I participated in two wonderful events at Maine libraries in the past week. On October 26-27, Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor held its fourth annual Murder By The Book conference.
Crime writers from Maine and other parts of New England convened Friday night for a reception at which an original play was given a staged reading and writers read brief passages of work in progress. The play was an absolute hoot!
Penned by husband and wife team Robert and Robin Lawton, it involved the murder of mystery writer Royal Pane on a private island off the coast of Maine during an exclusive weekend for mystery writers hosted by billionaire I. Reed Toomuch.
Some of us performed the parts of characters with names suspiciously similar to our own (I was Brenda Buckminster, for example). It was a lot of fun.
The Saturday workshops were terrific, and the schmoozing was, as always, top notch.
On November 1, I was with fellow Maine crime writers Barbara Ross and Richard Cass at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth for an interactive workshop in which we built a mystery on the spot based on suggestions from the audience about who done it and how.
The energetic and engaged audience had us laughing from start to finish. Thanks to librarian Janie Downey Maxwell for setting it up!