This weekend I traveled to Washington DC to attend Malice Domestic, a convention celebrating the traditional mystery. The hotel was jammed with devoted fans and many authors who write the kind of books launched by Agatha Christie, where sex and violence occurs mostly off the page. A poisoned tea party, for example…
Sisters in Crime holds one of its two in-person board meetings before the conference, so as president, I was very busy! Here’s a photo of my fabulous board:
From left to right, Judy Clemens, Nancy Martin, Marcia Talley, Beth Wasson, Kathy Wall, Donna Andrews, me, Mary Boone, Mary Saums, and Jim Huang. I couldn’t ask for a smarter, more energetic and dedicated group of volunteers!
It’s a great place to wander the halls and chat with favorite writers, who truly are lovely people! Below from left are mystery legends Carolyn Hart, Joanna Carl (AKA Eve Sandstrom), Margaret Maron, and Mary Saums.
The Agatha awards banquet was held Saturday night, with teapots bestowed on best mystery, best first mystery, best short story, best children’s, and best nonfiction for 2007. Here is a glamorous-looking contingent from the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime, including Lois Greiman (the only mid-westerner), Hank Ryan, Ruth McCarty, Kate Flora, and me. We were delighted to watch Hank win the award for best first mystery for her book Prime Time. Below right she holds the teapot with her proud husband.
Now back to the keyboard! Roberta