Owensboro, Kentucky, will be the place to be June 14-17 for the fourth International Mystery Writers’ Festival. This year's theme is “Discovering New Mysteries."

Unlike the vast number of mystery fiction conferences this is indeed a festival. The International Mystery Writers’ Festival takes a unique approach by including authors and TV writers and producers as well as playwrights.

The International Mystery Writers’ Festival is considered the place to launch new mystery plays. And at least two plays discovered at the festival have been awarded the Edgar Award: Joseph Goodrich's Panic in 2008 and Ifa Bayeza's The Ballad of Emmett Till in 2009.

This year's festival again will showcase mystery plays. Three works have been selected to debut during the four-day festival, which will include two live radio theatre productions and one full-length stage play. These productions will use professional directors and actors.

The festival also will showcase film and television mysteries, along with their creators, in the “Writers Reel” program.

The featured films will include writer/director Lee Goldberg’s Bumsickle, the sequel to his short film Remaindered, both of which were produced in Owensboro using local talent in front of, and behind, the camera. Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include Diagnosis Murder, Hunter, Monk, and The Glades. He is also the author of the Diagnosis Murder and Monk series of original mystery novels

Novelists also will be featured during workshops, panel discussions, and retrospectives of their work.

Guest authors, playwrights, etc., soon will be announced.

The International Mystery Writers' Festival has been a festival that I have wanted to attend. My husband is a theater critic and we both applaud the nurturing and development of new plays.