Oline Cogdill
While I love Bouchercon and the large mystery fiction gatherings, small conferences also are nice.

altTake the upcoming A Deadly Dinner to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, Georgia.

This will be a round-robin dinner with eight published authors. For $25 per person, you get a dinner, a conversation with some good authors and the chance to win more door prizes, including autographed books.

A better deal you may never find.

For more information, contact the Harris Arts Center at 706-629-2599 or visit www.harrisartscenter.com and click on Programs/Literary Guild.

Events such as these -- and they are being held across the country -- are a wonderful way to showcase writers as well as raise money for local causes. A Deadly Dinner is co-sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter Mystery Writers of America and other local groups and businesses.
Authors who will be at A Deadly Dinner are:
Mignon Ballard (Augusta Goodnight series)
Kathleen Delaney (Ellen McKenzie series)
Mary Anna Evans (Faye Longchamp series)
Gerrie Ferris Finger (The End Game and Look Away from Evil)
Marion Moore Hill (Deadly Past series)
Randy Rawls (Ace Edwards, PI, series)
Fran Stewart (Biscuit McKee series)
Jaden E. Terrell (Racing the Devil)

This is the first time the Georgia town has held such an event and I hope it's so successful it will be an annual dinner.

Are there events in your area that showcase authors? Let us know.