CrimeCONN: All Day Mystery Conference

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

CrimeCONNmystery writers of americaMultiple Connecticut mystery authors will be featured along with panel discussions, forensic, police experts and more. Fee, $25, includes lunch and a post-conference reception. Co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter. Register online.



9 am: Registration

9:30-10:15 am: Panel 1: Topic: Google vs. Old Fashioned Shoe Leather. How do you keep mysteries exciting in the digital age? Moderator: Tim Hall 
Panelists: Justin Scott, Steve Liskow, Dan Burstein

10:15-10:30 am: Break / Book sale

10:30-11:15 am: Panel 2: Topic: Writers have been described as egoists, chameleons or channelers. Which are you... or none of the above?
Moderator: Joe Meyers, Panelists: Jim Benn, H.T. Narea, A.J. Pompano

11:15-11:30 am: Break / Book sale

11:30-12:30 am: Panel 3: Insights from an Expert: “Cold Case Investigations - History and the Use of New Technology”
Speaker: Lieutenant Art Weisgerber, Crime Scene/ID Unit Norwalk Police Department 

12:30-1:45 pm: Lunch (included with registration)

1:45-2:30 pm: Panel 4: Topic: Research, imagination and life experience. How do you find your greatest inspirations? Moderator: John Valeri
Panelists: Jessica Speart, Karen Olson, Lee Barwood, Rosemary Harris 

2:30-2:45 pm: Break / Book sale

2:45-3:30 pm: Panel 5: Insights from an Expert: Death Investigation: It's Not Exactly What You See on TV"
Speaker: Michelle Clark, Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut

3:30-3:45 pm: Break / Book sale

3:45-4:30 pm: Panel 6: Topic: Head case, escape artist, moral crusader? Describe your writer's temperament. Moderator: David Handler
Panelists: M.J. Rose, Chris Knopf, David Rich

4:30-6 pm: Wrap Up Celebration 

Short bios of participants:

Tim Hall is the author of The Bert Shambles Mysteries, featuring an economically disadvantaged young man who works in a thrift shop while solving crimes on Long Island. He also co-organizes panels for the MWA-NY Public Library author series at the Mid-Manhattan branch.

Justin Scott, twice nominated for the Edgar, writes the Ben Abbott small-town Connecticut mysteries, the early-20th Century Isaac Bell detective adventure series with Clive Cussler, and — under his Paul Garrison pen name modern sea stories and Robert Ludlum “Janson” thrillers.

A former actor, director and English teacher, Steve Liskow now serves as a mentor and panelist for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. His short stories have earned an Edgar nomination and the Black Orchid Novella Award. Recently, his book Blood On The Tracks earned Honorable Mention for the Writer's Digest Self-Published Novel Awards

Dan Burstein is the creator, editor, and author of the Secrets series, including the bestselling guidebooks to the fiction of Dan Brown. The Secrets books appear in over thirty languages and on a dozen bestseller lists, including the New York Times.

Joe Meyers writes about books, movies and theatre for the four Hearst newspapers in Connecticut - Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate, Danbury News-Times and Connecticut Post. In 2012, Meyers won the Ellery Queen Award at the Mystery Writers of America's annual Edgar banquet.

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle mysteries. The debut title, Billy Boyle, was named a top five mystery by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee. His most recent novel, The Rest is Silence, was released in September 2014. Benn lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut with his wife Deborah Mandel, a psychotherapist.

H.T. Narea’s thriller, The Fund, eerily foretold many aspects of the global financial crisis, and was nominated for best debut novel by the International Thrillers Association. He is busy working on his second thriller.

A.J. (Ang) Pompano has published mysteries in the award winning anthologies Still Waters and Deadfall. His latest story, “Sand Bar” appears in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold.

Lieutenant Art Weisgerber, Norwalk Police Department Crime Scene / Identification Unit has been with the Norwalk Police Department for 26 years. In 2011, he was transferred to the Identification Unit which was renamed the Crime Scene/Identification Unit and became the supervisor of the Unit. In August of 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and remained as the Commander of the Unit. Lt. Weisberger is a third generation police officer following his father and grandfather in service.

John Valeri has written the Hartford Books Examiner column for since 2009. HBE consistently ranks in the top ten percent of all Hartford, National Books and National Arts & Entertainment Examiners.

Jessica Speart is an investigative journalist whose focus is on wildlife law enforcement and endangered species. She is the author of the highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction book WINGED OBSESSION about the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler.

Karen E. Olson is the award-winning author of the Annie Seymour mysteries and Tattoo Shop mystery series. She lives in New Haven with her family and two cats.

Gryphon Award winner Lee Barwood (Marlene Statter) writes the Haunted Ozarks series, peopled by those whose otherworldly abilities go beyond the physical universe. She finds that mystery and the paranormal fit together perfectly, embracing the unknown and offering clues to more than one puzzle at a time.

Rosemary Harris. Her debut novel, the Agatha and Anthony-nominated, Pushing Up Daisies, was followed by The Big Dirt Nap, Dead Head and Slugfest. She is past president of Mystery Writers of America's NY Chapter and Sisters in Crime's New England Chapter.

Michelle Clark is a Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut. She is board-certified as a Medical Technologist and board-certified as a Molecular Biologist. Michelle graduated from the University of Hartford in Connecticut with a B.S. in Medical Technology and earned a master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven.

David Handler, former journalist, is an acclaimed screenwriter, novelist, and master of thrillers and mysteries including the Edgar Award-winning The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald. He lives in Old Lyme.

The television series "Past Life" was based on the Reincarnationist series by NYT-Bestselling author M.J. Rose. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president.

Chris Knopf has published twelve mystery/thrillers. Dead Anyway won the 2013 Nero Award. The third book in that series, A Billion Ways To Die, will be released in November, 2014.

David Rich is the author of two Lieutenant Rollie Waters novels: Caravan of Thieves and Middle Man. He wrote the feature film, Renegades, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Philips, as well as episodes of MacGyver and other TV shows.




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