Links We Love

Social Media for Janice MacDonald/Randy Craig Mysteries

Janice MacDonald, Author of Mysteries & More: Interactive Facebook fan page for the Randy Craig Mystery series and Janice’s other writing projects

@RandyCraigBooks: Janice’s Twitter feed for the mystery series, her other writing projects, and random silly thoughts/pearls of wisdom

Janice MacDonald at Goodreads: Author profile for book information and interaction with readers

Janice MacDonald at Wikipedia: Article about Janice and her work

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Janice_at_Turnstone Ravenstone Books (an imprint of Turnstone Press): Winnipeg-based publisher of the Randy Craig Mysteries

Wufniks Press: Wufniks released both volumes of the acclaimed 40 Below Project and also operates the Edmonton-centric Monto Books imprint, which published Confederation Drive

Ronsdale Press: British Columbia-based publisher of The Ghouls’ Night Out

The Writers’ Union of Canada: The national organization of professionally published book authors

Writers Guild of Alberta: A provincial arts service organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta

Crime Writers of Canada: Promoting “the write kind of crime” through the annual Arthur Ellis Awards, National Crime Writing Month, and many other initiatives

Canadian Mystery Links

Janice MacDonald is a proud member of Sisters in Crime - Canada West Sisters in Crime – Canada West: The Western Canadian Chapter of SIC promotes women crime writers and encourages aspiring authors through writing challenges, workshops, retreats, and guest speakers with an overarching goal of bringing the community of authors, librarians, booksellers and readers together

Blood, Sweat & Words Podcast: Jo-Ann Carson, a BC author and fellow member of Sisters in Crime — Canada West (see link above) hosts this entertaining and insightful podcast about all aspects of the writing life, chatting with a wide variety of working authors (present company included) along the way. Highly recommended!

The Ladies’ Killing Circle: Publishers of anthologies featuring light and dark mystery short stories from Canadian women authors — titles include The Ladies Killing Circle, Menopause is Murder, Going Out with a Bang, and When Boomers Go Bad (the latter featuring a story by Janice MacDonald)

Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan: A favourite site — veteran crime-fiction blogger Bill Selnes writes perceptive reviews of mysteries and often follows up with author interviews and other in-depth features to connect readers with the world of books he loves

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist: Okay, so Margot Kinberg is a Californian, not a Canadian — but she is also a fellow crime-writer and she does cover plenty of Canadian mysteries at her wonderful blog, which also includes video interviews on the “Crime Fiction News Break” segments

Writers We Love

Angie Abdou: The acclaimed author of four novels — The Bone Cage (a 2011 Canada Reads contender and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year), The Canterbury Trail, Between, and In Case I Go — as well as the wonderful short-story collection Anything Boys Can Do and the memoir Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom

Carmen Amato: Author of the brilliant Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series (the novels Cliff Diver, Hat Dance, Diablo Nights, King Peso, Pacific Reaper and 43 Missing, plus the short story collection Made in Acapulco), which are packed to the brim with exciting action, fascinating cultural insights and a captivating, complex lead character who is caught between the glitzy world of Acapulco’s seaside resorts and the gritty, often violent reality of life in the surrounding city — highly recommended!

Eileen “E.C.” Bell: Multiple Prix Aurora winner and author of the Marie Jenner mystery/fantasy series (Seeing the Light, Drowning in Amber, Stalking the Dead, Dying on Second and Hearing Voices)

Gail Bowen: Creator of the Joanne Kilbourn murder mysteries

Jenna Butler: Award-winning Alberta poet and writer

Marty Chan: Award-winning Edmonton writer of plays for adults and books for kids

Trevor Cole: Author of Norman Bray in the Performance of his Life (a howlingly funny and poignant must-read for any theatre folk and the people who love them), The Fearsome Particles, Practical Jean, and Hope Makes Love

Diana Davidson: Diana’s lovely and powerful debut novel, Pilgrimage, was a finalist for the 2014 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award

Laurel Deedrick-Mayne: Janice’s long-time friend won the 2016 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award for her debut novel, A Wake for the Dreamland

Candas Jane Dorsey: Legendary Edmonton author, editor, poet, publisher, eduucator, community organizer, social activist and Prix Aurora winner for her 1997 novel, Black Wine

Caterina Edwards: Edmonton editor and award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and plays

Jannie Edwards: South African-born, Edmonton-based poet, author, editor, and educator whose collection Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems (2006) was adapted for the stage for Workshop West’s 2010 Canoe Theatre Festival

Brad Fraser: Janice’s long-time friend and “birthday twin,” Brad Fraser is the provocative and award-winning playwright/director behind such major works as Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man, True Love Lies, and Kill Me Now, as well as a long list of film and TV credits

Chadwick Ginther: Aurora-nominated Winnipeg author of the Thunder Road Trilogy

W.P. Kinsella (1935-2016): Internationally acclaimed Canadian fiction writer, best known for his award-winning novel, Shoeless Joe

Jessica Kluthe: Ferociously talented young Alberta author of the 2013 memoir Rosina, the Midwife

Alice Major: Edmonton’s first poet laureate (2005-2007) and recipient of the Writers Guild of Alberta’s 2014 Golden Pen Award, which recognizes lifetime achievements of an outstanding writer from the province

Conni Massing: Celebrated Edmonton playwright and author of scripts for film/television/radio as well as non-fiction books and short fiction

Jason Lee Norman: Well-known as the Edmonton impresario behind Wufniks Press, Monto Books and Words with Friends (#yegwords), Jason is also the author of several collections of short fiction including help*, Americas, and Beautiful Girls and Famous Men

Suzanne North: Creator of the Phoebe Fairfax murder mysteries and the 2014 literary novel, Flying Time

Candace Savage: Janice’s cousin Candace is the writer behind some of Canada’s most-acclaimed non-fiction titles, including Prairie: A Natural History, Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders, Aurora: The Mysterious Northern Lights, Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World, Curious by Nature: One Woman’s Exploration of the Natural World, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize-winning A Geography of Blood

Cora Taylor: Award-winng author of more than 14 Canadian children’s books, many of which have been translated and published internationally

S.G. Wong: Edmonton crime/speculative fiction author author whose debut book, Die on Your Feet, was nominated as “Best First Novel” at the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards

Bookstores We Love

Audreys Books Ltd.: The legendary indie bookstore on Jasper Avenue recently won a City of Edmonton award for its stellar legacy of supporting local writers — Audreys is a downtown Edmonton institution

Blue Lamp Books: A tiny, utterly charming indie bookstore in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona district that specializes in Mystery, Detective, & Classic Crime Fiction, its shelves utterly packed with new, used, rare and collectible editions as well as mystery-related art and curios

Owl’s Nest Books & Gifts: A wonderful shop in Calgary’s Britannia area, famous and beloved for promoting Alberta writers

Pages in Kensington: A beautiful indie bookstore in Calgary’s Kensington Village with an emphasis on presenting literary readings by Albertan and Canadian writers

McNally Robinson Booksellers: Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson is Canada’s largest independent bookstore, with a mission to work closely with authors and publishers to reach Canadians with their own stories

Bolen Books: A Victoria, BC, institution for 40+ years, Bolen Books is the largest single-location independent bookstore in Western Canada

The Eye of the Beholder  Visual Arts Links

Art VallARTa: The opening section of The Eye of the Beholder  takes place in Puerto Vallarta, Jalísco, México during the honeymoon of Miranda “Randy” Craig and her longtime partner, Steve Browning — during which Randy discovers Art VallARTA, a very real (and wonderful!) gallery and art school/studio where acclaimed artists such as the brilliant watercolourist Verónica Rangel teach locals, tourists and ex-pats alike

Maria Pace-Wynters: Maria is a celebrated Edmonton mixed-media artist whose work is much loved (and collected) by author Janice MacDonald, so her fictional creation has also inherited a love of all things Pace-Wynters

Larry Reese: Alberta renaissance man Larry Reese has won acclaim as an actor, filmmaker, musician (he played sitar on a live album by Procol Harum in his younger days!) and visual artist whose oil paintings capture the landscape of our beautiful province in styles both realistic and delightfully/colourfully abstract

The Roar of the Crowd  Theatre Links

Freewill Shakespeare Festival: The opening section of The Roar of the Crowd takes place during the production of two Shakespeare plays and a “Camp Shakespeare” for kids in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park, both of which are real annual events hosted since 1989 by the Free Will Players

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival: Much of the book’s climax is set in and around the Fringe — founded in 1977, this annual Edmonton celebration of theatre and the performing arts is North America’s oldest Fringe theatre festival and one of the world’s biggest, drawing ever-larger crowds with its mixture of serious drama, street performers, and long-established local favourites such as the Guys in Disguise drag troupe

Teatro La Quindicina: This delightful troupe of players, led by Artistic Director Jeff Haslam, presents four to five sparkling productions each year in the heart of Edmonton’s Old Strathcona district, many of them the original creations of resident playwright/director Stewart Lemoine, an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-winner for his writing as well as a City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame member and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient for his artistic contributions to Alberta and Canada

Northern Light Theatre: Combining fearless performances, envelope-pushing programming, and a stunning sense of design, Northern Light Theatre and Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt have earned a reputation as one of Edmonton’s most challenging, provocative and rewarding theatre companies

Rapid Fire Theatre: Edmonton’s longest-running improv comedy troupe has produced such luminaries as Mark Meer, Amy Shostak and Matt Alden; as well, RFT continues to discover and develop up-and-coming talent with its regular Theatresports and CHiMPROV shows

Citadel Theatre: The Citadel Theatre is a major venue for theatre arts, located in the downtown Edmonton core on Sir Winston Churchill Square

Condemned to Repeat  Historical Site Links

Rutherford House: The opening scenes of Condemned to Repeat take place in this grand old house on Edmonton’s river valley — it was the home of Alexander Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier and the founding chancellor of the University of Alberta (the book launch was held here, too!)

The old St. Stephen’s College Building: This imposing 1911 building on the University of Alberta campus was the original home of St. Stephen’s College and now houses Alberta Community Development

Fort Edmonton Park: Fort Edmonton is a place where time has stopped and is waiting for you to experience bygone days through four historical periods between 1846 and 1929 — among the many historic buildings that have been moved to the park is the original, more modest home occupied by the Alexander Rutherford family before they moved to the grand house on the river valley

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village: The Village is an award-winning, open-air museum that takes visitors “back in time” to experience east central Alberta’s rural and agricultural history

Hang Down Your Head  Music Links

folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta: The fictional Randy Craig works here in Hang Down Your Head — in real life, the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology does amazing work to preserve and promote great music as part of the University of Alberta’s Sound Studies Initiative

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival: FolkFest is not only a setting in Hang Down Your Head, it’s one of the greatest festivals in a city that is world-famous for them

Tom Paxton: A folk music giant — and a character in this music-centred Randy Craig Mystery novel!

James Keelaghan: One of Canada’s finest folk performers and a veteran of the Edmonton FolkFest — he’s also a mystery fan who wrote a lovely blurb for the book jacket

Ben Sures: One of Edmonton’s greatest singer-songwriters (even if we did sort of poach him from Winnipeg), Ben also appears in Hang Down Your Head

Bill Bourne: The legendary Edmonton musician also shows up in Hang Down Your Head — and rightly so, as FolkFest wouldn’t be the same without him!

CKUA: The CKUA Radio Network is home to great folk, roots, and blues music across the province of Alberta

Penguin Eggs: Canada’s folk, roots, and world music magazine is published right here in Edmonton