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Friday, September 30, 2011

Stand up....librarian?? You gotta see this!

Add: Hey! I found the standup librarian at the Book Fair. Click here for pics!

Too many good reasons to go to the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, I couldn't post them all. But here's one of the most unusual and looks like one of the most fun!  I support libraries a million percent and if you haven't been to one lately, look what you've been missing out on!
STAND-UP LIBRARIAN created by Meredith Myers

LOS ANGELES (September 29, 2011) – “So a comedian walks into a library and decides to work there…”  Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers will be the closing performer at the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, October 2nd at 5:25pm on the Theater Stage in the West Hollywood Library Community Room at the new West Hollywood Public Library, 647 North Vicente Boulevard.  The event and parking are free to the public.
Myers will perform an all-ages literary comedy show…at the library! No cover charge or 2-drink minimum required.  A cross between Pippi Longstocking and Sandra Bernhard, Myers entertains while educates about the importance of libraries as she addresses everything from the Dewey Decimal System to Harry Potter, and her adventures in librarianship!
Myers has a Masters degree in Library and Information Sciences and has been performing stand-up comedy since 2002 after checking out a comedy book from her local library. Binding her experiences in comedy and libraries, Myers created www.StandUpLibrarian.com in an effort to showcase how varied, fun, and vital libraries are to our current society and intends to bring an awareness to the often stereotyped library field revealing that librarians are as diverse as the libraries themselves.  Through interviews with experts and authors, tours of unique libraries across the country, library and literary-specific stand-up performances and sketches, not to mention plenty of book recommendations, Myers’ unique perspective and humor is perhaps just what libraries need in a tough economic time where city budgets seem quick to eliminate them or reduce staffing.
See you Sunday! I'll be on the Can You Handle the Truth? panel in the Mystery Pavilion in the morning. I certainly hope to meet you and talk murder!

Camille Kimball's books:
The Mammoth Book of Tough Guys
Coming soon: Masters of True Crime-Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New TV Series!

Shot an episode for a new national TV series this week! The show debuts in January.  Can't wait to post more details. As soon as I get the still photos from this week's shoot, I will post them.

In the meantime, here's a pic from the last big national TV shoot. Have you seen Dale Hausner on Wicked Attraction? This picture shows the director and photographer who did all the Arizona shoots. Oh, and me!
Wicked Attraction crew interviews Camille about serial killer Dale Hausner

Camille Kimball's books:
The Mammoth Book of Tough Guys
Coming soon: Masters of True Crime-Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre

"I saved these..."

Great video. 15 seconds.

Yeah!  I'll see you there!  Look for me in the Mystery Pavilion Sunday morning on the Can You Handle the Truth? panel.  I'm so excited to join fellow true crimers to talk about murder,  justice, and the written word!

Camille Kimball's books:

The Mammoth Book of Tough Guys
Coming soon: Masters of True Crime-Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Silent Witness-Catch a Crook

Sgt. Darren "Rubber Shoe Guy" Burch introduces author Camille Kimball at Phx Country Club

Keeping a community safe is a full time job. But even cops can't do it without you. Some crimes can only be solved with the help of a person who saw or heard something or knows someone. That's where Silent Witness comes in. Did you know the rewards offered by Silent Witness are raised through private donations?

This week I got to do my part to help. Best of all, I got to tell the story that takes place in A SUDDEN SHOT: THE PHOENIX SERIAL SHOOTER because no case better illustrates what a crucial role Silent Witness can play in keeping bad guys off our streets.
Author Camille Kimball talks serial killers to the Silent Witness donors
 The event took place at the Phoenix Country Club. I was very proud and honored to deliver a book signed by serial killer survivor Paul Patrick for auction. Paul, your book went to one of the many detectives who worked on the Serial Shooter case but who never got any of the credit or acclaim because it was impossible to name all the foot soldiers required for this case.  She was very moved by your autograph, including the date you were shot, on the title page.

One of my very favorite part of the events was getting to work with Sgt. Darren Burch. If you have read the book, you may recognize him better as "the rubber shoe guy."  Burch is a bona fide, quick-thinking, rush-into-harm's-way hero.

I won't give too much away but this is from the book, A Sudden Shot, including quotes from Darren Burch about a scene that was "gruesome and chaotic." And dangerous.

...the gray started to subside, the eyes came back into focus and 'he started looking up at me. "'Stay with me!'I told him."  

      At the same time, Officer Burch had no way of knowing what had happened, what role the two unharmed but agitated men had played...and he could not reach his radio for help.
Sgt. Burch not only saves lives, he happens to handle Silent Witness. If you'd like to make a donation to Silent Witness, you might end up talking to him and what a privilege that would be. (Click here for Silent Witness)

An idea was hatched at this event by Sean McLaughlin and Cara Liu of Channel Five KPHO. Watch for "Wristband Wednesdays" coming soon on Channel Five with Sean. It's all about unsolved crimes. I received my own bracelet at the Catch a Crook event. I'll give more details on this next week.

Photos by Dinah Brooks

Psssst...watch for A SUDDEN SHOT on Wicked Attraction!

Camille Kimball's books:
The Mammoth Book of Tough Guys
Coming soon: Masters of True Crime-Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre