Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Arizona Celebrates 25 Years of SinC

By Kris Neri

When Sandy Parshall, Chapter Liaison for Sisters in Crime, asked me to host one of the SinC 25th anniversary parties at my bookstore, The Well Red Coyote in Sedona, Arizona, I jumped at the chance. Throughout my own writing and publishing career, I’ve owed such a debt of thanks to Sisters in Crime that the party seemed a good way to express that and to introduce the organization to our customers.

Joining us in hosting the party was the SinC Desert Sleuths chapter of Scottsdale, Arizona, which has also scheduled parties in other bookstores around the state including The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale and Clues Unlimited in Tucson.

Appearing on a mystery panel at our event were L.C. Hayden from Texas, whose latest book is Bell Shaped Flowers, and Tom Griffith of California and Arizona, who has published The Burger Barn on Sunset. Also participating were Arizona authors and SinC members Shannon Baker, author of Ashes of the Red Heifer; R.P. Dahlke, author of A Dead Red Cadillac and A Dead Red Heart; Lori Hines, whose first mystery is The Ancient Ones, and Maria Grazia Swan, a published nonfiction author and a longtime SinC member in California and Arizona.

We received terrific raffle prizes from authors throughout the U.S., including Darrell James, who donated copies of his books Nazareth Child and Body Count and t-shirts; Sally Carpenter, who offered a copy of her book, The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper; M.M. Gornel, who donated copies of her books, Reticence of Ravens and Death of a Perfect Man, as well as beautiful bookmarks and L.C. Hayden, author of the Harry Bronson series, who donated an adorable personal grooming gift basket. Our grand prize was a lovely vase donated by author and potter Bette Golden Lamb who, with her husband J.J. Lamb, wrote Sisters in Silence.

We had hoped the mild weather we’d been enjoying would hold a bit longer — we’d had another author’s reception on the patio outside our store just two days before. But a freak storm blew in, bringing the cold, and forcing us to move everything indoors. The store made for quite a cozy setting, filled as it was with so many sisters, brothers and customers. All came together quite nicely in toasting Sisters in Crime’s illustrious milestone and wishing the organization another 25 years.

Photos by Joe Neri.

Award-winning author Kris Neri is the owner and operator of The Well Red Coyote, a general interest bookstore voted "Best Bookstore in Sedona" for six years in a row. She is the author of the Lefty Award-nominated Magical Mystery series. The newest title in the series is the recently-released Magical Alienation.


Merle McCann said...

The party was great, Kris. You did a super job, as you do with everything.

Kris Neri said...

Aw, thanks, Merle! It was actually great for me to be able to say, "Thanks, Sisters in Crime." And it was fun getting together with so many of our Desert Sleuth members and sibs from other parts of the country.

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there, but it's a long walk from SoCal. Wishing your bookstore success for another 25 years!
Sally Carpenter

Elise M Stone said...

I am so sorry I missed this! Although Sedona is a long haul from Tucson, I might have made the effort. Except I had no idea it was happening. Then I saw the sentence saying that there were additional events scheduled at Poisoned Pen and Clues Unlimited.

I admit that I haven't been keeping up with the main SinC list but, just to be sure, I searched the group on Yahoo for "Arizona" and found absolutely no message promoting these events. So I next went to the Clues Unlimited site to see if the 25th Anniversary event had happened there yet or not.

My jaw dropped to find the "inaugural meeting of the Tucson chapter" scheduled for January 15th! I would love to be in a local chapter again. It was just by accident that I discovered this was happening. I searched the main SinC list again, this time for "Tucson" and didn't find a notice of this either.

If these aren't posted to the main SinC list, how are those of us who aren't members of a local chapter supposed to know about them? (Assuming they were promoted at Desert Sleuths prior to the event.)

Sorry to rant on what is supposed to be a joyous post. I'm happy the event went well and hope to catch you at others in Arizona, Kris.