“Murder in the Magic City,” a mystery readers and writers’ conference presented by the Southern Sisters chapter of Sisters in Crime, will take place at the Homewood Public Library, in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The guests of honor are bestselling authors Robert Dugoni and Julia Spenser-Fleming. The conference features author panels, food, refreshments, and a basket auction to benefit Shoals Animal Advocates. Margaret Fenton is the planning coordinator. In addition to her excellent efforts on behalf of the conference, Margaret has written short stories and the novel Little Lamb Lost (Oceanview Publishing 2009).