Strong sales continue for THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER in Edmonton, broader availability coming piece by piece
The latest Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, was on the local bestseller list from Audreys Books again this week (see the full list of fiction titles here), and the book is now available in paperback and e-book formats from major online vendors in the US and Canada as well as from the publisher’s website. A full list of current purchase options can be found here, and we still expect Chapters-Coles-Indigo stores in Canada to have copies in stock any day now. Thank you for your support, crime-fiction fans, and don’t forget that mystery novels make delightful stocking stuffers!
Posted November 16, 2018
PODCAST: Listen in as Jo-Ann Carson and I discuss crime fiction and genre writing on the latest episode of Blood, Sweat & Words
Jo-Ann Carson, BC author and host of the brilliant Blood, Sweat and Words podcast, has just posted a brand-new edition in which she and I dive into genre fiction and its somewhat misunderstood place in the world of contemporary literature — with lots of good mystery discussion along the way! Jo-Ann and I met at this summer’s Sisters in Crime — Canada West retreat in Victoria and hit it off right away, so recording this episode was a real treat. Click here to listen in to our episode, and be sure to bookmark and/or subscribe to the podcast to follow Jo-Ann’s regular conversations with her fellow authors about all aspects of the writing life.
Posted November 13, 2018
Edmonton crime-fiction fans — join me for a special mystery edition of Audreys Book Club on November 26
Make friends, have refreshments and talk about a great book — a special mystery edition of Audreys Book Club is just around the corner! I will be leading a discussion about Blue Monday, the first book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein series written by “Nicci French” — which is actually a nom de plume for the English husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French! Head over to Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue), grab a copy of Blue Monday, and I’ll see you back there on Monday, November 26 at 7:00 PM to talk about the mystery. Along with the book itself, we can discuss the start of a series, the craft of writing mysteries, writing as a duo, writing with a particular city as a character in the book (hmmm, I might know a little something about that topic) and much more. Naturally, I’ll be more than happy to autograph/personalize copies of my own set-in-Edmonton mystery novels — including the brand-new Randy Craig adventure, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER — after the discussion (they make great stocking stuffers). What fun! More details are available at the Facebook Event Page and, as always, an up-to-date list of my author events can be found on the APPEARANCES page of this website. Hope to see you at Audreys for this very special night!
Posted November 8, 2018
THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER a local #1 Bestseller in its first week of release!
What a week! Soon after the launch party for THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER at Audreys Books (check out the Photo Gallery from the party in the story just below this one), I was honoured to interview Maureen Jennings for an event at the St. Albert Readers’ Festival, a.k.a. STARfest. It was a lovely night — Maureen is a wonderful storyteller! — and we’ve captured some of the fun in a small STARfest Photo Album. As if that weren’t enough excitement, I was thrilled to learn that my new mystery was a local #1 Bestseller in its first week out in the world (as you can see at the full list of Bestsellers for the week ending October 21, 2018). Here’s hoping that’s a great omen for the continued success of the book! I’m eager to meet with more readers and will be signing copies of the new novel at Chapters Books on Whyte Avenue here in Edmonton from 1:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, November 24. Come by, say hi, talk about crime fiction, and get autographed/personalized books as Christmas gifts for all the mystery lovers on your “nice” list! As always, you can find more details about upcoming events on the APPEARANCES page of this website. Thanks for your support, crime-fiction fans, and I hope to see you at Chapters on the 24th!
Posted October 26 and updated November 2, 2018
Photo gallery fun from the book launch fiesta for THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER — and an upcoming event with fellow crime writer Maureen Jennings!
The book launch party for my new Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, took place on October 16 at Audreys Books in downtown Edmonton. This was truly the best fiesta in town, and we’ve captured some of the highlights with books, food, live music, and lots of smiling faces at the Launch Party Photo Gallery. Thank you to everyone who came out and packed the house — what a night that was! And there is another can’t-miss event for mystery fiction fans coming up this Saturday night at the St. Albert Public Library. I will be hosting a crime-writing conversation with the brilliant Maureen Jennings — creator of the Murdoch Mysteries and the Detective Inspector Tom Tyler Mystery Series (as well as the wonderful TV series Bomb Girls). This is a free event, part of the line-up for the 2018 edition of the St. Albert Readers’ Festival, better known as STARfest. After our talk, both Maureen and I will be signing copies of our books for readers and the library will also provide a wine reception! Full details about my conversation with Maureen Jennings are available on the STARfest website, and remember that you can always get a complete list of upcoming author events on the APPEARANCES page of this website. See you Saturday night!
Posted October 18, 2018
Seasonal reminder about my award-winning Hallowe’en book for kids, THE GHOULS’ NIGHT OUT!
It’s the perfect time of year to share THE GHOULS’ NIGHT OUT with the little creatures in your life. Elizabeth Hodgson, writing for the Canadian Literature Quarterly, describes the book as “a story energized by its own playful subversiveness” that “includes both the ridiculous and the sublime — to suit children’s fascination with both.” Copies are available now in the Edmonton area at Audreys Books. Readers and parents from elsewhere will find additional details and online ordering info at the Ghouls Book Page.
Posted October 17, 2018
Author copies of THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER have arrived and launch party time is almost here!
A box containing author copies of the new Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, was delivered today — and they are gorgeous! My publishers at Ravenstone (an imprint of Turnstone Press) sure do make beautiful books! The arrival of hot-of-the-presses copies of the new mystery means all is ready for next week’s official launch party at Audreys Books. For an author, this is the very biggest night of the year — a chance to share something that s/he has worked on for ages (in this case, it was about two years from writing the sentence to the book’s official release next week). If you’ve never been to a book launch party, they are free events and lots of geeky fun. In addition to the author reading/Q&A/book signing, there will be prize giveaways, a portrait artist and a live musician playing traditional Mexican songs (tying into the new mystery’s connections with both the visual arts scene here in Edmonton and the huge number of Edmontonians who vacation in Mexico). There will even be some (free) adult libations! The author reading will begin at 7:00 PM, but we’d recommend arriving early to fully enjoy the music and the portrait artist. You can get more details about the launch party at the Facebook Event Page, and remember that you can always get a full list of upcoming author events on the APPEARANCES page of this website. See you all next week at the party!
Posted October 12, 2018
Advance praise for THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER — and an unexpected honour!
Carmen Amato, author of the brilliant Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco, has this to say about THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: “A smart, sophisticated and engrossing murder mystery told with lavish details and an appealing dry wit. Randy Craig is the character you want to invite to your next dinner party. Her amateur sleuthing is peppered with smart cultural references and her humour keeps the narration flowing. She’ll bring Steve, of course. The honeymooning couple’s banter is both warm and mature, providing a sharp contrast to the murders and the dangerously clever climax.” As if that weren’t enough to make a writer’s head dizzy with delight, the readers of Vue Weekly magazine voted me onto the list of favourite Edmonton authors for the 2018 edition of their annual “Best of Edmonton” issue. Check out the full list at this link!
Posted September 21, 2018
New Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, launches on October 16 at Audreys Books!
Janice MacDonald’s brand-new 2018 mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, takes reluctant sleuth and sessional university lecturer Miranda “Randy” Craig from Mexico’s Pacific coast to Edmonton’s vibrant visual art scene while retaining the trademark suspense and humour that have made the series so popular with lovers of academic mystery. Randy and Steve have finally tied the knot. With the snow blowing and temperatures dipping well below zero they are looking for an escape from the frigid Edmonton winter. Like so many others, they head south to Puerto Vallarta, Jalísco, Mexico, along with a crush of University of Alberta students, looking for a good time during spring break. When a student is found dead in an elaborately staged scene, Randy’s romantic beach walks and candlelit dinners will have to wait. Instead Randy and Steve will have find meaning in the murder to catch the culprit. If they don’t, the honeymoon just might be over.
What fun! And hey, just check out that beautiful cover art (shown at right). The new mystery gets its official launch at a book party on Tuesday, October 16, and you are invited. Join us at downtown Edmonton’s venerable Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue) beginning at 7:00 PM for an author reading and book signing, as well as a a few other fun surprises for guests. Please make plans to join us and get more info and updates as they are posted at the official Facebook Event Page. See you there!
Posted September 16, 2018
Sneak peek at a new Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER!
We were delighted to be mentioned in Kerry Clare’s semi-annual round-up of the season’s “Most Anticipated” upcoming Canadian books at The 49th Shelf. Stay tuned for more information about THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, including the final cover art, information about book launch parties, and much more. In the meantime, be sure to read Kerry’s entire article, Most Anticipated: Our 2018 Fall Fiction Preview.
Posted July 22, 2018
BIG NEWS — Janice to present a workshop at upcoming mystery writers’ retreat with Laurie R. King, S.G. Wong and others!
Janice MacDonald, creator of the Randy Craig Mystery series from Ravenstone Books, will be a featured workshop presenter at the Sisters in Crime – Canada West Summer Writers Retreat in Victoria, BC, on Saturday, August 18. Janice will be appearing along with acclaimed mystery writers Laurie R. King, SG Wong, Linda L. Richards, and Kristina Stanley. Janice’s presentation — “Inclusion Rider: Populating the 21st Century Novel” — will feature timely information and tips for writers at every level. For more details, registration info and the full program schedule, please visit the retreat’s official web pages. This is going to be a fantastic event — make plans now to join us in beautiful Victoria! UPDATE: The retreat is now completely sold out, but the featured authors will appear at an open-to-the-public event, with an author panel and book signings, at Bolen Books on Saturday night, August 18, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Get more info at the Bolen Books events page and we’ll see you there!
Posted May 4 and updated July 22, 2018
That feeling when your Dream Reader discovers your mystery series…!
Reader Elise Briggs Riker got in touch with us over at the Randy Craig Mysteries Facebook Page with the following comment: “I was lent THE ROAR OF THE CROWD by a friend and am enjoying it immensely!” Before long Riker went on to write, “Finished and on to CONDEMNED TO REPEAT. I love that Randy has a full life outside of getting the murderous baddies; she worries about what to wear, loves eating good food, and the beautiful place she lives. I loved her friendship and the relationship she has with Steve; it’s not perfect but she is loyal and that makes it real and she gets a tiny bit insecure but doesn’t let it run her life. I’m learning new Canadian words like pedway, and I appreciate that the book is written to be enjoyed without losing the commitment to the richness of the English language. I appreciate the literary and cultural references. Lastly, the books are the perfect size and length; like pie they should last longer than a day but not too long, or you get bored.” Janice’s reply: “You are my dream reader, and thank you so very much for taking the time to reach out with your thoughts. The context in which Randy finds her adventures is so important to me, because to me the calm and lovely reality of this northwestern city makes the violence stand so starkly in relief. I am so thrilled to know that comes across to someone to whom Edmonton appears slightly exotic. I do hope you continue to enjoy Randy’s world, and your doorway into Canada.” As writers tend to work alone, it’s always a thrill to get this kind of feedback to your books from out of the blue. Thanks so much, Elise!
Posted April 30, 2018
Happy New Year, mystery readers and book lovers!
And here we are in 2018! I hope your holiday was merry and bright, and that your stockings and gift-boxes were filled with books (as mine were). I read 81 books in 2017 and hope to top that number this year! I am also very excited about a forthcoming book of my own, The Eye of the Beholder: A Randy Craig Mystery. We don’t have a publication date to share just yet, but the manuscript is with the publisher and we hope to have more news soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my own thoughts about the coming year: My plan is to remind myself, as often as I can, that each year is a gift that holds the promise of new adventures. May your New Year be filled with exploration, discovery, growth, and lots of love.
Posted January 2, 2018
Merry Christmas to you and your usual suspects!
Thanks for your support in 2017 with CONFEDERATION DRIVE! We’ll be back in the New Year with updates about an all-new Randy Craig Mystery novel. Enjoy the holidays!
Posted December 21, 2017
A timely reminder that books make the very best stocking stuffers!
I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely astonished to find myself in December. The first eleven months of the year shot past in a blur, but according to the calendar it’s time for Christmas parties and concerts, almost time for relaxing with family and friends. In the meantime, however, there are still gifts to buy and stocking stuffers to choose! If you find yourself in the same predicament, books may be the answer you’re seeking. After all, they look lovely wrapped up under the tree, they are flat and can fit easily into a parcel or mailing envelope, and they can even fit into most decorative stockings. And hey, we even have suggestions for you! Ideally you will be able to support an independent book store, such as Audreys here in Edmonton, as they are champions of local authors and depend on holiday sales to see them through the slow months. If you need to mail order, there is info about each of the Randy Craig Mystery novels here on the website, as well as links to order the 2017 memoir, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, or the children’s book, THE GHOULS’ NIGHT OUT (because, hey, why not?). You can even pick specific novels to fit a recipient’s interest: for example, HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD is set in the local music scene and at the Edmonton Folk Music festival; CONDEMNED TO REPEAT explores historical sites; THE ROAR OF THE CROWD finds intrigue in the theatre scene and at Edmonton’s annual Fringe Festival; THE MONITOR delves into the darkest corners of the Internet and online anonymity; both STICKS + STONES and ANOTHER MARGARET are more straightforward academic mysteries. Something for everyone! Ordering info can be found at the bottom of each book page linked above. Have fun browsing the site and decking the halls — all the best of the season to you and yours!
Posted December 1, 2017
Janice and five other acclaimed writers team up for GenrePalooza!
Janice MacDonald will be one of six Edmonton-area authors who join forces for GenrePalooza Edmonton at the Woodrack Cafe (7603 109 Street) on Thursday, November 16 between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. The writers — who also include Kate A. Boorman, Marty Chan, Diana Davidson, Rayanne Haines, and S.G. Wong — cover ten different literary genres between them! All of the writers will participate in readings, book sales, signings and more. There will be delicious food and drink available, making this both a great night out and an excellent opportunity to get ahead of the holiday shopping curve by picking up literary gifts for all ages and tastes! Janice will be signing copies of her Randy Craig Mystery novels as well as her 2017 memoir, CONFEDERATION DRIVE. More info about GenrePalooza is available on the Facebook Event Page.
Posted November 2, 2017
Another Margaret gets a shout-out in THREE new posts by Margot Kinberg!
We were delighted to see a new review of Janice’s most recent Randy Craig adventure, ANOTHER MARGARET as one of THREE posts about the book on author Margot Kinberg‘s excellent crime fiction blog, Confessions of a Mystery Novelist. First, the longest piece looks at the ways that the events in ANOTHER MARGARET — and other books in the series — “open a window” into the world of sessional university lecturers to create unique settings for academic mystery plots. Margot also seems to delight in the novel’s wit and “distinctly Canadian” feel. Quite a few readers are joining in to discuss the book and series in the comment section — and you can join in by clicking right here. Second, ANOTHER MARGARET is also mentioned in an interesting context as part of a follow-up post on “unpardonable sins” that can lead to dastardly deeds in mystery novels, which you can read here. Finally, ANOTHER MARGARET also appears in a post about the ways in which ideas about etiquette can play into mystery plots, which you can enjoy right here. Many thanks to Margot for the thoughtful pieces — we know that Randy Craig Mystery readers will definitely enjoy them!
Posted October 31, 2017
Now hear this — author Angie Abdou discusses CONFEDERATION DRIVE on CBC Radio’s Daybreak Alberta Program!
Author Angie Abdou and host Russell Bowers engaged in a spirited conversation about Janice’s 2017 memoir, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, on the Sunday, October 22 edition of CBC Radio’s Daybreak Alberta program. Angie and Russell’s discussion, which amounts to a rave for the book, delves into the layers of the work — far more than a mere travel memoir, it’s an exploration of motherhood, an evocation of a pivotal moment in Canada’s national myth-making, and a mediation on where we are as a country 50 years on from Expo ’67. Thanks, Angie and Russell! If you missed out on the broadcast, you can get all caught up via this sound file on audioBoom. Or, for a quicker taste, check out interview highlights and lots of photos in a story on the CBC website.
Posted October 22, 2017
Catching up with the busy Janice MacDonald — photo sets of recent events and a new appearance announced!
Janice MacDonald has been a bit of a blur lately, promoting her series of Randy Craig Mystery novels and her 2017 memoir CONFEDERATION DRIVE in a variety settings. On October 4, Janice was the featured author on CJSR Radio’s WORD program with host Michael James, and as you can see from the photo at right, she had a wonderful time talking with Michael about the writing life. On October 12, Janice was honoured to appear as part of the opening night gala for the 2017 edition of LitFest, Edmonton’s non-fiction literature festival, to discuss “road stories” with Eamon McGrath (author of Berlin-Warszawa Express) and moderator Wendy McGrath (an acclaimed poet and author as well as Eamon’s mom!). If you missed this wonderful evening, be sure to check out the event photo set for some highlights. There are also fun photos from Janice’s October 15 book signing at Chapters Books in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona — click here to see her discussing mysteries and memoirs with readers. But she’s not done yet! Janice’s next appearance is in support of her friend and crime writing colleague Garry Ryan as he launches Matanzas, the ninth in his series of Inspector Lane Mystery novels at Edmonton’s Blue Lamp Books on Thursday, October 26. Get more details at the Facebook Event Page and make plans to join us!
Posted October 19, 2017
Janice is gearing up for a busy fall promoting CONFEDERATION DRIVE and the Randy Craig Mystery series!
Author Janice MacDonald is about to become a strong presence on the fall book promo circuit. First up is an October 4 appearance as the featured author on CJSR Radio’s popular WORD program, during which Janice and host Michael James will discuss her 2017 memoir, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, as well as her best-selling series of Edmonton-set Randy Craig Mystery novels. Janice will also be discussing and reading from Confederation Drive at the opening night event for the 2017 edition of Edmonton’s non-fiction festival, LitFest, on Thursday, October 12. The appearance will be part of a program entitled “LitFest On the Road,” in which Janice and Eamon McGrath, author of Berlin-Warszawa Express, will discuss their two very different travel books with moderator Wendy McGrath. Last but not least, Janice will be at Chapters Books on Whyte Avenue for a fall book signing on the afternoon of Sunday, October 15. Come say “hi” and get an autographed copy of the memoir or one of the mysteries — it’s never too early to think about snagging some perfect stocking stuffers! More details (times, addresses, ticket info, etc.) for the LitFest and Chapters events are available on this site’s Appearances page.
Posted September 12, 2017
Janice hosts a Randy Craig Mystery series challenge at Battle for the Limelight 2017
On Saturday, September 9, author Janice MacDonald volunteered for the 4th Annual Battle for the Limelight, a wacky “Amazing Race”-style competition in which Edmonton theatre companies compete against each other while also raising much-needed funds for their upcoming seasons. One of the challenges in this year’s competition brought teams to the Chapters book store in Old Strathcona, where they faced three tasks: 1) Take a short quiz about Canadian authors; 2) Take and post an Instagram photo with Janice; and 3) Arrange the books in Janice’s Randy Craig Mystery series in chronological order of publication! Check out a photo album of the fun event here.
Posted September 9, 2017
CONFEDERATION DRIVE is back on top of the non-fiction bestseller list!
Thank you, Edmonton readers, for putting Confederation Drive back at #1 on the local bestseller list for the week ending August 13. Stay tuned for some exciting literary festival news about Janice and her unconventional memoir, coming soon! In the meantime, you can check out the full list at the Edmonton Bestseller Chart.
Posted August 17, 2017
Two Randy Craig Mystery novels singled out for their realistic depictions of women’s lives as author Janice MacDonald teases the next installment in the series!
Two Randy Craig Mystery novels recently showed up in well-known book blogs for unusual reasons! The UK’s Moira Redmond writes Clothes in Books, a blog that looks at, well, just that — and her take on 2015’s ANOTHER MARGARET not only praises that book’s academic mystery elements but examines the ways that clothes define the power of Dr. Hilary Quinn in the story. Not to be outdone, Bill Selnes devoted a post at his venerable blog Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan (which had previously run a wonderful review of Another Margaret) to looking at the unusually realistic depiction of shopping that figures into the plot of 2011’s HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD. Selnes’ blog post notes that “fewer mysteries than I would expect make clothing stores and the experience of women shopping for clothes a part of the plot. The social implications for women of budget versus luxe shopping have a dynamic of tension… I thought MacDonald beautifully explored the pleasures and frustrations of women shopping for clothes while showing how Randy, a highly educated and confident woman, is beset with insecurities in an upscale shop.” What cool takes on the “real world” elements of the series! And in other exciting news, Janice posted a photo (shown at right) on her social media channels, teasing her new mystery novel in the works for 2018 and showing how she endeavours to “keep a complex plot sorted in a small condo.” Can any eagle-eyed readers spot a clue to the subject of the new book in those sticky notes?
Posted August 16, 2017
Where Edmonton has published a new “Author Spotlight” and review of CONFEDERATION DRIVE
The good folks at Where Edmonton magazine (and its affiliated Info Edmonton website) have published a new “Author Spotlight” about Janice, which includes these lovely words about CONFEDERATION DRIVE: “This memoir is more than just a road-trip story—it’s a touching account of one daughter’s journey to reconnect with her mother. MacDonald will also bring out the patriot in any Canadian. You’ll find no better travel companion and may discover some new facts about our sprawling country—along with many laughs—as you read this epic tribute to a cherished mother and home.” Read the full spotlight and review on the Where/Info website.
Posted July 20, 2017
Janice to read from CONFEDERATION DRIVE at “Meet Monto Books” event on July 18
Janice will be promoting CONFEDERATION DRIVE at an exciting event organized by the book’s publisher, Monto Books. Monto is Edmonton’s newest publisher, and editor Jason Lee Norman has been the force behind publishing projects such as the 40 Below winter anthologies. With Monto Books he is looking to publish the spirit of Edmonton and share it with the rest of the country.
On Tuesday, July 18 at Cafe Blackbird, Edmonton book lovers will have a chance to meet Monto authors Janice MacDonald and Chad Huculak — and also be the first to hear about Project Compass, an upcoming Monto project to be released later this year. For the first time ever, Monto Books will aslo be accepting manuscripts in person. Any author who brings in their manuscript to this event on July 18th will have their manuscript read and responded to by the editor. For more details, please see the Meet Monto Event Page.
Posted July 14, 2017
Happy Canada Day weekend — get in the spirit with a new CONFEDERATION DRIVE article at Gig City Edmonton
On June 1, Canada Day festivities will mark 150 years since confederation. To help celebrate, Gig City Edmonton has published a fantastic interview/article about Janice’s new book, CONFEDERATION DRIVE. Gig City‘s Mike Ross notes that “Confederation Drive isn’t really a book about Canada 150, although the timing was nice. It’s about what the 50 years since the Expo has meant to Canada and whether the promise that was ignited in 1967 has been lived up to.” What do you think — yes or no? For more thoughts on the subject, read “CANADA 150: Two long strange trips” on the Gig City website.
Posted June 30, 2017
Reconciling debate over Canada 150 celebrations with the sense of joyous discovery in CONFEDERATION DRIVE
From Janice: “A recent piece from Maclean’s Magazine, entitled “Canada 150 unhappiness? Blame 1967,” captures much of the impetus behind the writing of my new book, CONFEDERATION DRIVE. Amid all the various adventures I had with my mother, I knew somehow that it was this 1967 great escapade, of driving all the way from Edmonton to PEI, taking in the Expo celebrations and marking the fervour in our own way that made me the Canadian I’ve become. As we roll into Canada Day on this our 50th year since we sprang onto the international stage as a country to reckon with, let’s come together instead of drive a wedge even harder between groups that need to find common ground on this, our common ground.” Be sure to check out the Maclean’s article here.
Posted June 28, 2017
Bring Janice and CONFEDERATION DRIVE to your community in this year of Canada 150 celebrations — funding available!
Janice’s new work of creative non-fiction, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, is a perfect read for Canada’s sesquicentennial year — looking back at the centennial year and Expo ’67, exploring the present day, and pondering the future of our country with warmth and humour. Did you know that there is funding available to bring Janice to your community for readings, presentations, and writing workshops? As a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, she is eligible for funding from the TWUC/Canada Council for the Arts National Public Readings Program. Janice is a highly skilled reader, speaker and writing teacher, and she has taken part in several well-received literary events and library appearances as a result of the program. Don’t delay — applications for readings taking place between September 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 are currently being accepted at the National Public Readings Program webpage.
Posted June 12, 2017
CONFEDERATION DRIVE a bestseller again this week!
Thank you, Edmonton readers, for keeping Confederation Drive on the local bestseller list again for the week ending May 14. You can check out the full list at the Edmonton Bestseller List.
Posted May 18, 2017
YOU can be a character in the next Randy Craig Mystery — AND support a great cause at the same time!
How would you like to bid on being a named character in the next Randy Craig Mystery? It’s easy — just head over to the Northern Light Theatre website (see link at the end of this story) and bid on the naming rights to one character in the upcoming novel. This prize has raised big bucks for good causes in the past, and we want to get the same results for our friends at NLT. As part of the package, you will also receive a copy of The Roar of the Crowd (the “theatre mystery” of the Randy Craig series), and author Janice MacDonald will make a BIG fuss over your generosity at the launch of the upcoming book in which you will appear. Please help us to support a wonderful local theatre company — bid now for your chance to become part of the mysterious happenings in the next adventure of Randy Craig by visiting the NLT Online Auction Page.
Posted May 15, 2017
What a thrill — CONFEDERATION DRIVE is a #1 bestseller in its first week!
CONFEDERATION DRIVE hit the top of the non-fiction chart for Edmonton bestsellers on the week ending April 30 — which was before the official launch party! Janice says, “Thank you, Capital Region readers, for embracing something very different from my academic mystery novels. It has been my dream to share this story since childhood, and your continued support means the world to me.” If you don’t have a copy yet, Audreys Books should still have some signed copies in stock, and there is also online ordering information here on the site for you out-of-towners. (PS: It would make a great Mother’s Day gift!) You can also peruse the full list of local bestsellers here.
Posted May 11, 2017
Janice and her new book CONFEDERATION DRIVE featured in the St. Albert Gazette!
Scott Hayes of the St. Albert Gazette has written a terrific story, “Across the Country Twice in 200 Pages,” about CONFEDERATION DRIVE. The story appears in both print and online versions of today’s paper and highlights the “surprises” the new book may hold for Janice MacDonald’s readership. Don’t forget — Janice will be in St. Albert this Saturday, May 13, for a special Mother’s Day program at the St. Albert Public Library (more details in the story below). In the meantime, you can enjoy the Gazette story at this link.
Posted May 10, 2017
CONFEDERATION DRIVE has launched successfully — next stop St. Albert Public Library!
Janice’s new book, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, has officially launched with a wonderful party at Audreys Books on May 4. If you missed the shindig, there are still autographed copies available at Audreys, and you can console yourself by checking out an album of photographs from the event. Even better, you can catch up with Janice at her next appearance, a Mother’s Day event at the St. Albert Public Library. Because CONFEDERATION DRIVE is in many ways a love letter to Janice’s late mother Joyce — and a remembrance of their cross-Canada car trip to Expo ’67 in Montreal — it makes a perfect read for Mother’s Day as well as for #Canada150. For this very special event, Janice will be in conversation with her longtime friend, celebrated Alberta playwright Conni Massing. Conni is herself the author of a wonderful book called Roadtripping, so these two clearly know a thing or two about hitting the highway! The event begins at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 13. It is free, but we ask that you register to reserve a seat. You can register and get more details at the library’s event page. See you there!
Posted May 5, 2017
The official event page for the CONFEDERATION DRIVE launch party is now live!
We are getting incredibly excited to finally share Confederation Drive with all of you. This book is a passion project for Janice, and you could say that it has been 50 years in the making! That’s a mighty long time, but there’s not much longer to wait for the launch party at Audreys Books on Thursday, May 4. You can now get more details and RSVP at the official Facebook Event Page.
Posted April 21, 2017
Confederation Drive is launching on May 4!
Edmonton author Janice MacDonald has a new book coming out, and it’s a work of creative non-fiction! Confederation Drive is part memoir, part travelogue, part rumination on her beloved Canada as the country approaches its sesquicentennial on June 1, 2017.
“Part meditation and part travel memoir, Confederation Drive is a wholly charming cross-country adventure that explores themes of connection. As might be expected from one of Edmonton’s foremost detective writers, Janice MacDonald also seeks to unravel the mystery of how a childhood road trip in honour of Expo ‘67 shaped her identity. With musings on motherhood, culture and politics and a requisite number of traffic mishaps and lobster dinners, MacDonald brings back the great Canadian road trip in time for Canada’s biggest birthday yet.”
—Ali Bryan, author of Roost
The official launch party is a free event that will be held at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton) on Thursday, May 4, beginning at 7:00 PM. Janice will read from Confederation Drive and sign copies of the book, and there will be refreshments and some fun surprises for the guests as well. May the fourth be with you and permit you to join us for the celebration — and please stay tuned for more details, coming soon!
Posted April 7, 2017
But wait, there’s more — Janice to appear at GALENTINES DAY event on February 13!
After yesterday’s big updates (see below), you’d think we would be out of exciting news. You’d be wrong! We are thrilled to announce that Janice will be celebrating GALENTINES DAY at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton) on Monday, February 13, beginning at 7:00 PM. Come on down to hear some amazing writers speak about women, love, and the influences they have on their lives at this FREE event. Featured authors will be JANICE MacDONALD, author of the best-selling Randy Craig mysteries set n Edmonton; Diana Davidson, author of the acclaimed novel Pilgrimage; Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, author of the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award winning novel A Wake for the Dreamland; and Jennifer Snow, award-winning author of sweet and sexy contemporary romance novels. Audreys promises refreshments and snacks plus an awesome door prize draw. Bring all your ladies down for a night of fun and fellowship! For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
Posted February 9, 2017
Janice kicks 2017 into high gear with a SWEET night of crime fiction and exciting news about two upcoming books!
Author Janice MacDonald has just returned to her (and Ms. Randy Craig’s) hometown of Edmonton after two sunny weeks of research in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico — all we can tell you is that the beautiful resort town figures into the plot of an all-new Randy Craig Mystery novel! Elsewhere, the Edmonton Journal recently ran an article highlighting spring releases by local authors, and Janice got a shout-out for her upcoming book of creative non-fiction, Confederation Drive. We can’t wait to tell you more about it, but in the meantime you can read the full article here. And to top it all off, Janice and her Edmonton-area Sisters in Crime Eileen “E.C.” Bell (creator of the Marie Jenner mystery series) and S.G. Wong (mastermind behind the Lola Starke series) will be entertaining crime-fiction fans at a seriously sweet “Death By Chocolate” event on February 23. Please click here for all the delicious details and make plans to join us!
Posted February 8, 2017
Janice will autograph books and play Santa’s Helper at Audreys Books During the “Authors for Indies” Christmas Edition
Janice will be signing copies of the Randy Craig Mystery novels — along with helping Christmas shoppers select the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers — at Audreys Books on Jasper Avenue from 12:00-1:00 PM on Saturday, December 10. Joining Janice on her shift will be Lauren Deedrick-Mayne (author of the award-winning A Wake for the Dreamland) and Todd Babiak (The Garneau Block, Son of France). Check out the full schedule of events between noon and 4:00 PM, including a reading by Hawksley Workman and appearances by Bridget Ryan, Kate Boorman, Marty Klinkenberg, Rick Lauber, Wayne Arthurson, Mike Boldt, Jacqueline Baker, and Theresa Shea!
Posted December 1, 2016
New book features Janice and other area authors as one of the reasons to “heart” Edmonton
It was an absolute thrill to see the Randy Craig mystery novel Sticks + Stones highlighted in a beautiful new coffee-table book entitled 101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton. Author Emil Tiedermann lists “The Writers” as Reason #26 why Alberta’s Capital City is so wonderful, and Janice’s book is featured as part of a glorious three-page spread that provides a long, rather incredible list of the many acclaimed authors who have ties to our hometown. The book should be in Edmonton-area stores soon, but in the meantime you can get more information (or perhaps order a copy) at Emil’s website.
Posted October 22, 2016
Janice remembers her long-time friend, W.P. Kinsella (1935-2016)
“Bill Kinsella was a great friend to a lot of writers, and I was always proud to be one of them. He graced Sticks + Stones with a great blurb, was always supportive and befriended my husband Randy automatically as part of his tribe.
“Bill showed us all what we all then knew instinctively to be true — that baseball was magical, that magic could happen on the page, and that Canadian writers from way out west had what it took to break through internationally.
“He made us laugh, he made us cry, he gave us a field of dreams.
“I can see him up on some cloud, saying to St. Peter, ‘Is this Iowa?’ and Peter saying, ‘No Bill, this is Heaven.'”
Posted September 17, 2016
See you in New Orleans, mystery fans!
Janice will be attending Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in New Orleans from September 15-18 and looks forward to meeting up with fellow crime fiction lovers from all over the globe. Laissez les bon temps roulez! For more information about this year’s fabulous event, please visit Bouchercon 2016.
Posted September 13, 2016
Janice MacDonald and Another Margaret featured at the University of Alberta’s Alumni Authors Page
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta has launched an Alumni Authors Series at their WORK of ARTS blog, and the very first post shines the spotlight on Janice and her latest Randy Craig mystery novel, Another Margaret. You can find the author profile and a tantalizing excerpt from the book right here.
Posted July 18, 2016
Sticks + Stones gets a shout-out from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Now THIS is an honest-to-god thrill — the Chronicle of Higher Education has unveiled its annual list of “Academic Novels for Real People” by Ms. Mentor, and Sticks + Stones: A Randy Craig Mystery has been included! A few years back, Hang Down Your Head was highlighted in the Journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music and Condemned to Repeat got a nice write-up by Edmonton’s Historian Laureate (these older write-ups appear on the Press/Bio page of this website). It’s always a bit of a geeky head-rush when the series is recognized for its academic foundations and for the extensive research that goes into evoking Randy Craig’s many adventures (and misadventures) in academe and throughout Edmonton’s cultural scene. Now, I don’t know about you but I want to check out some of the other books on the Chronicle‘s list, which you can read here.
Posted July 5, 2016
Great holiday news for Another Margaret just ahead of NOIR AT THE BAR!
Happy long July weekend to Canadian readers celebrating Canada Day (July 1) and American readers celebrating Independence Day (July 4)! We got a nice holiday thrill when the latest Randy Craig mystery novel, Another Margaret, returned once again to the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list and hit #1! You are cordially invited to come out and help us celebrate later this week when Janice will be one of four Edmonton crime writers (as well as one guest from Vancouver) who will be reading from their work at a fun event called NOIR AT THE BAR. The event kicks off at 7:00 PM at Bohemia (10217 97 Street, Edmonton) and is hosted by Wayne Arthurson, who is the author of Blood Red Summer and other Leo Desroches mysteries, and who is this year’s Writer-in-Residence at Edmonton Public Libraries. Also appearing will be Eileen “E.C.” Bell (Seeing the Light, Drowning in Amber), Caterina Edwards (The Sicilian Wife), and BC’s Sam Wiebe (Last of the Independents). For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
Posted July 4, 2016
Podcast link now available for “Gender Perspectives In Detective Fiction” panel discussion hosted by Janice MacDonald
Check out a fascinating podcast on mystery fiction featuring three Edmonton crime writers (and one ringer from Calgary)! Below is a link to a mystery panel discussion at the When Words Collide (WWC) readers festival in 2014, which has now been posted online as a podcast. The panel was called “Gender Perspectives in Detective Fiction” and provides a fascinating discussion that I will add to your overall experience as a reader of genre fiction. The host was our own acclaimed author Janice MacDonald, who created the first-ever mystery series set in Edmonton (the Randy Craig novels) and whose deep knowledge of detective fiction started with her masters thesis on the genre. The all-star panelists were: Alberta Readers Choice Award winner Wayne Arthurson (Leo Desroches mystery series), now the Edmonton Public Library Writer-in-Residence; Arthur Ellis award finalist SG Wong (Lola Starke series); and Arthur Ellis Award finalist (Hot Sinatra), editor and genre columnist Axel Howerton of Calgary. You can download and listen to the podcast at the WWC website.
Posted June 15, 2016
Join Janice for a mystery workshop at the YouthWrite 2016 writing camp for adults
Randy Craig Mystery series creator Janice MacDonald will be one of the teachers at this year’s edition of JustWrite — an Edmonton writing camp for adults to be held July 1-3 at the Bennett Centre in Edmonton’s river valley. Janice’s workshop will guide you through the steps of creating a unique sleuth and crafting a mysterious plot. According to Janice, “Creating a believable character to inhabit a formulaic structure can be problematic. Formulas mean just that, there are rules and recipes to follow. However, in order to be unique, interesting and human, your detective needs to bridge the gap between the recipe and the real. Come try your hand at mixing together the ingredients to create your own fictional hero, suspenseful writing, and learn the general rules for the genre of mystery fiction along the way.” There are still spaces available to join Janice and her fellow instructors Mark Kozub, Barbara North, and Randy Williams. Get the full details and registration information at the JustWrite website.
Posted June 9, 2016
Janice is featured in two high-profile roundtable discussions — one live and one online!
Kerry Clare has put together a fantastic “Crime Fiction Virtual Roundtable” at the 49th Shelf, Canada’s top books site. Eight top Canadian crime writers, including Janice and fellow Edmontonian Wayne Arthurson, dig deep into the roots of their own writing and seek to define the Canadian mystery within the larger worlds of fiction and detective novels. Janice gets off some great one-liners and reveals the vast depth of her knowledge on the subject, so be sure to read the entire piece for keen insights and invaluable book suggestions! If you’d like to meet Janice in person, you won’t want to miss an upcoming appearance on Tuesday, May 24, when she will join writer-in-residence Marty Chan, fellow Edmonton crime writer Wayne Arthurson, and acclaimed YA author Karen Bass at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library for a spirited discussion of “A Writer’s Life.” The event begins at 7:00 PM and more information is available at the library’s website.
Posted May 21, 2016
Busy weekend for Janice with a reading, a writing workshop and a bookstore appearance
Janice MacDonald will be one of the featured Edmonton writers at a Spring Author Reading on Friday, April 29, beginning at 7:00 PM at Audreys Books in downtown Edmonton. For more details, please visit the Facebook Event Page. Then, on Saturday, April 30, Janice will lead a workshop entitled “Detective Fiction – How a Formula Can Create the Individual” at this year’s conference of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. For full details and to register, please visit the WFSC website. Later that same day, Janice will take part in the 2016 Canadian Authors for Indies event at Audreys. Local authors will be on hand throughout the day to greet visitors, talk about favourite books, and celebrate our city’s great independent bookseller. A full list of participating authors is available here, but please note that Janice and her friend Laurel Deedrick-Mayne (A Wake for the Dreamland) have swapped spots — Laurel now appears from 2:00-3:00 PM, followed by Janice from 3:00-4:00 PM. See you there!
Posted April 26, 2016
New blog post from Janice — on her winter whereabouts and the importance of watching one’s step
Have you been wondering why there have been so few sightings of author Janice MacDonald so far in 2016? At last, all is revealed in a new Note from Janice!
Posted March 18, 2016
Janice to join an amazing panel of Edmonton authors for International Women’s Day event!
Janice is thrilled and excited to take part in a special event to celebrate International Women’s Day and to kick off a new festival, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down. This panel discussion will be hosted by Margo Goodhand, former editor-in-chief of the Edmonton Journal, and takes place at Metro Cinema (in the old Garneau Theatre at 8712 109 Street in Edmonton).
Astrid Blodgett * Kate Boorman * Diana Davidson * Laurel Deedrick-Mayne
Caterina Edwards * Marina Endicott * Alexis Kienlen * Janice MacDonald
Margaret MacPherson * Alice Major * Wendy McGrath * Theresa Shea
Gail Sidonie Sobat * MJ Summers * Christine Wiesenthal
The authors will be meeting readers and signing books before the panel discussion begins, and the talk will be followed by a screening of the film Suffragette.
For more details, please see the event website or the Facebook Event Page.
Posted March 5, 2016
Recapping a Brilliant 2015!
What a wonderful year it has been! Not only did a new novel, Another Margaret, bring the entire Randy Craig Mystery series full circle, but there were opportunities to splash out with other kinds of writing as well. The 49th Shelf website for Canadian readers ran a new blog post entitled “Janice MacDonald Goes Back to School in Fiction” that earned a great response and a lot of very positive feedback, as did an original piece for the Criminal Element mystery blog, “You’ve Come a Relatively Middling Distance, Baby”: Signs of Shift in Female Fictional Detectives.
It seems that 2015 was my big year to publish a variety of shorter pieces! The July 2015 issue of Avenue Magazine ran a new short story entitled “The Window Seat” in their first-ever summer fiction issue. A short story called “The Workman’s Friend” appeared in AB Negative: An Anthology of Alberta Crime, and a work of creative non-fiction entitled “The Cold War” was featured in 40 Below Volume 2: Alberta’s Winter Anthology. As if that weren’t enough fun for one 12-month block, the inaugural issue of Sleuth Magazine ran an interview about my mystery work alongside new stories from a rogue’s gallery of well-known Canadian crime writers.
All in all, this has been a great time to be a writer! Next year is all about finishing the current project, a super-secret book-length work of creative non-fiction. After that, who knows what lies ahead? In the meantime, thanks to each and every one of you for your ongoing support. Have a very merry Christmas (or whichever joyous winter holiday you observe) and I will see you again in 2016. Ho ho ho!
Posted December 23, 2015
A reader sent us a photo of how she is enjoying her winter break…
From a reader: “This is how I have spent my last few evenings since finishing school for the term… 🙂 ”
Christmas is just one week away, and there’s still time to pick up a copy of Another Margaret or another of the best-selling Randy Craig Mystery novels for the crime fiction fans on your shopping list. Just think, you could help some lucky reader replicate the warm and wonderful scene in this photo! Click on THE BOOKS in the top menu above to learn more about the entire series and access links to buy print or e-book editions.
Posted December 18, 2015
Another Margaret gets a new review and returns to the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list
Writer Kerry Clare discovered the Randy Craig Mystery series after reading Janice’s September 2015 guest post for The 49th Shelf, “Janice MacDonald Goes Back to School in Fiction” — and she has now written a lovely review of Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery. According to Clare, the “whole project is done in the spirit of fun, not taking itself too seriously, but executed well enough that admirers of academic mysteries can come along for the ride. And I really glad I did. Another Margaret was a great introduction to the Randy Craig series.” And in other good news, the book has been back on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list for the past two weeks. With just two weeks left till Christmas, don’t forget that books are super-easy to wrap, and they can even fit right inside the stockings of all the mystery lovers on your list (whether naughty or nice!).
Posted December 11, 2015
Janice MacDonald’s Christmas season book signing set for Wednesday, December 2 at Audreys
Books make fabulous stocking stuffers, so author Janice MacDonald will sign copies of her Randy Craig Mystery novels (and her other titles) at Audreys Books, located at 10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton, from 11:30 AM till 1:30 PM. See you there!
Posted November 24, 2015
New guest post at Criminal Element — and a book giveaway!
Criminal Element is one of the most popular crime-fiction websites on the Internet, so we’re thrilled to announce that Randy Craig Mystery series creator Janice MacDonald has written a guest post for their readers! In Janice’s new piece, “You’ve Come a Relatively Middling Distance, Baby: Signs of Shift in Female Fictional Detectives,” she takes a look at some of the interesting evolutions in mystery novels since her own female sleuth first hit the scene. Read the post — and enter for a chance to win a copy of the latest Randy Craig adventure, Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, at Criminal Element.
Posted November 20, 2015
Listen to Janice read her latest work — and make plans to meet local authors this Saturday!
“The Cold War” is a new work of creative non-fiction by Janice MacDonald, one of the many stories, poems and essays by writers from across the province to be featured in the just-released 40 Below Volume 2: Alberta’s Winter Anthology. The new book, a follow-up to 2013’s best-selling original, was once again edited and published by Edmonton’s Jason Lee Norman. Janice will join Jason and other Edmonton authors for a signing of the anthology at the west-side Chapters (located at 9952 170 Street) on Saturday, November 14, from noon till 4:00 PM. In the meantime, you can listen to Janice and Jason together on the 40 Below Sessions podcast — her appearance includes both an interview and a lovely reading of her new piece! Listen now!
Posted November 12, 2015
Catch Janice as she launches Another Margaret in Calgary and 40 Below Volume 2 in Edmonton
Janice MacDonald has embarked on a busy week of meeting readers and sharing her latest work! The official Calgary launch party for her latest best-selling novel, Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, takes place on Tuesday, November 10, starting at 7:00 PM. The event is hosted by Owl’s Nest Books (815A 49th Avenue, in Britannia Plaza) and there will be a fun give-away as well as an author reading and book signing. If your name is Margaret (and yes, middle names count), you can enter a draw for a free, autographed copy of the new mystery! Then, on Saturday the 14th, Janice will be at the west-end Chapters store in Edmonton (9952 170 Street) to promote the just-released 40 Below Volume 2: Alberta’s Winter Anthology. Janice’s new piece of creative non-fiction, “The Cold War,” appears in the book along with dozens of other stories, poems, and essays by writers from across the province. Janice will be joining editor/publisher Jason Lee Norman and other local authors for the weekend event. See you there!
Posted November 9, 2015
Janice to discuss Another Margaret on Edmonton’s live variety show, That’s Terrific!
Edmonton author Janice MacDonald will discuss her best-selling novel, Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery (which has now been an Edmonton Journal Bestseller for six weeks) as a guest star on Edmonton’s live variety show, That’s Terrific! A fizzy, frothy production of the gang from the Varscona Theatre (in their temporary home at the Backstage Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Avenue), TT is best described as “a hilarious magazine-style musico-variety info-spectacle — and an enthusiastic celebration of all things notable, important, encouraging, and superior!” Join hosts Belinda Cornish, Andrew MacDonald-Smith, Rachel Bowron, and Mathew Hulshof as they welcome Janice and other special guests, beginning at 7:30 PM. Get more information at the Facebook Event Page. UPDATE: You can now see a fun photo album of Janice’s guest appearance on the show, including highlights from an improvised murder mystery starring Janice and the talented cast, by clicking here!
Posted October 19 and 26, 2015
Best-selling mystery Another Margaret gets a rave review by Angie Abdou for CBC Radio
It was quite a Canadian Thanksgiving weekend for author Janice MacDonald and her new novel, Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery. The book was riding high on the Edmonton Journal Bestsellers chart for a fourth week and it also received a rave review by acclaimed novelist Angie Abdou on CBC Radio’s Daybreak Alberta program. You can listen to the review now at the CBC Radio website.
Posted October 12, 2015
Recapping a whirlwind week: a blog tour to promote #1 bestseller Another Margaret and a fun CBC Radio interview to promote the AB Negative anthology
Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery became the #1 bestseller in the Edmonton Journal for the week of October 2 (click here to see the chart), and author Janice MacDonald celebrated with her first-ever blog tour. You can now catch up on all six stops! #1: Review of Another Margaret by Marlyn Beebe. #2: Review of Another Margaret by Bill Selnes. #3: “A Small-Town City” — guest post by Janice at Stuff and Nonsense. #4: Review of Another Margaret by Lelia Taylor. #5: “Pick Me! Pick Me!” — guest post by Janice at Buried Under Books. #6: Author Q&A at Mysteries and More. As if that wasn’t a busy enough week, Janice also appeared on CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM program with friend and fellow crime writer SG Wong to promote the October 3 launch party for AB Negative: An Anthology of Alberta Crime. If you missed the event, be sure to check out the audio of the radio interview and the fun photos in the Event Gallery.
Posted October 4, 2015
Janice MacDonald and crime-fiction friends will launch AB Negative: An Anthology of Alberta Crime in Edmonton this weekend!
Join top Alberta crime writers for the Edmonton launch of AB Negative, an anthology of 14 new stories by authors from across our province. Appearing at the Edmonton event will be: Janice MacDonald, author of the bestselling Randy Craig Mystery series (Roar of the Crowd, Condemned to Repeat, Hang Down Your Head); Edmonton’s SG Wong, Arthur Ellis Award nominee for Die on Your Feet; and Calgary’s Axel Howerton, the project’s editor and the Ellis Award-nominated author of Hot Sinatra. The authors will read from AB Negative and sign copies of the anthology and of their new novels, including Janice MacDonald’s current best-seller Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery and SG Wong’s In for a Pound. The fun begins at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue) at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 3. Learn more about the book at the publisher’s website and get all the launch party details at the Facebook Event Page. See you there!
Posted October 1, 2015
Janice MacDonald embarks on her first-ever blog tour to promote Another Margaret
Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery is here at long last, and author Janice MacDonald will set out on her first blog tour over the week of September 28 through October 2 to help get the word out to mystery lovers everywhere. There will be guest blog posts from Janice, reviews of her new novel, and several chances to win a copy of the new book. Sites visited will include the Criminal Element crime-fiction blog, Marlyn Beebe’s Stuff and Nonsense, and Lelia Taylor’s Buried Under Books (and maybe even a few other surprises along the way). Please check out the full blog tour schedule, which includes links to all the tour destinations, and we’ll see you on the Interwebs!
Posted September 26, 2015
Another Margaret launches with mock reunion hijinx and a second signing during University of Alberta Homecoming
The launch party for Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, held at Audreys Books on September 23, was a huge success and a hell of a good time to boot. An overflow, standing-room-only crowd enjoyed an author reading by Janice MacDonald and got autographed copies of her latest novel. Because Another Margaret is set at the University of Alberta during Homecoming Weekend, the launch party had a distinct reunion flavour. As guests arrived, they received “homecoming” nametags and were asked to pose in a cap and gown “for the yearbook.” When everyone helped themselves to coffee, cake and wine after they reading, the guests were also treated to a hilarious slideshow of mock yearbook pages, which used the photos that had been snapped as they arrived. Check out all the highlights at the Launch Party Photo Album. And, as this weekend really is Homecoming at the U of A (as well as the 100th anniversary of the University Alumni Association), Janice will be signing copies of her books in a big tent on the main quad this Friday as part of the Alumni Pancake Breakfast. Hope to see you there!
Posted September 24, 2015
Janice MacDonald is today’s featured guest blogger at The 49th Shelf
As the author of the new academic mystery Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, Janice was invited to become a feautured guest blogger at The 49th Shelf, the premier online source for news about Canadian books and writers. Get Janice’s insights about #CanLit, mystery sub-genres, and academe in fiction — and enjoy a couple of good belly laughs along the way — by reading “Janice MacDonald Goes Back to School in Fiction”.
Posted September 17, 2015
Stay tuned for new appearances and promos as the launch date approaches for Another Margaret
Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery launches on Wednesday, September 23 at Audreys Books, and suddenly author Janice MacDonald is everywhere!
- Catch her now on Shaw Cable’s ARTS TALK program and in the pages of the Sept-Oct issue of WHERE Edmonton Magazine
- Stay tuned for info about Janice’s blog tour across the web during the week of September 28 and October 3
- Come meet Janice in person at the launch party on September 23 or at the University of Alberta Homecoming breakfast on Friday, September 25
- Another Margaret will be featured on CBC Radio’s Daybreak Alberta in October
More details will be available very soon! In the meantime, you can learn more about the new novel at its book page on this site and see a list of Janice’s upcoming author events on our Appearances Page!
Posted September 11, 2015
Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery gets a Goodreads giveaway and a featured preview in WHERE Edmonton Magazine!
It’s just over two weeks till the big launch party at Audreys Books for Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, and excitement is in the air! There have also been a few new developments to whet your appetities for the new mystery! First up, Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press, publishers of the Randy Craig Mystery series, are sponsoring a giveaway over at Goodreads. Check out the official contest page for your chance to win one of three free copies of the new novel. Meanwhile, the stalwart #YEG boosters at WHERE Edmonton Magazine have profiled Janice as their featured local author for the latest issue, and have included a lovely preview of the new book as well. You can now pick up a copy at various locations around the city or read the author profile online.
Posted September 8, 2015
Janice MacDonald interviewed for the premiere issue of Sleuth Magazine
Randy Craig Mystery series creator Janice MacDonald has been interviewed for issue #1 of Sleuth Magazine, an all-new (and all-digital) crime fiction publication from editor Constantine Kaoukakis and the fine folks who bring you In Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. The premiere issue also includes new stories from acclaimed crime writers such as Edmonton’s SG Wong (In for a Pound, Die on Your Feet) and E.C. Bell (Drowning in Amber, Seeing the Light), along with Melodie Campbell (The Goddaughter series), Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra) and others. Snag a copy for yourself here.
Posted August 24, 2015
Announcing the Calgary launch party for Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery
Attention, mystery lovers of the Calgarian persuasion — we now have a date for Janice’s book launch party in your fine city. Janice will read from her new novel and sign copies at Owl’s Nest Books, located at 815A 49 Avenue SW in the Britannia Shopping Plaza, on Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 7:00 PM. Please help spread the word — hope to see you there! Get more details and RSVP for the party at our Facebook Event Page.
Posted August 21, 2015
Announcing the September 23 release of Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery
A brand-new 2015 release, Another Margaret brings Janice MacDonald’s Randy Craig series full circle by tying a Canadian Literature mystery from Randy’s grad-school days to deadly present-day events during the lead-up to her 20-year reunion. Anxiety is the watchword at most school reunions, with side-eye comparisons of greying hair and extra pounds around the belly. Not our Randy Craig — she’s more concerned with resolving a decades-old CanLit scandal and catching a ruthless killer. While helping her best friend Denise organize their grad-school reunion at the University of Alberta, Randy’s tumultuous past comes rushing into the present as she faces off against old ghosts and imminent death. “This is going to be the yummiest reunion. It’s as if we all went to grad school with Jessica Fletcher!”
Another Margaret is the eagerly awaited follow-up to three recent best-sellers by MacDonald — 2014’s The Roar of the Crowd, 2013’s Condemned to Repeat, and 2011’s Hang Down Your Head. The new book incorporates the events of the “lost” Randy Craig Mystery, 1994’s The Next Margaret, and expands them into a masterful novel that covers two decades in the lives of Miranda “Randy” Craig and her supporting cast of characters. Another Margaret will have its official launch party at Audreys Books, located at 10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, on Wednesday, September 23 beginning at 7:00 PM. For more details about the launch party, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
Stay tuned for more promo events to celebrate the new novel, including author appearances at the University of Alberta during this fall’s homecoming. In the meantime, you can get more information about Another Margaret — including advance praise from Angie Abdou, Linda Wiken, and Caterina Edwards — by visiting our spiffy new book page.
Posted August 4, 2015
Look for a new story by Janice MacDonald in AB Negative: An Anthology of Alberta Crime
Calgary’s Coffin Hop Press has announced the August 2015 release of AB Negative: An Anthology of Alberta Crime. In addition to new story by best-selling Randy Craig Mystery creator Janice MacDonald, there will new work by acclaimed genre writers from across the province including Edmonton’s SG Wong (Die on Your Feet) and Calgary’s Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra), both of whom were shortlisted for Arthur Ellis Awards for Best First Crime Novel in 2014. The book also features work from multiple Ellis Award nominee Therese Greenwood (Dead in the Water) and Bony Pete winner Jayne Barnard, as well as Susan Calder, Randy McCharles, Sharon Wildwind, Kevin P. Thornton and many more — 14 new stories in all! The anthology will be available in print and in all popular e-reading formats. For more information, visit the publisher’s AB Negative page.
Posted July 10, 2015
New short story by Janice MacDonald for Avenue Magazine now available online!
“The Window Seat” is a new (literary, non-mystery) short story by Janice MacDonald that was specially commissioned by Avenue Edmonton Magazine for its July 2015 issue, which included the first-ever Avenue fiction section. The issue has been a huge success, disappearing from magazine racks all over the Edmonton area in just over a week, so we definitely hope to see this idea continue as an annual feature. Because the magazines have become so scarce, Avenue has kindly made the story available to read online — just click here. (As a bonus, you can also check out “#YEG: Sole to Soul,” a short essay by Janice that was published in Avenue two years ago this month!)
Posted July 9, 2015
The upcoming Randy Craig Mystery novel is featured in the 49th Shelf‘s 2015 Fall Fiction Preview
Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery is featured among the “most anticipated” new books in the 49th Shelf‘s 2015 Fall Fiction Preview. “Janice MacDonald’s new Randy Craig Mystery is Another Margaret, in which our heroine must contend with her school reunion as well as resolve a 20-year-old CanLit scandal and catch a ruthless killer.” Keep an eye on this website for the cover reveal and news about the book launch party, coming very soon! In the meantime, be sure to check out the full list of fall 2015 titles from 49th Shelf here.
Posted July 7, 2015
New short fiction by Janice MacDonald featured in the July issue of Avenue Edmonton magazine
Edmonton author Janice MacDonald is heavily featured in the new July issue of Avenue Edmonton magazine. At the link below, she extols the virtues of her #1 dessert choice, the High Level Diner’s bread pudding (a love she shares with her fictional creation, Randy Craig) and 24 other local luminaries also share their favourite foodie delights from around the Capital Region. Even more exciting, the July issue features two brand-new short stories specially commissioned for this issue by Avenue. Janice’s short story, “The Window Seat” (which is NOT a mystery, by the way) is joined by Todd Babiak‘s “Dancing Out of Nowhere.” As well, Michael Hingston penned an excellent look at #YEG’s robust writing scene. Look for the July issue at stands across Edmonton! In the meantime, you can find out why Janice chose that delicious dessert here. (P.S. Be sure to check out Avenue‘s website for its 2015 Summer Reading Guide, which includes The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery!)
Posted June 30, 2015
The Roar of the Crowd has been shortlisted for the Deadly Ink Conference’s 2015 David Award for Best Mystery
We are thrilled to learn that the annual Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, to be held August 7-9 in New Jersey, has shortlisted The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery for its 2015 David Award for Best Mystery Novel. Sharp-eyed readers will recall that Condemned to Repeat was also up for the 2014 award. Many thanks to the conference crew for their continued recognition, and be sure to check out the full list of 2015 nominees at Mystery Fanfare.
Posted June 25, 2015
The Roar of the Crowd in the spotlight as a featured “Local Read” in the 2015 Edmonton Travel Guide and online at Info Edmonton!
The new 2015 edition of the Edmonton Travel Guide lists The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery at the top of its recommended “Local Reads” (you can view a larger photo here). What a wonderful honour — warm congrats to fellow #YEG writers Diana Davidson, Todd Babiak, and Jason Lee Norman for making the cut as well. This honour is yet more proof that Edmonton is a city that truly celebrates its writing scene! Be sure to check out the full list, either in print or online at InfoEdmonton.com.
Posted June 24, 2015
Buzz begins to build for the autumn release of Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery!
Bob Armstrong of The Winnipeg Free Press writes: “In the movies, they’d call something like this a reboot. Edmonton mystery writer Janice MacDonald has revisited and rewritten the first of her novels featuring crime-solving academic Randy Craig. Instead of just reprinting the novel, published in 1993 with the title The Next Margaret and now out of print, MacDonald decided to use the plot elements for a new novel. The new book, titled Another Margaret, is due in the fall from Ravenstone, the mystery and fantasy imprint of Winnipeg’s Turnstone Press.” Read Bob’s full column here.
Posted May 25, 2015
Welcome to our new and improved website!
We are delighted to roll out a sleek new version of the official website for Janice MacDonald, author of the best-selling Randy Craig Mystery series. Not only does it look fantastoc, but the newly redesigned site will also play nicely with the growing number of visitors who access these pages on smartphones and tablets. Kudos to our long-time tech gurus at Digital Tea for making this happen! If this is your fist time visiting our site, please take a few minutes to look around. Drop-down menus from the navigation bar at ther top of the page will take you to several great destinations. The Latest Updates includes the current News, lists of upcoming author Appearances, and Notes from the Author. The Books features individual book pages for all of the Randy Craig Mystery novels with plot synopsis, cover art, reviews, excerpts, buying information for paperbacks and e-book editions, and multimedia links where available— plus a listing of Other Titles, including Janice’s award-winning children’s book, The Ghouls’ Night Out, and much more. Finally, The Case Files takes you a bit deeper into the world of the author and her creations with biographical entries, info about how to contact Janice for interviews or personal appearances, an extensive catalogue of media coverage about the series, and a separate Links page that provides opportunities for readers to learn more about the people and places that appear in the Randy Craig adventures. Have fun exploring, and we’ll be back soon with more news about this fall’s upcoming new release!
Posted May 21, 2015
Janice to promote “Authors for Indies” event on CBC’s Radio Active
Janice will join Sharon Budnarchuk of Audreys Books for an appearance on CBC’s Radio Active this Wednesday, April 29, at 4:40 PM. Sharon and Janice will talk with host Portia Clark about Saturday’s upcoming “Authors for Indies” event at the bookstore, during which more than 20 local authors have volunteered to greet customers and recommend favourite books throughout the day. Be sure to tune in for more information! You can also check out the event poster here or access the full schedule of authors here.
Posted April 28, 2015
Janice to help celebrate Audreys Books during “Authors for Indies” event
No local institution has done more to support homegrown talent than Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton). On Saturday, May 2, a veritable “who’s who” of Edmonton authors will serve as volunteer staffers at Audreys, meeting readers and recommending favourite books during the day-long Authors for Indies event. Look for a certain crime fiction author between 12:30-1:30 PM — I’ll be working a shift with Gail Sidonie Sobat and Marina Endicott! For the full schedule of authors, just click here.
Posted April 22, 2015
NEWS FLASH! The New Randy Craig Mystery, Another Margaret, arrives Fall 2015
Back in 1993, Janice MacDonald’s first Randy Craig mystery, The Next Margaret was published, went quickly out of print, and become a bit of a “cult” collector’s item. Now, after five best-selling installments in the series with Winnipeg’s Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press, Randy’s very first adventures will again be available to crime fiction fans. However, instead of simply reprinting the original book, author Janice MacDonald has taken the plot elements from that story and integrated them into an entirely new novel, Another Margaret. “I hope that those Randy Craig fans who read the long-gone original will enjoy the revisiting and reimagining,” said MacDonald. “And for those who are encountering Randy’s early academic life for the first time, I hope that this look to the past will deepen her back story for readers.”
The sixth installment in the “offical canon” of the Randy Craig mystery series, Another Margaret finds our intrepid amateur sleuth helping her best friend Denise organize their 20-year reunion at the University of Alberta. In the midst of a great flurry of planning and promotion, Randy’s tumultuous past as a graduate student comes rushing into the present as she faces off against old ghosts and imminent death. Set to coincide with the 100th year anniversary of the University of Alberta’s Alumni Association, Another Margaret will give mystery lovers and U of A alums plenty to celebrate in Edmonton come the fall. Watch this site for more news, coming soon! In the meantime, you can get more information from the publisher here.
Posted March 30, 2015
Janice MacDonald “schmoozes” with Linda Wiken of Mystery Maven Canada in a great new interview
In a new interview with Linda Wiken of Mystery Maven Canada, Janice makes a strong case for crime fiction being ahead of the curve when tackling new subjects: “My sense is that popular genre writing has the capacity to include social commentary and act as a beacon, two or three steps before mainstream fiction.” Read the entire interview here.
Posted March 6, 2015
The Roar of the Crowd gets a new rave review and Janice reveals the origins of her series
The latest Randy Craig Mystery novel, The Roar of the Crowd, has received a fabulous review from Marlyn Beebe of the Crime Fiction Collective at her Stuff and Nonsenseblog, and Marlyn also asked Janice to contribute a guest blog post about the inspiration for her Randy Craig novels. This means, you lucky mystery lovers, that you get two new pieces to enjoy this week! Learn about the secret origins of the series from Janice herself here and read Marlyn’s great review of the latest Randy Craig adventure here.
Posted February 12, 2015
Janice MacDonald to teach aspiring crime writers at Edmonton’s YouthWrite Winter Wordplay on January 31
Janice will teach two half-day workshops, morning and afternoon, for young aspiring authors at the YouthWrite Winter Wordplay camp on Saturday, January 31. Her workshop is entitledDetecting Your Detective and is designed to help young writers learn the characteristics of the hero or heroine of mystery fiction, and some of the formula of the genre, too. Or, they can find out just how to build suspense and mystery in any kind of story! For more information or to register, please visit YouthWrite here.
Posted January 23, 2015
Janice and her Randy Craig Mystery series kick off the new year in style with exciting news, a great review, and an author reading from inside a giant igloo!
Happy New Year, mystery lovers! Sorry to have been away so long, but we return with exciting news — a first draft of the next Randy Craig Mystery novel was finished on Christmas Day! Stay tuned for more details to come. Almost as thrilling, we kicked off 2015 for the series with a great review from the Winnipeg Free Press, which calls The Roar of the Crowd “a terrific little mystery” (see the full review here). Finally, for a bit of January fun, Janice gave the world-premiere reading of a new (non-mystery) story entitled “The Cold War” on Saturday, January 10, from a stage inside a giant inflatable igloo! The reading, part of the 2015 Deep Freeze Festival, was organized by Jason Lee Norman, the editor/creator of the bestselling 2013 release, 40 Below: Edmonton’s Winter Anthology. Janice’s story, and many other great pieces by writers from across Alberta, will appear in volume two of the anthology, coming this November from Wufniks Press. And yes, there are photos of Janice in the enormous igloo here.
Posted January 10, 2015