Today, I'd like to talk about books and auctions. Each year (and I'm sure at most book conventions), auctions are held to benefit charity organizations. A little way of giving back to the community where the event is held. Malice Domestic 30 had both a silent auction and a live auction (which included desserts and coffee - yum!). Last year, I bid at both events and won some things. This year, I visited the silent auction room, but I decided I would only bid at the live auction.
Let's talk about the charity to start - KEEN Greater DC is a non-profit organization which provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. Such a worthy cause. The proceeds from the auctions at this Malice will go towards incorporating a new reading and literacy element into the current programs that KEEN already offers. Again, such a wonderful aim! And I understand that at this Malice conference, over $24,000 was donated. Well done everyone!!!
The auctioneers were two lovely authors - Christine Trent and Hank Phillippi Ryan. They both were quite good at getting the audience to 'bid it up'! I won two auctions and was very pleased.
This was the 'Elizabeth George, A Great Deliverance Gift Set', donated by Christine Trent. Since this year was the 30th year of Malice, Christine told us that she wanted to honor that milestone. Elizabeth George's first Inspector Thomas Lynley book, A Great Deliverance, was published in 1988 - 30 years ago. This gift package included both an advance copy and 1st edition of that book - signed by the author. Also a copy of George's latest book in the series (#20), The Punishment She Deserves, also signed. A picture of Elizabeth George from 30 years ago, the current issue of Mystery Scene Magazine with cover and feature article about this author, and a DVD set of the TV adaptation, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Plus - Christine included a signed copy of her own new series opener, No Cure for the Dead - first in the Florence Nightingale books. Way cool or what??? So excited to win this. More about Christine tomorrow.
The second prize I won was the Guppy Book of the Month Club. The Guppies are a chapter of Sisters in Crime (an organization formed to promote women crime writers). Guppy stands for 'Great-Unpublished-Writer'. And many very well known crime novelists joined when they were still unpublished and remained afterward to encourage and mentor other writers. Hank Phillippi Ryan is still very involved in the Guppies and this 'Club' is one that she brought to the auction.
The Guppies collaborate to offer one or two or even three books a month to the winner. And that's me!!! So, I'll be receiving many books over the course of the next year from authors who are Guppies. And I've decided that I'll include a 'Guppy Book of the Month' feature here on the blog. After receiving each book, I'll do a special post highlighting it and the author - so watch for those - Guppy Book of the Month. Now on to the books that I sent home to Texas - two boxes full!
This picture shows the books that I sent home unsigned. Plus it shows the bag that each attendee received. Some of the books were bought, some came in my bag, and some were given to me. Kensington and Midnight Ink - both publishing houses - did fabulous events/signings/giveaways with a bunch of their authors. I could have brought home a lot more books, but I tried to limit myself. Really, I did! Ha!
Still Life - Louise Penny
A Cold Day in Hell - Lissa Marie Redmond
Fiction Can Be Murder - Becky Clark
Bookmarked For Murder - Marion Moore Hill
Lone Star Lawless - Austin Mystery Writers - Laura Oles
Old News - Ed Ifkovic
Fractured Families - Charlotte Hinger
The Burial Society - Nina Sadowsky
Here we have the 2 stacks of signed books. Great, right? And yes, you are seeing a 2nd copy of A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond. I got an additional copy for a friend.
What Doesn't Kill You - Aimee Hix
Beyond the Pale - Clare O'Donohue
Room For Doubt - Nancy Cole Silverman
Murder in an Irish Churchyard - Carleen O'Connor
The Silver Gun - L.A. Chandlar
A March to Remember - Anna Loan-Wilsey
A Cold Day in Hell - Lissa Marie Redmond
Read Herring Hunt - V.M. Burns
Murder in the Lincoln White House - C.M. Gleason
Cremains of the Day - Misty Simon
Class Reunions Are Murder - Libby Klein
Death By Eggnog - Alex Erickson
Murder in the Bowery - Victoria Thompson
Murder on Union Square - Victoria Thompson
Hammered Silver - Susan Reiss
Yesterday's News - R.G. Belsky
(this was the new anthology that came out at Malice 30 - got most of the authors with stories included to sign it)
Tomorrow I'll share some pictures and stories of special people that I met - some authors, some fans, and the cutest attendee. Hope you'll stop by and check them out. And I know this is a lot to take in. I encourage you to bookmark these posts and read them at your leisure. Plus, ask any questions you'd like in the comments.