Vancouver, BC: March 28-31, 2019
I’m excited to be attending the 2019 edition of the Left Coast Crime convention. I will be participating in readings and other events at the con, but I’m especially excited about moderating a panel on “Keeping a Series Alive” with fellow crime writers Anne Cleeland, Mary Jane Maffini/Victoria Abbott and Marty Wingate. We’ll be doing our thing from 4:00-4:45 PM on Saturday, March 30, so do drop by and ask us some juicy questions. More information about the panel schedule is available at the convention’s official website.
St. Albert, AB: January 19, 2019
It’s a special “After Hours with Janice MacDonald (and Randy Craig!)” event at the St. Albert Public Library from 7:00-9:00 PM, as the brilliant Alice Major leads an interview-style conversation about my 35-year career as a published author. Alice and I will be discussing the journey from my first non-fiction title back in 1983 all the way up to the 2018 publication of the seventh and final novel in my Randy Craig Mystery series, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. I hope you will join us by reserving a (free!) seat at this link.
December 8, 2018
I will be one of a whole gang of Edmonton writers to volunteer their time at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton), starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 8. My fellow authors and I will be serving as “personal shopping elves” for customers, helping them pick out the perfect gifts for all the loved ones on their Christmas shopping lists. Audreys is also providing hot cider, cookies and free gift wrapping and, best of all, the whole event is a fundraiser that will help local children receive a new toy at Christmas through Santa’s Anonymous! Get additional info at the Facebook Event Page and make plans to join us!
November 26, 2018
Janice will be guest host for the Audreys Book Club on Monday, November 26, starting at 7:00 PM, leading readers through a discussion of Blue Monday, the first book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein series written by Nicci French. Come out to Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue), make friends, have refreshments and talk about a great mystery!
November 24, 2018
Janice will be autographing her brand-new 2018 Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, at Chapters Books in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona District (10504 Whyte Avenue) between 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 24. Come meet the author and get signed/personalized copies of her books — finish your Christmas shopping early with wonderful stocking stuffers for all the crime-fiction fans on your “nice list.” See you there!
St. Albert, AB: October 20, 2018
The St. Albert Public Library runs a fantastic series of literary events every fall — known as the St. Albert Readers’ Festival, or STARfest for short. The 2018 edition of STARfest is shaping up to be another big success, and Janice is excited to once again be a part of the celebrations by engaging acclaimed crime writer Maureen Jennings in conversation on Saturday night, October 20, beginning at 7:00 PM. As most crime-fiction fans can tell you, Jennings is the creator of the wildly popular series of Murdoch Mysteries novels, which have also been adapted for television, among her other works for print and TV. Following the Jennings-MacDonald talk and the audience Q&A, the library will host a wine reception and both Maureen and Janice will sign copies of their mystery novels for readers. Get the details at the STARfest Event Page and don’t miss this stellar night for mystery lovers.
October 16, 2018
Janice MacDonald’s brand-new 2018 Randy Craig Mystery novel, THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, 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!
Victoria, BC: August 18, 2018
Janice MacDonald will be a featured workshop presenter at the Sisters in Crime – Canada West Summer Writers Retreat in Victoria, BC, 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. 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!
November 16, 2017
Janice will be one of six Edmonton-area authors who join forces for GenrePalooza Edmonton at the Woodrack Cafe (7603 109 Street) 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 out literary gifts for all ages and tastes! More info about GenrePalooza is available on the Facebook Event Page.
October 26, 2017
Janice will join her friend and fellow crime writer Garry Ryan at a special event to launch his new Detective Lane Mystery novel, MATANZAS. Garry will read from his new book, Janice will read from her 2017 memoir, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, and both authors will sign copies of their work — including Janice’s set-in-Edmonton Randy Craig Mystery novels. The venue for the evening is Blue Lamp Books (located on the second floor at 10008 Whyte Avenue), an independent store specializing in new and gently used Mystery, Detective and Classic Crime Fiction. More info about the book launch party is available on the Facebook Event Page.
October 15, 2017
Spend a fall afternoon in Edmonton’s beautiful Old Strathcona district and meet author Janice MacDonald! Janice will be at Chapters Strathcona (located at 10504 Whyte Avenue) between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to sign copies of her latest book, CONFEDERATION DRIVE, as well as her popular, set-in-Edmonton Randy Craig Mystery novels. More info is available on the Facebook Event Page.
October 12, 2017
Janice will be discussing and reading from her new memoir, CONFEDERATION DRIVE , at the opening night event for the 2017 edition of Edmonton’s non-fiction festival, LitFest. 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. To top off a wonderful evening, there will also be a LitFest-themed performance by the master improvisers of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre. The event begins at 6:00 PM at 99Ten, located at 9910 109 Street (lower level at The Common). For more details and to reserve tickets, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
October 4, 2017
Janice will be the featured author on CJSR Radio’s popular WORD program on Wednesday, October 4, from 10:00-11:00 PM Mountain Time. During the broadcast, 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. There will also be specially chosen musical selections, so you can definitely expect some Canadian folk when they talk about Hang Down Your Head. CJSR is located at 88 on the FM dial, and if you are not in the local area you can livestream the show at the WORD website.
July 18, 2017
Janice will be promoting CONFEDERATION DRIVE at an exciting event organized by the book’s publisher, Monto Books. On Tuesday, July 18, from 7:00-9:00 PM at Cafe Blackbird (located at 9640 142 Street in Edmonton), Capital Region 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 more details, please see the Meet Monto Event Page.
May 13, 2017
Come help us celebrate Mother’s Day and Memoirs! Because CONFEDERATION DRIVE, the new book by Edmonton author Janice MacDonald, is in many ways a love letter to her 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 at the St. Albert Public Library, 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 the library asks that you register to reserve a seat at this link.
May 4, 2017
Help Janice celebrate the launch of her new book, Confederation Drive. The party is happening at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton) beginning at 7:00 PM. This is a free event and will be an author reading, book signing, refreshments, and some fun surprises. Get more details and RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.
April 29, 2017
Janice will once again participate in a “Canadian Authors for Indies” event at Audreys Books, located at 10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton. Local authors will be on hand throughout the day to greet visitors, talk about favourite books, and celebrate our city’s great independent bookseller. Janice will work a shift from 12:00 till 1:00 PM, and a full list of participating authors is available here (scroll down for Audreys). See you there!
February 23, 2017
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 during a seriously sweet “Death By Chocolate” event at Cococo Chocolaterie by Bernard Callebaut. There will be author readings, delicious treats, contests, prizes and other surprises. Such fun! For more information and to reserve a spot, please click here.
February 13, 2017
Celebrate GALENTINES DAY at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton) 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.
December 10, 2016
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 (10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton) between noon and 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). Janice’s appearances is part of a special Christmas edition of “Authors for Indies,” which will see Edmonton-area authors staff the store till 4:00 PM. Other highlights will include 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. For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
July 7, 2016
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.
July 1-3, 2016
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. 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.
Fort Saskatchewan: May 24, 2016
Janice joins 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.
April 30, 2016
Janice is excited to once again participate in the annual Canadian Authors for Indies event at Audreys Books, located at 10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton. 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!
April 30, 2016
Author Janice MacDonald will lead a workshop entitled “Detective Fiction – How a Formula Can Create the Individual” at the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County 2016 Conference on Saturday, April 30. For full details and to register, please visit the WFSC website.
April 29, 2016
Janice will be one of the featured Edmonton writers at a Spring Author Reading, held at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue) beginning at 7:00 PM. For full details, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
March 8, 2016
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. She will be one of 15 amazing Edmonton authors on a panel discussion hosted by Margo Goodhand, former editor-in-chief of the Edmonton Journal, at Metro Cinema (in the old Garneau Theatre at 8712 109 Street in Edmonton). The event begins at 5:30 PM, and additional details can be found at both the event website or the Facebook Event Page.
December 2, 2015
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.
November 14, 2015
“The Cold War,” a new work of creative non-fiction by Janice MacDonald, is one of the many stories, poems and essays 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. Get more information about 40 Below Volume 2 at the 40 Below Project website.
Calgary: November 10, 2015
Join Janice at the official Calgary book launch party for her latest novel, Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, at Owl’s Nest Books (815A 49th Avenue SW in the Britannia Shopping Plaza) beginning at 7:00 PM. There will be an author reading, a book signing and — as always — a few mysterious surprises! Get more details and RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.
October 25, 2015
Edmonton author Janice MacDonald will discuss her new best-selling novel Another Margaret 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.
October 3, 2015
Join Janice and two fellow crime writers — Edmonton’s SG Wong (Die on Your Feet, In for a Pound) and Calgary’s Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra) for the Edmonton launch of AB Negative: An Anthology of Alberta Crime. This new collection contains a whopping 14 new stories from across the province. All three authors will read from and sign copies of the anthology at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue) beginning at 2:00 PM. Get more information at the Facebook Event Page.
September 25, 2015
Janice’s new novel, Another Margaret, takes place at the University of Alberta during homecoming season. For that reason, the author will be appearing at the U of A as part of the Alumni Association’s 100th Anniversary. Look for Janice in the main Alumni Association tent from 8:30-11:00 AM. If you come early, there are even some flapjacks in it for you thanks to a pancake breakfast for alumni. Randy Craig Mystery novels will be on sale courtesy of our friends at Audreys Books, and Janice would be delighted to sign your copy.
September 23, 2015
Join Janice for a book launch party to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Another Margaret: A Randy Craig Mystery, at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton) beginning at 7:00 PM. There will be an author reading, a book signing and — as always — a few mysterious surprises! Get more details and RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.
May 2, 2015
Janice will serve as a volunteer staffer at Edmonton’s Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue) from 12:30-1:30 PM as part of the day-long Authors for Indies event. A veritable “who’s who” of local writers will be on hand throughout the day to meet readers and recommmend favourite books. Be sure to check out the full author schedule here.
April 29, 2015
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. Learn about the Radio Active program here.
January 31, 2015
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 entitled Detecting 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.
January 10, 2015
As part of Edmonton’s 2015 Deep Freeze Festival, author Janice MacDonald will read, for the first time, a new (non-Randy Craig) story that will be published in this November’s second volume of the 40 Below winter anthology series, edited by Jason Lee Norman. Janice’s reading begins at noon on Saturday in a giant inflatable igloo (!!!) at the southeast corner of 92 Street and 118 Avenue. More information and a complete schedule of events for the festival can be found here.
November 28, 2014
Janice will be the special guest of the book club at the Old Strathcona Branch of the Edmonton Public Library from 12:00-1:00 PM, where she will discuss her novel Condemned to Repeat with readers. The Old Strathcona Branch is located at 8331 104 Street, and more details are available at the EPL website here.
November 27, 2014
Janice will greet readers and sign copies of her books (they make great gifts and superb stocking stuffers!) at Edmonton’s historic Rutherford House on Thursday, November 27, from 6:00 till 9:00 PM. Her 2013 novel, Condemned to Repeat, is partially set at the grand old house, which will be the site of a pop-up market with art, crafts, antiques, vintage clothing and many more unique ideas for completing your holiday shopping, There will also be music, free kettle corn, and mini-flights of beer for sale from our local Alley Kat bewery. For more information, please visit this link.
November 26, 2014
Janice will be guest speaker at the November meeting of the University of Alberta’s Association of Professors Emeriti on Wednesday, November 26, beginning at 12:00 PM at the U of A Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton). Further details are available here.
November 13, 2014
Randy Craig Mysteries creator Janice MacDonald will be part of an all-star panel discussion, “Women Talking About Women in Genre Fiction,” at Edmonton’s Lois Hole Library (17650 69 Avenue NW). Her fellow panellists will be Candas Jane Dorsey (Edmonton based, Prix Aurora Award-winning author of Black Wine), Winnipeg’s Karen Dudley (author of both the Robyn Devara mystery series and the Food for the Gods fantasy series), Edmonton’s S.G. Wong (author of Die on Your Feet, nominated for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel), and Eileen “E.C.” Bell (Prix Aurora Award-winning writer and author of a new paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light). Doors open at 6:00 PM. For further details and to RSVP, please click here.
October 25, 2014
Janice will read from her Randy Craig Mystery series at the “Hope Afternoon of the Arts,” starting at 1:30 PM at Hope Lutheran Church, 5104 106 Avenue in Edmonton. The free event will also include musical performances and a screening of Daniel Foreman’s short film, A Raven’s Song. Get more details here.
October 23, 2014
Janice will be the special guest of the Airdrie Public Library for an author reading and Q&A. Get more details here.
Ottawa: October 19, 2014
Janice will appear at Ottawa’s Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Avenue), along with fellow Canadian mystery writers Barbara Fradkin (the Inspector Green Mysteries) and Erika Chase (the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries), on Sunday, October 19, from 12:00-2:00 PM. Dedicated crime-fiction fans will know that “Erika” is the pen name of Linda Wiken, who also writes the excellent Mystery Maven Canada blog under her own banner. All three authors will read from and sign copies of their latest novels — Janice’s The Roar of the Crowd, Barbara’s None So Blind, and Erika’s Book Fair and Foul. Get more info and RSVP for this free event here.
October 17, 2014
Janice will interview acclaimed Canadian crime writer Ian Hamilton (author of the Ava Lee series, including the Arthur Ellis Award-winning The Water Rat of Wanchai) at the fourth annual St. Albert STARfest Readers Festival. The festival runs October 17-November 3 with excellent programming throughout, so be sure to get more details here.
October 3, 2014
As part of the 2014 PAGES Workshop, Janice will appear on a panel discussion entitled “Locale and the Local: The Importance of Setting in Story.” Her co-panellists are fellow Edmonton writers Todd Babiak (Come Barbarians, The Garneau Block) and Alice Major (author of nine volumes of poetry and the former City of Edmonton Poet Laureate, among innumerable other honours). The moderator will be author Margaret Macpherson (Body Trade), who is this year’s writer-in-residence for St. Albert, Strathcona County, and Fort Saskatchewan Public Libraries. The panel discussion will take place at Edmonton’s downtown Stanley A. Milner Library from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM, and further program details are available here.
September 20, 2014
Janice will sign copies of her current bestseller, The Roar of the Crowd, as well as her earlier Randy Craig Mystery novels and her award-winning children’s book, The Ghouls’ Night Out, at Audreys Books in downtown Edmonton from 1:30-3:00 PM. Get more info and RSVP here.
Calgary: August 8-10, 2014
After a fantastic time at the 2013 event, Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald has been again confirmed as a panelist at the 2014 edition of When Words Collide, a Calgary festival for readers to be held August 8-10. When Words Collide presents a wide spectrum of authors, editors, artists, poets, playwrights and others involved in creating the written word across many genres. Janice will participate in the sessions listed below:
- Friday, August 8, 6:00 PM — Exploring Archetypes in Hard-boiled and Noir Fiction (with S.G. Wong, Axel Howerton, and Dave Gross)
- Saturday, August 9, 12:00 PM — Getting Away with Murder: A Crash Course in Mystery Writing with Janice MacDonald
- Saturday, August 9, 1:00 PM — Teaching Canadian Fiction (with Robert Runte, Jim Sellers, and Greg Bechtel)
- Saturday, August 9, 8:00 PM — Mass Autograph Session
- Sunday, August 10, 12:00 PM — Murder Most Fair (with Susan Calder, R.J. Harlick, Linda Kupecek, Mahrie G. Reid, and Melodie Campbell)
- Sunday, August 10, 2:00 PM — Gender Perspectives in Detective Fiction (with S.G. Wong, Axel Howerton, and Wayne Arthurson)
- Sunday, August 10, 4:00 PM — Death Throes (with Dwayne Clayden, Craig DeLouie, and Axel Howerton)
Make plans to join us in Calgary! Check out the complete line-up of guests and panelists here.
Calgary: August 7, 2014
Attention, Calgary mystery lovers! Here’s your chance to come hear author Janice MacDonald read from her latest novel, The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery, and get autographed copies for yourselves and all your fellow mystery nuts. Hope to see you there! Get more info and RSVP for this free event here.
July 22, 2014
Author (and Freewill Shakespeare Festival Board member) Janice MacDonald will participate in a panel discussion on the gender issues in this year’s Freewill production of The Taming of the Shrew. The other members of the panel are The Edmonton Journal‘s ace columnist Paula Simons, Freewill Artistic Director Marianne Copithorne, and founding Freewill Artistic Associate Annette Loiselle. Get more details and RSVP for the event here.
July 19, 2014
Author Janice MacDonald will be one of the guests for the first-ever season finale of That’s Terrific!, the Varscona Theatre’s live, late-night “magazine-style musico-variety info-spectacle.” Join Janice and hosts Rachel Bowron, Belinda Cornish, Mathew Hulshof, and Andrew MacDonald-Smith for “a funny and enthusiastic celebration of all things notable, important, encouraging, and superior” at 11:00 PM on Saturday, July 19 at the Varscona (10329 83 Avenue in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona District). Get more details at the Varscona Theatre website here.
July 10, 2014
Join author Janice MacDonald for a summer book party, complete with a reading and book signing (and, as always, a few surprises!), at the launch of her new novel, The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery. Janice’s launches are always lots of fun, so make plans to join us at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton) on Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 PM. Get more details and RSVP for the event here.
July 8, 2014
Janice MacDonald will be the third guest of the new Author Series at Edmonton’s Royal Glenora Club (previous guests were literary luminaries Conni Massing and Todd Babiak). Janice will read from her novels and give a sneak preview of the latest, The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery, which will launch two days later at Audreys Books. The event runs from 6:45-8:15 and includes light snacks; refreshments and a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $10 and seats are open to both RGC members and non-members. Book your seat through the club’s Member Services here.
Toronto: June 7, 2014
Janice MacDonald will appear on a panel about female protagonists in mystery novels (“Is the Female of the Species More Deadly Than the Male?”) at Bloody Words 2014, the national conference hosted by the Crime Writers of Canada. The panel will also feature crime writers Rick Blecta, Mel Bradshaw, Cynthia St-Pierre, and moderator Cathy Ace, and is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM. This year’s conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 370 King Street West in Toronto. For more details, please visit the Bloody Words website here.
April 15, 2014
Longtime friends Suzanne North (Phoebe Fairfax Mysteries) and Janice MacDonald (Randy Craig Mysteries) will combine forces to celebrate the launch of Suzanne’s new book, Flying Time (from Brindle and Glass — not a mystery this time). The event takes place on April 15th at Audreys (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton) at 7:00 PM. Suzanne and Janice will read from their latest books, share stories, swap anecdotes and discuss friendship, writing, and the support Canadian writers have long offered each other. There will be laughter. There will also be refreshments! In the meantime, you can find a bit more info about Suzanne’s novel here.
February 23, 2014
Janice MacDonald will discuss her mystery series and writing life — and take audience questions! — as the guest of the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence, Jason Lee Norman. The fun starts at 1:30 PM at the downtown Stanley A. Milner Branch (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square). For more details, please see Jason’s WIR blog here.
January 31, 2014
Janice MacDonald will be the featured author at this year’s “Love in the Library,” a Valentine-themed fundraiser for the Vegreville Centennial Library with wine & cheese, a silent auction, prize draws, musical entertainment, and a reading by Janice from her Randy Craig Mystery series. Tickets are $25 and are tax deductible. For more details, please see the poster and contact info here.
December 12, 2013
Janice will be signing copies of Condemned to Repeat and her other bestselling set-in-Alberta mystery novels at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton) on Thursday, December 12, from 12:30-2:00 PM. Stop by, say hi, and get a book autographed for that crime-fiction lover on your holiday shopping list! More details are available here.
November 16-17, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald has been confirmed as a guest moderator at the Pure Speculation 2013 Conference, to be held November 16-17 at the Ramada Conference Centre in Edmonton. Janice will moderate the two sessions listed below:
- Saturday, November 16, 11:15 AM — The Lure of Young Adult Fiction
- Sunday, November 17, 5:00 PM — The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes
Make plans to join us for a truly fantastic weekend! Check out the complete line-up of guests and panelists here.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Edmonton’s Audreys Books will host a triple-header event with a focus on Alberta women who write imaginative, acclaimed genre fiction. Janice will be joined by speculative fiction author Candas Jane Dorsey (a Prix Aurora winner for Black Wine) and up-and-coming paranormal romance author Bonnie Randall (whose debut novel, Divinity and the Python, is set in Edmonton). There will be readings, an author Q&A, and book signings by all three writers, beginning at 3:30 PM at Audreys, 10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton. For more information, check out the promo poster here.
Winnipeg: October 23-25, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will spend a whirlwind of a week in Winnipeg this October with a full slate of fun events on her schedule:
- Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 PM in the Atrium at McNally Robinson Books (1120 Grant Avenue) — Ravenstone’s Mystery Monster Mash featuring readings from Janice and fellow Ravenstone authors Chadwick Ginther (Aurora-nominated for Thunder Road), Karen Dudley (Aurora-nominated for Food of the Gods) and Dave Annandale (creator of the Jen Blaylock series)
- Thursday, October 24, 7:00 PM in the Carol Shields Auditorium at Millennium Library (251 Donald Street) — Workshop on Getting It Right: Researching the Past and Place to Breathe Life into Your Writing. How do professional writers accurately capture a time and place? Join authors Janice MacDonald (the Randy Craig Mystery series), Joan Thomas (Curiosity and Reading by Lightning) and Jan Horner (Mama Dada, Elizabeth Went West and Recent Mistakes) as they discuss tips and tricks for tracking down facts and transforming library and archive visits into best-selling and award-winning works. Discussion moderated by Hilary Friesen. Presented by the Writers’ Collective of Manitoba, the Manitoba Historical Society, Ravenstone Books and Turnstone Press.
- Friday, October 25, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM — Getting Away with Murder: A Short Course in Mystery Writing. Join Janice MacDonald, award-winning writer and creator of the acclaimed Randy Craig Mysteries (Turnstone Press) for an exploration of the tantalizing formula behind the most popular form of writing. Learn how to tweak the recipe to make it truly yours. You’ll emerge from your entertaining and invigorating session with the profile of a detective, some thoughts about the particular setting you wish to claim for your own, and maybe even a couple of useful clues. Please register in advance using the link above.
Morinville: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Janice will give a keynote address about her series of set-in-Edmonton mysteries at the Writer Jam, a full-day event (10:00 AM-4:00 PM) featuring a diverse group of talented, successful area authors. Also appearing on the program are Shelley Leedahl (The Bone Talker), Candas Jane Dorsey (Aurora-winning author of Black Wine and A Paradigm of Earth) and Eva Blaskovic (Beyond the Precipice). There will also be a special presentation by Jay Bardyla of Happy Harbor Comics. Book sales and signings will follow the keynotes. The event will be held at the Morinville Community Library, located at 10119 100 Avenue, Morinville. Further details are available here.
St. Albert: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Regional Writer-in-Residence Natasha Deen hosts Edmonton crime writer Janice MacDonald (author of the current bestseller Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery) for a special writing workshop at the St. Albert Public Library during Alberta Arts Days. Janice and partcipants will explore all aspects of writing — plot, story, characters, where to stash the body — as well as hints about publishing and making a living as a writer. Please register for this free event by calling 780-459-1682. Further details are available at the library website here.
Calgary: August 9-11, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald has been confirmed as a panelist at When Words Collide, a Calgary festival for readers, to be held August 9-11. When Words Collide presents a wide spectrum of authors, editors, artists, poets, playwrights and others involved in creating the written word across many genres. This year’s event has a mystery theme, and Janice will participate in the nine sessions listed below:
- Friday, August 9, 2:00 PM — Humourous Readings
- Friday, August 9, 4:00 PM — Pushing the Limits of Traditional Mystery
- Friday, August 9, 5:00 PM — We Are All Murderers
- Friday, August 9, 6:00 PM — Eve of Destruction (Focus on Female Sleuths)
- Saturday, August 10, 1:00 PM — An Hour with Jamis Paulson and Turnstone Press
- Saturday, August 10, 2:00 PM — Criminal Readings
- Saturday, August 10, 8:00 PM — Mass Autograph Session (2 hours)
- Sunday, August 11, 11:00 AM — Live Action Slush: Mystery Edition (Commentator)
- Sunday, August 11, 4:00 PM — East vs. West in Canadian Mystery Writing
Make plans to join us in Calgary! Check out the complete line-up of guests and panelists here.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will sign copies of Condemned to Repeat — and her earlier novels — at Audreys Books from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Audreys is located in downtown Edmonton at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 107 Street. Get more details at the Audreys website here.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Janice MacDonald and fellow crime writer Wayne Arthurson will appear at this special event hosted by the Edmonton Public Library, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. Are you an aspiring mystery writer, or maybe just a crime book junkie? Learn more about the craft you love from two of Canada’s best writers in the genre, Janice MacDonald and Wayne Arthurson. Author Janice MacDonald is best known for her five novels featuring amateur sleuth Miranda “Randy” Craig. The Randy Craig Mysteries were the first detective series to be set in Edmonton. The last installment, Hang Down Your Head, was published in 2011 to great acclaim and success, and Condemned to Repeat is her new release for June 2013. Wayne Arthurson is the author of the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award-winning novel Fall From Grace and its sequel, A Killing Winter.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Janice will discuss her new Randy Craig Mystery, Condemned to Repeat, with the lovely and talented Susanna Patchouli as part of the Varscona Theatre’s live and improvised comedy/variety show “Oh Susanna!” on Saturday, June 29, starting at 11:00 p.m. The Varscona is located in the heart of Edmonton’s Old Strathcona district at 10329 83 Avenue. Get more information about “Oh Sunsanna!” and the Varscona Theatre here.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Join us at Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site in Edmonton at 7:00 PM for the official launch of Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery. There will be a reading and book signing with author Janice MacDonald — plus a live performance by magician Stephen Dafoe and some tasty nibblies. The fun is all cleverly tied into the exciting new entry in Edmonton’s original mystery series, which finds reluctant sleuth Miranda “Randy” Craig wrapped up in a deadly series of events that spreads across the many historic sites in Alberta’s Capital Region. This special evening is hosted by Turnstone Press and our good friends at Audreys Books. Get all the details and RSVP here.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will be the special guest speaker at the Spring Luncheon of the University of Alberta Faculty Women’s Club. The event will be held from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM in the Faculty Club’s Papachase Room. Additional details are available on the Faculty Women’s Club events page here.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Get feedback on your writing in a one-on-one session with Janice MacDonald, best-selling author of the Randy Craig Mystery series, at the Blue Pencil Café. Spend 30 minutes talking with an established author — recieve feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance (up to five, double-spaced, typed pages). There is NO COST to attend, but there are only ten timeslots available, so register now! The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre. You can sign up and get all the details here.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Janice will be the guest speaker at the 4th Annual Author’s Breakfast sponsored by the Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The event will be held at Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 Street in Edmonton, beginning at 10:00 AM, and is open to the public. A delicious brunch will be served, followed by a talk and book signing with Janice. Delta Kappa Gamma is is a professional honorary society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. Tickets for the 2013 Author’s Breakfast can be reserved by contacting the church office (780-482-2587) or Janet M. Clark of Gamma Chapter (780-483-4261). For further details, please visit the DKG Alberta website here.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Janice will be the guest of honour at a special evening meeting of the Southminster-Steinhauer Book Club, beginning at 7:00 PM. Members will discuss Hang Down Your Head and other Randy Craig mysteries with their author, and Janice will also have books available for sale. Autographed copies make excellent stocking stuffers! For details, address and contact information, please visit the Southminster-Steinhauer website here.
Sheep River: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will appear at the “Authors Among Us” expo in Sheep River on Saturday, October 27, from 12:00-4:00 PM. More than 35 Alberta writers are scheduled to participate in salon readings and will be available to meet with readers and sign books. Full program details are now available here.
Wetaskiwin: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Janice will present a day-long mystery workshop at Wetaskiwin’s
Royal Canadian Legion in collaboration with the Lone Ridge Ink Shedders.
Toronto: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Janice will appear on “Whistling Past the Graveyard,” a panel discussion about the role of humour in detective fiction, along with Don Hauka, Howard Shrier, Robin Spano, and moderator C.C. Benison. The panel is scheduled for 3:30-4:20. Bloody Words is Canada’s oldest and largest gathering of mystery readers and authors. The full program schedule and registration details are now available here.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Janice MacDonald, a proud veteran of FICTIONista tours in 2007 and fall 2011, is honoured to serve as host for spring 2012’s Edmonton event. Join Janice and authors Barb Howard, Margaret MacPherson, Arley McNeney, Cassie Stocks, and Sarah Kathryn York at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue downtown), beginning at 7:00 PM, for what is certain to be a great evening.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Janice (thrilled to be billed as “the First Lady of Edmonton mystery”) is delighted to help celebrate the release of A Killing Winter, the new Leo Desroches crime novel by Wayne Arthurson, on April 18. Wayne and Janice will both give readings and sign their books, so it’s going to be a stellar evening for Capital City mystery fans. The launch is happening at The Artery, 9535 Jasper Avenue, from 6:00-9:00 PM. See you there!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
As part of the Folkways Alive/CKUA Winter Roots and Blues Roundup Festival, Janice will be appearing at a workshop on “Reading Roots & Blues” from 10:30-11:30 A.M. in the Stanley Milner Library’s Centennial Room in downtown Edmonton
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Janice will be signing copies of Hang Down Your Head from 12:00-4:00 PM at Chapters on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Janice will be featured on the CKUA Radio network across Alberta as part of the ArtBeat program, which airs from 12:30-1:00 PM — the segment will include an interview with host Chris Allen and recordings of Janice reading passages from Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Janice will be signing copies of Hang Down Your Head at Indigo Books & Music in South Edmonton Commons from 1:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Janice will be signing copies of Hang Down Your Head at Audreys Books on Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton from noon-1:00 PM and again from 5:00-6:00 PM
Monday, January 16, 2012
Janice will appear in an interview segment with host Ryan Jespersen on Breakfast Television Edmonton beginning at 7:10 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Janice will appear in an interview segment with co-host Nola Keeler on CBC Radio’s 2011 Book Special — the show airs across the province from 6:00-9:00 AM and Janice’s segment will be on at approximately 7:15 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Janice will appear at the Varscona Theatre for the “Christmas Special” edition of Edmonton’s long-running, late-night live variety show, “Oh Susanna!” — with books and banjo in hand to be interviewed by outrageous co-hosts Susanna Patchouli and Eros, the God of Love (show begins at 11:00 PM)
Morinville: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Janice will appear at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre at 7:00 PM to give a reading from Hang Down Your Head, followed by a one-hour writing workshop for aspiring mystery novelists
Calgary: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Janice is part of the Calgary FICTIONistas event, which begins at 2:00 PM at Owl’s Nest Books and Gifts, 815A 49th Avenue SW
Saskatoon: Thursday, November 24, 2011
Janice is part of the Saskatoon FICTIONistas event, which begins at 7:30 PM at City Perks, 801 7th Avenue N
Winnipeg: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Janice is part of the Winnipeg FICTIONistas event, which begins at 7:30 PM at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue (she will also give a mystery-writing workshop at the University of Winnipeg in the afternoon)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is the big night for the offical launch of the fourth Randy Craig Mystery, the Edmonton FolkFest-themed Hang Down Your Head at Audrey’s Books on Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton — the fun starts at 7:30 PM with a reading, book-signing, live folk music, wine and refreshments
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Janice will be giving a reading from her Hallowe’en-themed children’s book, The Ghouls’ Night Out, at Audreys Books (Jasper Avenue, downtown Edmonton) beginning at 2:00 PM