Friday, August 15, 2014

Patterson Headlines SleuthFest 21

Florida’s best known writers’ conference, SleuthFest, will turn twenty-one next year, and the celebration has never been bigger. Special Guests include James Patterson, Dave Barry, James W. Hall, and aviation forensics expert, Ric Gillespie, who is heading up the search for Amelia Earhart’s plane. The conference will be held from Feb. 26 through March 1, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton, Deerfield Beach, Florida.
                Those who register before September 30, 2014, will save $20. Three-day registration fees are $265 for MWA members and $305 for non-members. Included in the price are two lunches (Friday and Saturday), two cocktail parties (Friday and Saturday evening), and Sunday Brunch with Dave Barry. Attendees can choose sessions from four tracks of panels, lectures, and workshops. As a special bonus, one-on-one meetings with agents and editors are also offered. Spaces are limited. To register, go to

Keynote: James Patterson

In total, James Patterson’s books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. In 2013, it was estimated that 1 in 5 suspense/thriller novels sold (in all formats) was written by James Patterson, he recently hit ten million e-books sold in 2013, and holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn’t based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the fastest growing middle grade series author in 2013 and, all combined, Patterson has sold over 7.5MM middle grade books world-wide.

Special Sunday Guest: Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of more than 30 books: fiction, non-fiction, adult, children’s books, and the Edgar-nominated Big Trouble.  For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about.

Florida Guest of Honor: James W. Hall

James W. Hall is the author of 18 novels. Thirteen of which feature a hardcore loner named Thorn, who makes a meager living tying bonefish flies. Thorn, and his private eye pal, Sugarman, have teamed up in a dozen books to thwart animal smugglers, cruise ship hijackers, rogue medical experimenters, and other assorted villains. His most recent non-fiction effort is Hit Lit which is an analysis of twelve of the most commercially successful novels of the last century and the dozen features those books have in common.

Forensics Keynote: Ric Gillespie

Ric Gillespie is the founder of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, known by its acronym TIGHAR (pronounced tiger). TIGHAR’s best known historical investigation is the Earhart Project – a comprehensive, science-based inquiry into the iconic mystery of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance. Since launching TIGHAR’s investigation in 1988, Ric has led ten expeditions – most recently in July of 2012 – to the remote uninhabited South Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro where a large and growing preponderance of evidence suggests Earhart died as a castaway.

For more information, contact SleuthFest co-chairs Victoria Landis and Joanne Sinchuk at

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