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Alice K. BoatwrightAlice K. Boatwright is the author of the Ellie Kent mysteries, which debuted with Under an English Heaven, winner of the 2016 Mystery and Mayhem Grand Prize. The sequel What Child Is This? was published in November 2017. She is also author of the award-winning Collateral Damage; Sea, Sky, Islands; and dozens of published short stories.

Alice holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and has taught at the University of New Hampshire, UC Berkeley, and the American School of Paris. Formerly based in the UK and France, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Crime Writers Association (UK), PEN America, and she currently serves as President of the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime.

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News and Events

J’arrive” appears in CALYX Winter/Spring 2019 issue

A new short story, “J’Arrive,” was published in June in CALYX, a journal of art and literature by women. The 43-year-old journal was founded during the early years of the women’s movement as a platform for showcasing women’s work. As Senior Editor Brenna Crotty writes: “‘Women’s work’ is often spoken of in derogatory tones, but the work that women do, and have always done, is what keeps CALYX full of such beauty and pathos.” Copies of the journal may be found in major bookstores or ordered by mail.

Mystery Thriller Week features Ellie Kent mysteries

Alice was one of the authors interviewed for Mystery Thriller Week, an annual celebration of the genre. The May 13-24 online event highlights books, blogs, interviews, and more. Read the interview, which covers the history of Ellie Kent and describes her approach to writing mysteries.

2019 Bay Area Writers Contest: June 1 through October 31

Alice has been invited to serve as a fiction judge for the Women’s National Book Association’s Bay Area WNBA Writers Contest. Entries of 500-2,500 words may be submitted beginning June 1. The contest closes October 31. For details and online submission, click here.

Upcoming events

September 17:  Candace Robb book launch/Agatha Christie birthday party at Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA, 7 pm. Candace, Alice, and Marty Wingate will be talking about how reading Agatha Christie influenced them — before and after they became mystery writers. Open to the public/free.

September 22: Join author Alice K. Boatwright and artist Marsha Karr at the book launch for SEA, SKY, ISLANDS at Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Reading, art display, book signing and refreshments, 4–5 pm. Open to the public.

October 5–6: “The All-Important Page One,” presentation at the Write on the Sound Writers Conference, Edmonds, WA (Registered participants only)

October 19: Book launch for the revised edition of COLLATERAL DAMAGE at Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA, 6 pm. Open to the public/free.

October 24: Mystery Writing Panel with Curt Colbert and Erica Miner, sponsored by the EPIC Group Writers at Friends of the Edmonds Library meeting, 6–8 pm.


Interested in having Alice talk to your book or writers’ group?

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Author photo: Maria Aragon