Lisa here! I just flew from Bethesda to Brooklyn after a trip to Albuquerque via Boston, and are my wings (and beak) tired. Actually, I took a few buses and trains in there, too, but you get the idea…Who wants to see a few Malicious pix?
For those who aren’t familiar with the annual Malice Domestic conference, it is geared toward fans and authors of traditional mystery, including cozies. The Agatha awards, named after Agatha Christie (who also inspired our mascot, Eggatha), are considered among the most prestigious awards in the mystery genre. Well, guess what? Our very own Ellen Byron took home the teapot (literally, the prize is a teapot) in the Best Contemporary Novel category for CAJUN KISS OF DEATH! We are all so proud of her. Here’s a shot of her delivering a very moving and gracious acceptance speech:
And here are some of us Chicks celebrating with her afterward:
You can find the full list of winners and nominees here.
This is a shot of the table Leslie and Ellen hosted. I’m not sure Leslie wanted that second photo taken…
Someone asked me to wave to Cynthia, who was following the festivities from Denver. Hence my sad pout–we really, really missed her and Vickie and Kathy, but next Malice!
I really wanted to get a picture of Jen manning the Sisters In Crime table as one of her duties as VP, but unfortunately I kept missing my opportunities (and I may have gotten lost a few times in the downstairs maze). Good job, Jen! Here’s a shot of our good friend, author JC Kenney in his fabulous dinner jacket (he also had awesome shoes, not pictured here):
This is the helpful signage from the author signing tables. I think I need one of these for my office:
And speaking of signings, I had the honor of doing one as a contributor to the latest Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Diabolical, which officially launched at the conference. I was excited to pub my first short story “Fly Me to the Morgue” beside Cynthia, with her wonderful story “There Comes a Time.” (No sales link yet, but TK!)
You’re probably wondering, Where is Becky? I saw her all over Malice. Well, Becky is a hard one to catch, she’s so popular. Here is a shot of her with her fellow panelists for Writing the Police Protagonist. No, she doesn’t write police procedurals, but her panel was a huge hit:
So that’s it for now, dear readers. We Chicks have many more photos, and I’m sure you’ll see tons of them online–especially those featuring our fabulous reader and author friends. As a parting shot, here was my view from the Union Train Station in DC. See you at Malice next year, Everyone!
Readers, anything you’d like to share (please go easy on my questionable photography skills), or any questions about Malice?