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Fans will make the call during Mystery, Muse and Music at Books & Co

Jazz? Poetry? Or something innovative, creative and unique?
Fans will make the call Thursday, April 28th when local author and poet J.D. Carpenter launches his new CD “Jazz Suite”, a recording of his well-known jazz poetry in a fusion with musician John McKinney’s jazzy bass backbeat.
The launch will take place at Mystery, Muse & Music, this year’s Arthur Ellis Short List Event at Books & Co. Once again Picton will join Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in announcing nominees for Crime Writers of Canada’s best in Canadian crime writing.
Carpenter will join storyteller Janet Kellough and writer Melodie Campbell in an evening that celebrates not only the mysterious but the mellifluous use of words in an array of different contexts.
The event begins in the afternoon with a Deadly Dialogue workshop (call 613-476-3037 to register). The evening event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Crime Writers of Canada and The Prince Edward County Authors Festival. The Jazz Suite CD, as well as great Canadian crime books will be available at the event.

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Mystery, Muse and Music at books & Co

Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Short List Event will be returning to Books and Co. in Picton on April 28th. Joining major centres like Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, the short list events announce this year’s nominees for the Arthur Ellis Awards, Canada’s premiere mystery writing honours.

This year Crime Writers of Canada is teaming with the Prince Edward County Authors’ Festival to offer not only writing-related entertainment in the evening, but an invaluable writing master class in the afternoon as well. Crime and humour writer Melodie Campbell will lead the class in exploring “Deadly Dialogue” – using it effectively and realistically to enliven writing and move the plot along.

Melodie Campbell crime writer

Melodie Campbell (dog will not be attending)

“The Master Class will appeal to writers in all genres,” says Prince Edward County author Janet Kellough, one of the organizers of the event. “It’s not just aimed at mystery and crime writers. Anyone writing fiction, non-fiction, articles or memoirs struggles with how to use dialogue. Melodie is truly a master at it.”

Campbell’s works have appeared in such prestigious publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, New York’s Star Magazine, Distant Suns, Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Hamilton Spectator. She has garnered over 200 credits, won three awards for fiction and has served as a judge for Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Awards and the City of Mississauga Literary Awards. Not content with her impressive credentials as a mystery writer, she also has a parallel career as a humorist with over 100 publications in Canadian and U.S. newspapers and magazines.
She has taught Fiction Writing, Humour Writing, Write to Publish and non fiction writing courses at Sheridan College and has conducted writing workshops at Burlington Library. Her specialties are short stories, dialogue, plot problems and humour.

The Master Class in Picton will be held at Books & Co. from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28th. Cost is $20 per person, with limited registration, which opens April 1st. To book call Books & Co. at 613-476-3037.

The evening short-list event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., has also expanded its focus and will feature jazz poetry with writer J.D. Carpenter and musician John McKinney, stories and readings with Janet Kellough, some samples of Melodie Campbell’s own material and, of course, the announcement of the Arthur Ellis Award nominees. This is a free event, with lots of time set aside for questions, both from the floor and one-on-one with the authors.
For more information, call Books & Co. or Janet Kellough at 613-476 3988, or email

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