From the Lorraine Murphy (aka raincoaster) fabulous organizer of the Shebeen Club, and now instigator-in-charge for the Lower Mainland contingent of the Federation of BC Writers comes Crime Pays:

Info from e-mail:

Who: The Federation of BC Writers and the Shebeen Club

What: a wicked good fundraiser for the Fed

When: Monday, March 16th, 6-9pm

Where: The Vancouver Police Museum, 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

Why: it would be criminal to miss this party!

Wanted: YOU!

Come help the Fed celebrate 32 years of getting away with murder. Whether infiltrating schools, divvying up swag, or distributing subversive publications, the Federation of BC Writers has been operating unchecked in our province for decades.

Do you enjoy the vicarious thrill of rubbing shoulder pads with the Lost Literati of the Wild West, surrounded by instruments of murder and mayhem in the cosy confines of the police museum? Do you have what it takes to make your bones as a Fed member? There’s only one way to find out! Come out to the party and make us an offer we can’t refuse.

Admission: $20 minimum donation includes a drink and appetizers. Click here to register. If you won’t be attending, but would like to support the Fed, you can click the Paypal button in the sidebar to make an online donation in the amount of your choice.

Dress code: Trenchcoat and fedora, deerstalker and cape, jailhouse stripes, uniforms, Bond Villain suits or femme fatale slinkwear all optional but encouraged. Attitude absolutely mandatory.

Raffle prize donations, bribes, and sponsorship applications very welcome: please email lorraine.murphy at Gmail dot com. Anything related to crime or the theme of noir is particularly welcome, eg detective books, Martini glasses, etc, or anything black or white.

If you’d like to perform a reading of some of your dark material, please contact me as well and we can make arrangements.

The Crime Pays fundraiser will be our Shebeen Club meeting for the month of March, so I hope to see everyone there, dressed fabulously and behaving infamously!

Many moons ago, I went to another Shebeen event on the topic of crime, and it was great, so I expect this event will be just as fun. Who’s in?


  1. Thanks, hope you can come. It is going to be EPIC, if I do say so myself!

    We’re having a Poetry Brothel, where five bucks gets you a love poem read to you by a sexy literatus (and possibly a burlesque performer, if I can get them), as well as a bachelor/bachelorette date auction, so invite your rich friends and tell them to bring their chequebooks!

    Also; we will have both real cops and a real (retired) madame there. The bar is in the autopsy room, the silent auction items will be displayed on the shelves in the morgue.

    Can’t wait! See you there.

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