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NOTE: Because of the coronavirus, Toronto Public Library has closed all branches until April 6, 2020. This means that the East End Writers’ Group, which meets at S. Walter Stewart branch has cancelled its writing critique meeting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 More info on the library’s website here. Hopefully, we will be able to resume our monthly meetings April 29, 2020. Stay tuned and stay safe in these troubling times.

This notice is also posted on the East End Writers’ Group page here.

East End Writers’ Group is celebrating its 20th. anniversary in 2020. Check regularly for updates to special events here.

 

Meantime…

The Beyond books gigs for 2020 have already begun. First one was part of an Authors Reading presented by Toronto Sisters in Crime January 16, 2020. More details here. Scroll down beyond the info about Dana, me and the book.

Latest episode (#7) of Crime Beat Confidential with guest prolific mystery + author Lisa de Nikolits who publishes one book annually. Show was taped the end of November 2019 and is now up and viewing on the Internet. Here’s a shot from the show.

 

Lisa de Nikolits, my guest on Crime Beat Confidential and her latest book The Occult Persuasion

More shots of Crime Beat Confidential on the Beyond Faith page as well as a link to the show’s Episode #7 here. Warning: PI Dana Bowman again leads in with her introductory rant.

Crime Beat Confidential hosted by Sharon A. Crawford with a little help from Private Investigator Dana Bowman from the Beyond mystery series, made its debut in June 2018 on thatchannel.com. This bi-monthly TV series has guests in various areas of “crime” being interviewed by Sharon. Dana? Well, you’ll have to check out the first segment to find out – with guest James Wigmore, forensic toxicologist. See here to watch the show on YouTube and here for more photos from the show.

Crime Beat Confidential returns with new episodes in the new year

Meantime, check back on previous episodes here.

More murderous mayhem, this time in Toronto the Good? This Crime Writers of Canada panel on December 3, 2019, showed otherwise. Check it out here.   Scroll down to 2019 Gigs for Sharon Crawford and the Beyond Gang.

East End Writers’ Group Wed May 29  – Special Presentation: Small Presses: Guerrilla Book Marketing in the Digital Age was a big success.  Details here.

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Stay tuned for upcoming presentations.

Meantime

For other mystery fiction events featuring Sharon and her Beyond mystery characters, check here.

Workshops and Courses:  Stay tuned for more of Sharon’s workshops for 2020 here.

Editing and Manuscript Evaluation: Sharon A. Crawford welcomes new editing clients. Specializing in manuscript evaluation of books (fiction and non-fiction) , novellas, short stories, memoir and other non-fiction articles; and copy editing book-length manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction) short stories, personal essays and articles. More info here

PI Dana Bowman, the main character in the Beyond mystery series is interviewed by Hugh Reilly on Liquid Lunch here. Dana in-studio photo here.

Muskie and Murder debuts at library

Muskie and Murder with Michael Robert Dyet and Sharon A. Crawford at East End Writers’Group June 27. Shane Joseph Photo. More M and M photos here and here.

Beyond Faith is also here…

Sharon A. Crawford at the beginning of her reading from Beyond Faith at SinC Toronto. This time PI Dana Bowman is confined to a photograph Sharon is holding.

Sharon begins SinC reading Feb. 15/18. E. Terri Dixon photo

 

Another SinC reading photo is on the Beyond Faith page. Scroll down the page.

And also here at the Ontario Librarian Association convention February 2, 2018 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Hint: Channeling PI Dana Bowman)

 

Beyond Faith offers secrets, lies and death with a connection to the Catholic Church, set in small-town and big-city Ontario. It’s a great story with a great pair of unlikely protagonists (a brother-sister pair of twin investigators), twists, surprises and Sharon Crawford’s distinctive tone and shining dialogue. Recommended for any detective-story fans yearning for Ontario-based tales.

– Nate Hendley, true-crime author (Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice and The Big Con)

Check out the updated Beyond Faith page. Sharon A’s Gigs, including a kaleidoscope of 2018 and 2019 events, are now listed on this page as well as links to Amazon and Chapters/Indigo and Sharon’s author blog. For events, scroll down past the Crawford and Bowman profiles

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Some More Past Events:

Book Launch for Beyond Faith at Supermarket, Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sharon and friends. Photo courtesy Martin Crawford

Beyond Blood and Beyond the Tripping Point were at Word on the Street Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Sharon A. holding up the first two Beyond Books – Beyond Blood and Beyond the Tripping Point. Photo courtesy Lisa de Nikolits author of No Fury Like That 

See and hear Sharon A. being interviewed about Beyond Blood on the Liquid Lunch

Sharon A. along with Ali Cunliffe and Susan Viets spoke and entertained on a panel about self-publishing from authors’ and editors’ perspectives. Panel was held by the Editors Canada in April 2016 and the video of it all is on You Tube

Sharon A. and four other Crime Writers of Canada authors packed them in for their crime (writing) presentation at Gerrard Ashdale library in Toronto, March 24, 2016

L to R: Sharon A. Crawford, Steve Shrott, Nate Hendley, Lisa de Nikolits, Mark Eddy
L to R: Sharon A. Crawford, Steve Shrott, Nate Hendley, Lisa de Nikolits, Mark Eddy

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