by Paula Gail Benson
This weekend, I've delighted in reading about all the activities at Sleuthfest. Next weekend, in Columbia, S.C., we're looking forward to our own literary festival, Deckle Edge, on Saturday, March 23. The "deckle edge" is the rough edge on hand cut paper, often seen on early printed books. If you're in the area, please come to the main library on Assembly Street for a day of celebrating the written word.
I'm particularly excited to be moderating a panel about the Detective in the South. The panelists are authors David Burnsworth, Sasscer Hill, Roger Johns, Raegan Teller, and Maggie Toussaint. Here's some information about the topic and participants:
Roger Johns writes the Wallace Hartman Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books: Dark River Rising (2017) and River of Secrets (2018). He is the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective·Mystery Category), a 2018 Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award nominee, a finalist for the 2018 Silver Falchion Award for best police procedural, runner-up for the 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award, and the 2019 JKS Communications Author-in-Residence. His articles and interviews on writing and the writing life appear in Career Authors, Criminal Element, and the Southern Literary Review. He co-authors the MurderBooks blog at .