leisure 04.17.12

Every Person in New York

The 66th anniversary of the Edgar Awards, the big prize for mystery writers, takes place on April 26 at the Grand Hyatt. While the star power may not match the Oscars, the body count is higher. Tickets

Since all those mystery writers will be in one place next week, there's an Edgar Symposium on April 25 at Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th [Park/Lex]. Lots of talented people, including Martha Grimes, Hilary Davidson and S. J. Rozan are panelists or moderators. Tickets

On Sunday, April 22, 7pm, mystery writers Bruce DeSilva, Sheila York, Richie Narvaez, and Kira Peikoff read from their work at KGB, 85 E. 4th [Bowery/2nd].

The next night, Henry Chang, Jim Fusilli, Lauren Willig and Hilary Davidson (she's everywhere!) do a reading from their mysteries at Bar 82, 136 2nd [St. Mark's/9th] at 8pm.

Crime Fiction Academy
The just-opened Crime Fiction Academy, part of The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th [5th/Mad], is a program dedicated to crime fiction writing and boasts a very starry faculty roster, including Lawrence Block, Linda Fairstein, Susan Isaacs, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Val McDermid, and Joyce Carol Oates. And we left out quite a few!

The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren [Church/W. Bway] 212.587.1011
Partners & Crime, 44 Greenwich Ave. [6th/7th] 212.243.0440

Edgar Allan Poe
You can visit the Poe Cottage at Grand Concourse and E. Kingsbridge Rd. in Poe Park, the Bronx 718.881.8900. Poe moved up there in 1846 and lived there for three years until he died. Before that, Poe lived at 206 W. 84th [Amst], where he finished The Raven in 1844. [Photo: Madeleine Doering Isom]

5 Classic British Mysteries We Love (That You Might Not Know)
The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
Watcher in the Shadows by Geoffrey Household
Complicity by Iain Banks
The Sirens Sang of Murder by Sarah Caudwell
Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley

Oh, and if anyone knows where Judge Crater is, let us know.

[After we ran our piece titled The Sidewalks in yesterday's MUG about the work BIDs are doing around town, we received the email below, describing troubling comments from Dan Biederman, head of the 34th Street Partnership.]

I read MUG every day and love it. In return for countless hours, it has made my life richer and me much better-informed.

But I can't believe you ran such an unabashedly one-sided piece on the BIDs today.

At least you could have mentioned that some BIDs, while planting pretty flowers, are also engaging in racially-charged, elitist attacks on immigrant street vendors, who were part of the New York City streetscape long before we had spiffy newsstands or replica benches. See also here.

Otherwise, keep up the good work!

Sean Basinski
Street Vendor Project
Urban Justice Center

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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