Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community.
Next Chapter Meeting: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Guest Speaker: Catherine Pelonero
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Writing True Crime
If you’re writing true crime, the characters and plot are not your creations and can’t be altered. With limited artistic freedom, how do you turn real people and events into compelling narrative that reads like a thriller? The author of the bestselling true crime books Kitty Genovese and Absolute Madness will show how she adapts interviews and archival documents into scenes and story.
Catherine Pelonero is a New York Times bestselling true crime author and commentator. Catherine appears on several true crime television shows including the Emmy-winning series A Crime to Remember, Murderous Affairs, It Takes a Killer, and Fox Files. She is a contributing writer for CrimeFeed.
Her first book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences, was published in 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller. Her latest book, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided, is a nonfiction account of Joseph Christopher, a white serial killer who preyed on black men in a crime spree across New York state. Absolute Madness was published in November 2017. Find out more at www.catherinepelonero.net
Featured Reader: Joan Renner
Joan Renner is an author and a social historian. Her blog, Deranged L.A. Crimes (www.derangedlacrimes.com), tells true tales of 20th Century murder, mayhem, political corruption and celebrity scandal.
Joan appeared in a segment on film noir for the Turner Classic Movies series Film Fanatics, and in a History Channel production on mobsters during the 1930s. She has been a featured crime expert in several ID Discovery Channel series including: Deadly Women; Evil Twins; Evil Kin; Hell House; Nightmare Next Door; Dark Places, and Deadly Affairs. Most recently she appeared in Horror at the Cecil Hotel.
From August 2015 through January 2016 she curated a photo exhibit at LAPL’s Central Library and authored the companion book, both entitled The First with the Latest!: Aggie Underwood, The Los Angeles Herald, and The Sordid Crimes of a City.
She was an integral member of the team that produced a book of historic Los Angeles crime scene photographs, entitled L.A.P.D. ’53, co-authored by novelist James Ellroy and Glynn Martin (LAPD retired). The book was published by Abrams and spent four weeks on the Los Angeles Times’ Bestseller list.
All meetings are at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena CA 91030
2:00-2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30-4:00 p.m. Program
* CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *
We’re always looking for new characters, so BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
◊ It’s time to submit your short story for the next anthology! ◊
Submissions for the new Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, Fatally Haunted, are now open.
Haunted. This word lurks within our deepest emotions. It’s a fear we can’t let go of, or that won’t let go of us. It’s a place we dream of going, or a place we can never leave. An LAPD detective is haunted by the case she never solved. A Century City financial advisor is haunted by the greed he cannot escape. A bridge is haunted by ghosts of despair. In a city of 10 million people, the haunted could be the man waiting to cross the street, or the memory that keeps you awake at night.
You must be a member in good standing (as in, you’ve paid your dues) of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles to submit your short story.
Please check to see if your membership is paid. 2017 memberships in SinC/LA and memberships in Sisters in Crime National both expired on December 31. Don’t lose out—renew now to continue membership benefits throughout 2018. Remember, you must be a member of SinC national before you can join or renew membership in SinC/LA. Info and application here.
Click here for submission guidelines and how to enter your short story.
New Workshop: How to Write a Short Story
Whether you’re an old hand at the short story form or a just beginning writer, our workshop leader Nancy Cole Silverman will help you brush up your skills and share exciting tips on how to make your next short story your absolute best. $10 for members, $25 for non-members (and, really, since you have to be a member to submit to the anthology, why wouldn’t you want to join SinC/LA?)
Join us on April 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church Community Room. Click here to sign up and for more information.
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and we want to spread the word!
Book Release Coming?
ANNOUNCE IT IN THE SinC/LA NEW RELEASE EMAIL!
Each month hundreds of InBoxes sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA NEW RELEASE email. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, we compile information on the latest hot releases by our author members for an email to the hundreds of mystery lovers on our contact list. If you’re releasing a new crime fiction or mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form.