Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter  

Future Meetings

Sep 27-Oct 3, 2015 - SinC at Fall for the Book -
                          (Various times & locations)

Oct 3, 2015 -    Sarah Weinman - How women writers of 
                        the 1940s & 50s shaped the mystery genre

Nov 7, 2015 -    Chapter Authors Panel -
                       Columbia Library, Columbia, MD

Dec 5, 2015 -    Chapter Authors Panel -
                        Reston Library, Reston, VA


Next Event:

Saturday, October 3, 2015


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Grand Tier III of the Center for the Arts
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
  Fairfax, Virginia 22030


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Celebrating the Library of America's two-volume Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and '50s, we join Fall for the Book in welcoming the collection's editor, Sarah Weinman, to discuss how the women writers of this era irrevocably shaped the mystery genre--drawing on diverse elements including the traditional mystery, the spy story, the gothic novel, and new developments of psychoanalysis to create a tradition that Weinman terms "domestic suspense." Book sales and a signing will follow the talk. 
The novels included in the landmark collection are divided by decade. In the 1940s volume are Vera Caspary's famous career girl mystery Laura; Helen Eustis's intricate campus thriller The Horizontal Man; Dorothy B. Hughes's In a Lonely Place, the terrifyingly intimate portrait of a serial killer; and Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's The Blank Wall, in which a wife in wartime is forced to take extreme measures when her family is threatened. The 1950s volume includes Charlotte Armstrong's Mischief, the nightmarish drama of a child entrusted to a psychotic babysitter; Patricia Highsmith's brilliant The Blunderer, which tracks the perverse parallel lives of two men driven toward murder; Margaret Millar's Beast in View, a relentless study in madness; and Dolores Hitchens's Fools' Gold, a hard-edged tale of robbery and redemption. For more information on the collection and essays on each novel by some of today's best crime writers, visit http://womencrime.loa.org
Sarah Weinman is widely recognized as a leading authority on crime fiction. She is the editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, which the Los Angeles Review of Books called "simply one of the most significant anthologies of crime fiction, ever." 
COST: This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. 
LUNCH: While lunch isn't part of this event, we know many chapter members may want to continue the fun with a meal after the talk. For a list of on-campus options, see: https://gmu.sodexomyway.com/dining-choices/index.html
You'll also find many restaurants near the campus. University Mall (at Braddock Road and Route 123) offers Bangkok Golden Thai Restaurant, Brion's Grill, McDonald's, and Samurai Japanese Steakhouse. The courthouse area of Fairfax City has an array of choices: Red, Hot, and Blue, Hard Times Cafe, Coyote Grill, Caribbean Corner, the Auld Shebeen, Bellisimo Restaurant, Villa Mozart, Panera Bread, and Asian Bistro. We'll soon begin discussions on the chapter Listserv to help groups make their plans.
WEATHER: While Fall for the Books events should occur rain or shine, in case of extreme bad weather, check the chapter Listserv or the Fall for the Book website, http://fallforthebook.org/, for news of any possible cancellation.
PARKING: The Mason Pond parking deck is located next to the Center for the Arts. For complete information on parking options, see the Fall for the Book's website page on planning your visit:

Chesapeake Crimes

The sixth volume of the Chesapeake Crimes series, Homicidal Holidays, is now available for purchase.
The anthology, published by Wildside Press, features short stories by:

Donna Andrews
Timothy Bentler-Jungr
Shaun Taylor Bevins
Carla Coupe
E.B. Davis
Barb Goffman
Clyde Linsley
Linda Lombardi
Debbi Mack
Rosemary and Larry Mild
Meg Opperman
Shari Randall
Art Taylor
Cathy Wiley

Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley were the coordinating editors. The members of the editorial panel were Christina Freeburn, John Gilstrap, and Alan Orloff.

Available from the publisher, as well as from:
-- Mystery Loves Company Booksellers
-- Barnesandnoble.com
-- Amazon.com

Previous titles in the series are also available:
Chesapeake Crimes I
Chesapeake Crimes II
Chesapeake Crimes 3
Chesapeake Crimes 4: They Had It Comin'
Chesapeake Crimes 5: This Job Is Murder


Invite an Author to Your Book Club or Library

What's more fun than immersing yourself in a good mystery? Discussing it with the author! The Chesapeake Chapter's published authors are available to attend book discussion groups or to appear at library events. If you'd like to meet local writers and talk with them about their work, contact the chapter's Library Liaison, Sandra Parshall, for help in setting up an event.

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The Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, like its national parent organization, was created to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime fiction writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Membership is open to anyone with a love of mysteries - men and women, readers and writers - who would like to help promote the advancement of women mystery writers. Chapter members typically come from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Chesapeake Chapter Officers for 2015

President: Marcia Talley
Vice President: Donna Andrews
Secretary: Barb Goffman
Treasurer: Diane M. Davidson

Committee Chairs

Program Chair: Diana Belchase
Membership Chairs: C. Ellett Logan and Donna Andrews
Field Trip Chair:  Diana Belchase
Publications Chair: Marcia Talley
Member Liaison:  Susan O'Brien

Other Contacts

Website Coordinators: Donna Andrews & Becky Hutchison
Listserv Coordinator:  Donna Andrews
Authors' Events Coordinator: Open


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Last updated: 23 August 2015