The 2016 Writers’ Forum features a panel of three Washington mystery writers 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the meeting room at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St. The event is free and includes a question and answer period.
This year’s forum is sponsored by the Anacortes branch of American Association of University Women, the Anacortes Public Library, and Watermark Book Co. Watermark will have copies of the authors’ books for sale.
• Judith Kirscht raised her family in Michigan and taught writing at the University of Michigan and University of California at Santa Barbara before moving to Washington and devoting herself to writing fiction. She has published several short stories and four novels: “Nowhere Else to Go” (2011), “The Inheritors” (2012), “Home Fires” (2013) and “Hawkins Lane” (2015). “Home Fires” was a finalist for the Nancy Pearl Award and for the Readers Favorite Reviews Best Realistic Fiction Award.
• Mary Ann Schrabi started life in New Jersey where she loved her close proximity to the arts in New York City. She raised a family, taught creative writing and dramatic arts to students from elementary through high school, and published her first novel “PsyChic.” She now lives in Washington, where she writes fiction, poetry, and articles about curriculum development. Schrabi uses the pen name Mimzi Schrabi, as Mimzi was her beloved childhood nickname.
• Linda Johns is a native of Washington who has worked in Seattle at KCTS and other places as an editor and writer. She is a readers’ service librarian at the Seattle Public Library. Johns is the author of the Hannah West books, a middle grade mystery series set in different Seattle neighborhoods. The four books in the series were originally published by Penguin Books for Young Readers and were recently re-issued by Nancy Pearl’s Book Crush Rediscovery Program.
AAUW, which was founded in 1881, works to advance education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The Anacortes branch was started in 1956.