News & Events

Please put Saturday, April 6, 2024, on your calendar for the soft launch of Invasive Species, the new anthology from the NorCal Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Vinnie’s story, “Coming Attractions,” features some truly creepy futuristic invaders. You can join the fun via Zoom. Sign up here. The presentation runs from 1-2:30.


As part of Santa Cruz Libraries’ Mystery Month, Vinnie will be participating in two events, a presentation by authors published in Santa Cruz Noir: October 19th, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Branciforte Library and Thrills and Chills, a mystery panel, on October 21st, 2-3:30, at Capitola Library. Other panelists include Laurie R. King, Peggy Townsend, and Jack Erickson with Ron Cook moderating. Please note that the event at the Capitola Library can be attended in person or via Zoom but requires registration. See the library’s page.


Vinnie Hansen will be in-conversation with New York Times bestselling author Karen McManus, August 3, 2023, 7 p.m. at Bookshop Santa Cruz. View the full details here.


Local friends, check out this upcoming event!


The NorCal Chapter of Sisters in Crime has two showcases each year for authors with new publications. These are fun events where I’ve often discovered books to add to my to-read pile. Please join us in person at our Spring Showcase, or, if you can not be in Orinda, the event will be broadcast via Zoom. Sign-up in advance is required. Twelve authors will be reading/presenting. The tremendous ladies not shown in the image below are: Heather Haven, Katherine Bolger Hyde, Leslie Karst, Claudia Long, T.E. MacArthur, Nannette Potter, Cindy Sample, and Susan Shea.

Vinnie’s story “Room and Board” will be included in this gorgeous anthology, The Dark Waves of Winter, alongside works by greats like Lawrence Block. With a perfect noir touch, the book will launch on Friday the 13th (of January) in Hermosa Beach in the spot where the finale of “Carrie” was filmed with bloody Sissy Spacek marching down the long, exterior staircase!

No longer a school, 710 Pier Avenue is now the site of the Hermosa Beach Museum. The launch event begins there at 6 p.m. Vinnie and several other authors will be on hand to read delectably dark tales that defy the notion of a warm, sunny beach.


Archived Virtual Events:

Mystery Writers of America NorCal panel: “In Short Order: Short Stories from Inception to Ink,” featuring Vinnie and John Floyd
March 11, 2023
Click here to view this presentation.

Bookshop Santa Cruz One Gun launch, featuring Vinnie in conversation with Susan Bickford
June 28, 2022