Upcoming events

    • Saturday, February 19, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Plan Like Carolyn Keene with James D. Keeline

    Most of us grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. How did the creators plan these stories in the first half century of these series? What made them such page turners? Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have inspired countless mystery readers and writers. Learn some of the secrets of the Stratemeyer Syndicate that helped to make some of the most successful YA mysteries of the twentieth century. 

    James D. Keeline first discovered Tom Swift books on the family bookshelf when he was 8 and the Hardy Boys soon afterward.  From 1988 to 2000 he was the manager of The Prince and the Pauper Collectible Children's Books where he surprised more than a few with the sad news that no one named Carolyn Keene wrote Nancy Drew.

    He has become an expert in the Stratemeyer Syndicate and the history of series books. His Series Book Encyclopedia will list about 1,300 series published between the 1830s and the 1980s with details on the authors, artists, pseudonyms, ghostwriters, and publishers. His biography of Edward Stratemeyer will detail the life and career of the man behind many of the most popular series.

    James lives in Wildomar, California with his wife Kim.



    • Sunday, February 27, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Face in a Book Bookstore 4359 Town Center Boulevard El Dorado Hills, CA

    First Ever Capitol Crimes Coffee Hour

    Join host Jim L’Etoile and other crime writers for a casual afternoon sharing the joys and pains of writing crime fiction. Whether you’re deep into your writing career or just getting started, we’d love to see you in person and hear about your successes and challenges. Writing can be a lonely calling and we’re all looking for ways to connect in real life, so bring your favorite (nonalcoholic) drink and enjoy the company of others who can’t resist the lure of (fictional) crime!

    Face in a Book Bookstore has graciously offered to host our meeting, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy browsing their shelves. There are also many great restaurants nearby, so you may want to plan to enjoy lunch or dinner in the area as well!

    Registration is encouraged so we can plan, but drop-ins are welcome!

    • Tuesday, March 08, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Join us to discuss the crime thriller "Bakersfield Boys Club" with Anne Da Vigo, former journalist specializing in feature writing and crime reporting. "Bakersfield Boys Club" was loosely inspired by the Lords of Bakersfield murders of the 1970s and 1980s. Da Vigo covered the trial in the first of the Lords murder cases. Learn more about the author through her social media links below.


    Twitter: @AnneDaVigo1

    FB: Anne Seitz Da Vigo

    IG: luvthrillers

    • Saturday, March 19, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Maidu Library, 1530 Maidu Drive, Roseville CA AND on Zoom

    From Page to Screen:

    A Conversation with Rae Franklin James

    “... We are a Canadian movie studio interested in turning your book into a movie ....” is an outreach nearly any author would love to receive. Our own Rae James was such a recipient when her Fallen Angels Book Club series was optioned and soon after cast for filming. Join host Sarah Bresniker in conversation with James to learn about the journey--what it took to have her book made into a TV movie and what she learned in the process.

    Rae James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed the masters Public Policy Program at California State University at Hayward.  From there she was recruited to join the State of California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office where she drafted legislation affecting local and regional issues. Later she was appointed Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles.

    After a career of public service she focused on her first love, mystery writing. She has published seven books by Camel Press. James won a best fiction award by Northern California Publishers and Authors in 2018. Her Hollis Morgan Mysteries was optioned for a TV movie series to air in 2022.  The Inheritance, the first book in her new Johanna Hudson Mystery series, was published in April 2021. The second book in the series will be released in summer 2022.

    James currently serves as Chair on the Bouchercon Board. Bouchercon is a worldwide mystery genre annual convention. She is a member of Sisters-In Crime: Sacramento Chapter, a member of Mystery Writers of America and a member of Northern California Publishers and Authors.

    James lives in Northern California.

    • Saturday, April 16, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Maidu Library, 1530 Maidu Drive, Roseville CA AND on Zoom

    Why Your Book Needs Developmental Editors

    & Sensitivity Readers With Yasmin Angoe

    Have you ever wondered how a Developmental Editor can help you? What about a Sensitivity Reader? What exactly do they do?

    Yasmin Angoe is the perfect person to answer all of your questions. As an English teacher, an editor, a sensitivity reader, and a debut author this year, she is perfectly poised to discuss all of these different aspects of writing. She has been on both sides of the publishing coin and can speak from experience about how to let go of "your baby" to allow others in to help make it ready to be published. Because that is the ultimate goal, right?

    To learn more about what she does, check out Tessera Editorial, a consortium of freelance BIPOC editors, at https://www.tesseraeditorial.com and her author website, https://yasminangoe.com

    Yasmin Angoe is the debut author of the bestselling and award-winning thriller Her Name Is Knight. She is a first-generation Ghanaian American and has worked in education for nearly twenty years as a middle and high school teacher and instructional coach. Currently, Yasmin works as a developmental editor and sensitivity reader for publishers and authors.

    Yasmin received the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime of which she is a member. She is also a proud member of numerous crime, mystery, and thriller writing groups and organizations like Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

    When she’s not writing, Yasmin’s editing for clients, searching what show or movie to binge, absorbed in an audiobook, or obsessing over the fact she should probably be writing at that very moment.

    Yasmin is represented by Melissa Edwards at Stonesong Literary and Addison Duffy at United Talent Agency.

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We are the Sacramento, California chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

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