Friday, June 13, 2014

EVENT: Pennsylvania Literary Festival (PALitFest) in Photos

There were so many wonderful moments during the first annual Pennsylvania Literary Festival held in Uniontown, PA, this past weekend that I can't recap all of them. But here are just a few photos that capture some of the wonderful people involved. You'll find many more photos from the weekend on the PALitFest site.

Thank you to everyone, especially my co-founders Jason Jack Miller, David Slusarick, and Matthew D. Dowling, our honorary chair Stacey Aldrich, as well as my Assistant Director of Professional Writing Relations, Caroline Gessner, our social media guru, Kaitlyn Coddington, and our incredible keynote speaker, John Dixon. See you at next year's #PALitFest!

Heidi Ruby Miller and John Dixon

Jason Jack Miller on an episode of The Penn, the official radio broadcast of PALitFest

Heidi Ruby Miller, J. L. Gribble, and K. Ceres Wright

GoingLIVE with Matthew D. Dowling, Annette Dashofy, Heidi Ruby Miller, and David Slusarick

Far Worlds reading with Heidi Ruby Miller

Vortex Book Launch for Lawrence C. Connolly

Henery Press Authors Wendy Tyson and Annette Dashofy

J. L. Gribble, K. W. Taylor, and Carrie Gessner

Zach Waters, tech man extraordinaire!

John Edward Lawson reads

Jason Jack Miller at his Murder Ballads and Whiskey table

GoingLIVE selfie from the couch with David Slusarick, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Matthew D. Dowling

Sharon Ruby and Heidi Ruby Miller on The Penn

Stephanie Wytovich launches Mourning Jewelry with John Edward Lawson

David Slusarick and Kate McCollough on The Penn

State Librarian Stacey Aldrich at the opening ceremony

Sharon Ruby assisting John Dixon at his signing

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

BOOK: FACEOFF edited by David Baldacci (ITW anthology)

edited by David Baldacci

In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers pair their series characters in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and published by Simon & Schuster.

The stories in Face Off feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey.

All of the contributors are ITW members. #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.”

Each author has donated his or her story and all of the proceeds from the book go to fund ITW, which charges no dues to its members. “It’s part of what we do, as ITW members,” said New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, who will serve as managing editor working with Baldacci.

The full list of contributors is a who’s who and includes:

Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson.

For a more in-depth look at FACEOFF, check out this article in the June issue of the Big Thrill.