Librarians Are ‘Dying’ For Sisters In Crime Lottery

January 19, 2010

Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore. They currently have 3600 members in 48 chapters world-wide, who offer networking, advice and support to mystery authors. Members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.

Sisters in Crime  announced the first “We Love Libraries” lottery recently:  monthly grants of $1,000 will be awarded from January through December 2010. The grant money is to be used to purchase books for the library. Entries require a photo of one or more library staff members with 3 books in our collection written by Sisters In Crime members.

We’re sure we’re not the only ones to think of having a ‘dead’ librarian in the stacks surrounded by books written by Sisters In Crime members but we went ahead with the idea anyway. We selected our SInC authors randomly–we own quite a few of their books, including Linda Barnes, Linda Fairstein, Roberta Isleib and, for its perfect title for our photo, The Body In The Bookcase by Katherine Hall Page. The victim in our photo is fun-loving Children’s Librarian Judie McCann who valiantly laid down for the job after Library Director Richard Conroy–our first choice–rejected the notion. as “too obvious”. Cross your fingers and let’s hope for a win here because we could really use some money for books right now.