Sunday, April 26, 2009

AZ Sleuths Book Discussion Group Meets!

Our first meeting (Sat. Apr. 25) of the AZ Sleuths was a lot of fun! We had 9 people attend the first book discussion group session at Barnes & Noble--myself, my mom Linda, Dede, Judy, Gail, Laura, Arlene, Sharon, and Leone.

We met for lunch before the book discussion at the Cheesecake Factory. Over a delicious lunch worthy of Hannah Gruen, we chatted about Nancy Drew, the Sleuths group and our upcoming convention in Las Vegas. I passed out goody bags with Nancy Drew pins and magnifying glasses inside.

Barnes & Noble set us up next to their Cafe area with tables and chairs and we were all set. We passed around some items that several of us had brought--scrapbooks (Dede's is shown below) from past conventions, a Nancy Drew paper bag album I made, and photos of my collection. I passed around the Collectors News article from this past February which featured my collection and talked about the Sleuths and our conventions.

Then we delved into the book discussion featuring the first book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, and we compared the original to the revision. We briefly talked about the first book in the Girl Detective series--Without a Trace.

We also chatted more indepth about Nancy Drew news, the Sleuths group, and what we do at the conventions--with highlights to come from this year's Las Vegas convention. And we discussed planning a party for later this summer or fall.

We plan on getting together in May and June and then going to every other month after that. We are planning on doing a Nancy Drew gift exchange at our next meeting for fun! All in all, it was a really pleasant day and it was a lot of fun to get together with other collectors and meet new members!

On a related note, our Carolina Sleuths met this same day and hopefully they'll share news of their adventures. So if you want to get together with Sleuths in your area and form a book discussion group, contact me for information! I'll help you get set up with other interested Sleuths in your area and also you can help recruit more members!


Monday, April 13, 2009

March/April 2009 Issue of The Sleuth

Issue Contents:

Calling All Sleuths: Editor's Note By Jennifer Fisher

The Clue Conundrum: Togo Trivia

Togo Or Not Togo By Jennifer Fisher

The Nancy Drew Crookbook Part IV By Caroline Stellings

The Nancy Drew Lecture Series By Danielle Weingarten

Deconstructing The Digests - Debunking The Misconceptions Surrounding The Nancy Drew Paperbacks#82 - The Clue in the Camera By Todd H. Latoski

From The Series Book Blogosphere A Blog Reprint By Jennifer White

The Series Auction Sleuth: Tandy & Nappi Paintings For Auction By Jennifer Fisher

A Book's Life: Nancy's Mysterious Letter By Pamela J. Horack

Crazy Eights with Michael G. Cornelius - Danger on the Great Lakes: PT 1 By Michael G. Cornelius

Series Spotlight: Getting to Know Judy Bolton By J.K.

Drewggle: Cats Pt II Compiled By Amriel Simpson

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: A Look Back at TV's First Nancy Drew: Episode 1.14 -Mystery Of The Solid Gold KickerBy Todd H. Latoski

The Dean's List By Dean Burcham

The Sleuth LettersSleuths Chat About Their Nancy Drew Cover Art Painting Wish Lists

Nancy Drew NewsNancy Drew's Survival Guide: Sleuth Lesson #16

The Scoop on Upcoming Issues, Clue Conundrum Answers

Classic Nancy Drew Book Illustrations Series #4: The Mystery At Lilac Inn


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April 2009 E-News & Clues



In this E-News & Clues: Sleuth News/Happenings/Book Sales, '09 Convention Reminders, 2010 80th Anniversary Feedback Needed, Nancy Drew News, Mar./Apr. '09 The Sleuth + Half Subscription Rates Available.


Sleuth Todd will be on Wheel of Fortune! His air date is July 15, so don't miss it!

Series book collector and children's author Linda Joy Singleton will be putting together a program in June at the Rio Linda Library in the Sacramento area. If you are interested in attending, please contact her at her website.

I will be speaking about Nancy Drew to a reading council in Phoenix on April 22nd for those you in the area! Also, we'll be having our first meeting of AZ Sleuths at a Barnes & Noble in Chandler on April 25 and will discuss the books and other fun topics! If any of you want to get together to have book discussions, book hunt, etc., contact me and I can help you facilitate meetings with nearby Sleuths!

We have a new style of silhouettes to add to our mix and our website has been updated to reflect these and more. Check it out!

Many of us have started checking out Bonanzle. It's an alternative to eBay with free listing! And it's growing nicely. Check it out! I've got a booth under the id: NancyDrewSleuth. I'm also offering all official Sleuth members 25% off sales from my website: The Sleuth Shop through April 15. You can e-mail me your orders and send a check/Pay Pal or you can purchase at the website and I will process you a 25% refund.


Just a reminder, about a month until our May 15 registration deadline for the Nancy Drew Sleuths 2009 convention in Las Vegas! To view information about this year's convention and registration info, visit our website!

If you're planning on attending, e-mail me and give me a heads up! We also have an e-mail list for those planning to attend for updates and changes, so if you want to be on that, let me know.

Anyone wishing to sell/display books, make a presentation, or volunteer to help out at the convention, contact me by May 15!

If you are interested in attending our 2010 convention, we'd like your feedback! Contact me to be placed on our e-mail list and we'll send you a short survey as to your interests in attending the whole week or just the land portion or cruise portion.

Our convention dated will be around the 28th of April to coincide with the date the series debuted in 1930 to give you an idea. More on our 2010 convention in our next E-News!


No Tonner classic Nancy Drew doll after all. Bummer!

No April book releases. And that's no April Fools:) Keep looking for 2010 to be interesting since it's the 80th anniversary!


Our March/April 2009 issue of The Sleuth will be mailed out on Monday, April 13 so look for your issue shortly! Those of you with subscriptions expiring in the next 2 or 3 issues, have been mailed a resub form. With a special to resubscribe! So, look for that. We're also offering half subscription rates for those of you who want to try us out but not commit to a whole year. Also we have back issues in stock to try. Visit our website to check The Sleuth out!