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A Celebration of Allium Press of Chicago’s Tenth Anniversary

A Celebration of Allium Press of Chicago’s Tenth Anniversary

Date: June 6, 2019

Day: Thursday

Time: 7-9:00 PM

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   Come help Allium Press celebrate their 10th anniversary with the launch of their newest title, K. P. Kyle’s Sync.                   The author will talk about her book, a contemporary techo thriller, and be available for signing.

   Also joining the celebration will be Allium authors Frances McNamara, D. M. Pirrone,                                                          Libby Fischer Hellmann, Tony Romano, and J. Bard-Collins. Their books will be available for purchase and signing. 

   Allium Press was founded in Forest Park in 2009 as a small independent press and publishes fiction with a                         Chicago connection—including literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fiction. 

 

The latest author and title added to Allium Press of Chicago's Catalog of Fine Novels:

Sync   

Description

   "Brigid Sullivan is divorced, depressed, and working as a telemarketer to pay the bills for her Alzheimer-afflicted mother's medical care. When she spots a hitchhiker in midwinter, she takes a chance and gives a stranger a ride—sending her predictable life into chaos. For Jason is an escapee from a secretive research lab who has the ability to shift into alternate realities. He's also on the run, and soon, the bad guys appear at Brigid's home, looking for Jason. Thanks to Brigid's emotional support dog, Lithium, and her own willingness to beat up a home intruder, the attacker is driven off, but this is the start of Brigid's new, dangerous life. As she and Jason flee from the police and more ominous forces, Brigid learns about Jason's powers and his traumatic history. While Jason wrestles with fear, guilt, and the physical side effects of his powers, Brigid rises to the crisis with strengths she didn't know she possessed. When Jason is recaptured, it's up to Brigid to find allies, expose the project, and free Jason and everyone else. For his part, Jason will finally learn the purpose that the project's current managers have been hiding, but will the truth ultimately destroy him? The stakes and the villains throughout remain realistic and believable, and Brigid's aggressive normalcy lends her great charm as a protagonist. There's a solid supporting cast as well; even relatively minor characters like Jason's family get strong, poignant moments to shine and to help save the day." [Kirkus Review March 13, 2019]

 

             

Author

 K. P. Kyle was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where her mother was the founder and owner of the much-beloved independent bookstore Narnia Children’s Books. She received her BA from the University of Chicago and her DVM from Cornell University. She has lived in South Boston, Massachusetts for the past sixteen years, with the exception of two years spent in Senegal. She works as a veterinarian and shares her home with a bush dog and a black dog. This is her debut novel. 

Death at the Selig Studios (Emily Cabot Mysteries #7) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780996755894
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Published: Allium Press - May 29th, 2018

Honor Above All Cover Image
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Published: Allium Press - June 17th, 2014

A Bitter Veil Cover Image
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Published: Allium Press - April 15th, 2012

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For You Were Strangers (Hanley & Rivka Mysteries) Cover Image
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Published: Allium Press - December 15th, 2015

Where My Body Ends and the World Begins Cover Image
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Published: Allium Press - December 12th, 2017

Author Discussion & Signing with Julia Buckley

Title: Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A Hungarian Tea House Mystery) A NEW SERIES...

Author: Julia Buckley

Date: August 4, 2019

Day: Sunday

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Description


Hana Keller serves up European-style cakes and teas in her family-owned tea house, but when a customer keels over from a poisoned cuppa, Hana and her tea-leaf reading grandmother will have to help catch a killer in the first Hungarian Tea House Mystery from Julia Buckley.

Hana Keller and her family run Maggie's Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family's Hungarian heritage and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But one of the shop's largest draws is Hana's eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowned for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers' cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous and seemingly related to old Hungarian legends... When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana’s dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil when Hana’s beloved  Anna Weatherley butterfly teacup becomes the center of the murder investigation as it carried the poisoned tea. The cup is claimed as evidence by a handsome police detective, and the pretty Tea House is suddenly endangered.  Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful Budapest Butterfly back home where it belongs.

About the Author


Julia Buckley is the author of the Undercover Dish mysteries and the Writer's Apprentice mysteries. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Chicago Writer's Association. She has taught high school English for twenty-nine years. Other books by Julia Buckley are listed below.

 

Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY #1) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - July 30th, 2019

Death Waits in the Dark (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #4) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - April 2nd, 2019

Pudding Up With Murder (An Undercover Dish Mystery #3) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - September 5th, 2017

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A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #1) Cover Image
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A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #3) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - July 31st, 2018

Cheddar Off Dead (An Undercover Dish Mystery #2) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - September 6th, 2016

The Big Chili (An Undercover Dish Mystery #1) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - October 6th, 2015

Death in Dark Blue (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #2) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - May 2nd, 2017

The Dark Backward Cover Image
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Published: Midnight Ink - June 2006

Sisters in Crime (Chicago) Meeting.

 

Pomodoros and Chocolate: Motivation and Productivity for the Writer

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, Illinois

Sisters in Crime national vice-president (and SinCC chapter member) Lori Rader-Day leads an interactive session on tips and tools for improving your writing productivity, keeping yourself motivated, and getting the help you need to finish your next project. Bring a notebook and pen, your calendar, and your best idea for building discipline and making and meeting goals. Free and open to the public.

 

Lori Rader-Day

Mary Higgins Clark Award- and Anthony Award-winning author of

 The Black Hour (2014), Little Pretty Things (2015), The Day I Died(2017), and Under a Dark Sky (2018)

Author event with L.D.Barnes

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A lifelong Chicagoan who attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University, L. D. Barnes has blogged about jazz for ChicagoSmooth internet radio, was published in Revise The Psalm, Work Celebrating The Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, The BAC Street Journal, and the Tallgrass 'Home' Anthology.  She lives with her retired Chicago Policeman husband and her cat Cleopatra.  She is a member of FLOW(For Love of Writing), Longwood Writer's Guild and Mystery Writers of America - Midwest Chapter.


The 107th St.Murder

In mid-October of 1978, the body of a young blonde tumbles from a garbage truck parked at the edge of the landfill, Mt. Trashmore, on Chicago's southeast side.  Newly paired partners Rachael Culpepper and Tony Breese of the Chicago Police Detective Unit are assigned the case. They navigate the twists, turns, and lies of 107th Street to find her murderer.  This 70's era Chicago murder-mystery presents a realistic portrait of the south side communities of Beverly and Mt. Greenwood with their legendary class rivalries as Culpepper and Breese follow a trail that leads inexorably to the shocking culprit.

 

Join us as we welcome L.D.Barnes for

her mystery ,The 107th St.Murder

on January26 at 2 p.m.

Sisters in Crime Special Meeting: Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

September 23, 2017 Saturday

NOON

Sisters in Crime Special Meeting:

Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

 

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The Rune Stone Murders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590806333
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Published: Echelon Press Publishing - June 2009

Criminal Mischief: Back-To-Back Caroline Rhodes Novellas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781493598779
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Published: Createspace - October 26th, 2013

Authors/Editors Discussion & Signing with Laura Caldwell & Leslie S. Klinger

Authors/Editors For April 1, 2017 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM

 

Laura Caldwell

Biography

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is also director of Life After Innocence and a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law, among others.

Laura began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books of the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive … writers around,” after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Laura was led to the criminal case of a young man who was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he sat in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and her books have been translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman’s Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Inspired by her court victory and the challenges her client faced in rejoining society, Laura founded Loyola’s Life After Innocence, which assists wrongfully convicted individuals and other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.

 

Leslie S. Klinger

Biography

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, and 19th-century genre fiction. Les is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, Lovecraft, and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, StokerCon, World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon, Comicpalooza, WonderCon, and San Diego Comic-Con, and he frequently teaches courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension.

Les' work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar® for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and the Anthony for Best Anthology in 2015 for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (co-edited with Laurie R. King) and two nominations for the Bram Stoker Award® for Best Nonfiction book. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of novels, comic books, and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula.

Les attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. He and his wife Sharon have five adult children, six grandchildren, and live in Malibu with their dog and two cats. By day, Les practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law.

 

Title:  Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted.

Description


Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers--including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan--while another exoneree's case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal--until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds's experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

 

 

 

 

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451626599
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Published: Free Press - April 19th, 2014

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By H. P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 13th, 2014

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Saturday, April 22  

11:00 a.m.

Centuries & Sleuths

 

Presenter: Linda Keen (CERT volunteer)

Topic: CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
 

CERT, under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

 

 

 

 

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