Sunday, February 22, 2009

Laurie R. King: Fifteen Weeks of Bees

Laurie R. King alerted me (and her many fans) that it's been 15 years since The Beekeeper's Apprentice was published. This April, The Language of Bees will come out, the ninth in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. To celebrate the pair of bee-books, she's declaring it: Fifteen Weeks of Bees that started on February 1 and will end on May 22, 2009: the 150th birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.

The Laurie R. King web site will coordinate a wide range of special events, including:
• Free downloads of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice from Picador Press
• A cooperative fundraiser with Heifer International ( to benefit
Heifer’s international beehive project
• Weekly posts from 109 year-old Mary Russell on her MySpace blog
• A limited-edition broadside—short story and woodcut—with Lavendier Press
• Special events for book groups and libraries: discussion packets, video chats,
and library-only contests, in celebration of National Library Week in April
• Laurie’s reflections on writing The Language of Bees in her blog, Mutterings
• A blog tour—guest blogs by Laurie on a variety of Bees-related topics
• A new Mary Russell Language of Bees t-shirt
• Weekly contests and drawings including Youtube, Goodreads, Facebook, fan
fiction projects, and contributions to Laurie’s next Russell and Holmes novel
• Mary Russell—Twittering!
• Related discussions on Laurie’s Virtual Book Club
• Library events with Les Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes) on
Arthur Conan Doyle
• And finally, an exciting new project called “Russellscape,” on
the Laurie R. King website.

Have a look at everything, and BEE Smart. Read Laurie R. King's mysteries!

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