2023 Guest Speakers
May 2023 Speaker
Acquisitions Editor for Recorded Books Brian Sweany talks about
Everything You Need to Know About Audiobooks
An Indianapolis native, Brian Sweany currently serves as Director of Acquisitions for Recorded Books, the largest independent audiobook publisher in the world. In his 24 years with the company, Brian has acquired the audio rights to many notable mystery and crime writers, including Patricia Cornwell, Carl Hiaasen, Charlaine Harris, Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, Elizabeth Peters, Laurie R. King, Nevada Barr, Lawrence Block, and Ace Atkins. Brian’s debut novel,Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride, was published by Rare Bird Books in 2016.
Amazon Author Page: Brian Sweany
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2023 Past Speakers
April 2023 Speaker
Show, Don’t Tell
Saturday, April 22 2023 at Noon
Online and In-Person at the Beech Grove Public Library (1102 Main St, Beech Grove, IN)
You’ve heard it before: show, don’t tell. But what does that mean? How can you tell if you’re telling instead of showing? Is it ever wise to tell instead of show? Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will address all of those points and more. When you finish this workshop, your writing will go up several notches.
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March 2023 Speaker
Revision: The Delicious Part
Saturday, March 25 2023 at Noon
Online and In-Person at the Nora Public Library (8625 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN)
Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune and Looking for Jack Kerouac, and two books about writing, A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes about Writing and Life and Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Fellowship. Her creative nonfiction has been recently published in Atticus, Ocotillo Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. She is the Writer-in-Residence at the Indiana Writers Center and a faculty member at Art Workshop International.
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Rick’s first book, Tortured Justice: Guantanamo Bay has recently been published. He has completed a second, Tortured Justice: South Carolina, and is working on a third, Tortured Justice: Ohio
February 2023 Speaker
Defense Attorney Richard Kammen speaks about
Telling the Truth Through Fiction
During his career Richard Kammen was a criminal defense lawyer with his office in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He graduated from Ripon College cum laude in 1968 and New York University School of Law in 1971. Admitted to the Bar in 1971, he began his practice after service in the United States Army.
Rick has represented clients charged with offenses ranging in seriousness from felony drunk driving to Racketeering and Capital Murder.
Rick has defended over two hundred homicide cases including approximately forty death penalty cases in both State and Federal courts. No client that Mr. Kammen has represented at trial has been sentenced to death.
He was lead counsel on the defense team that represented David Camm who was exonerated and freed by acquittal, after being imprisoned for thirteen years, and two prior convictions of killing his wife and two children.
Until October of 2017, Mr. Kammen served as “Learned Counsel” in United States v. Abdul Rahim Al-Nashiri who is charged before a Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Al-Nashiri is alleged to have been a central figure in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 in Aden, Yemen. This is likely to be the first capital military commission. Mr. Kammen and other Civilian counsel withdrew from the case after the Commission refused to address possible intrusions into the attorney client relationship.
A frequent speaker and lecturer on criminal defense issues, Mr. Kammen has spoken in almost every state and federal circuit. He has been a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College since 1982 and the Trial Lawyers College since 2001.
January 2023 Speaker
Chapter Liaison Kim Garnick Giarratano
January 28th, 2023
Sisters in Crime Online Community and Getting the Most Out of Your Membership
Kim Garnick Giarratano is the author of several mysteries for teens and adults. Her debut novel Grunge Gods And Graveyards won the 2015 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA. Before having kids, Kim taught English as a Second Language and was a Young Adult Librarian. Currently, Kim teaches GED prep classes at SUNY Orange County Community College, and she reviews YA literature for BookPage. She lives in the Poconos with her family and has been a member of Sisters in Crime since 2014.
Author Site: https://www.kimberlyggiarratano.com/