With all the fun of trying to write long and prosper, I have the honour of being asked to participate in two writer panels this week.
Death to the Day Job – Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm
At the Toronto Sisters in Crime May meeting I’ll be appearing on a panel with Elizabeth J. Duncan and D. J. MacIntosh, hosted by Melodie Campbell. All of them are accomplished, multipublished Canadian crime writers.
The topic? Death to the Day Job or, Let’s talk about how you quit your day job and now spend your days making stuff up and getting published and earning lots of money.
Right. Let’s admit that for me, at least, I’ve got the quit the day job part down cold. I had many reasons to leave the evil corporate financial world behind, one of which was, “Gee, I’ll have time to make stuff up and get published and earn lots of money.”
We’ll be holding forth 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Northern District Branch of my favourite institute in Canada, the Toronto Public Library. Guests are welcome at $5 a pop.
Anyone in doubt of how much I love the Toronto Library system (which just opened its 100th branch this week!) can refer to my short story in The Whole She-Bang 2, “Poetic Justice” (aka The Booklover v. The Politician).
Women and Crime – Brantford Public Library, Saturday May 23, 2:00 pm
May is Mystery Month in Brantford, and the Library is holding a panel on Women and Crime. Writers appearing in the anthologies The Whole She-Bang 2 (Canadian Sisters in Crime) and Thirteen (Mesdames of Mayhem) will be participating. I’ll be joining Catherine Astolfo, Helen Nelson, Jill Downie, Melodie Campbell and Madeleine Harris-Callway.
We’ll be at the Main Library at 173 Colborne Street, Brantford, Ontario, from 2:00-3:30 pm, talking about Women (who we are) and Crime (what we do).