News & Events


The Ninja’s Illusion is a long-list selection for the ALA (American Library Association) 2018 Reading List.

Gigi signed contracts with Henery Press and Midnight Ink to continue writing both the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series and the Accidental Alchemist mysteries.

Michelangelo’s Ghost  was named a “Best of 2016” cozy mystery by Suspense Magazine, and short-listed for both the Lefty Award for Best Mystery of 2016 and the Silver Falchion Award.



October 6, 2017 – 7 pm
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland, CA
In conversation with Susan Spann. Two new mysteries set in Japan: The Ninja’s Illusion & Betrayal at Iga.

October 12-15, 2017
Bouchercon World Mystery Convention
Toronto, Canada
Panel on Friday, October 13, 2 pm: Mysteries steeped in different cultures, with Juliet Grames (M),Shannon Baker, R. J. Harlick, Lisa Lieberman, and Susan Spann.

October 19, 2017 – 6 pm
Santa Cruz Public Library
Mystery panel with John Burley, Heather Haven, Katherine Hyde, and Laurie R. King.

November 1, 2017 – 6:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library 
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Mystery panel along with Rhys Bowen,Terry Shames, and Susan Shea.



June 10-11, 2017
California Crime Writers Conference
Los Angeles, CA

April 28-30, 2017
Malice Domestic Traditional Mystery Convention
Bethesda, MD

March 16-18
Left Coast Crime, Honolulu, HI
Photos coming soon. 


Saturday, January 28, 2017
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry St., Seattle, WA
Joint event with Tracy Weber

Monday, January 30, 2017
Annie Bloom’s
7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR
Joint event with Lisa Alber and Cindy Brown

Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Elusive Elixir
 virtual book launch party
4 – 6 p.m. PST (7 – 9 p.m. EST)
Gigi’s Facebook launch party featured the inside story behind the book and giveaways.

Gigi and Diane's Halloween book tour 2016

October 2016: Michelangelo’s Ghost Book Tour with Diane Vallere
Halloween-themed events across California 

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 1 pm
Redondo Beach Library
303 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA
With Diane Vallere and Ellen Byron

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 4 pm
Book Carnival
348 S Tustin St. Orange, CA
With Diane Vallere and Ellen Byron

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – 2 pm
Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave. San Diego, CA
With Diane Vallere and Ellen Byron

Friday, October 14, 2016 – 2pm
Janet Rudolph Literary Salon
With Diane Vallere

Friday, October 14, 2016 – 7 pm
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland, CA
With Diane Vallere and Kathy Aarons

Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 2 pm
Book Passage
Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
With Diane Vallere
Buy a signed copy of Michelangelo’s Ghost through Book Passage: Call (415) 835-1020.


September 15-18, 2016
Bouchercon, New Orleans, LA
Click here for highlights and photos from Bouchercon 2016.

July 27, 2016
Books Inc. Berkeley CA
Author panel with David Turnoff and Sue Parman (aka Mom!)
Books Inc Letting Go flyer June 2016 for website

April 28 – May 1, 2016
Malice Domestic
Bethesda, MD
Click here for photos from Malice Domestic 2016.

Women of Color Write Crime panel at AWP 2016

Women of Color Write Crime panel at AWP 2016

April 1, 2016
AWP conference
Spoke on the Women of Color Write Crime panel with Maria Kelson, Naomi Hirahara, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Steph Cha.
Los Angeles Convention Center

Gigi Pandian with her Lefty Award for The Accidental AlchemistFebruary 25-28, 2016
Left Coast Crime
Phoenix, AZ

Appeared on two panels:
Juggling Multiple Series
Lefty Award Nominees: Best LCC Regional Novel

Gigi was awarded a Lefty Award for The Accidental Alchemist.

January 2016 West Coast book tour for The Masquerading Magician

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Book PassageMasquerading Magician west coast book tour map
Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
6 pm
Book launch party for The Masquerading Magician

Saturday, January 9, 2016
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA
4 pm
East Bay book launch party

Saturday, January 16, 2016
San Leandro Public Library, San Leandro, CA
2 pm
Murder Most Foul mystery panel with Juliet Blackwell, Carole Price, and Susan C. Shea

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR
7 pm
(Note: This event was originally listed at 6pm! If you show up early, Gigi will be there, but the formal program begins at 7 pm) 

Saturday January 23, 2016
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry St., Seattle, WA

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Lake Oswego Public Library
706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego, OR
An event with mystery writers Lisa Alber and Cindy Brown
2 pm

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
11 am – 4 pm
Mystery on the Menu
*NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Tickets for the 5-hour event featuring 15 mystery authors cost $50.
Mike Befeler, M.P. Cooley, Tod Goldberg, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Janet Lynn, Gigi Pandian, Linda Lee Peterson, Kwei Quartey, Terry Shames, Laurie Stevens, Phoef Sutton, Diane Vallere, Jeri Westerson, Will Zeilinger, and James Ziskin.
For more information and to purchase a ticket, contact Janice at (562) 924-2472.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Book Carnival
348 S Tustin St. Orange, CA
7:30 pm
Special guest: mystery writer/magician Stephen Buehler (also known as Stefan the Great One) will perform classic magic show illusions at this appearance

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA
2 pm


SIWC-2015-Suspense-panel-Hallie-Anne-Slade-Gigi-WEB-TEXTOctober 23-25, 2015
Surrey International Writers Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Presented workshops on Traditional vs. Self-Publishing and Writing a Mystery Novel.

Appeared on the panel “The Un-Put-Down-Able Book” with Hallie Ephron, Anne Perry, and Michael Slade.

October 8-11, 2015
Raleigh, NC
Click here for photos from Bouchercon 2015.

Books Inc Midnight Ink 10th anniversary graphic Oct 1 2015Thursday, October 1, 2015
Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA
An evening with other Midnight Ink mystery authors Catriona McPherson, Robert K. Lewis, and Steve Hockensmith. 

San Francisco Public Library
July 22, 2015, 6:30 pm at the SFPL Main Library
Appeared on a San Francisco Mysteries panel with mystery authors Juliet Blackwell, Susan C. Shea, and Kelli Stanley.

July 10 – 12, 2015, New York, NY
Spoke on the Keeping the Pace Moving panel

American Library Association (ALA) convention
Sunday, June 28, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Click here for photos from ALA 2015.

Sisters in Crime Showcase
Saturday, June 13, 2015, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA
Read with other authors from the Sisters in Crime Northern California chapter

California Crime Writers Conference
June 6 – 7, 2015, Culver City, CA
Click here for photos from CCWC 2015.

Malice Domestic 
May 1 – 3, 2015
Bethesda, MD
Participated in the Midnight Ink 10 Year Anniversary celebration and appeared on the Sleuthing Duos panel.
Click here for photos from Malice Domestic 2015.

Left Coast Crime 
March 12 – 15, 2015
Portland, Oregon
Spoke the panel Pansters & Plotters: From Idea to Story
Click here for photos from LCC 2015.

1 Quicksand-book-launch-March-8-2015-P1000194-Gigi-Em-TEXTBook Launch Party for Quicksand
Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland, CA
The book takes place in France, the theme of the party was all things French. More photos from the France-themed photo booth can be seen here.


Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Saturday, January 31, 11 a.m.
Click here for photos.

Book Launch Party for The Accidental Alchemist
Thursday, January 15, 6 p.m.
Book Passage at the Ferry Building in San Francisco
Click here for book launch party photos

Bouchercon mystery convention
November 13 – 16, 2014
Long Beach, CA
Click here for photos from Bouchercon 2014.

Village House of Books
Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m.
326 Village Lane
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Reading and book signing with Sophie Littlefield and Rachael Herron

Borderlands Books
Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Reading with Juliet Blackwell and Kate Carlisle 

Saturday, June 7, 12 – 2 p.m.
850 4th Street, San Rafael
Sisters in Crime Spring Showcase
Reading with local mystery authors Elin Barnes, Juliet Blackwell,Liz Jasper, Andy MacRae, W.H. Matlack, Camille Minichino,Priscilla Royal, and Terry Shames.

May 25, 2014, San Jose, CA
Spoke on a writing craft panel.

Malice Domestic
May 2 – 4, 2014
Bethesda, MD
Appeared on the panel Best Short Story Agatha Award Nominees.
Click here for photos from Malice Domestic 2014.

Left Coast Crime
March 20 – 23, 2014, Monterey, CA
Appeared on panels Paths to Publishing and Mysteries Far Afield.
Click here for photos from LCC 2014.

Read Booksellers
Thursday, March 13
6:45 p.m.
3630 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville, CA
Reading and book signing with Sophie Littlefield and Rachael Herron

Terry Shames and Gigi Pandian

Terry Shames and Gigi Pandian

Orinda Books
Sunday, February 23 at 1 p.m.
276 Village Square, Orinda, CA
Reading and book signing with Terry Shames




Juliet Blackwell, Penny Warner, Gigi Pandian

Alta Mira Scholarship Mystery Tea
February 17 at 1 p.m.
Historic Alta Mira Clubhouse
561 Lafayette Avenue, San Leandro
Tea and book signing with Juliet Blackwell and Penny Warner




The Pirate Vishnu book launch party

Book launch party for Pirate Vishnu
A Great Good Place for Books
Sunday, February 9 at 6 p.m.
6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland, CA

See photos from the book launch on Gigi’s blog and on Facebook.



Sonoma County Book Festival Women of Suspense panel

Sonoma County Book Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Women in Suspense panel with Juliet Blackwell, Robin Burcell, and moderator Sue Olsen McCullough

Sisters in Crime Spring Showcase
June 1, noon – 2 p.m.
Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda CA
Read from “Fool’s Gold” and “The Hindi Houdini”

Gigi Pandian interviewing Aaron Elkins. (Photo by Greg Puhl)

Malice Domestic 25th Anniversary
Bethesda, MD, May 3-5, 2013
Appeared on the panel Treasure Hunt: Searching for Artifacts and Murderers on Saturday, May 4.
Interviewed Aaron Elkins at his Lifetime Achievement Award interview on Saturday, May 4.
Appeared on the New Author Breakfast on Sunday, May 5.

Click here to view  Gigi’s photos and highlights from Malice Domestic 2013.


Belvedere-Tiberon Library
1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA
Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
Crime in Exotic Places with Rhys Bowen and Susan Shea

Left Coast Crime
Colorado Springs, CO, March 21-24, 2013
Literary Inspirations for Traditional Mysteries on Friday, March 22 at 9 a.m.
Occupations to Die For on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m.
Click here to view  Gigi’s photos and highlights from Left Coast Crime 2013.

Other People’s Baggage Book Launch Parties
Traveler’s Bookcase &
Mystery Ink Bookstores
With co-authors Diane Vallere and Kendel Lynn.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (Traveler’s Bookcase)
Saturday, December 1, 2012 (Mystery Ink)
Click here for photos.

Sisters in Crime Fall Showcase
Saturday, November 3, noon – 2 p.m.
Books Inc., Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA
Click here for photos.


Bouchercon Mystery Convention
October 4-6, 2012, Cleveland, OH
New Author Coffee Hour
Click here for photos.

Janet Rudolph’s Berkeley Literary Salon
September 19, 2012, 7 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Oregon Writers Colony
Workshop: Different Paths to Publishing: Which is Right For You, and How To Do It Right
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 1 – 5 p.m.
Lake Oswego Fairfield Inn and Suites, OR (Portland area)

Book launch party for Artifact

Saturday, September 8, 2012
A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA

Click here to view photos from the book launch party.


Northern California Chapter of Sisters in Crime – Meeting Speaker
Saturday, August 4, 2012, Berkeley, CA
Spoke about different publishing paths

Left Coast Crime
March 29 – April 1, 2012, Sacramento, CA
“Short and Sinister” short story panel on Saturday, March 31 at 9 a.m.
Click here for Gigi’s highlights from Left Coast Crime 2012

Gigi meeting Elizabeth Peters

Meeting literary hero Barbara Mertz (Elizabeth Peters)

Malice Domestic
April 27-29, 2012, Bethesda, MD
Travel mysteries panel on Sunday, April 29 at 9:45 a.m.

Click here for Gigi’s highlights from Malice Domestic 2012.