Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Malice Domestic Report

Some of you may have seen my "Oh, Kaye! Goes to Malice" piece at Jungle Red this past Sunday.  This is just an expanded, slightly revised version, with more pictures.

I've just gotten home from Malice Domestic, which is just one big family type house party for the mystery community.  Lots of squeals, lots of hugs, and a few happy tears.

I had a ball - of course - and wanted to share some of it with all of you.

Starting with saying goodbye to Harley Barley at the Greensboro Train Depot.  (He looks totally heartbroken about me leaving, doesn't he?!)

North Carolina hits Union Station - - -
(North Carolina was well represented on the train - me, M'Lou, Molly, Karen, Ruth and Noel)

I adore Union Station - - -

We're Here ! ! ! 

The spot where many of us spent a huge amount of time having coffee or a drink or just catching up for a chat - even when there wasn't anyone there to serve us anything.  It's all about just catching up with friends.

Guess What I found in the Dealer's Room??  Kathy Harig of Mystery Loves Company - I love you!!!!!
I'm always excited to see my buddies from Canada -
Barbara Fradkin, Erika Chase and Mary Jane Maffini

One of the most elegant and gracious women in the mystery community, Louise Penny, interviews the also elegant and gracious Peter Robinson
I adore these women!!! 
Louise Penny and Hank Phillippi Ryan - is it any wonder I'm grinning like I've totally lost my mind? wow.
Hank Phillippi Ryan (wonder if she ever gets tired of being told how beautiful we all think she is?)  interviews the incredible Laurie King.
They had the BEST time and we all enjoyed being a part of this interview.
and here's someone we all love - Hi, Molly Weston!
And I get to connect with my old friend Aubrey Nye Hamilton who I haven't seen since Baltimore B'con.  Way too many years in between visits.
Another woman I think just rocks the world.  Laura Lippman.
(do I look like I'm getting ready to cry?  maybe . . . )
Kathryn Hall Page and Hank Phillippi Ryan introducing Harlan Coben at the auction.
and Laura Lippman at the auction with Hank and Kathryn

and the robot that was part of Laura's auction package.  I really, really, really wanted this robot.  (sob)

Here's a few more of the items available at the auction - - - 


Here's just a couple of the many choices at the dessert party after the auction


Chris Roerden admire Edith Maxwell's earbobs.  The cutest little guns you have ever seen!

I could not WAIT to meet this woman face to face!  And she is every bit as adorable as I knew she would be - Stephanie Jaye Evans.
And - - getting a few pointers, 'cause they'll be running the Toronto B'Con in 2017!
Canadian women - they're everywhere!  Vicki Delany, Mary Jane Maffini and Erika Chase
Another woman I couldn't wait to meet - Larissa Reinhardt and I'm ashamed of myself for not remembering the lovely young woman with Larissa.  She was adorable!
I'll be seeing Larissa again in June - we'll both be at The High Country Festival of the Book.

Yet another fan girl moment for me - I am Sally Goldenbaum's #1 fan!

My buddies Con Lehane and Maryglenn McCombs

Rochelle Staab

Sally Goldenbaum and Kaitlyn Dunnett aka Kathy Lynn Emerson who is next year's Guest of Honor at Malice (and I have to squeal about this - guess what book Kathy/Kaitlyn told me she was reading??  WHIMSEY!!!)


Me and Jungle
Red Roberta Isleib aka Lucy Burdette

Jungle Red Rhys Bowen and Dean James

Mary Saums, Marcia Talley and Sara J. Henry
 Neil Plakcy

Liz Zelvin

Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Marjorie Flax, Greg Herren and Daniel J. Hale
Catriona McPherson, Carolyn Hart and Hank Phillippi Ryan

Dana Cameron

Laurie King and Laura Lippman

Daniel Stashower and Peter Lovesey

Joanna Campbell Slan


and this - THIS was a MAJOR Fan Girl Moment.  I have long loved Phillip DePoy's work and FINALLY got to meet him.  And I'll get to see him again in June, as he'll be one of the authors at The High Country Festival of the Book in Boone, NC.  Wheeeeee!


and this is the wonderful water color I bid on and won at the silent auction!  Yay!!!!!

I had intended to go to the Agatha Banquet, but you know - socializing is exhausting for me.  Toss in the fact that every time I turn around I'm seeing another writer I admire and well, truth be told, I was just exhausted.  So, I decided to turn in early - with Sally Goldenbaum's ANGORA ALIBI, a Maryland Crab Cake and my new Alice and the Mad Hatter finger puppets I bought in an attempt to ease the pain of not winning Laura Lippman's robot.
Life is Good.


My friend Lesa Holstine posted the Agatha award winners at her blog, and here they are - - -

Best Children's/Young Adult - The Code Busters' Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner.

Best First Novel - Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

Best Historical Mystery - Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson

Best Short Story - "Mischief in Mesopotamia" by Dana Cameron. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Best Non-Fiction - Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels ed. by John Connolly and Declan Burke

Best Novel - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

And now I'm back home in Boone with my Donald and Harley and life is good.


cathy said...

Oh wow... this was SO much fun to read, Kaye - loved all the photos. Great to see so many authors. What a fun time you had!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

These are wonderful pictures, Kaye! I feel as if I were there. Looks like you had a lovely time!