Friday, October 29, 2010
Mary Anna Evans at Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Since much of the audience was made up of book club of retired librarians from Albuquerque, New Mexico the evening that Mary Anna Evans appeared at Poisoned Pen, Barbara Peters, owner of the store reminded everyone of the recognition that book went on to receive. Artifacts won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Mystery. It was also named a Best Adult Mystery with YA Appeal by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates).
Mary Anna said her books have been popular in schools. She was a little leery about writing Effigies, set in Mississippi, where she was from, because she didn't know if she'd be welcomed back. But, she was met with open arms. She was invited to speak on the Choctaw reservation about how to use her books in the schools, and the tribe bought copies of Effigies for every kid in the school.
Evans' latest book, Strangers, is the sixth in her series, and she's working on the seventh. The books feature Faye Longchamp, an archaeologist. In the first book, she's an aspiring archaeologist and an accidental sleuth. The books are a blend of mystery, archaeology, romance and history. Barbara Peters said think of Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss books.