MWA-NY Reading

February 21, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, hosts another evening of crime fiction stories read by emerging and established writers from their membership.

Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker left a full-time curatorial career in 2009 to devote more time to writing. She now teaches art history part-time at New York Institute of Technology and writes art articles while she writes tales of crime. Aptaker’s first novel, CRIMINAL GOLD, was released by Bold Strokes Books in 2014, and her second book in the series, TARNISHED GOLD, is scheduled for release in September 2015. Her short stories have appeared in the FEDORA anthologies and the online zine PUNK SOUL POET.

Anne-Marie Brumm has had two collections of poetry published as well as the novel COME DRINK COFFEE WITH ME: HUSBAND HUNTING IN ISRAEL. She lived in Israel for 15 years and taught literature and writing at Ben Gurion University. She is working on a mystery set on a university campus.

Michael Ransom is the pen name of Dr. Michael Burczynski, a pharmaceutical executive and an adjunct professor at U Penn by day, and a mystery author by night. His scientific research focuses on precision medicine, and his laboratories employ genetics, genomics, and other biomarker technologies to identify patients most likely to respond to therapies in serious diseases. His upcoming debut thriller, THE RIPPER GENE, contains a cutting-edge scientific premise. He makes his home in northern New Jersey.

Gary Cahill’s hardboiled and noir short fiction has appeared in print, e-, and audio formats with Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Pulp Empire, Short Story Me Genre Fiction, The First Line Literary Journal, Big Pulp Magazine’s “Kennedy Curse” anthology, Volumes I, II, III, the print omnibus of Plan B Magazine, and Shotgun Honey. He is perhaps best known in his home state of New Jersey for laying waste to the dreams of hordes of soccer-moms as two-time blue-ribbon champion of the Colts Neck Country Fair Great American Apple Pie Baking Contest.

Laura K. Curtis has always done everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She started teaching at age fifteen, then decided to go back to school herself at thirty. And she wrote her first book in first grade. It was released in (notebook) paperback to rave reviews and she’s been trying to achieve the same level of acclaim ever since. She lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with her husband and a pack of wild Irish Terriers, which has taught her how easily love can coexist with the desire to kill.

Valerie Peterson’s characters seem very Jane Austen, but they get involved in Dashiell Hammett-type plots. Her screenplay work has been honored by such competitions as Cinequest, the Austin Film Festival and the Big Apple Film Festival, and her short film was an official selection of the Sedona International Film Festival. Peterson is the author of four non-fiction books, and her articles and essays have appeared in national publications such as the NEW YORK TIMES and BRIDES MAGAZINE. In addition to working on her TV pilot, RECONCILING JIMMY, she is currently finishing her first mysterious novel.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Norma Schofield worked as a journalist and a psychology professor for many years in South America. She writes about murder in exotic places and is currently working on a romantic mystery set in pre-Chavez Venezuela full of ambassadors, diplomats, CIA agents, socialites, gold prospectors, gun runners, oil aficionados, anthropologists, missionaries, and the super-rich. Her next novel, also in progress, is set in Kumasi, Ghana, the seat of the ancient Ashanti kingdom.

Clare Toohey helped found and now manages CriminalElement.com, an online community serving lovers of crime stories from every subgenre, era, and medium. Her short stories have appeared in the FRESH SLICES and FEEDING KATE crime anthologies, the latter of which she co-edited. She’s also edited the first issue of THE MALFEASANCE OCCASIONAL (aka The M.O.). She’s a musician who can’t remember chords, an artist who buys greeting cards. an online gadabout, digital enthusiast, and friendly contrarian. Go Red Sox!