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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

International Conference

From left: Mystery writer Terry Carroll, Science fiction writer Suzanne Church, Sci-fi writer and aerospace engineer Eric Choi, and yours truly Dennis Collins. We are shown here sharing our experiences dealing with small publishers.

It was another successful year for the Lambton County Library's Genrecon. This year's guest of honor was mystery writer and musician Rick Blechta. Rick has written six mystery novels and all of them include some part of the music world. Rick is a friendly fellow with a great sense of humor and an easy smile. You can see more about him at

I had the pleasure of participating in four of the panels that day. One of them was especially fun when the moderator (Jeff DeLuzio) assigned the audience the task of writing a paragraph or two based on selected photographs. Some of the offerings were professional quality.

After the conference we all gathered at a riverfront restaurant on the St. Clair River for cocktails and a fine dinner.

I'm looking forward to the first weekend in May next year when I can do it again.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008


It's time once again for me to wander across the border into Ontario for a fun little conference known as "Genrecon." It's held at the Lambton County library in Sarnia on the first Saturday in May. It's small, informal, and free.

This year's guest of honor will be Rick Blechta, author and musician. I've had the pleasure of meeting Rick at past Genrecon's and can tell you that he's a talented, entertaining, and genuinely friendly sort of a guy who is quite serious about his writing as well as his music. I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say.

GenreCon usually starts at 11 AM with a meet and greet reception and runs until library closing at 5:30. Attendees are then invited to join in a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Email is the best way to find out more.

Alternately, you can mail the organizers at:
Jeff Beeler or Ellen Dark,
The Reference Department, Sarnia Branch, Lambton County Library,
124 Christina St. South, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 8E1

Or call 519-337-3291

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