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MON/4/19 :: 7:00p

Crime Fiction: Secrets and Suspense


Escape the humdrum of everyday life into worlds filled with gangsters, grifters and gut-wrenching suspense from three crime fiction writers that are at the top of their game. The conversation will be guided by mystery reviewer Paula L. Woods.

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Paula L. Woods

Paula L. Woods is a book critic, editor and author of the Charlotte Justice series of crime novels. She regularly reviews mysteries for the Los Angeles Times.


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Christopher Bollen

Christopher Bollen is a writer who lives in New York City. He regularly writes about art, literature, and culture. His first novel, Lightning People, was published in 2011. His second novel, Orient, is out by Harper in May 2015. He is currently the Editor at Large at Interview Magazine.


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Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize; Gangster Nation; The House of Secrets, coauthored with Brad Meltzer; and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Las Vegas Weekly, and The Best American Essays, among other publications. His latest book is “The Low Desert.” He lives in Indio, California, where he directs the low-residency MFA in creative writing and writing for the performing arts at the University of California, Riverside.


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Jennifer Hillier

Jennifer Hillier was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and lived in the Seattle area for years before returning home to Toronto, where she now lives with her family. Her book, Jar of Hearts, was the Winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel. Jennifer is the author of WonderlandCreep, and Jar of Hearts.