It’s Mystery Month 2017!

Mystery Month 2017One week from today, Booklist will embark on our most exciting annual ritual: Mystery Month! This year marks the eighth successive month-long celebration of all things mysterious—and my first. I started working here last year just as Mystery Month was wrapping up, and now I’m taking the wheel. How delicious.

Tomorrow, we’ll host the first of two Mystery Month webinars at 1pm CST. “Spring the Trap: Mysteries that Won’t Let Go” will feature Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications, along with representatives from HarperCollins, House of Anansi, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Sourcebooks. Register here. The next webinar, “Independents Day for Crime Fiction,” is happening on May 18, is also hosted by Keir Graff (he’s a busy guy) and will feature folks from independent publishers Bloomsbury, Hard Case Crime, Seventh Street Books, and SOHO on hand to preview their hottest new and forthcoming titles. You can register for that here.

c1My1On Monday, May 1—the day before our Mystery Showcase mails to subscribers—we here at The Booklist Reader will start rolling out our online-exclusive Mystery Month coverage. This year, we’re introducing a new feature this year called “The Clues to My Crime,” where authors explain the influences behind their latest works. Jane Harper will shed some light on the writing of her bestselling, LibraryReads favorite, The Dry. A. J. Hartley, Leah Carroll, David Swinson, Rob Hart, Jay Hosking, Nancy Werlin, Kristen Lepionka, Bill Loehfelm, and other outstanding writers will do the same.

We’re bringing back our Small Press Lineup, in which you’ll meet the editors that bring you great independent mysteries. This year’s rogue’s gallery is a great one—stay tuned! We’ll also have a Booklist Reader Guide to Lee Child, an interview with Barbara Bourland, and an essay from author Leonard Chang that explains how to deal with obtuse editors. Booklisters will share their takes on television series from Riverdale to Happy Valley. And there’s so, so much more!

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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