Friday, October 24, 2014

Volunteer at Bouchercon!

Coming to Bouchercon, November 13-16? Want to meet like minded people--fans, readers, and authors-- while helping out at Bouchercon: Murder at the Beach, in Long Beach? Then we have a job for you! So many volunteer jobs to choose from and at different times. Or sign up for more than one!

Please respond to Lucinda Surber (, Volunteer Chair.

See you at Bouchercon!

From Lucinda:

Here are some areas where we need help. Please respond to this email to let me know which tasks look like something you would enjoy. Be sure to mention what days/times you are available.

Book Bag Setup
We will be organizing the books for bag stuffing on Tuesday from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Volunteers will need to lift some boxes and unpack the books onto tables. There will also be some smaller things to organize. Please indicate when you would be available to help.

Book Bag Stuffing
We will be stuffing books into the book bags on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until done, hopefully by 3:00-4:00 PM. Please indicate when you would be available to help.

Registration Desk
Sign up for a two-hour shift helping to manage the registration desk. We need both experienced Registration Desk volunteers and those who have never done this fun job of welcoming convention registrations and handing out the registration envelopes. We need volunteers Wednesday from 3:00-7:00 PM, Thursday from 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday from 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and Saturday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Please let us know the approximate time you would be available to help.

Book Bag Distribution
Sign up for a shift distributing the book bags to registrants during the hours that registration is open on Wednesday through Friday. Please let us know the approximate time you would be available to help.

Volunteer Table Helper
Sign up to take a shift at the volunteer table, distributing packets to the Panel Room and Book-Signing volunteers. The Volunteer Table will be open from 15 minutes before the first panel of the day until 15 minutes after the final panel ends. This job is even more fun if you sign up with a friend you would like to catch up with during the lulls.

Panel Room Volunteer
Sign up for a shift managing a program room. Responsibilities include making sure the panelists have water, holding up signs so the panel moderator knows how much time is left before the end of the program, and escorting the panelists to the signing space after the panel. Written instructions will be provided. If you are interested, please check the panel schedule and let us know which panels you would like to help with. It's fine to give us a long list of panels you want to attend with a note about how many total panels you would like to help with.

Book-Signing Volunteer
Sign up for a shift helping with the book signing after panels. Duties include placing signage, greeting and directing authors to their seats, and managing lines to avoid congestion. The signings follow each panel track for about half an hour. You would need to arrive in the signing area half an hour before the panel ends in order to hang the signs so panelists know where to sit.

Silent Auction Monitor
Sign up for a shift monitoring the Silent Auction Items on Thursday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM), Friday (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM), Saturday (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM). Please let us know the approximate time you would be available to help.

Silent Auction Item Distribution

Sign up to help distribute the Silent Auction items to the winning bidders on Saturday from 3:00-5:00 PM.

As an all-volunteer organization, Bouchercon can’t hold conventions without willing volunteers like you!

Thanks in advance for pitching in to help with this great convention.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Death Comes to Pemberley Twitter Event

Death Comes to Pemberley starts this Sunday night on PBS's Masterpiece! This wonderful homage to Austen is adapted from P.D. James's mystery and stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Rhys, Mtthew Goode, and Jenna Coleman. 

Join MASTERPIECE for a live Twitter event Sunday, October 26 and Sunday November 2 during the broadcast, 9-10:30 Eastern Time. Of course, you can watch it any time...and you don't have to join the Twitter Event...but it will be fun, and we'd love to have you! I'm one of the hosts, but I may not be able to join on October 26...but I've seen the production, and I'll definitely be there on November 2! Some of my favorite actors, of course, and any and everything Jane Austen is terrific ..and a mystery? well even better!

Here's a link to a scene from Part I. 

Tag you posts with the hashtag #PemberleyPBS using Twitter or your favorite aggregator.

WHAT: PBS and MASTERPIECE are hosting a live Twitter discussion (#PemberleyPBS)

WHEN: Sundays, October 26 and November 2, 2014, 9-11pm Eastern and Pacific time

WHERE: Join us using our hashtag  (#PemberleyPBS).

TOPICS: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, P.D. James, MASTERPIECE Mystery!

WHO: @PBS@masterpiecepbs; Vintage & Anchor Books (@VintageAnchor); Laurel Ann Nattress (@Austenprose) of Austenprose; Janet Rudolph (@JanetRudolph) of Mystery Readers International – and YOU!

RSVP: Please follow and be followed (on Twitter, of course!) by other #PemberleyPBS tweeters