Saturday, September 15, 2007


Los Angeles, CA - 11 Sept -- The internet crime fiction review web site, has been nominated for an Anthony Award, to be presented at the upcoming gathering of hundreds of mystery writers, editors and fans, Bouchercon. The event will take place this year September 27 - 30 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The six year old site is a totally cyber entity. Its editor, Sharon Wheeler, works from Cheltenham, England, where she also teaches journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. The site’s founder and publisher, Barbara Franchi, lives in Los Angeles, which is also her home base for her travels as a contributor to the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow. The site’s reviews are written by a team of authors, librarians and mystery aficionados scattered across the U.S. and around the globe.

The Anthony Awards, named after famed mystery writer, editor and founder of the Mystery Writers of America, Anthony Boucher, are among the most prestigious in a genre that was once a quiet backwater of the literary world, but now regularly produces books that dominate the best seller lists.

Nominated in the Special Services category, the site presents twenty new reviews each week. It also features a commentary on the current mystery fiction scene and author interviews by Ms. Wheeler plus a complete archive of its past critiques.

Congratulations on a well deserved nomination!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Shocking statistics?

I was reading an article in the NY Times and came across these statistics, which I found shockingly surprising.

"...there are 78 million boomers — roughly three times the number of teenagers — and most of them are Internet users who learned computer skills in the workplace. Indeed, the number of Internet users who are older than 55 is roughly the same as those who are aged 18 to 34, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a market research firm."

So I have to ask: am I the only one surprised by these numbers?

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