Saturday, April 21, 2012

Solving Mysteries Every Day

Today, Sisters in Crime's "Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day" event is taking place in libraries and bookstores across the nation, from Livermore Falls, Maine, to Honolulu, Hawaii. 
To support the project, a group of 21 SinC members volunteered to go into bookstores and libraries between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time to help those on the front lines of crime fiction - the very important people who help get crime fiction into the hands of interested readers. 
            "In honor of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Sisters in Crime, we are very pleased to be able to thank some of the people who work the hardest on the front lines of publishing by rolling up our sleeves and working beside them," said Frankie Y. Bailey, President of Sisters in Crime.
 The participating authors, bookstores, and libraries include:
          Frankie Y. Bailey, at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY
                      Gail M. Baugniet, at the Maikiki Community Library in Honolulu, HI
                      Charlotte Cohen, at the Santa Ana Public Library in Santa Ana, CA
                      Kathy Lynn Emerson, at the Treat Memorial Library in Livermore Falls, ME
          Barbara Fister, at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis, MN
                      Susan Froetschel, at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC
                      W.S. Gager at the Jackson District Library in Jackson, MI
                      Kathleen Heady at the Haverford Township Free Library in Havertown, PA
                      Lee Kelly at Barnes & Noble in Marietta, GA
                      Molly MacRae at the Jane Addams Book Shop in Champaign, IL
                      Robin Murphy at the Sharpsburg Library in Sharpsburg, MD
                      Chelle Martin, at the Sadie Pope Dowdell Public Library in South Amboy, NJ
                      Denise Osborne, at the Mid-Continent Public Library, Raytown branch, in Raytown, MO
                      Bernadette Pajer, at the Uppercase Bookshop in Snohomish, WA
                      Karen Pullen, at McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, NC    
                      C. L. (Cheryl) Shore, at Bookmamas in Indianapolis, IN
                      Mary Stanton/Claudia Bishop, at Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, FL
                      Lane Stone, at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library in Alexandria, VA
                      Susan Van Kirk, at the Warren County Public Library in Monmouth, IL
                      Kathryn R. Wall, at the Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head branch, in Hilton Head Island,
                      Tina Whittle, at The Golden Bough in Macon, GA 
           “We know that, in their efforts to help readers find the right books at the right time, booksellers and librarians solve countless mysteries every day,” SinC member Jim Huang, the coordinator of the event and a former independent bookstore owner, said. “This is our opportunity to thank them in a tangible way—and to find out what the publishing world is like from their perspective.”
            Onsite reports are coming in throughout the day from SinC member authors working in bookstores and libraries. The information they send will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and blogs throughout the day. 
            SinC has a Facebook page for the event at On Twitter, SinC is using the hashtag #sisterssolve.
            In addition, SinC's more than 3,000 members are gearing up to support the "Solving Mysteries Day" event by going into libraries and bookstores today to personally thank the booksellers and librarians they find working behind the counters and in the stacks. 
            We hope your Saturday errands today will include a stop at a bookstore or library. And, afterward, we hope that you'll let us know how the visit went.





Norma Huss said...

I approached my local Books a Million about this day. They seemed interested, said they'd ask headquarters, and that was the end of it. Too bad. And too late to choose another site.

I hope you all had a great time!

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