The Albuquerque NM Croak & Dagger chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes mystery fans who enjoy felonious fun, absolutely criminal companionship and sensational speakers. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to the public.
4th Tuesday of the month:
Meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the police briefing room at James Joseph Dwyer Memorial Substation, 12700 Montgomery NE (one block east of Tramway).
If the substation parking lot is full, additional parking is available just below the substation; the entrance to that lot is via a driveway below the substation.
Listen to Parnell Hall singing his song:
Tuesday, November 26 - Special Drawing -and- Author Panel
Something Special This Way Comes! Mystery reader fans, come to the November meeting at Croak and Dagger and enter your name in the drawing for Dinner With an Author.
Sandra Toro is the author of four novels, three of which are historical novels. After a career on-camera and as a producer of public affairs programs for ABC and PBS, she was appointed to high level positions in the administrations of President Carter and President Clinton. She is a full time novelist and teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico.
Secrets Behind Adobe Walls is a novel set in northern New Mexico in the late eighteenth century dealing with witchcraft, murder, and cryptic-Jews.
There will be two drawings, two winners. One prize is a dinner with Joe Badal and the other prize is a dinner with Judith Van Giesen. The authors will choose the restaurant - it will be great!
You must be present at the November meeting to win, so mark your calendars now. You don't want to miss a chance for the special free dinner with an author.
Lester Libo, born in Chicago in 1923, is a retired psychologist (Ph.D. Stanford), university professor emeritus, and art dealer. A US Army infantry veteran of World War II, he was in General Patton's sweep across France, Germany, and Austria and served post-war in the US Military Government denazification program.
His first novel Openings, published in 2010 by ABQ Press, was a finalist in the NM Book Coop's NM-Arizona Book Awards. It is about identity theft in the art world. The Finishing Touch is his second novel.
Croak and Dagger will also host a panel of historical mystery authors at the November meeting:
The reviewer of one of his New Mexico shows wrote, "Noyer dismisses the quaintly attractive visual statement of a pretty picture to find an unexpected and stronger beauty. He lets the watery colors describe dissolving adobe, tumbling stone walls and slanting timbers. Abandoned automobiles and shacks stand out boldly against encroaching wild grasses, soaring mesas and hard-edged arroyo shapes."
Noyer describes his woodcut prints: "Woodcut is a stronger medium than transparent water-based techniques - bold imagery, dark oily inks and the physical effort of cutting the block. That first proof is always exciting and somewhat unpredictabletransferring the grain and knots of old planks to paper and recognizing the characteristics of the cutting tools. It's a nice counterpoint to the elusiveness of watercolor."
After receiving a BFA degree from Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan, Noyer worked as a commercial artist in Detroit studios, then earned teacher certification and master's degrees in art education and teaching humanities. While with the Detroit Public Schools, 1958-86, he taught art at the technical high school and vocational levels, evening art history classes at a private college, and participated in Michigan art exhibits and Arwin Gallery shows.
Since moving to New Mexico, in 1986, with his wife Jennifer, he has continuously shown in art galleries and won awards in local exhibitions. He is a Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, and belongs to the Manzano Mountain Arts Council and New Mexico Veterans Art. A member of SouthWest Writers, he is the author of three historical fiction novels, The Cybelene Conspiracy (2005), The Secundus Papyrus (2003) and The Saint's Day Deaths (2000).
Of his writing, Noyer says, "I chose the fifth century in which to set my novels because, over the last forty years, that formerly discounted era was re-evaluated and seen to be critical in creating religious and political institutions that have survived into our modem times."
Albert Noyer is an artist and an author. "Stylistically, I'd probably be described as an illustrator, yet I try to make the image work without losing the revealing characteristics of the medium," Albert Noyer says about his work. "Since a great deal of my subject matter runs the danger of a picturesque solution, exploring the medium is essential to balance that tendency toward tightness which many illustrators have."