Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Malice Domestic Conference

I just sent in my registration for next year's Malice Domestic conference, that celebrates the traditional mystery genre, and I hope that I will see many of my blog readers there. I'll be talking about the newly-released debut mystery in my RM Outdoor Adventures series, DEADLY CURRENTS, making new friends and getting reacquainted with old ones. Next year's Malice should be a great one, with Toastmaster Donna Andrews (always a hoot and a half), Guest of Honor Carole Nelson Douglas, and Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Sue Grafton. And it's in Bethesda, MD next year, not Arlington, VA, so I'll be staying at the conference hotel instead of my friends' house in Arlington. It's a trade-off in that I'll be spending more money, but I won't have to worry about how much I have to drink in the evenings! ;-)

I'm also planning to extend the trip with other events back east, such as the Festival of Mystery put on by the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA, a dialogue workshop for the Hampton Roads Writers, hopefully some sort of fundraiser event for American Rivers, and signings in Annapolis, MD, Charlottesville, VA, Newport News, VA, and at my alma mater, the College of William and Mary bookstore. And, I'll get to visit my parents and sister in Virginia! That's another reason I love going to Malice.

What about you? Are you planning to attend the conference? Let me know in the comments!

6 comments:

Mary said...

Very busy lady! Thanks for the great information. I'm looking at the Mystery Festival in Oakmont.
Mary

Beth Groundwater said...

Hi Mary,
I hope to see you at the Oakmont Mystery Festival!

Alan Orloff said...

Hi Beth,

It'll be great seeing you again at Malice, Beth (and, hopefully, at Oakmont, too). Those are both very fun events. And Mary, maybe we'll get a chance to talk in person at Oakmont!

Avery Aames said...

I'll be there, Beth! We'll have a ball! So many familiar faces. So many enthusiastic readers. Fun!

~Avery
AveryAames.com

Barb Goffman said...

Hi, Beth. We're so pleased you'll be returning to Malice Domestic next spring! We already have approximately 125 fans and 50 other authors registered, including Chris Grabenstein, Katherine Hall Page, and Sandra Parshall, and we expect a lot more. The convention, to be held April 29 - May 1 in Bethesda, MD (right outside DC, on a Metro line) promises to be a ton of fun for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

Anyone who wants to learn more about Malice can go to http://www.MaliceDomestic.org . And if you register before the end of the year, you get both a discount and the chance to put in your choices for Agatha Award nominees. We hope to see you there!

Barb Goffman
Program Chair
Malice Domestic

Beth Groundwater said...

Thanks for the information, Barb! And for those mystery readers/writers who've never attended Malice, you are really missing out on a fun event. Give it a try next year, and I guarantee you'll be hooked. My favorite part is the ending tea (Note to Barb--bring back the hat contest!!!), so be sure to arrange your travel so you can attend that.