EXETER The voices behind a true crime podcast garnering national listenership will come together for a night of chatter at the Word Barn on Oct. 12.
Crime Writers On, featuring Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn, Toby Ball and Lara Bricker, has morphed into a weekly discussion on true crime, journalism, and pop culture. According to Bricker, an Exeter resident, they’re getting 70,000 to 100,000 downloads a week.
The event, titled “An Evening with the Crime Writers,” is a fundraiser for the Exeter Historical Society. Bricker said several society trustees and employees listen to the podcast, and originally asked if she were interested in speaking about true crime in Exeter.
Lavoie and Flynn have written books about true crime cases on the Seacoast, including Seth Mazzaglia who killed a University of New Hampshire student in 2012. They’ve also written about Epping murderer Sheila
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Normally people get arrested first and go to prison later. Tim Watson-Munro stands out to my mind, since he managed to go to prison first and then get arrested a decade or two later. Only Down Under perhaps, where the water in the bath goes down the plughole counter-clockwise and it’s winter when it should be summer and they use the word “rort” (sharp practice or scam or con) rather a lot.
Captain Cook claimed possession of Australia in 1770 – mainly to out-manoeuvre the French and the Dutch (he admitted that where the Aboriginal inhabitants were concerned, “all they seemed to want was for us to be gone”). The first convicts stepped ashore in Botany Bay in 1778. The whole of Australia – such was the insight of our administrators – would serve as a vast far-flung prison colony for the “criminal classes” of Great Britain. And nearly 250 years
Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/crime-writers-are-perfectly-capable-of-becoming-criminals-a7933911.html
Colm Tóibín’s exhilarating House of Names (Viking £14.99) is a retelling of Aeschylus’s drama on the sacrificing by Agamemnon of his daughter Cassandra and its tragic consequences, including the murder of Agamemnon by his wife, Clytemnestra. The book has a controlled, hushed quality, like that of a Morandi still life, which only serves to heighten the terror and pity of the tale. Michael Longley’s latest collection, Angel Hill (Jonathan Cape £10) – what a genius he has for titles – is at once lush and elegiac, delicate and muscular, melancholy and thrilling. I shall not be going anywhere – hate holidays – but will stay happily at home, rereading Evelyn Waugh’s second world war Sword of Honour trilogy (Penguin £14.99). Pure bliss.
With five children to entertain, I’m not sure how much reading I’ll actually do on holiday in Santander
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/09/best-holiday-reads-summer-reading-2017-john-banville-jackie-kay-kirsty-wark-melvyn-bragg
I’m a sucker for cheap magazine introductory offers. Don’t ask why. Some dimensions of our inner lives ought to remain unexplored. But it is how I wound up with a subscription to Poets Writers.
You know, the magazine cover that vacillates between close-ups of writers affecting vulnerable yet distracted looks, and an eye-singeing red announcing “WINNING CONTESTS: MORE THAN 100 TO ENTER NOW.” Maybe you’ve seen it in a bookstore. Maybe you avoided it.
Anyhow, like most of my ideas, it sounded good at the time. I assure you I was not drunk when I returned the little postcard for a one-year subscription at $9.95. Even at 80 percent advertising it seemed a bargain. That’s an exaggeration. At best, it wasn’t a mistake.
Or so I thought. The May/June issue arrived with the usual lineup of writing prompts, advice, and author interviews. Like something out of Marvel Comics’ uber-unsuccessful DiversityVerse, the headliners
Read more at: http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/06/bought-poets-writers-magazine-found-lousy-resistance/
We live in one of the least homicidal, most neighborly places in the country. Why has crime fiction become our de facto state literary genre?
By Jaed Coffin
A few years ago, my English brother-in-law — a project manager at a manufacturing company — started writing novels. His first book was about a widowed man in northern England trying to raise a teenage son against the backdrop of a challenging post-Thatcher economy. Macmillan, a major publishing house, promptly bought and released the novel, and it did very well across the pond. My brother-in-law seemed to have a shot at becoming the next Nick Hornby: a writer of domestic stories about the modern British family.
Shortly after the book came out, he and my sister moved to Brunswick, my hometown, to start a family. As he acclimated to this new life, his writing began to take an odd turn. His next novel —
Read more at: http://downeast.com/mystery-maine-crime-fiction/
Well, I did it.
I’ve moved from being the ubiquitous “I’m writing a book” Irish person to one of those who have actually had one published.
And it’s done pretty well. But yet I feel disappointed, upset even. I feel I have messed up and wasted an opportunity– one I have been planning for decades.
Let me explain. The book is true crime, non-fiction. It’s called Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer. It’s the story of Dr Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor who killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of babies, born alive at his “House of Horrors” abortion clinic.
It was launched just as America ushered in the most pro-life presidential administration in its history and the possibility that a number of retirements could see the appointment of a majority anti-abortion Supreme Court.
There is a hunger for abortion stories in the US at the moment,
Read more at: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/as-all-writers-know-the-bio-is-the-most-important-part-of-any-book-1.3037455
TMCC Writers’ Conference
Posted: Mar 14, 2017
Photo courtesy Laura McBride, literary novelist
Successful authors know it is imperative to hone their craft through continuing education, to network with industry professionals and to stay abreast of the ever-changing publishing landscape. For 27 years, the state’s longest-running writing event—the TMCC Writers’ Conference—has consistently delivered relevant training and networking opportunities. This year’s conference will be held Saturday, April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd., in Reno.
Writers’ Digest Books Editor (and past TMCC conference speaker) Chuck Sambuchino said this about the TMCC Writers’ Conference: “I’ve taught at more than 90 conferences over the past 9 years and the TMCC event holds up as one of the finest. It’s large enough to pull in quality presenters who can help writers get the best instruction, but not so
Read more at: http://www.tmcc.edu/news/tmcc-writers-conference.php
Writers for FX series took top honors at the Writers Guild of America (East and West) Awards, which were given out Feb. 19 in a dual ceremony in Los Angeles and New York.
FX’s The Americans won for best drama series writing. Winners were Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg and Tracey Scott Wilson.
FX’s Atlanta won for best comedy series and best new series. Winners were Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson and Paul Simms.
FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won in the best adapted long-form category. Writers were Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski and Wally Wolodarsky. The story was based on the work of another writer, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (his book The Run of His Life).
HBO’s Confirmation won for best original, long form. The winner was Susannah Grant.
New media winners were Linsey
Read more at: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/programming/fx-writers-score-big-wga-awards/163479
“I keep seeing mentions in the press about Hari being titled ‘Namma Hero’, just like the Bengaluru metro system is ‘Namma Metro’ — something that I never expected when I wrote the first book about him. So Hari Majestic is having a far funnier time than I am having. I just work hard to keep up with his escapades from book to book,” jokes Zac O’ Yeah, creator of Hari Majestic, an everyman crime-solver who operates from the shady streets of Bengaluru’s Majestic area.
Jokes apart, his statement points out an increasing appetite for crime writing in India, a development I have noticed ever since I have been involved in the Noir Literature Festival (previously known as the Crime Writers Festival). The festival is rolling out its third edition on 27 January 2017 and we have discovered that the reading public is devouring the genre.
Hari is a
Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/living/nuanced-noir-as-indian-readers-devour-crime-fiction-desi-writers-are-producing-great-stories-3172608.html