Coming soon to Scottsdale….

It’s less than a month now until the Poisoned Pen conference in Arizona!

Running from June 24th-26th, the conference– which is free and open to the public– features workshops, readings and signings with authors ranging from Diana Gabaldon to Jacqueline Winspear. (And me). There’s even a Georgette Heyer tea party.

For the full schedule and other details, see below….

FAQS or The Stuff You Need to Know

Do I have to Register? No.
Only for the June 25 Tea (limited to 30)
See Program below for details on the Tea at TeaTime.

Is there a fee? No.
This is an entertainment, not a conference. All the events are FREE (Except for the Friday Tea which is $15 prepaid)

Do I book my own hotel room? Yes.
Rate: $89 plus taxes. Email which is the easiest way

2726435 is our on-line booking code.

Is there transportation from the hotel to the bookstore? No.
You must arrange your own. We will have a staff member at the hotel to give you a name tag and help you taxi in groups

What are The Poisoned Pen Hours?
Thursday: 10 am- 9 pm
Friday: 10 am-9 pm
Saturday 10 am-5:30 pm
Sunday: noon- 5 pm (Karin Slaughter event is at 2:00 pm)

Can I buy books at the hotel? Yes.

There will be a book room but only for the books by the attending authors. Cash, check, or credit card

Can I buy my books ahead of time? Yes, but they will be signed at the store and either shipped to you or you can pick them up there.

We will not be able to transport pre-ordered books to the hotel on Saturday.

Will it be chaos? Maybe.

But that’s part of the fun. Come prepared to have fun, enjoy the summer break, book a massage or pool time at the Biltmore, take a late Sunday checkout if available, be flexible, wear a smile!


Here is the schedule.

REVIEWS for all the books can be found in Issue #7 of the
Booknews. Go here to read

Please go and read the reviews whether you are attending or not since it is a large group of fabulous fiction to enjoy whether or not you can join in the weekend!

Edgy Characters: Three Dames and a Guy, 7:00 pm at The Poisoned Pen

Lisa Brackmann, Jodi Compton, Stefanie Pintoff, Zoe Sharp

Brackmann signs Rock, Paper, Tiger (Soho $24), an edgy debut
Compton signs Hailey’s War (Harmony $24), start of a remarkable series

Pintoff signs The Curtain Falls (St Martins $25), sequel to her 2010 Edgar winning Best First Novel In the Shadow of Gotham

Sharp signs Killer Instinct (Busted Flush $15), Introduction by Lee Child, the first Charlie Fox

Georgette Heyer/Regency Tea Tasting
2:00 pm, TeaTime, 7150 E Fifth Avenue. $15. Registration required.
Call 888 560 9919 (480 947-2974) or email

Limited to 15. If registration is higher, second session can be scheduled at 3:30 pm. Please state your preference when prepaying registration.

Teas will be brewed and served, a short talk on teas follows, the slant being unusual English teas. Discussion leaders include: Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Barron, Barbara Peters, Dana Stabenow, Lauren Willig.

Come prepared to lobby for your favorite Heyer, with supporting evidence like a couple of great lines. And suggest other Regency novelists you’ve enjoyed. We will compile a list. This will be fun for fans of British mystery as “Regency” is a very broad term.

A Mash Up: Cozy and Noir 7:00 pm at The Poisoned Pen

Juliet Blackwell, Rebecca Cantrell, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Vicki Hendricks, Sophie Littlefield, Michael Koryta, Jeanne Matthews, Gary Phillips …and more authors

Blackwell signs The Cast-Off Coven (Signet $6.99), 2nd in her Witchcraft Series of cozies

Cantrell signs The Night of Long Knives (Forge $25) sequel to her Bruce Alexander Award winner A Trace of Smoke

Carrell signs Haunt Me Still (Dutton $26) The Tucson author’s second Lost Shakespeare mystery (Macbeth)

Hendricks signs Florida Gothic Stories (Kit $15), literary and dark, Introduction by Michael Connelly

Koryta signs So Cold the River (LittleBrown $26) — one of the hot books for june, billed as the new Stephen King with a book likened to The Stand. I’d think Dan Simmons….

Littlefield signs A Bad Day for Pretty (St Martins $25), bad girl noir sequel to her Edgar nominated A Bad Day for Sorry

Matthews signs Bones of Contention (Poisoned Pen $25), debut
Fantastic origin story for this first time author (how she got to be published) and a book praised by Aaron Elkins, Jacqueline Winspear, Stephen Greenleaf, and Dana Stabenow…and me, Barbara

Phillips signs Underbelly(PM Press $12) and Orange County Noir (Akashic $16), Introduction by T. Jefferson Parker

Discussion groups: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E Thunderbird Trail
The History Room, 3rd Floor of the Main Building. Bring drinks up from the lobby bar.

2:00 pm Barron/Willig: Exploring Jane Austen;
3:30 pm Carrell/Stabenow/Winspear, The Modern Historical.

Note: both groups will discuss the author’s most recent work in depth so there will be Spoilers! Read their new novels before you come.

A Walk on the Wild Side in Mystery 6:30 pm
Arizona Biltmore Grand Ballroom

Sophie Hannah with Michael Koryta
PF Chisholm with Diana Gabaldon and Dana Stabenow
Stephanie Barron, Lauren Willig, Jacqueline Winspear
Possible further programming

Barron signs The White Garden ($15): a mystery about the death of Viginia Woolf

Chisholm signs A Murder of Crows (Poisoned Pen $25; $15), 5th in her fantastic Elizabethan noir series with Sir Robert Carey, cousin to Queen Elizabeth and grandson of Henry VIII and That Other Boleyn Girl (Mary)

Gabaldon signs An Echo in the Bone ($17), new in trade paperback in the Outlander series

Hannah signs The Dead Lie Down (Penguin $15), the latest from the “new” Ruth Rendell

Stabenow signs A Night Too Dark (St Martins $25), the 17th Kate Shugak novel

Willig signs Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Dutton $26) where the “Scarlet Pimpernel” style spy stuff discovered by the modern Harvard grad student takes us all to India under the Raj

Winspear signs The Mapping of Love and Death (Morrow $25), latest for Maisie Dobbs who investigates the possible murder of a map-making soldier in WWI trenches…

Readings 9:30 pm Arizona Biltmore Grand Ballroom
Most Authors read from their books and take questions.
Prizes to be awarded.
Wear street clothes or pajamas and Hit the Bar, you can bring in drinks.

Karin Slaughter 2:00 pm

Signs Broken (Bantam $26) , Will Trent comes to Grant County from Atlanta to work with Sara Linton on a tough case….


  1. Sheila on June 23, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Lauren , I hope you’ll find time for a recap, esp the Heyer Tea. I’m sure you’ll have a great time: it sounds wonderful.

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