Award-winning mystery and science fiction author Donna Andrews, whose titles "Murder with Peacocks" and "Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos" are set in her native Yorktown, has been named toastmaster of the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. The conference, hosted by the Deadly Ink Academy, is set for Aug. 1-3 in New Brunswick, N.J.
Andrews' latest Meg Langslow mystery novel, "The Good, the Bad, and the Emus," is being released this month.
Deadly Ink includes program tracks for mystery writers and readers. For more information, go to http://www.deadlyink2014.org.
Applause is due
Virginia Romance Writers recently announced winners of its annual HOLT Medallion Contest for excellent in romance fiction.
Congratulations to Linda J. White who won in the Best Book by a Virginia Author category for "Seeds of Evidence," a story about FBI agents who investigate the murder of a young boy on Chincoteague Island. The book also received an Award of Merit in the Romantic Suspense category.
Terri Osburn of Virginia Beach received Awards of Merit in the Best Book by a Virginia Author and Mainstream/Single Title categories for "Up to the Challenge," the second book in her four-part Anchor Island series.
To read more about the awards from the Richmond-based chapter of Romance Writers of America and see the complete list of winners and finalists, go to virginiaromancewriters.com.
The Williamsburg Regional Library System accepts book donations by Hampton Roads authors as part of its Local Authors Project. The following books were recently donated.
•Bruce Bracken, professor of educational foundations at The College of William and Mary, donated copies of two works of fiction: "The Hollidaysburg Christmas Miracle," about a 14-year-old boy's miraculous rescue by "three kings of the road," and "Invisible," which tells the story of Campbell Hayden who becomes involved in his community after living a "nearly invisible" life.
•Historical author Phyllis Hall Haislip donated a copy of "The Viscountess," book two of "The Narbonne Inheritance" trilogy. Set in the 12th century, the book picks up the story of Ermengarde, Viscountess of Narbonne, where "The Viscount's Daughter" dropped off.
For more information about the Local Author Project, call 757-259-4042.
Summertime might mean time for the kids to slow down and take it easy, but not so much for local authors. Here's a sampling of what's coming up in the week ahead:
•Thursday's monthly poetry reading at The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will feature the works of poet Maya Angelou who died in May. Scheduled to read are Carolyn Krieter-Foronda, former Poets Laureate of Virginia, Lynda Gray and Barbara Drucker Smith. An open-mic reading of original works follows. The reading begins oat 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Pfac is on the grounds of The Mariners' Museum Park, 101 Museum Drive, Newport News. Information: 757-596-8175 or pfac-va.org.
•On Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Hampton Roads Writers presents Show and Grow Your Prose. Author/editor Lauran Strait and author John Robert Mack will be on hand to listen to 10-minute readings of prose (short story, memoir, essay or novel chapter only). The workshop takes place at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., in Virginia Beach. The workshop is free and open to the public, but spots for readers are limited and pre-registration is required. Information: hamptonroadswriters.org or 757-639-6146.
•Also on Saturday, High Tide Publications Inc. of Deltaville will host a writers conference for the over-50 set. The Literary Late Bloomers Writers Conference will feature a pitch session with Greg Lilly of Cherokee McGhee Publishing and Sally Stiles of Pale Horse Books, a book signing and a panel of authors sharing their experiences. Panelists include Hampton's Karen and Tony Muldoon, Gloucester's Gloria Savage-Early, H. Scott Butler of Newport News, Paul Stimson of Mathews and Vic Brown of Williamsburg. Local author Narielle Living will moderate. The conference, which is free and open to the public, runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St. For information, call 804-865-6805 or email HighTidePublications@yahoo.com.
•The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton will host a reading of art-inspired poetry on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The poems are based on the gallery's current exhibition, Hampton Roads Folk, and poets have had the opportunity to view and write about the artwork since June 7. The reading is free and open to the public. The gallery is at 4205 Victoria Blvd. Information: email@example.com or 757-727-1490.
Price can be reached at 757-247-4745.
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Leah Price writes about the Hampton Roads writing community and is always on the lookout for what's new. To share your news, contact Price at 757-247-4745 or firstname.lastname@example.orgCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun