Alice K. Boatwright

Mysteries and More


CWA–NA programs with Sara Paretsky and Martin Edwards now on YouTube

Authors Sara Paretsky and Martin Edwards were special guests at two recent meetings of the Crime Writers Association North America chapter. As convenor for the CWA-NA chapter, Alice hosted these sessions, which were recorded and are now available on YouTube.

Awarded the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, Sara Paretsky is credited with transforming the mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V.I. Warshawski, in 1982. Over four decades, she has published 23 bestselling Warshawski mysteries, which have been translated into 30 languages. The most recent, OVERBOARD, was published in May 2022. Paretsky has also published important nonfiction, such as WRITING IN AN AGE OF SILENCE, which explores the traditions of literary and political dissent that have informed her work; and she was one of the founders of the organization, Sisters in Crime. Sara Paretsky in conversation with Verena Rose

Awarded the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, Martin Edwards is the author most recently of The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators, now a finalist for this year’s Edgar Award, and Sepulchre Street, the fourth book in the Rachel Savernake series, forthcoming in May. Martin was the longest-serving Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association since its founder John Creasey. In 2015 he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club. He is Archivist of the CWA and of the Detection Club and consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics. Martin Edwards in conversation with Art Taylor

PROMOPHOBIA wins the Agatha Award and is finalist for Anthony Award

PROMOPHOBIA, the anthology on marketing crime fiction published by Sisters in Crime in December, won the Agatha Award in non-fiction at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland on April 28–30. It has also been named a finalist for the Anthony Award for best Critical/Nonfiction book of 2022. This award will be announced at Bouchercon 2023 in San Diego on September 2. The anthology includes a chapter by Alice on promoting books through ebook sales, as well as tips on a wide variety of marketing strategies contributed by 63 other authors. As editor Diane Vallere describes the project: “Publishing a book can be scary. Figuring out how to promote it can be straight-up frightening. When the seas of book promo make you feel adrift in unfriendly waters, keeping your head above water can be difficult. Enter PROMOPHOBIA, a collection of essays that just might save the life of your book.” The anthology is available as a paperback or e-book from a variety of online retailers and bookstores.

Zoom with me!

Since the Zoom era began, Alice has participated in events from California to Connecticut, as well as in England, France, India, and Pakistan. It’s an any time, anywhere world now, so if your book club or other group would like to chat with her about her books, reading, or writing, please feel free to contact her at

Recent/forthcoming events

June 17: Midsummer Meet-up of the Crime Writers Association North America chapter, on Zoom. Alice will moderate. Open to all CWA members, who may receive Zoom details through the chapter email.

August 30–September 3: Attending the Bouchercon Conference in San Diego, CA (Dates of participation to be confirmed).

September 1: Hosting CWA North America chapter get together at Bouchercon, San Diego, CA In person!!! (Registered delegates only.)

October 7: Moderating a panel on Mystery Subgenres at the Write on the Sound Conference, Edmonds, WA

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