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Local Chapter of Sisters in Crime to participate in Bookmarks Festival of Books

Giddy with pride over its growth in numbers — a full third of whom are published and at least that many over the age of 50 — the Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime has for the first time booked a booth at Bookmarks Festival, Sept. 9 in downtown Winston-Salem.

The group is eager to inform everyone of the unique benefits it offers to all writers and readers of any genre and gender who choose to join this 3,000-member international organization. One valuable member benefit: a free annual edit and critique of a sample of a manuscript-in-progress by a published author.

As for the published members of the Triad Chapter, the most nationally prominent is North Carolina’s Alan Gratz, multiple award-winning author of young adult and middle grade adventures. Alan is part of Bookmark’s Authors-in-Schools program and an invited guest of Bookmarks (check the latest list of featured speakers at He’ll drop by the Sisters in Crime booth and sign his books (available at the Bookmark’s Book Store).

Also signing at the booth are: Victoria Gilbert of Winston-Salem, making her debut as a mystery author, though her many speculative fiction titles are published under pen names; author Agnes Alexander and editor Chris Roerden; and Ramona Shepherd, author of general fiction. The Asheville psychotherapist and crime writer Bryan E. Robinson will be signing a few of his 30+ books at the booth from 10 a.m. to noon, including the first of his series of mysteries, Limestone Gumption. The beloved UNC-Asheville writing instructor Vicki Lane will have her five Appalachian mysteries represented on the chapter’s standing display.

Over the years, the Sisters in Crime chapter has grown and membership now reaches well beyond the Triad, from Mt. Airy to Charlotte, from Fayetteville to the Tennessee border — even to one writer in Florida! Members and visitors do not have to be crime focused to find a welcome home of uplifting support and learning, either dropping in for monthly programs at the High Point Library or communing long-distance via mail . . . and, in the near future, by Skype!

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