Magna cum Murder

crime writing festival

October 29-31, 2010

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Magna cum Murder
October 29-31, 2010
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Sponsored by
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Magna cum Murder
Kathryn Kennison, Director

Steering Committee
Jama Kehoe Bigger
Austin Lugar
Nancy Lindley
Diane Watters
Jim Huang
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After a one-year hiatus, Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival is back for a sixteenth year! Magna cum Murder, one of the most popular and well-respected forums for crime fiction aficionados in the country, will be held October 29-31, 2010, in Muncie, Indiana, at the Horizon Convention Center. Year after year readers, writers, booksellers and other publishing professionals flock to Muncie for what has been described as a "murderously fun house party for several hundred of your closest friends."
Guests of Honor: Charles & Caroline Todd
C & C ToddMagna cum Murder Guests of Honor are Charles and Caroline Todd, the mother and son writing team, who have produced a number of internationally best-selling novels featuring World War I veteran, Ian Rutledge, and have recently introduced the Bess Crawford series.
Banquet Speaker: J. Steven White
S WhiteThe Banquet Speaker will be Fight Director, J. Steven White, whose fight direction has been seen on dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions on the stages of every major New York theater. White also teaches for Columbia University MFA program and the Stella Adler Studio.

Online Registration Now Available
You can now register through our website and pay by credit card (or check).

Cost for the full weekend is $250 and includes all festival events Friday-Sunday: Friday reception, Saturday and Sunday continental breakfasts, seated luncheon and banquet on Saturday, boxed lunch on Sunday. Daily registrations and single-event registrations are also available.  For further information and registration, visit the website at or call 765-285-8975.
Dear Magna cum Murderers,
It was wonderful seeing so many of you at "Elementary, My Dear Indy!" last October. Jim Huang and his masterful band of cohorts did a monumentally fabulous job hosting the Indianapolis Bouchercon, and I was delighted and proud to participate. But I have to tell you, I can't wait to have you all back in Muncie this October for Magna cum Murder XVI -- a year has most assuredly made this old heart grow fonder! Jama, Austin, Nancy and I have missed you something terrible, and we look forward to introducing you to our newest Magna Marvel, Diane Watters. You'll be hearing from us again soon!

Magnafully yours,