Author Event

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.





Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters In Crime Meeting

Saturday, March 25 

11:00 a.m.

Centuries & Sleuths

7419 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130


Presenter:  Ellen Schuetzner 
Topic:  Forensic Document Examiner


The scope of forensic document examination is the determination of authorship and authenticity of a questioned document. It includes the non-destructive examination of signatures, handwriting, hand printing, machine-generated documents, computers, alterations, burned and water-soaked documents. She will present information about local cases, such as Operation Greylord, and national cases, such as the Jon Benet Ramsey case. 


Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Guest Speaker: Dana Kaye

Title & Topic: Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales 


You've finished your book. That's step one. Book publicist Dana Kaye now takes you through step two: getting your book into the hands of legions of readers. How we read books is changing rapidly, and so is where we buy them. From the rise of eBooks to the impact of online retail sales through companies like Amazon to the wide acceptance of self-publishing as a natural path countless authors are writing books and then wondering what to do with them. If they decide to bring their book to market themselves, how do they ensure they will reach audiences without a marketing or publicity department and without the budgets and outreach that publishers have? If a house has acquired the rights and promises to publish, how does that writer supplement the work of those publicity managers and develop a direct relationship with everyone from the media to potential fans? 
Throughout her career, Dana Kaye has helped authors raise their profiles. As the head of her own independent PR firm, Kaye Publicity, Dana Kaye has succeeded in getting her client's books into the hands of as many readers as possible. She has been a driving force behind numerous bestselling authors across all genres, from thriller authors like Gregg Hurwitz and Jamie Freveletti to children's authors like Liz Climo and Claudia Gray, and now she brings her insights to you. Kaye walks writers through all of their options, taking the anxiety out of the pitching process and teaching them how to be their own best promoters. Sharp, intuitive, and user-friendly, Dana Kaye's guide is a must-have for all authors with bestselling aspirations. 
"When it comes to professionalism, hard work and dedication, Danais the best there is She has been invaluable in helping me build mybrand, and has come up with really inventive ways to promote mybooks(like fun contests, which help me not only promote mybooksbut also connect with my fans )" Liz Climo, Author and Illustrator of"Lobster is the Best Medicine.


About the Author

Dana Kaye is the owner of Kaye Publicity Inc., a boutique PR company specializing in publishing and entertainment. She received her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. After college, she worked as a freelance writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-TimesTime Out ChicagoCrimespree MagazineWindy City Times,Bitch Magazine, and on This experience has been crucial to her publicity career: she has the contacts and necessary industry insight to form pertinent, widespread media campaigns.

Dana is known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends. She frequently speaks on the topics of social media, branding, and publishing trends, and her commentary has been featured on websites likeThe Huffington Post,Little Pink Book, and NBC Chicago.


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ISBN: 9781682303801
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Diversion Books - September 20th, 2016

CANCELLED Authors Discussion & Signing with Julia Keller / Offsite



Title: Sorrow Road

Auhtor: Julia Keller


In 1944, three young men from a small town in West Virginia are among the American forces participating in D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home seventy-two years later?

In "Sorrow Road," the latest mystery from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Keller, two stories one set in the turbulent era of World War II and one in the present day are woven together to create a piercingly poignant tale of memory and family, of love and murder.

Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney in Acker's Gap, West Virginia, is asked by an old acquaintance to look into the death of her beloved father in an Alzheimer's care facility. Did he die of natural causes or was something more sinister to blame? And that's not the only issue with which Bell is grappling: Her daughter Carla has moved back home. But something's not right. Carla is desperately hiding a secret.

Once again, past and present, good and evil, and revenge and forgiveness clash in a riveting story set in the shattered landscape of Acker's Gap, where the skies can seem dark even at high noon, and the mountains lean close to hear the whispered lament of the people trapped in their shadow.

About the Author

JULIA KELLER spent twelve years as a reporter and editor for the" Chicago Tribune," where she won a Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she was born in West Viriginia and lives in Chicago and Ohio. She is the author of the Bell Elkins series ("A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River, Summer of the Dead").

Sorrow Road: A Novel (Bell Elkins Novels #5) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250089588
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Minotaur Books - August 23rd, 2016

Last Ragged Breath: A Novel (Bell Elkins Novels #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250044761
Published: Minotaur Books - July 19th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781250104465
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 3rd, 2016

A Killing in the Hills: A Novel (Bell Elkins Novels #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250028754
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 11th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781250076212
Published: Minotaur Books - April 28th, 2015

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 25, NOON to one p.m., Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, IL. Our first meeting of the fall will feature MWA Midwest member, author, and attorney Laura Caldwell from the Life After Innocence Project AND Jovan Mosley, an exoneree and attorney. We expect this to be a pretty powerful conversation and hope you can make it. Note the start time: NOON.

LAURA CALDWELL is a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a published author of 15 books, including the Izzy McNeil novels and her nonfiction Long Way Home. She is the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned. She also is a co-editor of a new anthology, Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongly Convicted. It will be released in February 2017.

JOVAN MOSLEY was 19 years old when Chicago police coerced him into confessing to a 1999 murder that he did not commit. He spent nearly six years in a holding cell in Cook County jail before he was granted a trial to prove his innocence. Freed in 2005 with the help of Laura Caldwell and Catharine O’Daniel, he has since earned his Juris Doctor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.



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