Tuesday, September 23, 2014

California Crime Writers Conference 2015

California Crime Writers Conference 2015: June 6 & 7, 2015
DoubleTree Inn, Culver City, CA

Key Note Speakers: Charlaine Harris and Anne Perry

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America welcome both members and non-members to the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference. A weekend of outstanding workshops geared to the needs of both emerging and established mystery writers. Attendees will enjoy tracks on forensics, craft, industry, and marketing, along with other mystery-themed activities. A manuscript critique is available as an add-on option.

CCWC offers four tracks of curriculum for the mystery writer: forensics, craft, industry, and marketing. Each track features eight panels and/or workshops. Attendees can attend any combination of sessions. 

Register now for this weekend of outstanding workshops geared to the needs of both emerging and established mystery writers. Attendees will enjoy tracks on forensics, craft, industry, and marketing, along with other mystery-themed activities. A manuscript critique is available as an add-on option. 

Register Here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Joseph McNamara: R.I.P.

Joseph D. McNamara, a former San Jose police chief who gained national attention for his progressive views on community policing, drugs and gun control, died in his sleep early Friday at his Monterey home of pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Joe McNamara, who started his career as a Harlem beat cop in New York City and earned a doctorate from Harvard University, served as San Jose's police chief from 1976 until retiring in 1991.  Before coming to San Jose, he served as Kansas City's police chief. He worked as a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution from 1991 until his death, and wrote five novels dubbed cop noir.

His books include: The First Directive, Fatal Command, The Blue Mirage, Code 211 Blue, Love and Death in Silicon Valley

Mystery Readers NorCal was privileged to host Joe McNamara at a special Literary Salon for the publication of The First Directive.

Read SF Chronicle Obit here.