Mar 7, 2015 - "An Inside Look at a Maximum
Security Prison" - Betty May
Apr 11, 2015 - "Broken Bones, Ballistics & Backdrafts:
Technical Stuff That Writers Should Get
Right" - Author, John Gilstrap
May 2015 - No Meeting
Jun 6, 2015 - "Prosecuting Federal Sex Crimes"-
Author & Former Prosecuting Attorney,
Jul 18, 2015 - TBA
Aug 1, 2015 - Field Trip to Nutshells (death scenes
dioramas) in Baltimore
Next Event: March 7, 2015
AN INSIDE LOOK AT A
MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISION
SPEAKER: Betty May
What if your son/daughter commits a minor felony. Should he/she spend the rest of his/her life in prison?Suppose you were out of toothpaste or feminine hygiene products or toilet paper, and the one time you were allowed to go to the store, it was closed. How would you survive for the next two weeks? What if you knew you'd never be touched or be allowed to touch anyone (with the exception of medical treatment) for the rest of your life? Or suppose your boyfriend asked you to knock on a door and then he took out a gun and shot the person who answered. Should you spend the rest of your life behind bars because of that?
These are some of the issues Betty May will explore in her presentation about women serving life sentences in a maximum-security prison: who they were before and after the worst day of their lives. She will also discuss our penal and judicial systems and her fight for fairness for people whose humanity has been dismissed.
Betty is a theatrical director, a writer, a teacher, a circus coach, and a clown. She went into the prison in response to a somewhat bizarre request: write a comedy about life in prison. Now, seven years later, she is an activist in the judicial system, testifying before congressional committees and advocating for people she once knew only through horrific newspaper headlines. The play Betty and the women produced, FACES, turned into a phenomenon, with hundreds of people inside and outside the legal system clamoring to experience it. When the run concluded in the prison, Betty was invited to direct the production with professional actors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This talk is appropriate for teens, and Betty invites you to bring them with you. She wants to warn them of the dangers lurking in our society, including the rise of sex-based human trafficking, and impress upon them the need to stand up for themselves and avoid bad choices that can have dire consequences.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to live behind bars, or want to write a character who has, this presentation is for you. It may leave you thinking in new ways about our penal system.
CHECK-IN: 12:00 PM
LUNCH: 12:20 PM
(Speaker follows lunch)
Lunch will be a house salad (vegetarian), your beverage of soda, tea, or coffee, and your choice of:
Eggplant Parmigiana (vegetarian)
To reserve your seat and meal choice, email
Diane M. Davidson at dianemdavidson [at] verizon [dot] net, no later than 8 pm Friday, Feb. 27th.
*Given that we've met at this restaurant only once before, we don't know how flexible they'll be with late reservations, so please be sure to RSVP by the deadline.*
Members - $25, Non-Members - $27
Payment by check made out to:
Sisters in Crime will be taken at the door.
*Cash also will be accepted, but a check
For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather,
check this website -or- the Listserv -or- email Donna Andrews at:
donna [at] donnaandrews [dot] com
4948 Fairmont Avenue
There is metered street parking.
Bethesda also has multiple parking garages that are free on Saturdays. The two closest garages are located at 7730 Woodmont Avenue (with entrances on Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road) and 4935 St. Elmo Avenue (with entrances on St. Elmo Avenue and Cordell Avenue).
For Google Directions
The fifth volume of the Chesapeake Crimes series, "This Job is Murder," is now available for purchase.
The anthology, published by Wildside Press, features short stories by:
Jill M. Breslau
Smita Harish Jain
C. Ellett Logan
Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley were the coordinating editors. The members of the editorial panel were Ellen Crosby, Sandra Parshall, and Dan Stashower.
Available from the publisher, as well as from:
-- Mystery Loves Company Booksellers
Previous titles in the series are also available:
Chesapeake Crimes I
Chesapeake Crimes II
Chesapeake Crimes 3
Chesapeake Crimes 4: They Had It Comin'
More information and how to order.
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
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
Website Coordinators: Donna Andrews & Becky Hutchison
Listserv Coordinator: Donna Andrews
Authors' Events Coordinator: Open