Join critically acclaimed authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Peter Swanson, Kellye Garrett, and Paula Munier in conversation about the enduring thrill and lure of mysteries, and what makes them so appealing on the page and on the screen.
Hank Phillipi Ryan is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 34 Emmys and dozens of additional journalism honors. The nationally bestselling author of 10 mysteries, she is also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her novels are Library Journal‘s Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hank’s newest book is psychological thriller Trust Me (August 28, 2018) ‒ named one of the Biggest Thrillers of Summer 2018 by PopSugar, BOOK BUB and CrimeReads.
Peter Sanwson is the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; and his most recent, Her Every Fear. His books have been translated into thirty languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville.
Kelleye Garrett writes the Detective by Day mysteries about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who takes on the deadliest role of her life: Homicide Detective. The first novel, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Lefty, and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel and is nominated for Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards. The second, Hollywood Ending, was released on August 8 from Midnight Ink. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She now works for a leading media company and serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime as the organization’s publicity liaison.
Paula Munier is a literary agent, writer, and teacher who’s published several books, including the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and the acclaimed memoir Fixing Freddie. The first novel in her mystery series, A Borrowing of Bones, debuted from Minotaur of St. Martin’s Press in September. In her day job as Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist for Talcott Notch Literary, she represents many great writers.
Panel moderator Caroline Linden, author of All’s Fair in Love and Scandal, earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before turning to writing historical romance.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.