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Gigs and Blog Tours

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Sharon A Crawford Book Launch

Upcoming Gigs

2019

April

Using Pictures to Create Your Memoir

Tue Apr 16, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Pk. Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada

In this memoir-writing workshop, author and editor Sharon A. Crawford shows how old photos, news stories, ads, streetscapes, and pictures etched in your mind can help create your memoir. Includes how to do picture research and research kick-started by pictures. Through discussion and writing exercises with feedback, you will get a start on your memoir. Please call the library at 416-396-3975 to register or email Sharon Crawford at words@samcraw.com

Free.

Hogtown Homicides: Setting it in Toronto

Thursday, April 18, 2019

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Northern District Public Library (Room 200),

40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Frequently Canadian authors have been told to set their stories in some generic or easily recognizable city in the US, to guarantee sales. The below listed panel has successfully defied those voices and set their works in a very recognizable Toronto. Sisters in Crime Toronto presentation in conjunction with their friends at Crime Writers of Canada.

Desmond P. Ryan (Police Procedurals) — Moderator
Maureen Jennings (Historical Mystery)
Lisa de Nikolits (Neo-Noir)
Sharon A. Crawford (Thrillers)
Mary Lou Dickinson (Traditional Mystery)

They will discuss their choices, their research, and the subsequent marketing landscape.

No admission for Sisters in Crime members. For general public, cost is $5.00

May

Small Presses: Guerrilla Book Marketing in the Digital Age

Wed May 29, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Pk. Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada

Join the East End Writers’ Group for an evening with the Blue Denim Press Gang. Readings from Shane Joseph’s latest novel, Milltown, and Barb Nobel’s debut short story collection, Edgy People, with a duet by Sharon A. Crawford and Michael Dyet featuring characters from their books.

After a mix, mingle and snack break, join these authors and their publisher in a panel discussion on how the Small Press is filling the void in publishing today.

Call S. Walter Stewart Branch at 416-396-3975 or email Sharon Crawford at words@samcraw.com for more information.

Drop in. No registration required. All welcome.

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/swalterstewart/

Muskie and Murder: The War Between Mystery Fiction and Literary Fiction returns later in 2019

 

Stay tuned for these and other events. Meantime check out Sharon’s new Crime Beat Confidential series on thatchannel.com. With crime and mystery guests – authors, forensic experts and private investigators. Also posted on You Tube.

 

Here’s the link to the latest episode featuring Private Investigator and author A.P. Cairns where PI Dana Bowman gets into the interviewing act on screen.

See below Dana Bowman’s mug for blurb on the first episode.

 

 

 

Dana Bowman with bag cropped and cropped more

PI Dana Bowman from the Beyond mystery series

And continuing…

Sharon A. Hits the TV Screen – Dana Bowman not far behind…

Join Sharon A. as she is interviewed about Beyond Faith and the Beyond gang by Hugh Reilly on thatchannel.com’s Liquid Lunch

Crime Beat Confidential TV Show on thatchannel.com

Crime Beat Confidential, hosted by Sharon A. Crawford and PI Dana Bowman, is now on thatchannel.com – appearing about every two months. Two shows taped so far. First one, features forensic scientist James Wigmore talking about cannabis, its legalization, and the science behind the weed. Or as Jim puts it “Not Your Grandad’s Weed”. See it here.

Guest James Wigmore, forensic scientist

Sharon hosting Crime Beat Confidential

Dana Bowman does the into

Crime Beat Confidential Segment Two Now up and Running

Sharon’s guest on this second segment is true crime author Nate Hendley who writes about dastardly criminals, but also about innocent teenagers who were wrongly charged with murder. His latest book is The Boy on the Bicycle which is about Ron Moffat who as a teenager was wrongfully arrested, charged, tried and convicted of the murder of seven-year old Wayne Mallette in 1956 Toronto, Canada. This is his story and the story of the serial killer who did it. PI Dana Bowman weighs in at the beginning, but even Dana is serious. Get the details here.

Recent Past Gigs:

Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Short List Party

The party, held Wed., April 18, 2018 was a lot of fun, despite last-minute changes. And I was again dealing with PI Dana Bowman escaping from between the book covers. This time I was ready for her – with her mug shot which I waved around from the podium.

Sharon at CWC Arthur Ellis short list Marilyn Kay photo

haron at CWC Arthur Ellis short list Marilyn Kay photo

Sharon joined four other Crime Writers of Canada Authors for…

Mystery and Mayhem Writers Panel held Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Richmond Green Library in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Featuring Crime Writers of Canada authors Mel Bradshaw, Rosemary McCracken, Nanci M. Pattenden, Cynthia St-Pierre and Sharon A. Crawford. We talked about “committing” murder between the book covers and why and how we do so to a group of teenagers from nearby high schools. We critiqued some of their writing. Watch! Some up and coming writers here.

CWC Mystery writers, students and a teacher

Five crime writers, one English teacher and some students.

I love the poster for this event, so I’m leaving it here for a little while.

Sharon A. and Beyond Faith at SinC Toronto readings Feb. 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dana Bowman was locked firmly between the book covers but her presence was known as Sharon read from Beyond Faith. Sharon joined nine other Sisters in Crime Toronto members for this author reading presentation of our stories of the crimes we commit (between the book covers). Actually, there is one “brother” in crime reading. A looksee at the 10 of us is on my Facebook page.

And here is the photo taken by Terri Dixon.

Sharon beginning of SinC reading. Terry Dixon photo

Ontario Library Association Convention

On Friday, February 2, 2018, 23 of us Crime Writers of Canada published authors did our two-minute elevator pitch to librarians, authors and readers. I channeled Dana Bowman as is seen in this group photo of us after our nearly pitch perfects.

Crime Writers of Canada authors at the OLA convention

Book Launch for Beyond Faith

Sunday, October 22, 2017 was a lot of fun. I’ll leave the flyer up for a bit because I like it. But first is a shot of me with some friends at the book launch. No idea where my mind was in this photo. We all seem to be doing something different. This was just after all of us had done our readings and we were just hanging out.

 

 

 

Beyond books was at Word on the Street

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Fun and hot at Harbourfront Centre.

Sharon holding up the previous 2 Beyond books at WOTS

 

 

 

More gigs in the works. Stay tuned.

 

Meantime, Sharon continues to channel Dana Bowman, one of the main characters in Beyond Blood. And sometimes she appears as herself. See below for some of them in pictures.

Guest spot at Blue Denim Press Book Launch for Shane Joseph and Christopher Canniff, November 21, 2015

Sharon A. Crawford channelling Dana Bowman from Beyond Blood

Sharon A. Crawford channelling Dana Bowman from Beyond Blood

 

 

Inspire Book Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Nov. 15 and 16, 2014

Sharon surrounded by authors Bianca and Bruna

Sharon surrounded by authors Bianca Lakoseljac and Bruna Bertoni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon signing Beyond Blood at Inspire Book Fair, November 2014 With authors Madeleine Harris-Callway and Kathryn R

Sharon signing Beyond Blood  With authors Madeleine Harris-Callway and Kat

 

 

Sharon reads from Beyond Blood

Sharon reads from Beyond Blood

 

 

Sharon A’s Blog Tours:

January 2, 2015

Mystery/Suspense/Romance author Rene Natan interviews Sharon A. on Scribd

 

February 6, 2015

The Horror in Crime Fiction, posted on horror novelist Alex Laybourne’s blog

March 9, 2015 

Get a Room: the Ultimate Author Reader Relationship posted on writer Shannon A. Thompson’s blog.

 

Honorable Mention in Blogs:

On the Road Again with Rosemary McCracken and Nate Hendley. See Rosemary’s blog Moving Target about it at

https://rosemarymccracken.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/on-the-road-again/

The Crime-writing Trio from Crime Writers of Canada

Rosemary McCracken author of Safe Harbor and Black Water mystery novels

Rosemary McCracken author of Safe Harbor and Black Water mystery novels

 

Nate Hendley true crime writer

Nate Hendley true crime writer

Sharon A Crawford author of the Beyond mysteries

Sharon A Crawford author of the Beyond mystery series

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