Try It. You’ll Like It

I’m very proud to be on the Board of Directors of Malice Domestic, Ltd.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this organization, let me tell you about it.

            Malice Domestic was established in 1989 to provide a venue to celebrate the traditional mystery—books typified by the works of Agatha Christie.  Each year, over 500 authors and fans gather in the Washington, D.C. area for three days of author panels, interviews, signings and a host of other enjoyable activities.  The convention is known for its air of camaraderie, diverse programming, and excellent planning.

            At a Saturday night banquet, Malice Domestic presents the prestigious Agatha Awards for the best books published the previous year that conform to Malice’s rules for eligibility.  Categories covered are: Best Novel; Best Historical; Best First Novel; Best Short Story; Best Children’s/Young Adult; and Best Non-Fiction.  All registrants have the opportunity to nominate their favorite books in each category several months prior to the convention.  Attendees vote for their choices on site.

            Each year, the Malice Domestic Board of Directors elects a very special group of individuals to be honored at the convention for their considerable contributions to the genre: Guest of Honor; Toastmaster; Lifetime Achievement; Malice Remembers (a posthumous award) Fan Guest of Honor; and in some years, several additional honors.

            If traditional mysteries are your cup of tea, please consider joining the festivities.  The 2013 Malice Domestic convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, May 3-5 and marks Malice’s 25th anniversary.

            For more information, please visit: www.malicedomestic.org.

                                                                        —-Harriette Sackler               

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