This is a big week for the mystery writing world, and for me in particular. As this year’s president of Mystery Writers of America, I’ll be emceeing the Edgar Awards in New York City. Ahead of that, I’ll be moderating a panel at the annual Edgar Symposium.
EDGAR WEEK SYMPOSIUM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Grand Hyatt Hotel – Mezzanine Level – Regency Room
East 42nd Street @ Grand Central Station
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Legalize It: Lawyers & Legal Professionals as Protagonists
How do writers capture the complexity of law—and the gray areas of morality—in fact and fiction?
Moderator: Meg Gardiner (2019 MWA National President)
Mike Lawson (2019 Best Novel Nominee – House Witness)
Sujata Massey (2019 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee – The Widows of Malabar Hill)
Michaeley O’Brien (2019 Best TV Episode – “Episode 1,” Mystery Road, Acorn TV)
Jonathan Green (2019 Best Fact Crime – Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal)
Edgar Allan Poe Awards
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York, New York
It should be exciting. Wish me luck!
I had a great time on Saturday interviewing Harlan Coben at Murder by the Book in Houston. Despite Harlan having one flight canceled and a second delayed by severe weather across the region, readers waited, packing the bookstore, until he arrived. Harlan didn’t even have time to catch his breath before we launched into a discussion of his new novel, Run Away. But he’s a pro, and a champ, and a great person, and the evening was fantastic.
My kind of Saturday night.
This Saturday, April 6th, I have the privilege of interviewing Harlan Coben about his new novel, Run Away. If you’re in the Houston area, come out to Murder by the Book and join us.
Harlan Coben in conversation with Meg Gardiner
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
I hope to see you there!
I had an excellent time this weekend at Left Coast Crime 2019 in Vancouver. It’s always fun to catch up with readers and fellow writers, to attend panels and hear what people have to say, and generally to engage in writerly shenanigans. With sunny skies and snowcapped mountains, British Columbia was a perfect place to do it.
This week I’m heading North-Northwest to Vancouver, British Columbia, for Left Coast Crime 2019. This is a terrific conference, and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody who’s attending. I have a couple of official and semi-official events on the schedule:
Mystery Writers of America reception
Thursday, March 28
Following opening ceremonies — 7:15pm-ish.
Panel: Writing Villains
Friday, March 29
It should be fun. I hope I’ll see some of you there!
Every now and then, readers ask how many books I’ve written, and what the titles are. Here’s the list as of February 2019. Into the Black Nowhere is the most recent. Click on each cover to learn more about each title.
And if you want to know the order in which they’ve been published, here you go. From first to fourteenth:
Evan Delaney novels:
Jo Beckett novels:
The Dirty Secrets Club
The Memory Collector
The Liar’s Lullaby
The Nightmare Thief
Stand alone novels:
The Shadow Tracer
Into the Black Nowhere
Happy reading, y’all.
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I’m tremendously honored to have been elected the 2019 President of the Mystery Writers of America. This organization supports and promotes thousands of working writers across the country. It presents the Edgar Awards. Being asked to serve in this position is a high point of my career.
Here’s what I said when my name was put forward for the presidency:
From the moment I became eligible to join Mystery Writers of America, I’ve been grateful to be a member. Being awarded an Edgar is one of the greatest honors of my life. That’s because MWA is one of the most significant organizations in the world dedicated to crime and mystery writing. It would be my privilege to serve as its president and support its mission: to promote recognition and respect for crime writing and those who write it, to encourage literacy, and to support aspiring writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, editors, agents, and the wonderful community devoted to the genre.
And before I get too full of myself, I should clarify that the presidency of MWA is highly ceremonial — I’ll have the privilege of emceeing the Edgars this year, and writing some articles for the MWA magazine, and perfecting my royal wave. The day-to-day work of the organization is done by a committed group of volunteers, led by Executive Vice President Donna Andrews. They’re the ones who deserve a tip of the hat.
Though my son did ask if I’ve been given the nuclear codes. Nope; just this shiny presidential badge. Which I’m going to treasure.