Wednesday, November 10, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Free Love is Murder conference preview Nov. 20, Lincolnshire, IL

An afternoon of murder & mystery at the Vernon Area Public Library
Mini-conference Nov. 20 for mystery & thriller fans and would-be authors

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — November 5, 2010 — Fan of thrillers? Working on writing one of your own? Gain insight about the creative and business processes involved in creating a successful suspense novel at the "Love is Murder" Mystery Mini-Conference at the Vernon Area Public Library on Nov. 20.—a well-timed opportunity for November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

The afternoon features a panel of published mystery writers who will speak about their inspiration, ideas and creative process, and offer insight into the publishing business. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A, and ample time to mingle with our guest authors and network with other attendees. 

Panel discussion will take place from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The authors are: Raymond Benson ("Dark Side of the Morgue," "A Hard Day's Death"), Michael Allen Dymmoch ("M.I.A.," "The Man Who Understood Cats"), Shane Gericke ("Torn Apart," "Blown Away"), and Libby Fischer Hellmann ("Doubleback," "An Eye for Murder"). 

A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store. 

Prior to the panel discussion, performers from Improv Playhouse will lead an interactive murder mystery. Follow the clues and solve the crime in their play, "Apartment 2B – or NOT To Be!"

Participants in this free mini-conference will be entered in a drawing to win a ticket to the Midwest regional mystery conference, "Love is Murder XII," to be held at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare in February 2011. The prize is valued at $250.

The Love is Murder Mystery Mini-Conference is free, but registration is required. Register in person at the Adult Services Desk in the library, by telephone at 847-634-3650 or online at

About the Vernon Area Library District
The Vernon Area Public Library District serves a population of 42,000 within a 32-square-mile area that includes all or parts of Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Prairie View, Riverwoods and unincorporated Vernon Township. For more information about the library and its services, visit

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Press Contacts:
Shannon Galton, Community Activities Coordinator
847-634-3650 x137

Catherine Savage, Head of Integrated Communications
847-634-3650 x130

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