McIntyre’s Books, at Fearrington Village, 220 Market Street, Pittsboro, is holding its first annual Crime Fest — Mystery Bookfest on Saturday, February 8th, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival is free.
Events take place in the bookstore and in the Fearrington Barn.
It will feature readings, book signings, and panel discussions with authors and insiders, in genres including thriller, mystery and true crime.
Schedule for Crime Scene Mystery Bookfest
In the barn: 10:30-12:00
Let’s Take a Trip! Or, as Dr. Seuss Once Said, “Oh, the places you’ll go…”
Moderator: Carla Buckley
Panelists: Ed Lin, Sara Johnson, Tim Mason
Follow moderator Carla Buckley as she allows our panelists to take her to foreign lands and distant times.
In the bookstore: 11:00-12:30
Brooklyn, Bargains, and Books
Moderator: Molly Weston
Panelists: Triss Stein, Sherry Harris, and Ellery Adams
In the barn: 12:00-1:30pm
Twisty, Dark, and Heroic: Who’s Who?
Moderator: Talia Sherer
Panelists: Jaime Mason, William Boyle, Gregg Hurwitz
The intrepid Talia Sherer (full time mystery fanatic, part time Macmillan Publishers rep) will fire question after rapid-fire question at our panelists and you, the audience, will decide who among them is twisty, dark, and (or) heroic. And, really, are any of them actually telling the truth. Fun will be had. Prizes might won. Bawahahaha (that’s supposed to be an evil laugh).
In the bookstore: 12:30-2:00
Thrills & Chills: Writing (and Selling) Books that Scare Readers
Moderator: Jenny Milchman (author)
Panelists: Carla Buckley (author), Juliet Grames (author, Assoc. Publisher SOHO Books), Paula Munier (author, agent)
This panel is for those interested in the business of books, are writing a book, or just thinking of trying. Running the gamut from start to finish you will not find a better group to explain the pitfalls, frustrations, as well as the many positives that come from crafting a book.
In the barn: 1:30-3:00pm
Why Shan’t the Twain Ever Meet? The Various Ways Justice Can Be Achieved.
Moderator: Jo Perry
Panelists: Tim Maleeny, S.J. Rozan, Martin Clark
Each author has a different way of making sure that good wins out and justice is served. Find out how and why.
In the bookstore: 2:00-3:30
Raising the Dead
Moderator: Pete Mock
Panelists: Lee Goldberg, Dave Robert, Paul Oliver
Ostensibly, this panel is about Ralph Dennis, a 70’s pulp author who influenced so many yet who has been long forgotten, and his NC/Chapel Hill connection. But it is also about those publishers who don’t forget and try to keep reputations alive.
In the barn: 4:00-5:30pm
The awarding of the 3rd annual Beltie Prize for Best Mystery followed by keynote speaker, Thomas Perry, Edgar award winner and one of Pete’s all time favorite authors.
Special Guests at Crime Scene
- Ellery Adams
- William Boyle*
- Carla Buckley
- Martin Clark*
- Jamie Mason*
- Lee Goldberg
- Juliet Grames
- Sherry Harris
- Gregg Hurwitz
- Sara Johnson
- Ed Lin
- Tim Mason
- Jenny Milchman
- Tim Maleeny
- Paul Munier
- Jo Perry
- Thomas Perry
- Eryk Pruitt
- S.J. Rozan*
- Triss Stein
The weekend also features a meet and greet event, Killer Cocktails, a pre-festival party that features drinks, hors d’oeurves and a $20 gift card for the bookstore. Killer Cocktails is a ticketed event and costs $75.