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Mystery Writers of America Award Zev Buffman the 2010 Raven Award

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has given theatrical producer Zev Buffman, founder of the annual International Mystery Writers Festival, its 2010 Raven Award. Established in 1953, the award, named for Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, is bestowed by MWA’s Board of Directors for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

Buffman is president of River Park Center in Owensboro, where the mystery festival takes place. The festival is devoted to mystery and thriller plays, as well as symposia and readings related to other media and forms (radio plays, fiction, true-crime and more).

Buffman has acted in Hollywood and produced more than 40 Broadway shows, including The Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor, and 100 national tours. He has served as president and CEO for performing arts centers, including the Jackie Gleason Center in Miami Beach, the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale and the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

Zev Buffman said, “I have just learned something that exceeded my wildest expectations! Mystery Writers of America have selected me as one of two recipients of the 2010 Raven Award. I will accept the award with the kind of reverence and appreciation that only comes to a person after years – nay decades – of reaching for the moon and the stars,” Buffman said. “Thanks for getting me up there…”

Previous Raven winners include Kate’s Mystery Books in Cambridge, Mass., The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and The Poe House in Baltimore.

Kentucky Arts Council Promotes Artful Living at Kentucky Crafted: The Market

The award-winning arts marketplace Kentucky Crafted: The Market returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on March 4-7. This year the marketplace features the theme Art-Full-Life.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market offers buyers from galleries, shops and online retail venues across the nation the opportunity to select products from over 200 exhibitors of fine art and craft, books, CDs, DVDs and specialty foods. The market is open exclusively to the trade on March 4-5.

On March 6-7, the marketplace opens to the public. In addition to shopping for fine art and crafts, visitors can enjoy musical performances, meet Kentucky authors, explore Kentucky traditions, view films by Kentucky filmmakers and take home Kentucky Proud specialty food products.

Artists exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market were selected by independent panels of arts professionals to participate in the programs of the Kentucky Arts Council because of their artistic excellence and market readiness. Specialty food producers exhibiting at The Market have been accepted into the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing program, Kentucky Proud.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market , now in its 28th year, is produced by the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Visit kycrafted.ky.gov for details. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.