1. What IS the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival? The Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival is a day-long event, held at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, where mystery fans get a chance to meet national best-selling mystery authors! There will be book signings, multiple workshops, a New Author Expo, and moderated panel discussions.
2. What is the fee to attend the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival? The Festival is from 12 to 6 p.m., with a private VIP Meet & Greet from 12-1 p.m. and the festival opening to the general public at 1 p.m. The VIP is $20 per person and limited to the first 50 participants. This is the only ticketed portion of the day; the rest of the day is completely free and open to the public.
3. What does the private VIP Meet & Greet entail? See more details here.
4. What authors are coming to this Festival? Our 2017 Featured Authors include: Betsy Ashton, D.B. Corey, Maya Corrigan, Tracee de Hahn, John DeDakis, Barbara Early/Beverly Allen, Diane Fanning, Gerrie Ferris Finger, Grace Greene, Jenna Harte, Maggie King, Christina Kovac, Eleanor Kuhns, Judith Lucci, Allie Marie, Nan O'Berry/Tessa Berkley, Tj O'Connor, Alan Orloff/Zak Allen, Leigh Perry/Toni L.P. Kelner, Karen Pullen, Amy Reade, Shawn Reilly Simmons, B.K. Stevens, Lane Stone, Marcia Talley, Art Taylor, Christine Trent, and Heather Weidner. In addition, we are showcasing these authors in our New Author Expo: Alexandra Christle, Nellie Dixon, Stewart Goodwin, Jeannie Hall, Pamela K. Kinney, Daniele Lanzarotta, Amy E. Lilly, Bryan Nowak, Brittany Raschdorf, and F. Sharon Swope & Genilee Swope Parente.
5. I would like to advertise in the program. Is there a way to do that? Yes! We are again excited to offer a limited number of advertising spots for literary-related advertisers in our 2017 program—the glossy, full-color, professionally printed piece we give to all attendees free-of-charge. Our prices are reasonable and ad design is complementary. Approximately 750 copies will be printed (to be distributed during the event to all participants) and each advertiser will receive up to 20 copies. Ad sales are open until Monday, July 10. Artwork is due by July 17. For more information, or for space reservation/design questions, please see details here.
6. Are there any sponsorship opportunities? Absolutely! This year, we're offering a variety of sponsorship levels, making this emerging Suffolk tradition a budget-friendly event. For more information, please see details here.
7. I keep hearing the term “cozy mystery” and I am unfamiliar with that. Can you explain? Several of our past participating authors write what is commonly referred to as a “cozy mystery,” which is a sub-genre of crime fiction. The crime and detection take place in a small, socially-intimate community, where it is assumed that everyone knows everyone. The detectives are nearly always amateurs and frequently women who are typically well-educated, intuitive and often hold jobs that bring them into constant contact with other residents of their town and the surrounding region. Dismissed by the authorities in general as nosy “busybodies,” the cozy detective is left free to eavesdrop, gather clues and use her intelligence and feel for the social dynamics of the community to solve the crime. The murders take place off stage, and frequently involve relatively bloodless methods such as poisoning and falls from great heights. Agatha Christie is often considered the “mother” of the cozy mystery. Cozy mystery series frequently have a prominent thematic element introduced by the detective's job or hobby, like cooking, knitting, scrapbooking, etc.
8. Can I bring books by the authors who are attending the Festival? Absolutely! We will be offering a limited supply of books (by each author) for sale, but we definitely encourage you to bring your own books if you have them.
9. Will there be any giveaways or door prizes? What about refreshments? Several authors who couldn’t make it to the Festival have graciously donated items to be used as giveaways and door prizes. If you would like to have lunch during the day, we suggest visiting the charming on-site restaurant, Mosaic, or walking a few blocks to our delightful historic district, where eatery opportunities abound. Be sure to visit the Suffolk Tourism table to receive restaurant recommendations.
10. I really want to attend but I don’t think I can stay the entire day. Is that a problem? This event is set up so that you can come and go as you please. If you can only stay for a limited time, our suggestion would be to look at the schedule and try to plan your visit around the activities in which you’re interested.
11. I want to attend several of the workshops. What should I do? Each workshop is being held on the second floor, which has a limited seating capacity. So if you really want to attend something, we recommend you go to the workshop location (please see the program) a few minutes before the start of the workshop, to be sure you’ll get a seat.
12. Can you tell me more about the content of the workshops that are being offered? Please see the workshops page here.
13. What panels are being offered and who will be on them? Please see our panel page here. Due to author availability, this information may change.
14. Is there parking at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts? There is an accessible and free parking lot behind the facility, and there is off-street parking surrounding the facility.
15. Is the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts accessible to those attendees with physical limitations or disabilities? Yes. The Center is equipped with wheelchair ramps, elevators and designated wheelchair seating in the theater. The restrooms offer disabled access as well. The Center offers sound enhancement devices; please contact them directly at 757.923.0003 to make arrangements if this is needed.
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