Award-winning writer Tim O’Mara, author of two novels published by Minotaur books, with a forthcoming title in 2015, will serve as the 2014 Kerrytown BookFest writer-in-residence and evaluate manuscripts the day of the Bookfest, Sunday, September 7.
Robin Agnew, co-owner of Aunt Agatha’s mystery book store and president of the Kerrytown BookFest said O’Mara requests an advance submission of the first 20 pages, and he will provide a
20 minute, one-on-one critique, the day of the BookFest. Only 15 manuscripts are being accepted for review.
To submit your pages contact Robin Agnew, 734-769-1114 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an appointment with O’Mara.
“This is a unique opportunity to talk with a published author and see what advice he has from the real world of publishing.”
The cost is sliding scale; free to those who cannot afford to pay, or a donation in any amount to the Kerrytown BookFest.
O’Mara, Kerrytown BookFest’s first writer=in-residence, has been teaching math and special education in the New York City public schools since 1987. He has written several short stories, and his second Raymond Donne mystery, “Crooked Numbers” (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press), hit bookstores October 15, 2013. O’Mara’s top-selling debut mystery, “Sacrifice Fly” (Minotaur, October 16, 2012), was nominated for the 2013 “Best First Novel” Barry Award.
For the past 13 years, he has hosted and co-produced a bi-weekly reading series of poetry and prose in New York’s East Village with We Three Productions. For more information on O’Mara visit his website.
He lives with his family in Manhattan, where he currently teaches in a public middle school, and is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and several teacher unions. O’Mara’s third Raymond Donne mystery, “Dead Red”, will be released by St. Martin’s/Minotaur Books in early 2015.
The annual BookFest is celebrating books and authors, but also the “Art of the Book” at its 12th annual BookFest Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in downtown Ann Arbor.
More than 40 authors and book illustrators will participate in panel discussions and demonstrations throughout the day including the 2011, 2012 and 2014 Caldecott award-winning children’s book illustrators Erin Stead (“A Sick Day for Amos McGee”, 2011), Chris Raschka, (“Hello, Goodbye Window” (2006) and “A Ball for Daisy”, 2013,) and Brian Floca (“Locomotive”, 2014) who will be part of a panel discussion on the “Art of Illustration”.
As always, Agnew said there will be an exciting panel of mystery writers conducting the session “The Art of Suspense”. Panel participants are Loren D. Estleman (“Don’t Look for Me”); Michael Harvey (“The Innocence Game”); Theresa Schwegel (“The Good Boy”) and Elizabeth Heiter (“Hunted”; moderated by “Detroit Noir”editor Eric Olsen.