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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Tonight at the The Center for Fiction in New York City, Sara Paretsky, author of the iconic V. I. Warshawski series, will conduct a CFA Master Class at Crime Fiction Academy, starting at 7 p.m. Congrats to this year's finalists... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES David Oyelowo (Selma) will star in and produce Another Day in the Death of America based on an upcoming nonfiction book by Guardian journalist Gary Younge. The book chronicled "the true story of the writer who investigated 10 children... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Violinist Joshua Bell is among a group of artists who are part of a U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba to "to advance deeper cooperation around the common bonds of our heritages" and promote opportunities for artistic and cultural collaborations. And... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Oswald Wynd (1913-1998) was born in Japan, the son of a Baptist missionary from Scotland. Wynd's family moved to the U.S. in the 1930s, where Wynd attended High School in Atlantic City, then later back to Scotland. Wynd's studies at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Since I was AWOL last week, I almost missed some award news. Here's the latest wrap-up of crime fiction honorees: The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced, including a Best Mystery/Fiction title nod to The Cartel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Seth Margolis has written six books over the past two decades including Losing Isaiah, made into a feature film in 1995 starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry. He's also written a number of New York Times articles about travel and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES 20th Century Fox has added to the cast of the next Kingsman movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. According to a Tweet from Channing Tatum, he is now involved in the project (although his role in the espionage film has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Robert Furneaux Jordan (1905–1978) was an English architect, architectural critic for The Observer, taught as Hoffmann-Wood Professor of Architecture in the University of Leeds, and was a visiting Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University in the U.S. If you conduct... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Oscar winner Jared Leto has signed on to star in Martin Zandvliet’s action-thriller The Outsider for Waypoint Entertainment and Linson Entertainment. Written by Andrew Baldwin, The Outsider is set in post-WWII Japan and follows an imprisoned American soldier (Leto)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Music is naturally subjective, but I probably won't get much argument that one of the most sublimely lovely pieces ever composed is Beethoven's Piano Concerto #5 ("The Emperor"), with the middle movement being particularly haunting (it's one of Scott Drayco's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Margaret Anne Doody (born 1939) served as a professor of literature at various institutions including the University of Wales, Princeton, Vanderbilt, and the University of Notre Dame (helping to found the PhD in Literature program there). Her interest in history... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The International Thriller Writers announced this year's finalists for the Thriller Awards, to be handed out at ThrillerFest XI on July 9 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Congratulations also to the winners of this year's Derringer Awards.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Julia Roberts is set to star in Fool Me Once, an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s just-published thriller. The story centers on Maya (Roberts), a Special Ops pilot just home from war who sees something on her nannycam that she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Four men's voices, tam-tam, tubular bells, bass drum, and organ = a truly haunting piece that is a little miracle of text painting. It's De Profundis ("Out of the Depths") composed by Estonian Arvo Pärt and first performed by the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
British author Dennis John Andrew Phillips (1924-2006) served in the RAF during World War II, then turned to labor relations and worked as a musician—something he continued to do until right before his death, even recording a CD at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
UK's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate July 21-24 announced their Special Guest lineup, which includes authors Peter James, Jeffery Deaver, Martina Cole, Neil Cross, Linwood Barclay, Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid, and Gerald Seymour. Conference organizers encourage fans... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Author Walter Mosley and producer Denise Grayson have hired writer-director Paul Chart to adapt Mosley’s thriller Killing Johnny Fry for a feature film that Mosley will produce through his company BOB Filmhouse together with Denise Grayson Productions. Mosley’s novel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Mars has been in the news a lot lately, with the movie The Martian based on Andy Weir's book, as well as continued missions such as the recent launch of the European-Russian Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander. In honor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Scottish writer Hugh C(rauford) Rae was born in 1935 and brought up in Glasgow, where he spent fourteen years working in a bookshop before turning to writing books rather than selling them. Between 1965 and 1992, he published over seventy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
RT Book Reviews announced the winners of the 2015 Reviewers Choice Awards and Career Achievement Awards. The latter category included Rhys Bowen for Historical Mysteries, Janet Evanovich for Mainstream Mysteries, and Carla Neggers for Romantic Suspense. You can check out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Top o' the week means it's time again for the latest crime drama news: MOVIES Michael Mann has set the first publishing project for his new book imprint Michael Mann Books, teaming up with Don Winslow (the bestselling author of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at In Reference to Murder