September Meeting

Come to our meeting on September 2nd to meet Nancy Alloy, owner of Books at Park Place in St. Petersburg. Mary has owned her independent bookstore since 2007. She is Indy/Small Publisher friendly, and her store frequently hosts author signing events.

Once upon a time… there were magical kingdoms called “bookstores”. In these places, you could meet old friends, learn new things, and travel to new worlds. The residents of these kingdoms were called “booksellers”. They were experienced guides who liked nothing better than to help visitors on their journeys of exploration.

A place like this still exists!

Happy chapter members at a recent signing event.

Sisters in Crime: Multi-Author Event

Books at Park Place
10468 Roosevelt Blvd N, St Petersburg, FL 33716
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Writers in attendance will include:

  • Cheryl Hollon, author of Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series: Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder and Cracked to Death. The stories revolve around the adventures of the new proprietor of a St. Petersburg craft-glass shop.
  • Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn, authors of the Florida historical mystery, Murder on the Mullet Express.
  • Wendy Dingwall, author of the Florida-based Yvonne Suarez Travel Mysteries including Hera’s Revenge, Celtic Curse and The Toxic Cruise
  • Shannon O. Esposito, author of the St. Petersburg Pet Psychic Series. Titles are: Karma’s a Bitch, Lady Luck Runs Out, and Silence is Golden

This is a great opportunity to partake of some fun, homicidal Florida fun!

Ft. Myers: Sisters at the Reading Festival

The Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime were well-represented at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival this year. Wendy Dingwall, Kait Carson, Maris Soule, Janet Heijens, Sarah Glenn, and Gwen Mayo took rotations at the booth. Many people stopped by, and we introduced the organization to many readers (plus some budding authors!).

The afternoon team.

February Program

The next chapter meeting is this Saturday, February 4th, at the North Sarasota Library. The library is located at:

2801 Newtown Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234

The presenter is Harriet Hendel of the Innocence Project. Ms. Hendel is a retired educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching learning-disabled students in New York and New Jersey. Now retired, she divides her year between New York and Sarasota, Florida. She is very active in both communities. She has taught creative writing at Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York and several courses on prison literature through Brandeis National Committee and the University of South Florida for Lifelong Learning.

“Mysteries to Die for” – An Inspire Sarasota Event

The Friends of the Selby Public Library and the Sisters in Crime (Florida Gulf Coast chapter) invite you to Mysteries to Die For. This wine and cheese costume event features New York Times best-selling author – and latent print examiner for the City of Cape Coral, Florida’s police department – Lisa Black.  Lisa will present her approach to what makes a great crime novel, and will then chair a panel featuring four popular Florida mystery writers: Wendy Dingwall, Shannon Esposito, Cheryl Hollon, and Susan Santangelo.

Join us at 6PM on October 28th in the Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium at the Selby Library. Plan to dress as your favorite mystery character, mingle with local mystery authors and participate in fundraising activities! Book sales and signing to follow.

Contact Marilyn Nykiforuk at 941-861-1133 to register for this special event.

Sarasota Sizzled with Mysteries!

Saturday was a busy day for the chapter. Two events at two locations = twice the action!


Wendy Dingwall got things started at the Barnes and Noble signing.

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Barnes and Noble posted videos of the action on their Twitter feed:


Janet Heijens addresses the audience.

Meanwhile, at the Gulf Gate Library, Adult Services Coordinator Ellen India welcomed the workshop visitors.


Sarah Glenn did a short talk on the uses of dialogue, then Louise Titchener led a ‘hands on’ workshop on the nuts and bolts of writing dialogue.


Brenda Spaulding and other Sisters displayed their wares in the next room.



Suncoast News Network covered the Gulf Gate event.

Meanwhile, Barnes and Noble continued to LiveTweet videos from the store.


SaveBNSarasotaLineupKlaus…and a good time was had by all!








Who Dunnit? Sisters Sizzle in Sarasota

Celebrating the formation of the new Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime chapter, an outgrowth of the National Sisters in Crime organization that has over 3600 members in over 50 chapters worldwide, Barnes & Noble in cooperation with the Sarasota County Libraries will present an all-day event on June 18th.
Sisters in Crime, recent winner of MWA’s Raven Award, was founded in 1986 at Bouchercon, a crime writers conference, by NYT best-selling author, Sara Paretsky and other well-known women authors. Their mission has been to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

  • At Barnes & Noble from ten until noon, local mystery and thriller authors will offer readings from their latest novels. In the afternoon authors will offer a panel discussion entitled: Why Mysteries Set in the South Sizzle. The authors will be available to sign their books throughout the day.
  • At the Gulf Gate Library authors will offer a workshop titled, “Dialogue that Dazzles—Creating Voice” for writers who wish to hone their skills. The workshop is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the work of John D. MacDonald. In the afternoon, a panel titled, “Solving the Mysteries of Publishing” will be presented by authors who have experience as independent traditional publishers and as self-publishers.

“Since our first official meeting was held on December 5, 2015, we have already made an impact on the Gulf Coast community,” says chapter president, Wendy Dingwall. “In February, through our We Love Libraries program, I was honored to present a $1000 check to the Bonita Springs Library, and we are slated to do the same for the Selby Library this October. Monthly, the program offers libraries the chance to apply for a grant nationwide, and the winners are chosen at random. Libraries may use the funds to purchase books or provide programs that promote reading.”
Dingwall continues, “Going forward, our chapter, which meets the first Saturday of each month, has plans for exciting programs, workshops and events. We welcome mystery lovers of all types, including misters. If you are an author, a reader, bookseller, publisher, librarian, or just someone who cares about supporting women writers, you are welcome to join. We are a diverse and inclusive group.”

Following is the Schedule of Events:

Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231, (941) 923-9907
Author Signings from 10:00am until 4:00pm
10:00am -10:20am         Kait Carson
10:25am -10:45am         Wendy Dingwall
10:50am – 11:10am       Shannon Esposito
11:15am – 11:35am       Janet Heijens
11:40am – 12:00pm       JB Hamilton Queen
12:00pm – 12:20pm       Susan Klaus

2:15pm to 3:00pm – Panel Discussion: Why Mysteries Set in the South Sizzle
Moderator; Wendy Dingwall
Panelists: Kait Carson, Shannon Esposito, Susan Klaus
3:00pm – 3:30pm, Q&A

Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota FL 34231
Author Signings from 10:30am until 4:00pm

10:30am – 11:30am
Workshop: Dazzling Dialogue – Creating Voice
Instructors; Sarah Glenn and Louise Tichner
11:30am – 11:45am Q&A

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Panel Discussion: Solving the Mysteries of Publishing
Moderator: Sarah Glenn
Panelists: Janet Heijens, Gwen Mayo, Brenda Spalding
2:15pm – 2:30pm Q&A