Cake and Murder: A Delightful Anniversary Celebration in Toronto

Posted on Jul 8, 2017

Hank Phillippi Ryan addresses the SinC meeting
Hank Phillippi Ryan addresses the SinC meeting

On June 16, Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning, bestselling author of nine mysteries (her latest is Say No More), and on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, was special guest of Sisters in Crime (SinC) Toronto at our anniversary celebration — 30 years for Sisters in Crime, 25 years for our chapter.

Our record-size assembly began with a message from SinC National, who sponsored Hank’s visit.

SinC crowd laps up Ms Ryan's words
SinC crowd laps up Ms Ryan's words

Then Hank spoke, sharing stories and advice. “Be a little brave,” she told us. “If you don’t write, no one will care — so do it for yourself. Write the kind of book you love to read.” And don’t run in heels!

With every new book, she worries that she’s set up a puzzle she can’t solve. But then finally something clicks all the pieces together. “You twist and turn until it sounds right.”

A record crowd celebrates SinC's 30th anniversary
A record crowd celebrates SinC's 30th anniversary

Asked how writing fiction is different from reporting, Hank admits that of course she uses her own experiences — particular incidents have sparked great ideas — but she likes the freedom novels give her to write “pure total fiction.” She loves “the joy of thinking of something new.”

After a lively Q&A session, Hank signed copies of her books for members and guests as we enjoyed anniversary cake – and later decamped with an enthusiastic core of fans to Sip Wine Bar.

This event is part of the monthly, third Thursday meetings of Sisters in Crime - Toronto, a chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization celebrating 30 years of promoting women crime writers.

All lovers of mysteries are welcome, whether you are a member or our guest.

Admission is free to members. $5 at the door for guests.

This event is part of the monthly, third Thursday meetings of Sisters in Crime - Toronto, a chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization celebrating 30 years of promoting women crime writers.

Next monthly meeting: Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Hank Phillippi Ryan signs her books
Hank Phillippi Ryan signs her books
Long-time SinC-Toronto member Jane Burfield and Hank Phillippi Ryan
Long-time SinC-Toronto member Jane Burfield and Hank Phillippi Ryan

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