Dear %%First Name%%,
April is going to be a fantastic month for all mystery lovers in Pittsburgh (and beyond).
First off, on Thursday, April 17 we'll be holding our Little Night of Romance (Mystery & Suspense, too) which will bring together over 20 authors for a night of fun.
Secondly, on Monday, April 28 the Thirteenth Annual Festival of Mystery will gather nearly 50 writers and their many fans for the latest incarnation of this splendid event.
Admission for the Little Night of Romance and the Festival of Mystery is $7 in advance, $8 at the door. The best news is that one ticket gets you both events. That's right: buy a ticket for the Little Night of Romance and your ticket will get you into the Festival. Buy a Festival ticket in advance and you can use it for the Little Night of Romance.
Such a deal.
On Thursday April 17 we'll be gathering at the St. Irenaeus Church Social Hall for a Little Night of Romance (Mystery & Suspense, too) from 5:30 to 8:30. The Romantic Times convention is in Pittsburgh that week bringing with it many writers in a variety of genres. We'll have more than twenty of them at the Little Night for an evening of interviews, chat and signing.
You'll find a complete list of attendees on our Little Night of Romance page and you'll see that we've got folks who write romance, historicals, mystery, suspense and even a couple of vampires. Well, they're not really vampires but they write about them.
The event that mystery readers look forward to all year is here. The Thirteenth Annual Festival of Mystery will return on Monday, April 28 from 4 to 9 pm.
We'll be at the Greek Orthodox Church on Washington Ave., same location as last year with a stellar group of nearly 50 authors for an evening of interviews and signing. This year we've got over 20 new authors as well as many favorites from Festival's past.
The month just completed was filled with wonderful author appearances and a number of those generated best sellers for March but plenty of other titles were from MLB favorites or books chosen by book clubs. You'll find the effects of all three in our March Best Seller list.
Have you ever wondered just how much of what you read in mystery novels and true crime books is real? We know that many customers have so we thought you'd be interested in this upcoming symposium at Duquesne University.
From crime scene details to courtroom theatrics, do you find yourself asking whether the author did his or her homework? And assuming they did, do you ever wonder how? Come to the 8th Annual Conference of The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and discover the answers to these questions and many more.
Where Fact Meets Fiction: A National Symposium on the Intersection of Forensic Science and Pop Culture will be held at Duquesne University April 3-5. For more information on the program, including appearances by authors Jan Burke, Robert Tanenbaum and others, please visit Where Fact Meets Fiction (www.duq.edu/factmeetsfiction). Early registration discounts end March 17!
An avalanche of new arrivals over the past two weeks with most of the April new releases now here. New titles by Susan Wittig Albert, Dorothy Cannell, Jane Cleland, Nevada Barr and many others.
You'll find the complete list at New Arrivals.
Laura Lippman is coming to MLB tonight, Friday, April 4 at 7 pm. The talk and signing will be at the bookstore and it is free. We do ask that you call or email us if you're coming.
If you can't make it to the event, we can still get you a signed copy of Another Thing to Fall. Just order on the website and we'll ship one to you.
If you're looking for a Sunday activity on April 13, you couldn't do better than our special appearance by Anne Perry at the Oakmont Carnegie Library at 1 pm.
Anne will be here with the latest of her Victorian-set Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels, Buckingham Palace Gardens. Anne has been a frequent visitor to MLB over the years and she always delivers a top-notch talk on the historical background of her books which are meticulously researched.
Tickets to the Anne Perry talk and signing are $5. If you're unable to join us, we'll be happy to set-aside a signed book for you. Books can be personally inscribed if you place your order by Saturday, April 12.
Here's what's coming up in Coffee & Crime, our popular Saturday morning author breakfast series:
April 4 - Laura Lippman
April 12 - Lisa Tucker
April 13 - Anne Perry
April 17 - A Little Night of Romance (Mystery & Suspense, too)
April 28 - 13th Annual Festival of Mystery
Keep on reading,
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
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