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Panel: The Golden Age of Mysteries: Tracing the Bloodline of Crime Fiction - Fully Registered

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

Before Connelly there was Christie. Before Child there was Chandler. And before King there was Queen. Mystery readers and writers are invited to spend an evening tracing the bloody footprints of their favorite contemporary crime novels back to the formative authors of the genre’s Golden Age. Join us for a discussion of classic mysteries, from their groundbreaking roots to their relevance to today’s bestsellers, with a panel of award-winning authors from the Mystery Writers of America:

Charles Ardai, winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Ellery Queen Awards, is the author of five novels, including Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence, and the founding editor of Hard Case Crime, the acclaimed pulp fiction imprint in which he has published the work of authors ranging from Stephen King and Michael Crichton to Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, and Gore Vidal.

Julia Dahl is a journalist specializing in crime and justice. Her first novel, Invisible City, was nominated for an Edgar, a Thriller and an Anthony Award, and won the Barry, the Shamus and the Macavity Awards for best first novel. It was also named one of the Boston Globe's Best Books of 2014. Julia was born and raised in Fresno, California. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY and writes for CBSNews.com. Conviction, the third novel in her Rebekah Roberts series, will be published early next year.

Parnell Hall is the author of the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries, the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas. His first thriller, Smooth Operator, co-written with New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, came out August 2, 2016.

Elizabeth Zelvin is the author of the Bruce Kohler mystery series and the historical novels Voyage of Strangers and Journey of Strangers. Her short stories have have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and various e-zines and anthologies. Liz’s work has been nominated twice for the Derringer Award and three times for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story. In 2017 she will edit the fourth Murder New York Style anthology, A Killer Place to Visit, for Sisters in Crime's New York chapter.

Moderator Joseph Goodrich is an author and dramatist whose adaptation of Ellery Queen’s Calamity Town was named Best New Script at the 2016 Calgary Theatre Critics Awards. Panic won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Play. He is the editor of Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950. His fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and many anthologies.

Mystery Writers of America is the oldest and most prominent organization for writers of crime fiction and other professionals in the field. It presents the prestigious Edgar® Awards each year to the most deserving works in the mystery field. The organization also monitors legal developments affecting writers and promotes networking and professional development. The New York chapter serves writers and readers in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

This event is co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America New York.


Advance registration is required. Click here for registration instructions.