Saturday, 23 February 2013

Crime fiction anthology for Maxine Clarke

This post is long overdue. 

Maxine Clarke © www.nature.com
On February 10, Margot Kinberg, mystery novelist, university professor, and prolific blogger, announced a novel project on her blog Confessions of a Mystery Novelist… by way of a well-deserved tribute to Maxine Clarke who passed away in December last year.

Maxine, as many of you know, loved crime fiction and supported crime fiction writers in many ways. At her blog Petrona, Maxine used to write about “intelligent crime fiction from around the world” and introduce readers to many new writers and their books. Her reviews of crime fiction novels were read widely. I looked forward to reading her final word on the book in the last paragraph of her review. She also worked as an editor at Nature. You can read the science magazine's tribute to Maxine here.

In her memory, Margot will compile an anthology of crime fiction short stories and the proceeds from the collection will go to the Princess Alice Hospice, UK, which was very supportive of Maxine and her family in their hour of need.

“Maxine Clarke was an avid reader and strong supporter of crime fiction and crime writers. The world of crime fiction lost one of its dearest members and I lost a good friend when Maxine passed away in December 2012. As a way of giving back just a little of what she gave to us all, I’ve decided to put together a crime fiction short story anthology,” Margot says in her February 10 post.

Margot has invited authors to contribute stories for her proposed anthology, whose focus will be “on crime in the world of editing, publishing, writing and/or reviewing.” Readers can help by spreading word about the project. It deserves to reach as many people as possible, both writers and readers of crime fiction.

For more details about this project, you may write to Margot Kinberg at margotkinberg@gmail.com.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for announcing this project on your blog, Prashant. It means a lot to me that you took the time to do this.

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    1. You are most welcome, Ms. Kinberg. It was for a good cause.

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    1. Much appreciated, Ron. It's the least one could do.

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  3. A very nice post, Prashant. Thanks for including the link to the obituary at Nature. I had only known of Maxine through her mystery reviews, which I admired and enjoyed. So getting that picture of the other side of her life was nice.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I didn't know Maxine worked at "Nature" as an executive editor. I read many of her excellent reviews over the last year.

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  4. What a great post Prashant. While I remember, I am one of the team behind the 'Remembering Petrona' website. I was hoping that you would do a contribution for us on one of your favourite crime novels. I'm sure you have plenty of books to choose from!

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    1. Sarah, thank you for the kind words. Indeed, I'd like to contribute a review of a crime novel for the "Petrona Remembered" website in honour of her memory and in remembrance of her contribution to crime fiction.

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