Message From The Author

Sara Paretsky, ed.

Genre: Anthology, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

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Author's Message

Crimewriting Sisters Going Strong

In 1986, Sara Paretsky and 26 other women, dismayed by inequities women crime writers faced, founded Sisters in Crime. "From 1960 to 1985," Sara says, "a woman had a
better chance of winning
the Nobel Prize in physics than she did of winning the Mystery Writers of America's prize for best novel of the year."

In its infancy, Sisters in Crime operated on a shoestring and a donated roll of stamps. Today, we have close to 4,000 members and 50 chapters worldwide. Our mission hasn't changed. We
still seek to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contributions to the field and
promote the professional advancement of women
who write mysteries.

Also in 1986, SinC began monitoring publications to see whether women were being reviewed as often as their male counterparts. They weren't. Twenty years later the ratios have improved -- RT's latest is 86 percent. But monitoring remains vital -- and so do we, to counter those who continue to marginalize women crime writers.

We celebrated our 20th with bookstores and almost 2,000 libraries. We hosted
a conference on selling mysteries to Hollywood; this November we're sponsoring Forensics University in St. Louis. We're expanding our book club database and have established a page on MySpace.

And debuting at the Bouchercon mystery convention in September is Sisters on the Case (Obsidian), an anthology, edited by Sara, with stories by Sisters in Crime founding members and past presidents, which offers something for every reader -- a twist on the mob, Chicago's 1880s theater scene, maternal love taken to extremes and more. The anthology celebrates our 20th anniversary and our common goal, in Sara's words, "to make sure that we don't fall off the page again."

-- Rochelle Krich, President

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