:00 – 10:50:              From the Writer’s Desk, Part 1
2018 Grand Master William Link – interviewed by Joseph Goodrich

11:00 – 11:50:               Just the Facts: How do writers of fiction and nonfiction approach research? When do they know     they’ve researched enough?

Moderator:                   Sarah Weinman, editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s
Panelists:                     Curtis Evans (2018 Best Bio-Critical Edgar Nominee — Murder in the Closet: Essays on Queer Clues in  Crime Fiction Before Stonewall, McFarland)
Kirby Larson (2018 Best Juvenile Edgar Nominee — Audacity Jones Steals the Show,    Scholastic)
Rachel McCarthy James (2018 Best Fact Crime Edgar Nominee — The Man From the Train: The   Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, Scribner)
Brad Ricca (2018 Best Fact Crime Edgar Nominee — Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New   York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917         Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation, St. Martin’s Press)
Michael Sims (2018 Best Bio-Critical Edgar Nominee — Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes, Bloomsbury USA)

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

1:00 – 1:50:                  Not Even Past: William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” When writing  suspenseful stories, how do writers layer and reveal secrets from their characters’ pasts?

Moderator:                   MARK STEVENS (MWA Rocky Mtn Chapter President (Lake of Fire – Midnight Ink)
Panelists:                     Hallie Ephron (2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee — You’ll Never Know Dear, William Morrow)   Angie Thomas (2018 Best Young Adult Nominee — The Hate U Give, HarperCollins – Balzer + Bray)
Carol Goodman (2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee — The Widow’s House, William Morrow)     Abir Mukherjee (2018 Best Novel Edgar Nominee — A Rising Man, Pegasus)
Hannah Tinti (2018 Best Novel Edgar Nominee — The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Penguin – The Dial Press)

2:00 – 2:50                   Small Crimes: Writers talk about the tiny canvas of the short story. How are short stories a way to break into mystery fiction—and a tool to keep honing craft and career?

Moderator:                       Lyndsay Faye, author of The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
Panelists:                      Jeffery Deaver, (2018 Best Short Story Edgar Nominee — “Hard to Get,” EQMM
Lisa Gray (2018 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Winner — “The Queen of Secrets,” New Haven Noir,  Akashic Books)
Kenji Jasper (2018 Best Short Story Edgar Nominee — “A Moment of Clarity at the Waffle House,”   Atlanta Noir, Akashic Books)
SJ Rozan (2018 Best Short Story Edgar Nominee — “Chin Yong-Yun Stays at Home,” AHMM

3:00 – 3:50:                  #AuthorLife: There’s no one way to be a crime writer. 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:                   Heather E. Ash, MWA National Board Member
Panelists:                     Rhys Bowen (2018 Best Paperback Original Nominee — In Farleigh Field, Lake Union)
Andrew Mayne (2018 Best Paperback Original Edgar Nominee — Black Fall, HarperCollins)
Nadine Nettmann (2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee — Uncorking a Lie, Midnight Ink)
James Ponti (2018 Best Juvenile Edgar Nominee — Vanished!, Aladdin)
Kevin Sands (2018 Best Juvenile Edgar Nominee – The Assassin’s Curse, Aladdin)

4:00 – 4:50:                  From the Writer’s Desk, Part 2
2018 Grand Master Peter Lovesey – 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/2018-edgar-symposium/


Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Edgar Awards Banquet

The 2018 Edgar Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 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 6, 2018.

You may also use the following link:  https://tinyurl.com/ycn22h78

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

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