Saturday, April 30, 2011

Much Catching Up to Do

Wow do I ever have a lot of catching up to do after last week! I had a BLAST in NYC - where the weather was amazing - and some fun stuff to share with you all, but let's catch up on all the goodness that has been happening around the web while I was gone.

First, Macmillan launched their online crime fiction community called The Criminal Element. It is quite nice: exclusive shorts, guest posts, regular bloggers, giveaways. Be sure to check that out.

Penguin also has a community going on that you can explore. It's a "genre community" called Book Country. I haven't had a chance yet, but I'll probably pop over there and see what they've got as well.

And then I've mentioned Copia on here before. I've been putting my library together over there and taking part in some discussions. I also started checking out their reader app. I'll be doing more of that.

The Edgar Awards took place on Thursday and I just want to send out the biggest congratulations to Steve Hamilton who won the Best Novel Edgar this year for THE LOCK ARTIST. Most anyone who has asked me anything about books in the last year has heard THE LOCK ARTIST come out of my mouth simply because I love it so much. So, I was beyond thrilled for Steve. In celebration, here's a little video that Open Road Media put together that's rather fun:



The folks at Little Brown have shared this fun widget for Michael Koryta's next book THE RIDGE.



That's pretty cool. I'm looking forward to this book, but you know me by now. I look forward to all of Koryta's work.

And I can't remember if I mentioned Michael's caption contest that he's been running. In case I didn't you can check out this week's photo here. Send in a caption for the photo and be entered to win a signed copy of THE RIDGE. Since the book takes place in the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, the pictures are all of the cats from the Center. It's fun. Check it out.

A reminder that voting for The Spinetingler Awards ends today. If you haven't done that and you'd like to, this is your last chance.

I absolutely love this. You may have seen it by now as it's been on a few other blogs already, but I am totally getting some of this. It's a charity effort to raise money for Youth Literacy: "Real men read women." Amen. The women behind it are: Alafair Burke, Lisa Unger, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Laura Lippman and Karen Slaughter.

If you didn't check this out already, you will want to pop over and see this video interview that Keith Rawson did with Joe Lansdale.

I'm sad to be missing the L.A. Times Festival of Books this year. My friends Pop Culture Nerd and Le0pard 13 will be in attendance, so I'll be watching for their blog posts about the festival. I'll be turning my sights now to BEA/BBC, Printers Row and Bouchercon. This is going to be a fantastic year at Bouchercon and if you haven't signed up yet, you'll want to do so soon. The host hotel is now sold out, but there are a plethora of hotels in the surrounding area that are very reasonable in price.

I think that's about good for now. Hope you're having a splendid weekend and happy reading!

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