Arrived early to help set up the Sisters in Crime LA booth, so got to see the sordid underbelly of the fest... Naw, not really. But as usual, there were lots of great authors and lots to see. Strangely, even though I am a native Angelino and lived in LA most of my young life, I have never before been to the campus of USC (Don't tell anyone, but I'm really a UCLA gal). But be that as it may, the weather was lovely and our booths were under the shade of the trees. You've still got a chance to come by tomorrow and say hi. Let's take a look.
LA Chapter prez Patty Smiley (left) listens intently to Edgar-awarding winning author Les Klinger, while author and Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America prez, Gary Phillips, looks on.
Mystery Ink bookstore in Huntington Beach plays host to debut authors Ashley Ream (left) and award-winning author Darrell James.
I do my first signing of the day at Mystery Ink.
Chatting with Edgar award-winning author Naomi Hirahara.
Signing and mugging with authors (from left) Sheila Lowe, Diane Emley.
And then there was this...
Medieval frat boys.
Tried to look up Tommy Trojan's skirt but there was nothing to see. I'll try again tomorrow.